Includes all new maps, a revamped user interface, and even more guns for the world's largest online arsenal!
User reviews: Mixed (1,529 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 9, 2012

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About This Game

Join the arms race in one of the biggest free-to-play first person shooters! Pick your weapon of choice from hundreds, gear up with all kinds of armor and equipment, and shoot it out online in one of a dozen different modes.
Combat Arms offers a massive array of weapons to take down your foes with, from sniper rifles to SMGs to machetes, and a host of different modes like Team Deathmatch, Search and Destroy, cooperative Fireteam missions, and more. Customize your soldier, rank up for new gear and perks, and aim for special achievements in battle!

Key Features

  • Play for Free – New recruits welcome, and no questions asked. You don’t need a credit card to get in on this action!
  • Tons of Guns – Assault rifles? Shotguns? Grenade launchers? We’ve got ‘em all and then some. Load up with hundreds of firearms, explosives, and other equipment to take down your foes.
  • Character Customization – Select your camouflage, vest, helmet, and other gear, like sunglasses and bandannas, to set yourself apart on the battlefield.
  • Rise Through the Ranks – Gain experience as you fight to unlock new gear, abilities, and other perks to help you rise above the competition.
  • Continuous Content – With dozens of modes, tons of maps, and more being added constantly, you’ll never run out of ways and places to gun down your enemies!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP3
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP SP3
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
42 of 53 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Prepare to have your scrotum twisted as you shoot your weak pea-shooter as the enemies shoot you with the sniper rifles and LMGs they rented.

Yes, rented.
Unless you pay a lot extra to have it forever, you're renting.
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
56.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
I've played Combat Arms for years now, my gameplay hours don't show it but I played Combat Arms through Nexon's game download. The game is basically a FPS that almost requires "NX" to win, which is the cash currency in game. The game in the past was polluted with hackers, but I have to admit, the game hack gaurd has improved! BUT that doesn't change the fact that hackers will ALWAYS find a way in to this game. I have spent money on Combat Arms during sales, but the price of cash items are EXPENSIVE, even during sales. If you're good enough to prove yourself to the community you don't need cash to win, go ahead and play! It should be a fairly fun game, until you're all tired from the try hards haha. I've had my time cut out for me in Combat arms, but I would suggest playing another game if you can :) I have a veteran's perspective of the game by the way, so you can gladly disagree with me. (I've been playing since June 15th 2010, but I've taking over a year long break to rejoin and find the new stuff in the game, I revisit Combat Arms from time to time and check on their progression as a game, meh)

The Pros:
-VERY BIG COLLECTION OF GUNS
- Fast paced first person shooter with minimal action delay (Counter strike speed movement)
- Wide variety of game modes
- Plenty of Maps

The Cons:
- Plenty of hackers
- Pay to win
- If there are no hackers, A WHOLE LOT OF RAGE KICKING ELITE MODERATORS
- The community is not friendly (It's an FPS game yeah, but seriuosly the hate is real)
- Nexon has a poor costumer service system
- A lot of guns classified as "OP" (Obtained through cash)

Yeah... so... if you want to play, you can play I guess, but you'll find out all this is true~
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49 of 78 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Downloaded game.
Clicked "Quick Join".
Landed on a Knife-Only server.
Everyone was TKing each other.
Got kicked for being "Of Low Rank".

...

11/10 Better than Butt Fat 3, Hairy: Racist and Murican' Welfare 2.














...At least I got high FPS
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
50.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
29 hours on steam, 200+ hr pre steam. first played feb 2009. its not what it used to be. i has become pay to win. nothing is balanced, if you have money to buy perm weapons and gear, you might have fun. if not, then you better like grinding and be ok with a trash kdr, you will not be doing well with defualts. dispite alot of maintenance and updates constanly being flung at this game, hacking is still rampant, while many modes have become unused because of broken power levels on guns and unstoppable specs. all in all this game was good and genuinly fun but then it became about the money.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
>Tfw Go 30/12 with Tango 51 Sniper
>Get called Hacker, Aimbotter
>4 star general and a major qq
>Kicked after match by Elite moderator passed to major.
>20/10 recommended.
>Still better than Twilight.
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50 of 88 people (57%) found this review helpful
118.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
dis a pay 2 win game, dis sux


pece
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
941.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
This review is on the current state of the game as of the time this review was written. Over the next couple of months or even years from now some or none of this may even be accurate anymore. Any mention of previous updates is to help paint a clearer picture of what you can expact from this game as it continues to evolve update by update. Please do not consider this review complete nor attempt to read this like an article. I leave out many aspect of this game for the sake of keeping this short (and yet it's longer then 99% of the reviews on Steam).


