America’s Army: Proving Grounds is the official game of the U.S. Army and part of the highly acclaimed America’s Army game series. This free military game focuses on small unit tactical maneuvers and puts you to the test in a wide variety of new America’s Army maps as well as AA fan favorites.
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Mixed (145 reviews) - 67% of the 145 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (5,867 reviews) - 76% of the 5,867 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 1, 2015

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June 30

Game Update Notes (30 June 2016)

VIP mode is here! This is a game mode that's been requested for a long time now and we are extremely proud to finally have it in game. With the new mode we've also updated the mission editor to support making VIP mode maps! Another new addition is the Swenson range, a great single player training map to learn weapon drop and recoil patterns. As always we've included a host of bug fixes so make sure you read below for everything. 

  • VIP game mode has returned to America’s Army!
  • The VIP is chosen at random at the start of each round; players may choose how often they are chosen as the VIP via a setting under Miscellaneous.
  • The VIP comes equipped with a single weapon, limited ammunition and extra armor.
  • Protect the VIP and escort him to the extraction point within time limits. The ambush team's mission is to capture and secure the VIP before he can escape.
  • The VIP is indicated in the HUD by a unique icon and color; this color may be customized in the Settings menu.
  • Score extra points for escaping as the VIP and reviving, securing and neutralizing the VIP. Seven new VIP-themed achievements have been added.
  • The VIP game mode has been added to numerous existing maps:
    • Inner Hospital - FLO & BDX
    • Springstreet - BDX
    • Slums, Overload, Intercept, Homestead, Redline – FLO
  • Weapon and smoke grenade pickups may be found scattered across some VIP maps
Weapon Ranges
  • Swenson Range - New weapon range for testing and analyzing weapon behaviors
  • Spotting Scope - New item added to both weapon ranges and available when exploring all maps in single player
  • Lean in and out speeds slowed slightly – this was done as the previous speed on the lean was so high players could lean in and out so quickly they would effectively be invisible to their target(s)
  • Supernova shotgun's spread tightened up slightly
  • M24 bolt cycle time lengthen slightly (up to 1.85 seconds; was 1.7)
  • M24 unsighted accuracy cone increased slightly
Map Changes
  • Targets in the shoot houses updated to better accommodate players with color blindness
  • Fixed spawn barrier shenanigans on Cabin Fever
  • Plugged a spot where players could get outside the playable area on Cabin Fever
  • Addressed a spawn-to-spawn shooting issue on Rocky Road
  • Fixed a few instances of floating bamboo on Homestead
  • Fixed LOD issues where props would not be visible at long ranges on several maps
  • Fixed several collision issues on Stone Ruins, Rocky Road & Intercept
  • Fixed an unintended bullet penetration issue on several Inner Hospital stairways
  • Removed an extreme rock climbing path from Rocky Road
  • Arcade sounds are more muffled when in the furniture store above it
  • Fixed a mislabeled comm volume on Checkout
  • Blocked an unintended sightline on Intercept
  • Blocked a spot on Inner Hospital where players could reach an unintended play space
  • Fixed an issue where very rarely one or two players would not spawn on a full Bridge map
  • Overload now correctly has twelve rifleman slots on each side
  • New Admin player list widget is available; open it via the Admin Panel
  • National Guard icon now supported on the scoreboard for those players who served in the Guard
  • VIP option added to the nameplate menu
  • VIP Preference options added to the Miscellaneous Settings list
  • Mission briefing description displayed at the start of each round
  • Team role (Attack/Defend, Escort/Ambush) added to the top of the screen
  • Credits screen added to main menu
  • Admin messages now appears on top of all other HUD/UI elements
  • Players can no longer see where the C4 is being placed before the arming process is completed
  • Nameplates are no longer lost for a round for players killed by a C4 explosion
  • Fixed an issue where the VOIP labels would sometimes show the incorrect team
  • VOIP labels no longer become stuck if VOIP is used within the Settings screen
  • Button animations on several menus were incorrect – now fixed
  • The Steam name of a player is displayed in the lower left corner of the scoreboard when hovering over that player's name
  • Fixed an issue where the setting to mute game audio when focus was lost would not always work
  • Players may now choose to mute game audio and VOIP separately when focus is lost
  • Fix for the scoreboard mute button getting stuck in an incorrect state
  • The four Answer bindings removed from the Controls list to reduce clutter
Mission Editor
  • VIP templates added to the Mission Editor
  • Full VIP support added to both Mission Editor and Advanced Editor
  • Custom maps now have the correct audio/text briefing when created from a template
  • Added console command: ShowNextMap - it displays the name of the next map and may be used from the console at anytime
  • ROE default ban time reduced to ten minutes (was fifteen)
  • Simunitions all now use the same color and produce the usual weapon FX on impact; this reduces the tactical advantage of using this setting
  • Interrupted secure attempts no longer incorrectly scores points
  • Kill assist now rewarded for any damage dealt in the previous 90 seconds
  • Clicking on the game to regain focus no longer fires the weapon
  • Fixed a rare server crash
  • Fix for a rare crash upon completing a shoot house
  • Tweaked several crosshair types that were not -quite- centered
  • M1911 and M24 skins now displayed in the correct order within the game
  • VOIP now works on the server browser screen
  • Admin map swap defaults to "After This Map"; was defaulting to "Immediately"
  • New audio added to signal when an occupy objective is taken
  • Fixed an issue with the magazine on the M14 not always seating correctly
  • Fix for downed enemies sometimes going into a standing state when a secure is aborted

