ArmA: Cold War Assault
Developer Bohemia Interactive
Publisher Codemasters (initial)
Bohemia Interactive
Platforms PC
Release dates July 22, 2001 (initial)
July 13, 2011 (update)

ArmA: Cold War Assault (also known as Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis) is the first game in the ArmA series.

Overview Edit

Formerly known as Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, Cold War Assault is an official re-release of the original game by Bohemia Interactive.

It is also bundled with and integrates the content of the Resistance expansion pack. It does not include the content from the Red Hammer expansion, which was not developed by Bohemia Interactive but rather by Codemasters.

Gameplay Edit

As the first game in the series, ArmA: Cold War Assault sets the standard of gameplay that would be featured in all subsequent titles. The player can switch between third person and first person camera view modes, and many vehicles including tanks, cars, helicopters, and boats, can be driven in the game.

ArmA: Cold War Assault can be played in both single and online multiplayer. It also features a mission editor that players can use to create anything from single-mission scenarios to full blown custom campaigns.

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Requirements Edit

OS Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
PROCESSOR Intel Pentium II 400 MHz Intel Pentium III 700 MHz
AMD Athlon 700 MHz
GRAPHICS DirectX 8.0 compatible 3D card DirectX 9.0 compatible 3D card
DirectX® 8.1 9.0c
RAM 128 MB 1 GB
HARD DRIVE 800 MB free space 1 GB free space
AUDIO OpenAL sound compatible audiocard (DirectX via compatibility switch) OpenAL sound compatible audiocard (DirectX via compatibility switch)
OTHER Internet connection and free Steam account to activate Internet connection and free Steam account to activate

Accurate as of January 2017

Story Edit

​The plot follows the occupation of three fictional islands by rogue Soviet forces, with a collection of NATO and resistance movements trying to re-take them.

The game starts in 1985, in a NATO camp near Malden. The protagonist, David Armstrong is introduced along with his squad during the training exercise. Switching to James Gastovski, a pilot having a conversation on a telephone about the recent communications cut on Everon.

Three NATO helicopters are then sent to the island to investigate, but do not return. Colonel Blake then briefs Sergeant Berghoff’s squad (The squad David is in) on the situation then sends them to the island, discovering Soviet troops. After a string of defeats, Colonel Blake commences a retreat of all forces, though Armstrong is left behind, but is saved by the Everon Freedom and Independence Alliance. He is able to return to Malden after reaching the partisan's base.

Robert Hammer, a tank crewman, Sam Nichols a pilot, and Gastovski are then played through their view points. A follow-up of successful operations leads to Armstrong later commanding his own squad. Sam Nichols and two other pilots proceed to attack Kolgujev, the last Soviet-held island, but his jet fails and he is captured by Spetsnaz.

Before his execution, General Guba, brings one last ultimatum to the Americans: leave, or face nuclear annihilation, and proceeds to place Nichols on camera before sending him to a camp. Nichols manages to escape however, and makes it back to NATO lines.

Infuriated by the continued failures, Guba executes his subordinate Major Angelina Malevich, but immediately feels remorse as he deeply trusted her. With his forces crippled, Guba orders a SCUD missile to be readied for launch. This attempt fails however, when James and his men manage to capture him and destroy the SCUD, ending the bloody conflict at last.

Years later, Armstrong, Nichols, Hammer, and Gastovski meet on Everon for drinks (the FIA commander will also be present if he was met at the castle).

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Trivia Edit

  • Cold War Assault was initially released as Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis and received two more expansion packs in the form of Resistance and Red Hammer.
    • The Red Hammer expansion was not developed by Bohemia Interactive. It was instead made and published separately by Codemasters following a fall out between the two companies.
    • Aside from the Red Hammer expansion, both Cold War Crisis and Resistance were bundled together and were eventually renamed and re-released in 2011 by Bohemia Interactive itself, now re-titled as ArmA: Cold War Assault.
    • Previous owners of the game were presented with the opportunity to (freely) upgrade their existing copies of Cold War Crisis into Cold War Assault instead through Patch 1.99.

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