PAGE UPDATED 6.12.2011
MARATHON STARTED 14.9.2010


Arma 2 Combined Operations

Cooperative Marathon


Our goal is to play all official missions (Harvest Red campaign, Operation Arrowhead campaign and COOP missions) included in Arma 2 Combined Operations
and complete them without cheats on following options: Expert difficulty + Super AI, YOU WERE KILLED, Multiplayer score and VON ID Enabled.

Can your computer run it
Go to http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/analysis.aspx
1. S
elect from the dropdown Arma II: Operation Arrowhead
2. Click "Can you run it?"

Where to buy

Arma 2 here or here
Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead here, here or here
Arma 2 Combined Operations here

Recommended reading before playing
Arma 2 manual
Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead manual


To play on our server you need:
Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead Patch 1.60 RC
Which will also update
To play on our server you usually also need:
Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead Latest Beta Patch
Start latest beta with the corresponding shortcut: C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2\Launch Arma2 OA Beta Patch
How to make Xfire to show you playing ARMA2: Operation Arrowhead or ARMA2: Combined Operations with beta patches:
Xfire->Options->Games->Intalled Games->ARMA2: Operation Arrowhead->Manual Detect->Path->C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2\Expansion\beta\arma2oa.exe
Remember to change  it back to "Automatically Detect" when ever you use non-beta patch.

Recommended ARMA 2 Combined Operations shortcut Target:
"C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2\arma2oa.exe" -noSplash -skipIntro -showScriptErrors

Recommended controllers
Naturalpoint TrackIR, wheels and joysticks.

Rules
No cheating!

Joining
Arma 2 + Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead DVD version owners must join game from ARMA 2 Combined Operations shortcut or Arma2 OA Beta Patch shortcut
Arma 2 Combined Operations Steam version owners must join game from ARMA 2 Combined Operations selection or from Arma2 OA Beta Patch selection
Server name is http://relay.pp.fi
In non-campaign cooperative missions friendly AI players are disabled to prevent died player to automatically respawn by taking over AI controlled teammate..
If you crash or disconnect accidentally for any reason, join again as soon as possible to re-take control of your character.

Join text examples
Arma 2 Combined Operations Steam version player connection looks like this: Playername uses modified data file - Arma 2: British Armed Forces (Lite);arma 2;Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead;Arma 2

Save
Game will autosave after each completed task. In Expert difficulty it is possible to do only one manual save. Resume load save. Revert restarts mission from the start. Suspend will save and quit to lobby. So in Expert difficulty you can have 3 diffirent saves to choose from: autosave (when task is completed), continuesave (when Suspend is used) and manualsave (when Save is used).

Backup
Backup everything inside the corresponding folder*:
Windows XP C:\Users\yourWindowsuseraccountname\Documents\ArmA 2
Windows XP C:\Users\yourWindowsuseraccountname\Documents\ArmA 2 Other Profiles
Windows 7 C:\Documents and Settings\yourWindowsuseraccountname\My Documents\ArmA 2
Windows 7 C:\Documents and Settings\yourWindowsuseraccountname\My Documents\ArmA 2 Other Profiles

SCREENSHOTS
Patch number in filename tells what patch was used to complete mission this is useful info for developers and other players.
Harvest Red
campaign
Operation Arrowhead
campaign
Operation Black Gauntlet
campaign (Lite)
COOP
missions
Start
Start
Start
1.56.76134 COOP 02 One Shot One Kill Objectives
1.56.76134 COOP 02 One Shot One Kill Statistics
1.54.72888 00 First to Fight Debriefing Objectives
1.54.72888 00 First to Fight Debriefing Statistics
1.57.77819 01: Backstab Debriefing Objectives
1.57.77819 01: Backstab Debriefing Statistics
1.57.77007 PMC00: Inception Debriefing Objectives
1.57.77007 PMC00: Inception Debriefing Statistics
1.57.76560 COOP 04 Scud Busters Objectives
1.57.76560 COOP 04 Scud Busters Statistics
1.54.72888 01 Into the Storm Debriefing Objectives 1
1.54.72888 01 Into the Storm Debriefing Objectives 2
1.54.72888 01 Into the Storm Debriefing Statistics
1.57.77819 02: Good Morning T-stan Debriefing Objectives
1.57.77819 02: Good Morning T-stan Debriefing Statistics
1.57.77007 End (Lite) Debriefing Objectives
1.57.77007 End (Lite) Debriefing Statistics
1.56.76134 COOP 05 Hike In The Hills Objectives
1.56.76134 COOP 05 Hike In The Hills Statistics
1.54.72888 02 Amphibious Assault Debriefing Objectives
1.54.72888 02 Amphibious Assault Debriefing Statistics
1.57.77819 03: Pathfinder Debriefing Objectives
1.57.77819 03: Pathfinder Debriefing Statistics 1
1.57.77819 03: Pathfinder Debriefing Statistics 2

COOP 05 Steel Panthers
Debriefing screen autocontinue bug

1.54.72888 03 Harvest Red Debriefing Objectives
1.54.72888 03 Harvest Red Debriefing Statistics
1.57.77819 04: Coltan Blues Debriefing Objectives
1.57.77819 04: Coltan Blues Debriefing Statistics

1.58.78413 COOP 06 Tank Hunters Objectives
1.58.78413 COOP 06 Tank Hunters Statistics
1.54.72888 04 Razor Two
1.54.72888 04 Razor Two
(Forgot to screenshot Debriefing!)
1.58.78413 05: Open Season Objectives
1.58.78413 05: Open Season Statistics

