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Free To Play On Steam This Weekend: A Great Tactical Shooter That's Also Steeply Discounted

An oldie but goodie.

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Though Arma 3 originally released back in 2013, developer Bohemia Interactive has provided consistent support for the open-world military shooter ever since. The most recent expansion released just last summer, and it's never hard to find people online waging war across the huge sandboxes. For those who haven't given the realistic shooter a go, Steam is hosting a free trial until Sunday, January 19 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.

To take advantage of the free trial, all you need to do is head over to Arma 3's Steam page and click the "play game" button. The free trial includes the base game and the Apex expansion. All told, you'll have access to a substantial suite of PvP only multiplayer and a pair of campaigns. The base game includes the single-player campaign, which clocks in around six hours, and the Apex expansion includes a co-op campaign for one to four players.

In GameSpot's 8/10 Arma 3 review, writer Kevin VanOrd praised the game's clever tactical combat and its emphasis on giving users the ability to create their own scenarios. Though the review was written more than five years ago, Arma 3's fine-tuned mechanics have kept it chugging along as a formidable multiplayer shooter. The wealth of new content released in the past few years has helped as well.

Arma 3's free Steam trial runs until January 19
Arma 3's free Steam trial runs until January 19
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If you like what you play, you can purchase Arma 3, its two expansions, and 10 DLC packs for steep discounts at Steam until January 20. The base game drops from $30 to $9, while the Ultimate Edition, which compiles the entire Arma experience, is slashed from $150 to $49.40. Individual DLC packs are all 66% off, so it's the perfect time for Arma 3 fans to pick up the content they're missing.

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