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Arma 2
Arma 2 cover.jpg
Release dates
June 17, 2009
Arma 2 at Steam Charts
Arma 2 at SteamDB
 Arma 2 at Wikipedia
Arma: Cold War Assault 2001
Red Hammer
Arma: Armed Assault 2006
Arma: Queen's Gambit
Arma 2 2009
Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead
Arma 2: British Armed Forces
Arma 2: Private Military Company
Arma 2: Army of the Czech Republic
Arma 3 2013
Arma Tactics 2013

Key points

Advantage Multiplayer portion available for free as ArmA II: Free.

General information

More information Official forum
More information Community Discussions for game series
More information Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums


[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Developer Website DRM-free Digital download or retail Amazonstore.png Digital download or retail DRM-free
Steam Steamicon.png
Information These versions all include the ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead standalone expansion, required for DayZ and some other mods.

[edit] Essential improvements

[edit] Skip intro videos

Fix -nosplash -skipintro (Steam only)Link

  1. Find Arma 2 in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game title
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Set Launch Options...
  5. Input -nosplash -skipintro
  6. Press OK
  7. Launch the game

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\ARMA 2\arma2.cfg

[edit] Save game data location

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\ArmA 2

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

[edit] Video settings

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.png
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.png
Ultra-widescreen Native WSGF UW Silver.png
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native The game has a selection of pre and post process AA.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Unknown

[edit] Field of view (FOV)

Fix Changing FOV[1]Link

  1. Go to configuration file(s) location
  2. Open Username.ArmA2Profile in Notepad.
  3. Search for "fov". There are only 2 lines that contain fov near the bottom. They are:
    1. "fovTop" is vertical FOV, "fovLeft" is horizontal FOV
  4. Use this calculator to find your FOV values in degrees by entering your screen resolution.
  5. Convert these values from degrees to radians by entering "XX degrees in radians" in a Google search.
  6. Change fovTop to the value you have now, rounded to 2 decimal places.
  7. Divide your topFov number by the second number of your resolution's aspect ratio.
  8. Take the result of step 6 and multiply it by the first number of your resolution's aspect ratio.
  9. Change fovLeft to the value you have now, rounded to two decimal places.
  10. Save the file.

Some suggested FOV values in radians[2] for typical setups are:

Setup Type fovTop fovLeft
1920 x 1080 at 90 FOV 1.03 1.83
1680 x 1050 at 90 FOV 1.13 1.80
2560×1600 at 90 FOV 1.13 1.76
Disadvantage Range finding by using certain scopes like the PSO scope might not be accurate anymore when playing on a non-default FOV.

[edit] Input settings

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Native
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Native
Full controller support Impossible
Controller remapping Native
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

[edit] Audio settings

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native

[edit] Other information

Information Some of this information comes courtesy of this thread on the RPS Forums. Some parts of this section may be lifted word by word from the thread.

[edit] Launch parameters

Start-up parameters for the ArmA series are quite complicated, due to the engine being so complicated. An extensive accounting of the available parameters can be found here.

Fix Inputting Launch Parameters for SteamLink

  1. Find Arma 2 in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game title
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Set Launch Options...
  5. Input selected parameters with spaces between each, e.g. -nosplash -skipintro
  6. Press OK
  7. Launch the game

[edit] Graphical tweaks

  • Set the 3D resolution and the interface resolution to exactly the same value. The value isn't as important, because no matter what, if the numbers don't equal, there will be performance loss. Ideally, both values would be set at 100.
  • Set Video Memory to "Default". By default (confusing, but keep reading), Arma II will cap the VRAM at an unspecified value. This value is actually lower than the "Default" option in the settings, but will still be named "Default".
  • Texture Quality is dependent on the amount of RAM in your system, but due to the tweak above, it is safe to set the option to higher values.
  • Disable VSync.
  • For a higher frame rate and reduced input latency, turn off the fancy options, like smoothing and head bobbing. To turn off motion blur, either download this mod or set post processing settings to "Very Low". This does speed up camera movement, so experiment to your liking. you can also use your NVIDIA Control Panel as shown hereto increase you frame rate.
  • For faster rendering, turn on PPAA instead of the normal AA (Anti-Aliasing).
  • To trick the engine into using all the power that your system has, add these commands to your startup parameters:
-exThreads=[number] (The number varies. 1 if you have a two cores, 7 if you have a four or more.
Feel free to experiment with this setting to see if anything grants you higher performance.)

[edit] System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz, Intel Core 2.0 GHz, AMD Athlon 3200+ Intel Core 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
10 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 7800
ATI Radeon 1800
256 MB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT
ATI Radeon 4850
512 MB of VRAM



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