Firstly it has to be said that if you don’t like the Arma series then you won’t like this or if you haven’t tried any of the Arma games then you’ll need be prepared to put in a lot of time to learn how this engine works. Also if you’re after a traditional FPS (COD, BF3) then avoid any of the Arma engine games. I’ve read loads of negative views on Iron Front but after a bout 10 hours play I think a lot of it’s a bit too harsh. Yes there are numerous bugs and the game is seriously lacking that final polish but nothing a few visits to this forum or the Arma forums can’t help you with and underneath lurks what could be a great game. I haven’t tried the MP side as from what I hear the servers are dead or populated by hackers which is a shame.
One thing that does bug me is how come on Arma2OA I get a nice smooth 60 -70 FPS but on Iron Cross I’m lucky to get 25 -30? Still playable though. I’m just hoping the modding community take this game up and get it running even if the devs don’t. Also I’ve still to delve into the editor which I’m told is blindingly capable. The enemy AI so far seems better than most FPS's can offer, the graphics are great (if a little juddery now and then) and what always need to be remembered is the sheer scale of the maps. I only paid £14.00 for Iron Front and I consider that to be a bargain, lots of fun so far and lots more to come especially if there’re further patches to give that final polish. Between this and DAYZ I’m having a ball with Arma. Go buy Iron front and help keep it alive and kicking.
P.S If you do buy it don't get despondant with the initial training missions, they are crap and as buggy as a T.T racers visor. Think of it like going to an expensive restaurant and being given prawn cocktail for starters, just gobble it down and wait for the main course.
**** Revised Opinion ****
Having now played some 20 hours I'm afraid to say my initial impressions have gone into reverse. Once you arrive in any kind of battle with tanks the whole game slows to about 12 -16 FPS, totally unplayable and no settings make any difference. Also trying to get your AI squad to do anything remotely logical is just impossible. One for the shelf and hope for some patches.