Arma: Cold War Assault

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Arma: Cold War Assault
Arma: Cold War Assault cover
Developers
Bohemia Interactive
macOS (OS X) Virtual Programming
Linux Virtual Programming
Publishers
Codemasters
Engines
Real Virtuality
Release dates
Windows June 22, 2001
OS X March 14, 2017
Linux March 14, 2017
Arma
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

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions (Windows)
Steam Community Discussions (OS X/Linux)
Steam Users' Forums

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail SafeDisc DRM. Removed in later patches.
Steam
Steam
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]

Patches[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[citation needed]
  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]

External general settings.
External general settings.
In-game difficulty settings.
In-game difficulty settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\ColdWarAssault.cfg
<path-to-game>\Users\<user-id>\UserInfo.cfg
macOS (OS X)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.
UserInfo.cfg contains user-specific settings.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Users\
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Force in the graphics card control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. Can be forced off in the graphics card control panel.
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

The game detects widescreen resolutions but stretches everything from 4:3 by default.
Fix aspect ratio[citation needed]
  1. Launch the game.
  2. Modify any options and quit the game.
  3. Launch ArmA FOV Changer.
  4. Select the game and configuration file.
  5. Adjust the FOV slider or tick the "Auto" option.
  6. Save changes and launch the game.

Windowed[edit]

Using -window argument causes major issues with the mouse cursor.[4]
Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Set the window position and size.
  5. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  6. Click on DirectX tab, set DirectX8.
  7. Click OK, then File and Save.

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game 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.
Subtitles
Setting under Difficulty options.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Cannot be turned off.
EAX support
EAX 2.[6]

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish

Network[edit]

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[citation needed]

Frequent crashes or out of memory errors[edit]

Launch the game with -nomap parameter[8]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Windows
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
OS X
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.8 10.8.5 or newer
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E7600 3.06GHz or faster
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB 1 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia equivalent
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO
256 MB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce 9400M G
ATI Radeon HD 4670
256 MB of VRAM
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Fedora 25, Ubuntu 16.04, SteamOS, Mint 18 (64-bit OS required)
Processor (CPU) 64-bit 1+ GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz
AMD equivalent
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB 1 GB
Video card (GPU) latest Nvidia or Mesa drivers
OpenGL 3.2+ compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 with 512 MB VRAM
AMD Radeon HD 7850 withg 1 GB VRAM
Despite official system requirements, game does not use OpenAL

References

  1. Bohemia Interactive developer statement
  2. 2.0 2.1 End of Gamespy
  3. Bohemia Interactive Community
  4. Arma: Cold War Assault | hosted on webmshare - last accessed on 2016-02-12
  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