Arma: Cold War Assault

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Arma: Cold War Assault
Arma cold war assault cover.jpg
Release dates
June 22, 2001
Arma: Cold War Assault at WineHQ
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 Arma: Cold War Assault at Wikipedia
Arma: Cold War Assault 2001
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Key points

Information Originally released as Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis.
Information Many bugs in the game may be game-breaking. It's highly recommended to use the latest version of the game.
Advantage Free upgrade from Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis to ARMA: Cold War Assault.
Disadvantage Not optimized to run on modern hardware. Highest video settings will cut your game performance.[1]
Information GameSpy online server browser has been shut down.[2] Use Master Server Browser.

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Disc check DRM: SafeDisc disc check. Removed in later patches.
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Information ARMA: Cold War Assault doesn't include the Red Hammer expansion, which was developed by Codemasters.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Operation Flashpoint: Red Hammer Windows
Operation Flashpoint: Resistance Windows

Essential improvements[edit]


Information A universal patch that upgrades any retail version of Operation Flashpoint to ARMA: Cold War Assault can be downloaded here.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Launch the game with -nosplash parameter[3]

Adding the Red Hammer campaign[edit]

Information If you have a retail copy of Red Hammer campaign, you can add it back to ARMA: Cold War Assault.

Fix Re-adding Red Hammer campaign

  1. Either open a folder where Red Hammer expansion is installed or go to a root folder of a CD with expansion pack.
  2. There go to a folder AddOns and copy a file VoiceRH.pbo to a folder AddOns in ARMA: Cold War Assault folder.
  3. Go to a folder Campaigns either in a folder where you have installed Red Hammer expansion or on your CD.
  4. Copy a file redhammer.pbo to Campaigns in ARMA: Cold War Assault folder.
Information A retail copy of expansion is required for this; Red Hammer expansion is not available in digital distribution.

Game data[edit]

Difficulty settings

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\ColdWarAssault.cfg
Information User-specific settings are stored in <path-to-game>\Users\<user-id>\UserInfo.cfg

Save game data location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\Users\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud No native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Game launcher
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Silver.svg Stretched by default. See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Hackable Grading incomplete Stretched by default. See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Widescreen resolution.
Windowed Hackable Borderless fullscreen. Launch with -window parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native support DisableTaskbarOnTop could be required on newer OSs
Anisotropic filtering (AF) No native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) No native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support Enabled by default. Can be forced off in the graphics card control panel
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support

Widescreen resolution[edit]

While the game allows for choosing widescreen resolutions, a fix has to be applied in order to render image in proper aspect ratio.

Fix Fix aspect ratio[4]

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Users\<user-id> (See Game data for reference).
  2. Open UserInfo.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Change values for fovTop, fovLeft,uiTopLeftX, uiTopLeftY, uiBottomRightX and uiBottomRightY according to the table below.
Information Each line must end with a semicolon (;).
4:3 16:9 15:9 16:10 5:4 12:3
fovTop 0.75 0.75 0.8 0.75 0.8 0.75
fovLeft 1 1.333333 1.333333 1.2 1 3
uiTopLeftX 0 0.125 0.125 0.083333 0 0.333333
uiTopLeftY 0 0 0.033333 0 0.033333 0
uiBottomRightX 1 0.875 0.875 0.916667 1 0.666667
uiBottomRightY 1 1 0.966667 1 0.966667 1

Input settings[edit]

Controls settings
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support Hackable Unusable whenever not flying
Full controller support No native support
Controller remapping Hackable Axis can be natively used only in aircraft.
Controller Y-axis inversion Native support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Effects, radio, music.
Surround sound Native support Up to 7.0 output[5] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Subtitles Native support Setting under Difficulty options.
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support Cannot be turned off.
EAX support Native support EAX 2.[6]


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play Native support
Online play Native support In-game server browser doesn't work.[2] Use Master Server Browser.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Unknown
Peer-to-peer Unknown
Dedicated Native support
Self-hosting Native support
Direct IP Unknown

Issues fixed[edit]

Information Never use "Very high" terrain quality setting, nor exceed 1200-1300 visibility.[7]

Low server count[edit]

Fix Downgrade to patch 1.96

Frequent crashes or out of memory errors[edit]

Fix Launch the game with -nomap parameter[8]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
64-bit executable No native support


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 600 MHz
Pentium II 500 MHz
Athlon X2 2.5 GHz
Intel Dual-core 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB 1 GB
Video card (GPU) Riva TNT, GeForce 256, GeForce 2
Rage 128, Radeon
16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
GeForce 8600GT
Radeon 3650
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Information Despite official system requirements, game does not use OpenAL


  1. Bohemia Interactive developer statement
  2. 2.0 2.1 End of Gamespy
  3. Bohemia Interactive Community
  4. Faguss Aspect Ratio Configuration guide for Cold War Assault
  5. PC Gaming Surround Sound Roundup
  6. open al sound - nV News Forums
  7. CWA 1.99 Bug reports - Bohemia Interactive forums
  8. OFP: TroubleShooting - Bohemia Interactive Community