Bear in mind that arma2 can navigate exceptional distances, perform flanking attacks, suppressive fire, fire and movement, and utilize hundreds of weapon systems. Thus with the assumption and appreciation that it is possible to increase the combat effectiveness of the AI with a few simple tweaks. Read on.
Changes by Concept
Put simply the AI bunches up and leaves itself vulnerable to automatic fire or explosives. The AI should dynamically expand and retract its formation to accommodate the terrain. This should also affect the distance moved when employing bounding overwatch by an equivalent amount.
In open terrain the formation should operate with approximately twice the dispersion currently employed. (10m)
The beta patches introduced suppressive fire as a means to lock down targets. Unfortunately the AI is still quite conservative with its ammunition. In many cases the AIs combat effectiveness would have been greatly increased by pouring on more firepower. .
The AI ought to be about twice as likely to initiate suppressive fire.
Once ‘Danger’ mode and ‘heavily engaged’ has been flagged – the AI often proves to be extremely unresponsive. Slow AI results in both unnecessary casualties and frustration. Bounding overwatch does have its place when the AI is either engaging enemies or moving independently of the unit.
I propose that Bounding Overwatch should NEVER trigger, with two exceptions.
1. When ordered to ATTACK (target+engage)
2. When ordered to MOVE to a location whilst danger mode is active.
All other orders (get in, heal, rearm, etc) should not trigger Bounding Overwatch.
Changes by Combat modes
 The highest stance adopted by an AI in combat mode should 9/10 times be crouched position.
 The AI should ignore micromovement (any movement of 5m or less) made by the squad leader.
 An AI stationary for more than 5-10 seconds should 9/10 times drop to a crouched position.
 Sneaking AI should NEVER move at a pace greater than walking/slow.
In stealth mode the AI should prefer prone stance when stationary.
Thanks for reading
Edited by NkEnNy, 15 August 2010 - 02:24.