I joined Combat Arms back in 2008 when there was no Steam version available for this game. I played fairly consistently since then clocking in over double of the reported hours on Steam. Recently I have opted to let this game slide as I play other games that I find much more relaxing and enjoyable.

Over the years hacking and cheating in various forms have gotten intense and less intense. Currently, I would say that hacking is a non-issue and fairly uncommon to occur. This has impacted the community negatively as it is common practice for players to claim others are cheating and harass them in the process.

Common community practices that I would say define Combat Arms over any other game that I have played to date is the amount of kicking that is done by elite and super elite moderators (can be earned at MAJ2 rank or purchased). Rooms often have unposted rules or unreasonable rules that the moderators enforce. This can also lead to the room being heavily one sided towards the elite moderator.

Glitches are predominate and are likely to occur many time during play. Depending on your system the game may crash on loading, closing, during matches, and for other reasons unkown. Error codes may or may not be useful. Framerate is highly variable ranging from 600fps in the lobby to a slide show in matches.

Servers are often laggy and periodically crash. As such movement becomes stuttery and jumpy the faster the players are moving on the map. Crouching while under lag can cause you to be bumped backwards about 4 to 5 feet. Stairs can provide a sudden death. Death can happen while standing or crouching in corners or next to some objects. Lag can cause you to go into geometry.

Recent changes to the game has made pretty much every weapon available to users without requiring money spent on this game. In essence, you do not have to spend anything on this game. The problem to this is that you are going to spending every waking moment in the game to simply be able to balance the budget. At the same time you will not be able to enjoy weapon attachments and customization options on those weapons. This also includes weapons that you may recieve on the free weapon rotation system.

Cases can be purchased or earned from the game providing both useful, duplicate, and useless weapons and gear. In the past, there was an option to sell this gear but that is no longer possible so you will be stuck with it or disgard it and recieve nothing. The cases are simply lottery systems with unknown odds.

A large number of game modes are available but most are not commonly played as they are either difficult to start. The most common game modes are similar to what you consider normal in majority of FPS games.

There are a very large number of map available in the game but similar to the large number of game modes available, most are not played at all or are extremely hard to get started. Most maps are not that well balanced where one or another side will have a clear advantage.

Gunplay is satisying for the most part and behaves as one would expect to in a FPS game. Some weapons come with a built in scope while others require or prevent you from attaching them. There is a small selection available when it comes to attachments which are supressors, sights, and clips.

The main menu disregards the resolution that you have set for the game setting it at a very lower resolution. As such the menus are fairly cluttered and poorly planned out. I would say that the interface is not intuitive and there is absolutely no tutorial or guide that you can use to figure out where everything is. I found many of the changes over the years to the menu system get worse as more features are added to the game.

Players are able to create clans in the game but for the most part clan wars are limited to a few maps and game modes. The clan servers are usually sparce or even have as few as one to no matches in them going on during off hourse. Clan experience is very slow to earn and is not easy to get your clan ranked up in order to accept more players. Emblems require a purchase of real money and are limited to the "emblem maker" system. Picking an emblem can be very frusterating as many are taken and there is no indication of what is taken and not taken until you click submit.

Player statistics are tracked an available on the Combat Arms website. The downside to the updated version is that it is still in progress over a year now where the player profile is still the orginal and the global leaderboards lack featuers that were present in the older leaderboard system. These leaderboards are updated about once a day.

Downtimes can sometime occur for nearly up to a 24 hour period and often happen on Wednesdays. Compentation is known to be given for this.

