I was always disaffected by the ArmA AI configuration. In fact nothing was improved since the OPF 1.96 patch.
In that point I understand BIS: ArmA should be played by the masses and not only by OPF veterans, the increasing of Ai skill can have negative popularity effect on that game. A newcomer to OPF will get shot very frequently – and can get disappointed very fast.
For the majority of people AI is not the big matter of the game. (My exp.) Most of people prefer to have good missions rather than “better” soldiers. I can’t improve the AI combat tactics; this is not possible without the VBS2 tools. (In the VBS vid you can see that it is possible to program fight tactics to a unit.)
For me it was important to improve the instant fights self-made in the mission editor. I play with super Ai on, but before the tweaking it was not a big problem to kill an entire squad of infantry alone. Now it is more difficult.
So I tried to fix some AI battle issues as:
- Firefight ranges
- Awareness of troops
- Rates of fire // now removed
For AI soldiers.
This is simply to do:
1. The “sensitivity” of a soldier class has to be increased.
(2. Bigger weapons max ranges, decrease the RateOfFire for that ranges. // now removed)
Now I have firefights at greater ranges – and faster enemy detection. The snipers and MGs have become more dangerous… The campaign was made for another Ai, don’t wonder if you can’t play so easy any more.
How to make a mod folder:
Make a folder called MY_MOD in the ArmA directory, place the 2 files from the .zip in the ArmA/MY_MOD/ADDONS folder.
Add to Arma shortcut: E:\ArmA\arma.exe -mod=MY_MOD; -nosplash
And enjoy the tweaked ArmA AI.
Remember: this small addon is just an alpha. It does not make the Ai smarter, they only shoot faster and long range.
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Do not forget to delete both files when the 1.09 patch is out! The BIS will definetly update configs of weapons.pbo or characters.pbo, then my files will cause problems. Will be there an error message?! I don't know...
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Actually I was not making an ArmA addon for the big community news, but if more people try this tweak out – I have nothing against it. Just remember: this is the ADDONS & MODS: DISCUSSION FORUM, don’t blame me for game balance violation and errors…
All suggestions and hints are welcome here.
UPDATED TO 0.02.