America’s Army (AA) is a free gaming project developed by the United States Army. America’s Army was conceived by Colonel Casey Wardynski, who envisioned “using computer game technology to provide the public a virtual Soldier experience that was engaging, informative and entertaining.”
The PC version 1.0, subtitled Recon, was released in 2002. Since then there have been several versions with the most recent being America’s Army 3. All versions have been developed on the Unreal Engine. The game is financed by the U.S. government and distributed by free download.
The effort proved successful with “more than 8 million registrations and 3 billion player rounds” as of March 2007. One teenager was quoted saying the game “provides great information. This would probably spark an interest. I don’t know how I would have found out so much some other way.”
America’s Army has been positively received, up until 2.8. GameSpot states “nothing beats going in and seeing what the Army really does…without actually having to do it” It has a rating of 82 on Metacritic. In addition, it has been covered in thousands of media outlet stories around the world and has received many awards.
America’s Army is a great game, and a large download (3,5 GB).