Battlefield 3 has arrived in all its destructive glory and if this is your first Battlefield game, things can get a bit daunting. Don’t worry though; we got your back with this basic guide we’ve devised to help you on the Battlefield. Time to get your game face on soldier. Hooah!
Make sure you have one
So let’s rid of the obvious yet basic stuff first which surprisingly a lot of people seem to overlook – Voice communication. In Battlefield 3, voice communication between a squad is instrumental. You use voice communication for everything, be it spotting enemies, requesting health, ammo or a revival. It’s a team game and if you can’t communicate, you’re more of a liability than an asset. You get cheap mics all over the city so you have absolutely no excuse not to own one.
Squad = Mobile spawn points
Now that you’re all set to enter the Battlefield, it’s time you found a nice squad since a squad that plays and communicates well with each other can kick serious butt. Plus, squads act as mobile spawn points for dead players so you can spawn in the middle of the action rather than trekking it all the way from base. However, I suggest you don’t blindly spawn on a team mate, especially if he’s about to die because in all probability you will die as well.
Understand the game
You’ve probably seen the Caspian Border trailer a million times by now and can’t wait to jump into a 64 man server but if you haven’t played a Battlefield game before, you will die – a lot. To avoid getting frustrated, I suggest picking up some of the smaller modes first, like Team or Squad Deathmatch where you can grasp the game’s mechanics and dabble around with your class as well.
Support your team
Sharing is caring
Battlefield 3 is a game that rewards players for playing as a team even if they can’t shoot to save their lives. If you just can’t seem to catch a break, don’t get disheartened as every class in the game doubles with some sort of a support tactic. Playing as the Assault class? Keep dropping health packs or revive people with your defib. Support class your thing? Suppress enemy targets and lay down ammo for the rest of your team. Even a class like Recon that’s largely relegated to sniper weapons can help out by deploying mobile beacons to spawn on or motion sensors that allow players to pick up enemy movements on their radar. Just make sure you don’t end up being one of those selfish douche bags who’ll be camping in the dirt, going prone 24/7 with hopes of raking up a huge killstreak.
Use destruction to your advantage
Who needs doors in Battlefield 3
Granted the destruction in this game has been toned down a bit as compared to Bad Company 2 but even so, a rocket to the wall will create a nice door for you ASAP. Similarly, abuse a structure with enough explosives and it will crash down on its unfortunate inhabitants. Just make sure none of your teammates are in there as well.
Chose your specialisation wisely
Compliment your loadout
In the Loadout menu, right at the bottom, there’s a specialisation tab that allows players to sprint faster, carry more ammunition etc. Make sure to choose the specialization that complements your class. For example if you’re playing as Support, you can choose the Suppression perk that allows you to suppress enemies heavily giving your team the option of flanking them while their vision is blurred. For the Engineer, choosing the Explosive perk makes the most sense as it increases the amount of explosive ammunition.
Don’t be afraid to hit the dirt
When in doubt, hit the floor
Battlefield 3 now has the ability to go prone and as frustrating as it is to get killed by a prone sniper, this particular gameplay mechanic can be a life saver especially when you’re getting shot from all sides. Hit the dirt and try moving to a safer place especially if you don’t know where you’re getting shot from.
Don’t blind your teammates
You do not want to be on the receiving end of that light
Battlefield 3 has introduced tactical lights that players can mount on their weapons to see in dark spaces and blind opponents. In theory this sounds fine but the tac lights in this game are so bright, they put the sun to shame. Use them by all means but only do so against the enemy. I’ve seen dudes running around with tac lights blinding half the team in the process. You can toggle your light off simply by pressing the T key.
Learn to fly
You're doing it wrong
The allure of flying around in a chopper raining down hell fire on ground troops in this game is strong but flying a vehicle in Battlefield 3 is tough. Make sure you know what you’re doing before you load an entire chopper with people only to crash it in a few seconds. While this may seem funny at first for you, it may not be that amusing for your unfortunate teammates. It also made you lose four tickets. If you’re really keen on flying, plug in an Xbox360 controller and join one of the many Flying servers floating around where people keep practising their areal skills.
Rockets take ages to reload
The reload animations in Battlefield 3 take time. This isn’t Call of Duty where you can strap on a Sleight of Hand perk and reload your weapon in a second. In such cases, make sure you learn how to switch to your side arm quickly. It could save your life in a furious fire-fight especially if you’re an Engineer since rockets take ages to reload.
Don’t get obsessed with knifing
Knifing is satisfying but risky
Knifing an opponent in Battlefield 3 is a very satisfying experience where you turn him around, look into his eyes for a second, stab him in the chest and then humiliate him further by snatching his dog tag. Just make sure you don’t go running around the Battlefield looking for dudes to knife or you’ll keep dying and reducing your team’s tickets.
That’s about all we can think of right now. If you’d like to share some of your tips, feel free to drop them off in the comments section below.
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