Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead: Combined Operations Lite
Combined Operations (A2:CO) is the combination of Operation Arrowhead (A2:OA) and Arma 2 (A2). It extends it with additional content like new worlds (Chernarus and Utes) and various factions and their assets (USMC, Russian Armed Forces, Chernarussian Defence Forces, Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star, National Party).
Combined Operations Lite (also referred as CO Lite or CO:L) is the combination of OA with Arma 2 Free (A2:F). It is called Lite as Arma 2 Free has lower quality textures and sound files.
Even for CO Full owners it might be worth considering to use. See the next section.
Pros and cons
- Bohemia Interactive Forums: ARMA 2 Free - For Combined Ops Lite
- Get Arma 2 Free
- Download the ARMA2Free_setup.zip file
- Extract the zip file to see the ARMA2Free_setup.exe
- Install the game
- Get the CD key
- Activate Arma 2 Free with the CD key
- Combine A2:OA and A2:F with the modline:
"-mod=c:\location\of\Arma 2 Free;..."
arma2oa.exe "-mod=c:\location\of\Arma 2 Free;Expansion"
With beta patch:
Expansion\beta\arma2oa.exe "-mod=c:\location\of\Arma 2 Free;Expansion;Expansion\beta;Expansion\beta\Expansion"
Visual glitch fix
There is a small visual annoyance in the main menu created by A2:F. This can be remedied by loading the misc_fix.pbo of A2 in a modfolder.
- Go to .\Arma2\addons
- Select and copy the three files
- To a new modfolder inside your OA game folder, like .\OA\@A2F\addons
- And add the modfolder to your modline:
arma2oa.exe "-mod=c:\location\of\Arma 2 Free;@A2F;Expansion;..."
Selective A2F pbo loading
Rather to use all A2:F pbos to replace the A2 pbos, you can also load only a subset of the A2:F pbos.
For example you may want to use only the vegetation and buildings pbos.
To accomplish this you copy the desired pbos and their respective bisign files to a new modfolder and load this modfolder instead of the A2:F game folder:
Get CO Full
If you want to upgrade your CO Lite setup to CO Full your best option is to buy Arma 2 on Steam.
Or buy Combined Operations itself and make your Operation Arrowhead copy a gift to a friend to convert more people to the series. :)
In case of issues, head to the BI forum and this thread: http://forums.bistudio.com/showthread.php?t=129154