America's Army Tweak Guide

Author: Koroush Ghazi

Last Modified: May 2009


America's Army is a 3D online game centered around the US Army. The game was developed by US Army and US Dept. of Defense experts to "provide civilians with an inside perspective and a virtual role in today’s premiere land force". It does just that, providing players of the game with the most authentic military experience available. The full version of the game is available completely free of charge from here and rivals any online first person shooter in both gameplay and state-of-the-art graphics.

Since America's Army came out in July 2002, it has rapidly grown in popularity, such that there are now over 7 million registered players, placing it in the top 5 most popular online PC games. One of the reasons the game is so successful is that it is based on the Unreal Engine, which powers games like Unreal Tournament 2004. The Unreal Engine provides America's Army with highly realistic graphics, sound effects and physics. To add to this, the game is constantly being improved in the form of new versions regularly released by the game's developers.

The latest version of the game is called America's Army: Special Forces (Overmatch) and brings the game up to Version 2.8.5. If you haven't tried America's Army yet it is without a doubt worth the download.

I've prepared this guide as a means of bringing together important America's Army resources as well as providing details on what all of the game's settings do – both those available in-game and those in the .ini files - to let you maximize your enjoyment of the game. Whether you're new to the game or a long time player, there is something here for everyone so read on.

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Note: This guide refers to the latest version of America's Army: Special Forces Version 2.8.5. Check back regularly for updates to the guide.

Important: This guide will not be updated for America's Army 3.0. However since AA 3.0 is based on the Unreal Engine 3.0, you can refer to the Unreal Tournament 3 Tweak Guide, especially for advanced tweaking details.