Arma: Cold War Assault

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Arma: Cold War Assault
Arma: Cold War Assault cover
Bohemia Interactive
Real Virtuality
Release dates
Windows June 22, 2001
Arma: Cold War Assault 2001
Arma: Armed Assault 2006
Arma 2 2009
Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead 2010
Arma Tactics 2013
Arma 3 2013
Operation Flashpoint
Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis 2001
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising 2009
Operation Flashpoint: Red River 2011

Key points

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

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail DRM: SafeDisc disc check. Removed in later patches.
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
Operation Flashpoint: Resistance

Essential improvements[edit]


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

Skip intro videos[edit]

Launch the game with -nosplash parameter[3]

Adding the Red Hammer campaign[edit]

If you have a retail copy of Red Hammer campaign, you can add it back to ARMA: Cold War Assault.
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.
A retail copy of expansion is required for this; Red Hammer expansion is not available in digital distribution.

Game data[edit]

Difficulty settings
Difficulty settings

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Users\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Game launcher
Game launcher
Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Stretched by default. See Widescreen resolution.
Stretched by default. See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
Borderless fullscreen. Launch with -window parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
DisableTaskbarOnTop could be required on newer OSs
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. Can be forced off in the graphics card control panel
60 FPS
120+ FPS

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 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.
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
Controls settings

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, radio, music.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output[5] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Setting under Difficulty options.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Cannot be turned off.
EAX support
EAX 2.[6]


Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

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

Low server count[edit]

Downgrade to patch 1.96

Frequent crashes or out of memory errors[edit]

Launch the game with -nomap parameter[8]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
64-bit executable


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
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