Cops And Robbers: Arma 3 – Altis Life Mod

The Arma series has a history of ‘real life’ mods, the designation of which suggests that ARMA isn’t already a relatively accurate recreation of real life activities. Soldiers are not a fictional character class. The Life mods aim to drop players into a world where earning a wage and shopping for groceries is as important as firing a gun. Rather than being a first-person multiplayer interpretation of The Sims (which I would definitely play), Altis Life is cut from the same cloth as GTA V’s online mode. Players can be civilians or cops, and the former are likely to come into conflict with the latter when they realise that forming a criminal gang is more fun than picking berries.

Here’s a decent guide to the mod and the official site has the details for the official server and plenty of discussion about upcoming features and current possibilities.

Civilians can work legal jobs, drawing a wage to spend on equipment, but when that becomes tedious, it’s possible to risk conflict with the law by stealing and dealing. Police officers can pull over vehicles to search for illegal substances, trying to spot convoys of smugglers and engaging in high speed pursuits. It’s even possible to join rebel armies and attack settlements, overthrowing the powers that be.

Before playing, do read the quick guide and spend some time perusing the forums. There are rules, encouraging roleplay within a fairly loose framework, and it’d be a shame if a horde of newcomers disrupted Altis Life. Rounding up the RPS crowd to form a Keystone Cops division seems like a fairly sensible idea.


Top comments

  1. weirdoo says:

    Me and my friends were blacklisted by the police, seriously, the instant we tried to make a living (smuggling Cocaine and what not) they would be on us instantly. Man, it's fun
  1. DrGonzo says:

    Any guides on getting it to run playably? I can run Arma 3 online at an ok framerate, but after trying all the Altis Life servers I could find, they all ran at about 10-20 frames a second , sometimes even less, with vehicles glitching about and flying through the air.

    • zeekthegeek says:

      Unfortunately framerate is limited b y what the server can handle. Shitty server or mission file = shitty framerate, nothing at all the user can do.

  2. The Rt Hon Player 2 MP says:

    Sounds like a job for the Saline Bandit!

  3. weirdoo says:

    Me and my friends were blacklisted by the police, seriously, the instant we tried to make a living (smuggling Cocaine and what not) they would be on us instantly. Man, it’s fun

  4. TWChristine says:

    I found these videos to be quite funny:

  5. Everyone says:

    Soldiers are not a fictional character class.

    The way the budget is going lately, they’re not far off fictional … whether this is a good or bad thing is up to you.

    • natedynamic says:

      Just borrow some from America, where our military (despite recent cuts) remains bigger than the next 10 nations combined. :P You should hear all the “sky is falling” nonsense from our side of the pond.

  6. Niklas says:

    Altis Life is:
    not a mod
    a borefest

  7. LevelHeaded says:

    If you want to play Second Life, just play Second LIfe.

    • Mctittles says:

      I’ve tried both driving for a distance and shooting a gun in second life. The pop-in/lag makes driving impossible and the controls makes shooting terrible.

  8. drinniol says:

    Ugh. My brother spends way too much time playing this for getting into gunfights. I say WHY DO YOU NOT PLAY DEATHMATCH. He is stoopid.

  9. Velko says:

    Her paycheck was working on the internet for her? That’s some smart tech right there.

  10. tigershuffle says:

    Will give this a whirl.

    Im currently playing the exellent Breaking Point mod for Arma 3
    (sort of DayZ meets Wasteland, fall in love and move in together, have a fight and then refuse to take each others calls).

  11. Tjee says:

    Tried reading the Quick guide, but I would have preferred reading one not written by a twelve year old.

  12. BillMurray says:

    Life(the mod) is really, really boring and apparently about 80% of the populated servers.