1.57.77007 COOP 07 Seek And Destroy Objectives
1.57.77007 COOP 07 Seek And Destroy Statistics
1.54.72888 05 One Week Later Debriefing Objectives
1.54.72888 05 One Week Later Debriefing Statistics
1.58.78413 06: Sandstorm Objectives
1.58.78413 06: Sandstorm Statistics 1
1.58.78413 06: Sandstorm Statistics 2

1.54.72888 COOP 08 Laser Show Objectives
1.54.72888 COOP 08 Laser Show Statistics
1.54.72888 06 Manhattan Debriefing Objectives 1
1.54.72888 06 Manhattan Debriefing Objectives 2
1.54.72888 06 Manhattan Debriefing Statistics
1.58.78413 07: Eye Of The Typhoon Debriefing Objectives
1.58.78413 07: Eye Of The Typhoon Debriefing Statistics

COOP 08 Wildcat
Debriefing screen autocontinue bug
1.56.76134 07 Bitter Chill Debriefing Objectives
1.56.76134 07 Bitter Chill Debriefing Statistics


COOP 08 Payback
Debriefing screen autocontinue bug
1.56.76134 08 Delaying the Bear Debriefing Objectives
1.56.76134 08 Delaying the Bear Debriefing Statistics


COOP 08 Armoury (Chernarus)
1.57.76815 09 Badlands Debriefing Objectives
1.57.76815 09 Badlands Debriefing Statistics 1
1.57.76815 09 Badlands Debriefing Statistics 2


COOP 08 Armoury (Takistan)
1.57.77819 10 Dogs Of War Debriefing Objectives 1
1.57.77819 10 Dogs Of War Debriefing Objectives 2
1.57.77819 10 Dogs Of War Debriefing Statistics 1
1.57.77819 10 Dogs Of War Debriefing Statistics 2


COOP 10 Heat
Debriefing screen autocontinue bug

1.57.77819 11 War Thet Never Was Debriefing Objectives
1.57.77819 11 War Thet Never Was Debriefing Statistics


1.58.78413 COOP 18 Morning Dew Debriefing Objectives
1.58.78413 COOP 18 Morning Dew Debriefing Statistics

ALL SCREENSHOTS

TIPS FOR MISSIONS

(Tasks/Objectives marked with orange are alternative - you need to choose which one to complete)
(Tasks/Objectives marked with red are designed to always fail or cancel)

Into the Storm
Razor Two Manhattan
Bitter Chill
Delaying the Bear
Badlands (NAPA)
Dogs Of War (CDF)
Harvest Red campaign quality summary
I enjoyed playing it so much that I wanted to complete it twice, but with all the bugs and anomalities I must admit playtesting was done either by people who designed the missions (and therefore know how they're supposed to work and so were not very successful imagining how players might be able to make different decisions) or by the laziest play testers in the history of playtesting. Either way they most certainly did not playtest it in multiplayer cooperatively.

05: Open Season
OFFICIAL COOP MISSIONS LIST
MISSION
CAME WITH
MAP
HUMAN
PLAYERS
MAXIMUM
COOP 02 One Shot One Kill OA
Takistan
2
COOP 04 Scud Busters
BAF
Desert
4
COOP 05 Hike In The Hills
OA Takistan
5
COOP 05 Steel Panthers
BAF
Takistan 5
COOP 06 Tank Hunters
BAF
Zargabad
6
COOP 07 Seek And Destroy
BAF
Takistan
7
COOP 08 Laser Show
OA
Takistan
8
COOP 08 Wildcat
OA Takistan 8
COOP 08 Payback
BAF
Shapur
8
COOP 08 Armory
PMC
Chernarus 8
COOP 08 Armory PMC
Takistan
8
COOP 10 Heat
OA Takistan 10
COOP 18 Morning Dew
OA Takistan 18

FILENAMES FOR HARVEST RED MISSIONS
C0 - First to Fight
C1 - Into the Storm
I1 - Amphibious Assault
C2 - Harvest Red
C2B - Razor Two
I2 - One Week Later
C3 - Manhattan
C4 - Bitter Chill
I3 - Delaying the Bear
C5 & C5B - Badlands
C6 & C6B - Dogs of War
C7A - War That Never Was
C7B - Setting Sail
C7C - Missing In Action
C7D - Revelation
C7EF - Newborn Republic

DIFFICULTY SETTINGS COMPARISON

OPTIONS->VIDEO OPTIONS


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SOME COLLECTED INFORMATION (put here just because it is easier to find them when I need them)
ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead: Version History
ArmA 2 Crash Files and what to do with them
One of the many reasons why not to use mods like ACE when playing OFFICIAL MISSIONS
One of the many reasons why not to use cheats like endmission when playing OFFICIAL MISSIONS and here is an another reason
Razor Two & Manhattan and how to use Star Force 21 (helicopter) support
Manhattan MISSION and one of the many reasons why to use Artillery Support early
Badlands & Dogs Of War - yes AI enemy will spawn and best way to react to that is to conquer the base
Badlands & Dogs Of War MISSIONS and how to reinforce AI commander teams
Dogs Of War and eliminating Lopotev (accidentally) is possible
Dogs Of War and eliminating Prizrak (if not done already in Bandlands) to make CDF and NAPA to form alliance is possible
Dogs Of War and destroying Russian HQ is possible but in the end scene Russians will nuke you for that
Video walkthroughs for V1.03 Harvest Red campaign missions



XFIRE STATISTICS
Xfire Highest Rank #43 on 2010-07-04
Xfire Rank #60 on 2010-09-06
Xfire users playing per day 764 on 2010-09-06
Xfire Minutes played per day 114,603 on 2010-09-06

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