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June 3

Game Update Notes (3 June 2016)

It's just a small update today. We have removed the old loading screen videos and replaced them with 40 new videos!

This is to make the end of month update later this month more reasonable in size.

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About This Game

Do you have what it takes to train like a U.S. Army Soldier?

Take on the role of an 11B Infantryman practicing combat maneuvers at JTC Griffin, a fabricated training MOUT (military operations on urban terrain) environment. This training is crucial to your success as part of a Long Range Combined Arms – Recon (LRCA-R) unit, a full spectrum capable team that embarks on special operations missions behind enemy lines.

Key Features

  • You are a U.S. Army Soldier
  • Two Game Modes with 4 objective types
  • Character and Weapon customization
  • Teamwork is Critical
  • Train in Shoot Houses
  • Mission Editor and Steam Workshop

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2.4+ GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 9.0c compliant, Shader 3.0 enabled video card with 512MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10000 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant sound card
    • Additional Notes: Requires Internet Explorer 9 or later and the latest Windows Media Player
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 3.3+GHz Core i5 CPU
    • Memory: 8192 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 9.0c compliant, Shader 3.0 enabled video card with 1GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10000 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant sound card
    • Additional Notes: Requires Internet Explorer 9 or later and the latest Windows Media Player
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Mixed (145 reviews)
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Recently Posted
( 16.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Good free to play FPS but there aren't enough players though.
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( 28.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Game is very fun and teamwork is key. Wish they had more gun chooses but its great!
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( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Excelent game!!! From combat strategy to weapontry it's the real deal. Being a former soldier myself i give it a 10/10! HOOAH!!!
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( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I'm sorry I love the American Army, manifest destiny, and the pursuit of oil... however I also like games with content fun maps and action instead of campers, however it is fun to play once every 7 or 8 months to take a break from quality games like World at War, Metro 2033, and Deus Ex Human Revolution

2/10 sorry no technical faults is the only reason it gets this
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( 183.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I would even pay some $$ for this game.

