Is Arma II seriously only worth it for the DayZ mod?
Depends. Can you put up with a lot (and I mean a lot) of people that like to mess with newbies and kill them? Some shoot other players on sight.
So if I wanted an ultra-realistic military shooter I should still pass Arma II? Would Arma I be just as good if not better?
(And of course I'm mainly interested in single-player.)
If you want an all-around shooter, it's probably the best realistic one you'll get right now.
However, for its whole, there are better parts. DCS Black Shark
is a more realistic helicopter sim by a long shot. DCS A10-C
is a more realistic military plane sim. Steel Beasts Pro PE
is a better tank sim, and there are also alternatives like Steel Armor
and Steel Fury
which are realistic tank sims with LOTS of mods
, and apparently are some of the best tank sims ever made (and are single-player only, so that'd be a plus for you).
If you want a tactical simulation, they're ugly as sin, but Tigers Unleashed
and it's sister product Point of Attack 2
are apparently the most realistically modeled tactical simulations ever. There are also even less ugly simulations like Achtung Panzer
and Theatre of War
EDIT: Oh, totally forgot Falcon 4.0
, which is based on Falcon 4.0, but free, with improvements. Apparently they're fantastic modern combat flight sims. Haven't tried either myself.
But yes, if you want everything in one, or a realistic infantry shooter, ArmA II is probably the way to go right now.