Wow, I seem to have found an old review of Abandoned Armies I wrote for XCessOFP.tk
way back in April, thought I might aswell post it up here Abandoned Armies - by THobson
This is one mission I will never forget. In fact, scratch that, this is one game I will never forget.
Abandoned Armies took the OFP engine, and pushed it to the extreme. This is an entire island, filled with a real enemy that goes through it's daily routine minute by minute, hour by hour.
There's no spawn zones, the units you face in Abandoned Armies are there from the start, and yet.. they fill an entire island.
I thought a mission like this would be impossible before playing it, I thought it would create massive amounts of lag making the mission simply unplayable. But THobson proved me wrong.
With 130 scripts, THobson has created a living world within the OFP engine, one in which every player action affects the outcome. Groups will join up when low in numbers, they will disembark their vehicles when they see something suspect, and then they will get back in the vehicle and continue their patrols if they see nothing, or deal with the problems.
The overall objective is to save the island of Malden from two opposing forces, the northern force controlled by Stamenov, an ex spetz natz commanding well trained, proffesional soldiers. To the south, the rabble force of Andropov, the infamous police chief of Nogova. His force maybe unskilled, but their determination in avoiding their commanders well proven wrath keeps them fighting for their very lives.
And what force does the player have? A small band of resistance fighters, many of which have never fired a gun before in their life. But they have a thirst for revenge. Having their families slaughtered and their homes occupied by rapists and murderers, they will fight with every ounce of strength in their body until they reach either victory.. or their death.
How could such a small force defeat not one, but two armies. Both of which using better weapons and better vehicles, not to mention tanks and helicopters... Well, you'll just have to play the mission for yourself to find out.
One thing I can tell you, when you play Abandoned Armies, your view of OFP will be greatly improved.