Many have stated that this game is pay to win. I will not say that this is or isn't but I will say that you can spend upwards of several thousand dollars and still not have access to the full game. Pretty much every weapon is behind a paywall otherwise you will be stuck with demo version of the weapon.

I do not recommend this game.
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42 of 76 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
After a profitable hour of the game not even starting up I have come to have a mental disease called Autism, it seems all combat arms players have it.

I should be elected.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
290.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Fairly decent for a free-to-play game. Many different game modes to choose from, and fast-paced gameplay. Highly customizable characters that enable you to use virtually any combination of gear. Massive arsenal that now anyone can access without having to pay. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a problem with players that have over-inflated egos and kick better players from their rooms, though this is common in every other game out there. Now, If you're able to look past poor sports and generally unpleasant people however, you will find that this game is worth playing.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I played this game years ago and enjoyed it quite a bit but after a while the game got worse. Hackers started taking over and of course if you were skilled at all whiny little kids who you kill try to vote kick you every few minutes. I left after so much frustration as Nexon seems not to care about the hackers.

After a few years when Combat Arms is back on steam I tried it once again hoping it will be better. I tried a few game modes and I cannot believe it. The game got worse! Hackers once again filled the servers eliminating any enjoyment of the game. Not to mention that half of the time the server lags out. And of course whiny kids kept accusing me of being a hacker because I killed them once. Nothing has changed and this game is virtually unplayable. Not to mention that it is pay to win. If you waste your money on this game you get unfair advantage of weapons and other stuff to easily kill the players that are smart enough not to spend money. Uninstall this crap and never touch it again.

Final score 1/10
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
140.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
From 2 years of experience
I played this game and honestly it not worth it. I started playing this game in 2010 and stopped playing for 2 years, then I went back to get it another try and nothing changed....sadly.. the graphics remain the same. all they do is "update" the UI in the game. The communities in the game has are rude, people offending each other, the host kicking people for random reasons, hardly any support for this game and most of all, THIS GAME IS HACKED!

The amount of hacker in the game is horrible. Nexon always said that they will remove the hackers and push out patches, it hardly fixes the problem.

I gave it one last chance in 2014 and once again nothing changed.....
I repeat DO NOT USE YOUR REAL MONEY TO BUY the ingame items. ITS NOT WORTH IT!


So in the end, the "play game are clicks away, the choice is yours.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
41.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Children cry, they have not outgrown it from being a baby yet. So if you ignore the children and look at the facts:

Facts:
There are hackers, and the ability to kick or vote ban them.
The graphics are fairly dated, but still relevant.
The gameplay is entertaining and fast paced. (Think Counterstrike but more precise)
There are TONS of unlockables, you can rent or buy as well as level up.
You can use NX (real money) to unlock items and cosmetic upgrades, you also get NX for doing daily challenges.

The game is free, fun, and difficult. A lot of people get upset and blame the game instead of their own lacking abilities. The game is not perfect but it is better than most of what is out there ( which is not saying much). If you want to play a shooter, come play. If not give it it a miss. The community is sadly VERY hit and miss, you get a lot of children and ragers and the occasional hacker.

The best part for me: The amazing weapon selection, you are hard pressed not to find your preference.
The worst part: The community
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
This game is sort of a play-to-win game, quite fun but not as fun as some other Free-FPS game out there. In the game there is something called "Permanant" weapons which you get to keep forever and the rest are just 1-90 day weapons. The "Permanant" weapons cost money in Nexon Cash, or whatever you call it which costs real money. The only thing that is good about this game is that it is a Run-N-Gun type.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
48.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Gameplay it great, the game is sort of feels grainy. I would give it a 7/10.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
40.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Haha, Oh man.. This is a game I will always remember. You want a short review on this game? Alrighty, I should be able to give you one, I've played this game plenty, just, not on steam.

Granted, I've not played this game in quite some time, but there is one thing you must understand: Elite Moderaters. They are either going to be your best friend, or, they'll be some punk two year old, that is crying over the fact that "YOU SON OF A ♥♥♥♥♥, YOU'RE USING A DAMN SHOTGUN! GTFO!" with the message of "You've been kicked out of the match by the Elite Moderater." The game has a bit of a... History, with Hackers. I don't know if they've fixed that, but for some time, Elite Mods were Nexon's way to deal with it. MOST of the community however, if you were in a normal game lobby, dispised the hacker as much as you did, and wouldn't hesitate to vote kick his ♥♥♥ out.

This game, when I last played, had a great deal of game-modes, the common ones, Death-Match, Team Death-Match, Last Man Standing, Etc, Etc. You've got the unusual ones as well though, Like Infection, with a bit of a twist, Spy Hunt, (<3 Love that Game Mode) Blood Money, which is essitionaly two teams robbing a bank, fighting each other for the money. and.. A mecha game mode? I don't remember it exactly, but I do re-call it being a game mode where you're working together, but ONE randomly selected team mate is "contracted" to test a SUPER mech, one if where you make the infamous mistake (Like Me) to try to outgun him, you're in for a RUDE Awakening!

This game isn't joking about its gun list, this game has MANY guns, Guns that you usually don't find in a average FPS, you even have a few differnt Varietion of the same gun. Only problem is? *sighs* a good majority of their guns are not for sale for in-game currency, and even the in-game curreny guns only last typically for a week. If you're looking to do what i'm trying to do, to play this game COMPLETELY for free, you're going to have a hell of time, BUT, while I think I can safely say this, the premium BS guns, they cost quite a bit to keep PERMENTLY, And atleast when I was playing, it was balenced, most of the people may have a Nexon Gun (A gun that you can only get with Nexon's Currency), but it wasn't the best of the best, so it was "Average"

And that's about all I can say, the game just finished downloading on my computer, so... It's time to rock & Roll!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
360.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
The game is decent. Those complaining are comparing it to something way bigger than CA. Yes, rage kickers, hackers and all of that are in this game. Of course, the hackers are all in the recruit server which is where everyone usually starts out. I have 4 accounts on this game and I started in 2009. I do not consider this game pay-2-win, and I think those complaining just wanna QQ cause they suck. Also alot of people who are either writing reviews for this game are basing it off of 2010-2013. Combat Arms is changing and trying to improve and I think they've done well on it. Besides the fact the servers can't handle the amount of people who have come back to the game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
Let me start off by saying I first started playing Combat Arms back in 2009 AFTER it came out of beta. The game had some really major issues with things that people still complain about today, namely hacking and NX. I also don't really like writing reviews, but with how long I have played Combat Arms, I think it deserves the time I will spend typing this.
I see the majority of these reviews claiming the game is filled with hackers and/or the game is pay-to-win, I currently disagree with both of these points.

I'm sure there are a few hackers, particularly in the low rank servers, but it is nowhere near what these reviews make it sound like, and it's definitely much better than when I started playing. That said, someone pointed out that there have been fluctuations in the amount of hackers, and I can agree with that as that is the reason I quit a few years ago. However, almost any multiplayer game will experience this as hack protection is cracked and updated, but right now hacking has dropped significantly in my opinion. I can't speak for what it's like in the beginner server, and I'm guessing that's what most reviews are speaking of.
Onto the second point, the game certainly used to have an issue with feeling like it was pay-to-win. NX (paid currency) can be used to get some very useful items I suppose, but most things can be bought with GP (in-game currency) as well, and it's not difficult to earn. The rental system isn't as bad as it's made out to be (the fact that you can only rent for one day is an annoyance at most, but in no way ruins the game). Not only that, but they now have a weekly weapon rotation; each week a different set of weapons is provided to all players until the next set arrives.

The Good.

The guns/equipment.
Holy crap. If you can't find something you like in Combat Arm's MASSIVE catalogue of weapons, you shouldn't be playing a shooter. On top of the usual listing of weapons, you can craft more using things such as replica palettes, Nexon often gives out event specific gear such as adorable reindeer backpacks, and they add more and more on a pretty regular basis. On top of weapons, you get backpacks, hats/helmets, goggles/glasses/masks, vests, and the choice of camouflage. Don't like that? Then there are mercenaries you can rent or buy to use. There are specialists who get access to things like claymores and airstrikes (if you can find a room that allows their use), and assassins who have a crossbow.

The maps.
Same point as gear, there is a significant amount of maps, and you're bound to discover one that you'll become fond of.

The modes.
Combat arms doesn't really have any unique modes, but the ones it has are well made. It has the basic modes you expect to see, such as Elimination, Free for All, Capture the Flag, Search and Destroy, etc.
Fireteam puts you up against bots, either completing objectives while fighting terrorists or an evil corporation (they have mechs on one map!), or fending of waves of zombies.
Quarantine pits players against player controlled zombies. Spy Hunt has one player become the super spy (more health, a minigun, a rocket launcher) attempting to upload information while being, surprise, hunted by the rest of the players.

The Bad.

The majority of the community.
This is a huge turn off in a game like Combat Arms. Accusations fly during matches, insults spew from players of all ranks, and the worst part is how often it happens. The majority of rooms will have rules against certain weapons (while allowing people to do questionable things, e.g. crouch spamming), and many elite moderators will simply kick someone if they don't like them. I wouldn't, however, trust rooms without elite moderators as that is where you would most likely find glitchers, hackers, or other unsavory characters.

The glitches.
Head peeking and crouch spamming and so on. The worst "glitches" are unfortunately looking to be the hardest to stop. You'll often find people with the tiniest sliver of their head poking from behind objects, yet they can clearly see you. Crouch spamming resets accuracy and basically is reducing the recoil weapons have. There have been similar issues before these, and they have been dealt with.

Balance.
It's something that is almost always broken (People used to complain about the G36, and now it's Max's set). With how many guns/equipment there is in this game, it's unsurprising. However, Nexon certainly seems to take their time addressing some of these concerns.

The support.
Nexon isn't quite as evil as people make them out to be, but with millions of players support is going to take time (I got a response to a ticket that was nearly a year old sometime last year). Don't expect quick solutions if you send in a ticket, I would recommend using the forums and getting support from other players instead.

The servers.
Oh, the servers. Sometimes it can take a few minutes to connect. This causes issues with inboxes and other menus; my inventory was slowed down to the point that I was getting errors about equipping and unequipping. Sometimes the servers break. Nexon has been saying they've been DDoS'ed recently, and maybe it's true, but it doesn't change the fact that during peak hours the servers nearly come to a full stop they are so slow.

The Ugly?

The graphics.
While they aren't bad, they aren't exactly "modern" and anyone who has an issue with this is stupid and should get over it. Joking. Personally, I only have a laptop currently since my PC died, so Combat Arms is one of the few things I can run without issue.

The events.
The events are great. Nexon always has really fun and worthwhile events, but they almost always cause server issues because of the high population that comes with, e.g., giving out free permanent guns. The server issue is so bad, that I just can't say the events are a quality of the game that makes it worth playing.

The community.
Yes, I listed them under the bad points as well, and for the majority I would say they are a bad point (enough so to warrant quitting and never coming back to the game). There are, however, a lot of really fun people who play this game and it's not hard to find people who you will quickly get along with. Unfortunately, I didn't feel there were actually enough nice people to list the community under "good" as well.



So, do I recommend the game? In general, I would say yes. It's a free game, put some time into it; try out different modes, maps, and gear; and seriously, try to get some friends to join you, it will partially make up for the somewhat toxic community (especially early on when you won't have met as many people).
If you want some eye candy or a game that is unique, I wouldn't recommend Combat Arms. As I already said, the game is originally from 2009 (or 2008 if you want to count the betas) and it's a fairly generic multiplayer shooter. Combat Arms real strength is in the amount of stuff in the game, and it's something Nexon often flaunts in trailers.

Thank you if you read this far, I realize I typed up quite a bit of information here, but I felt like the other reviews were very harsh and somewhat exaggerated, and that I could hopefully provide a recommendation that was sensible.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
fun
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
152.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
this is one of my most favorite first person shoter games.

i recommend trying it, :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
This game is awesome for you people who like fps games like crossfire or counter strike
a little bit hard but still worth it
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