America's Army 2 Special Forces: Free PC Game

Download the second edition of America's Army on PC

America's Army 2: Special Forces is a multiplayer tactical first-person shooter produced by the United States Army as both a recruitment and training tool. In this army PC game, players take on the role of a U.S. Army soldier as they fight in combat situations where teamwork and official U.S. Army tactics are essential to be successful.

Information in this article applies to America's Army 2 (also known simply as America's Army: Special Forces) for Microsoft Windows.

America's Army Special Forces PC game
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What Is America's Army: Special Forces?

This second edition of America's Army was released in November 2003 under the title America's Army: Special Forces. The game was geared towards the Special Forces branches of the military in order to help increase the enlistment of potential soldiers for real-world operations. At the time of its release, this would have primarily been operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In America's Army 2, players take part in individual and team training missions in hopes of joining the ranks of the Green Beret and other special units such as the 82nd Airborne Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment. These roles can be unlocked in multiplayer games as players complete missions. Additional roles available include Weapons Specialists, Intelligence, Engineer, Communications, and Combat Medic. Earning honor points also opens up new servers and missions.

Where to Download America's Army 2 for PC

America's Army 2 is no longer available for download from the official website, nor is it on any digital gaming platforms like Steam. Nonetheless, you can still find America's Army 2 on third-party download websites. The original release of the game is available from Free Games.com, and a version with the latest updates (version 2.5) can be downloaded from Source Forge.

America's Army 2 for Xbox

The U.S. Army also published a version of America's Army 2 for the original Xbox called America's Army: Rise of a Soldier. You might be able to find a used copy of the game from sites like eBay, but there's no way to download America's Army: Rise of a Soldier for PC.

Why Was America's Army 2 Successful?

America's Army: Special Forces, along with the other games in America's Army series, have been completely free to download as they are fully funded by the government. The game is built using the Unreal game engine and features high-quality graphics and animation for the time it was released. This helped fuel its success as retail games costing $40-50 offered the same or even lower-quality graphics.

America's Army 2 includes both single-player and multiplayer options with two different classes in the multiplayer mode: the U.S. Army soldier or the Indigenous Forces class. The game features real equipment and weaponry used by U.S. Army forces, such as the M4 Carbine, AT4 anti-tank rocket, and demolition munitions.

Is America's Army 2 Still Worth Playing?

While the game is more than 15 years old, it is possible to find active players; however, the game can only be found on third-party sites in varying versions of the release. The U.S. Army has since moved on from the 2.0 branch of the game and only provides downloads to America's Army 3 and the latest version, titled America's Army: Proving Grounds. Both games are also available on Steam.