  • Good balance between tactical approach and fast bursts of action. Realism. Team work.
  • Techically solid: Above average graphics, good controls, no noticable bugs
  • Much more mature and friendly playerbase than say CS
  • Developers keep updating and adding stuff
  • You can find servers with people and a decent ping 24/7

  • I like customization. There could be more weapons and/or ways to customize them (only few different scopes), and same for your outfit and face. I'd like to create "me".
  • Needs few more good maps. Recent Outdoor Maps update fixed this for now, but many servers still just loop same old maps. (Inner Hospital and Bridge)
  • Low ping, good fps and a headset (to locate sound sources) play a big role in being effective shooter. If you don't have them stick to supporting roles.
  • Often got unbalanced teams and winning team doesn't care. Server should balance the teams by placing equal amount of experienced and rookie players to both sides. As it is now experienced vets often stack on a same side. Game also rewards the players on winning team, so no one wants to change to the weaker side mid-way.
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( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
one of the best fps (unlike cod) it isnt trying ot force action it makes it so you have ot work together kindove like csgo. its fast paced becasue the maps arent super big. Its remindes me of arma 3 because theres the realism factor and the working together. I like that it was made by the army so you know everything is accurate.
10/10 (your steam account is you login stuff username/password you already have an account made by default)
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( 56.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I can now troll tryhard americanos!
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( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Couldn't login. Keeps saying username already exists. I made up some nonsense names. No way they were already existing.

Asks for an email address. Why?


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( 149.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Great gameplay, tactical and with a great community of players. Just guns, grenades and pistols, simple and fun.

Maps are well made and graphics are up to date.

This game is perfect for someone who was a fan of the classic Rainbow Six and Rogue Spear. I can play for hours and enjoy the strategy the teams makes to win.
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( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
♥♥♥♥ ya
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
121.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
This game is one of the best first person shooters (In my opinion) No need to unlock weapons, very well balanced, lots of strategy, you can go lone wolf or work as a team either one could work depending on how you play. This may be one of the only free games on steam that don't have microtransactions or DLC. The community is great as long as you pick the right servers, you can even quad kill your team by accident and people will just laugh their asses off. Skins are earned by completing goals making it a fun grind, not by lootboxes or leveling up. Levels in this game don't change anything except for your level icon, meaning this just represents time played and not any unlockables that give you an unfair advantage. There are few guns but why would you need a dozen machine guns and 10 sniper rifles when any gun will do the job? Try to ignore some of the negative reviews, if you can't get the email working then try troubleshooting and if it doesn't work then just don't play the game. Its a free game with no microtransactions so why downrate it if you can't play it? Its still worth a try and you can always delete it. Anyway this has become one of my favorite first person shooters and I forgot to mention that in one of the more recent-ish updates you can now customize your crosshair and team colors more. The game gets better by updates even though its as good as it is. If you can get the game working and you like tactical shooters then this won't be a waste of your time.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
195.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
What an awesome game been playing it for about six months and still no good at it lol. A great gaming community, friendly and helpful. Download it and come and have some fun and a laugh.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
94.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Fun game, very good maps, but not enough players.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Realistic and funny-to-play FPS,I personally like this more than CoD and the "standard" FPSs due to its impact.

Free to play,but without a shop,this should be enough to give it a try.
Don't worry if first matches you're obtaining only 1-10 as K/D ratio,it is just matter of knowing the maps and getting used to the game's mechanics.

This should be the kind of games the world should and would play,not Clash of Clans and
This game is even better made than some AAA games,and most indie games that are $10.
It should probably worth even $15 if you have a "clan" or some friends to play it with.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
131.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Great game that develops team spirit, shooting skills and tactics. The great graphics and game play create a wonderful experience. The player make the experience even better!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Amazing game, i really enjoyed it
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
great! they did something about punkbuster.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Downloaded this game not knowing what to expect, knowing nothing about what to do.
I asked my team through voice chat, and 5+ people helped me and taught me basics about what to do.
The community on this game consists of mainly adults. Yes: mature adults. Every game needs people like this.

Basically what I'm trying to say is that the people that play this game are usually cool as ♥♥♥♥ and willing to help and guide you, unlike CS:GO where you'll be criticized and ♥♥♥♥ on for not knowing how to control recoil.

+1 hardly any russians
+1 everyone speaks english (♥♥♥♥ yeah america)
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
It's free and I enjoyed it if u dont like the game its free so just uninstall it there's nothing to wimp about
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny