Arma 3 is a hardcore military simulator, sure, but there’s more fun to be had in the alpha than just flying helicopters and firing high-tech weapons. Using the built-in editor you can enable a debug free camera (see our guide here) to take beautiful screenshots. You can place units and vehicles, change the weather and time of day, and even apply Instagram-style colour filters. The screenshots in this gallery were all taken at ultra settings using the debug camera/editor.
But I'm sure you can do better.
In fact, we're running a competition to prove as much: you have until Monday to post your own gorgeous snaps of Arma 3 in our forum's screenshots thread. We'll put up a gallery of the prettiest pics next week and select three winners, each of whom will get a key to the full Arma 3 Digital Deluxe Edition.
Above: the Greek island of Stratis in all its sun-baked, war-torn glory. View distance set to maximum.
A rifleman surveys the area, or maybe he’s just admiring the postcard view.
Divers are new to Arma 3. Their SDR rifle allows them to fire from, and under, water.
This radar dome is one of Stratis’ landmarks and is part of the helicopter showcase mission.
Stratis at night. You can use the editor to set the time of day, weather, fog, and cloud cover.
The sun dips below the horizon. You can just make out the airfield in the background.
A squad of riflemen patrol Agios Efstratios, the island’s largest town.
This wooded valley on the East side of the island is where the infantry showcase takes place.
The picturesque port of Agios Efstratios from above. Hold shift to speed the free camera up.
You can adjust the focus of the free camera using the scroll wheel.