Top 10 Games Like Arma 3 (Games Better Than Arma 3 In Their Own Way)

Games Like Arma 3
Get ready for more military action.

If you’ve played Arma 3, then you know how realistic, intense, and chaotic battles can get with dozens of people, planes, and vehicles.

Here are ten more games similar to Arma 3 that offer a new tactical combat experience.

Check them out.

10. Squad

Squad: Steam Greenlight Announcement Trailer (April 2015)

Squad is what happens when Arma and Battlefield have a beautiful, little love-child. Developed by the creators of the mod Project Reality for Battlefield 2, Squad is a first-person shooter that combines tactics and communication in an intense fast-paced action setting. 

What makes Squad awesome:

  • Large battles of up to 40 vs 40 players.
  • Squad-based tactics with a heavy emphasis on teamwork.
  • Dynamic firefights with vehicles and player-built entrenchments.

Big guns: Commandeer tanks, APC’s and other large vehicles!

Surprise, surprise: Get the drop on your enemy and wipe them out with your squad!

9. Insurgency: Sandstorm

What makes Insurgency: Sandstorm awesome:

  • 16 vs 16 players in tight, action-packed maps.
  • Emphasis on team-based combat in close-quarters.
  • Deep character and weapon customization.

Hail of bullets: Survive the dangerous alleys and streets by sticking together.

Personify: Customize hair, clothes, weapons and more exactly how you want.

8. Escape From Tarkov

Escape from Tarkov - Closed Beta launch trailer

Escape From Tarkov is an exciting mix of several genres. It’s a not just a hardcore, tactical FPS, it’s also an RPG and an MMO at the same time. With realistic damage models, in-game trading, PVP and PVE, the entire region of Tarkov is open to you as a mercenary. Raid, kill, steal and loot before escaping with your newly acquired gear. It’s amazing, and a personal favorite of mine!
What makes Escape From Tarkov awesome:

  • Raid enemy players or AI’s with friends to steal their loot.
  • High-risk, high-reward. Put your newfound loot on the line in combat.
  • Trade with other players, or set up trading posts of your own.

Spotted him: Watch yourself in Tarkov. Enemies (both real and AI) can be everywhere.

Cover me: Join up with your friends to take down enemies and steal their loot.

7. Call To Arms

  • Unique game mechanics blending RTS, TPS, and FPS.
  • Use cars, tanks, and helicopters to cause mayhem on the battlefield. 
  • Free to play in singleplayer, multiplayer and co-op!

Eye in the sky: Command your troops by using the RTS function of the game.

Boots on the ground: Or take it up close and personal by switching to FPS. 

6. Verdun

Verdun Trailer

In a much earlier part of our history, we find Verdun. A realistic, first-person shooter that takes place during World War I, between 1914 and 1918. Infamous for its hellish barrages of brutal artillery, chemical gas attacks, and lethal close-quarter encounters, Verdun doesn’t shy away from any of it, showing the true horrors of World War I in its fullest.
What makes Verdun awesome:

  • Hardcore team-based shooter in the trenches of WWI.
  • Authentic WWI settings, including detailed uniforms and weapons. 
  • Brutal gore and gas attacks. Not for the faint of heart. 

In the trenches: Experience WWI through the eyes of 5 different armies.

War is hell: Mutilations and gore are all part of the battlefields in Verdun. 

5. Rust

Rust Trailer

Gather, explore, loot and shoot! The four pillars of Rust is essentially this. Gather resources, explore your surroundings, find some weapons and armor, and find a victim to raid. All while you manage hunger, thirst, and the harsh environments around you. Who knows? If you’re lucky, you might even meet a person or two to team up with as you build your base.
What makes Rust awesome:

  • Open world shooter on a giant map with plenty to explore.
  • Direct voice communication to form friendships and alliances with other players. 
  • Complex looting, crafting and base-building mechanics. 

In the wilderness: Duke it out with rocks and bows until you gain a proper footing.

Flames of fury: Craft flamethrowers, rifles, and explosives to overcome your enemies. 

4. The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: ‘What is The Division 2?’ Trailer | Ubisoft [NA]

Division 2 is an open-world, fast-paced, third-person, cover-shooter RPG. Phew, that was quite a mouthful, huh? Containing a campaign mode, coop with PvE as well as team-based PvP, the game offers a wide variety of ways to expand on both your inventory, skills, and weapons in lots of intense shootouts. 
What makes The Division 2 awesome:

  • Take on a large campaign running through the capital of Washington DC.
  • Collect and combine loot to increase your skills and abilities. 
  • Broad possibilities for seasoned players with lots of endgame content.

Take cover: Dive behind concrete blocks and burned-out tanks to stay out of harm's way.

Loot ‘em up: Grind the different missions and game modes for goodies! 

3. Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Reveal Trailer – E3 2015 [Europe]

Set in a massive open world, Ghost Recon: Wildlands sets out to provide players with forests, mountains, and plains to traverse, overcome and utilize to their advantage through the different missions. Offering a high amount of freedom in terms of choice for how the player wants to approach a mission, it is a gem of a game for the tactical gamer who doesn’t enjoy linearity. 
What makes Ghost Recon: Wildlands awesome:

  • Coop with friends through more than 20 provinces, each with a boss to take down.
  • Giant map with different environments ranging from deserts to forests to mountains. 
  • Provides a great sense of choice, whether to use stealth or force with every mission.

Sneaky sneaky: Use the cover of darkness to employ stealth tactics.

Mister Mayhem: Or unleash Ragnarok and crush your enemies in furious hellfire. 

2. Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line - Launch Trailer

Famous for its raw commentary on PTSD, the horrors of war and the consequences of choices made in combat by soldiers. Spec Ops: The Line is a cover-based, third-person shooter, that isn’t just a commentary on war, it’s a harsh and brutal, interactive experience that chews you up and spits you out, leaving you with a feeling of despair and hopelessness. From a story-telling perspective, it is truly unique. 
What makes Spec Ops: The Line awesome:

  • Long campaign with a deeply engaging story.
  • Unrelentingly honestly about war and the player’s choices. 
  • Amazing ending to the game.

Heartless: Experience a truly unique tale of horror in a warzone.

Guilt and regret: Spec Ops: The Line is a game that truly isn’t a glorified Hollywood shooter. 

1. Project Reality

Project Reality: BF2 v1.5 Trailer

Now, on to the number one! Project Reality! This is the mod that got me into milsims for real, and what finally led down the giant rabbit hole that is Arma III. Created for BF2, developed by the creators of Squad, almost 15 years ago, the modification holds its own in many unique aspects. Taking the realism, coordination, and team-tactics of modern warfare in gaming to another level, this is simply a breathtakingly well-executed mod on so many levels.
What makes Project Reality awesome:

  • 64 vs 64 players on large maps with tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets.
  • Military structure and communication with other players immerse you in the game. 
  • Highly realistic in terms of weapon handling, medical care, and logistics. 

Control and conquer: Work together with your team to secure objectives.


Dog fights: Take it to the sky, dominate enemy fighter jets and help out your fellow soldiers on the ground

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Fell in love with games at an early age, quickly he learned it was not just a faze. With joy in his heart, and passion in his soul, he has experienced games truly worth more than gold.
Gamer Since: 1995
Favorite Genre: RPG
Currently Playing: Arma III
Top 3 Favorite Games:Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition, Mass Effect 2, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

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