5 Tips for CoD Players Jumping into Battlefield 3′s Multiplayer

Pick up a copy of Battlefield 3 with no experience in the franchise, as many players are likely to do this week, and you might have some problems. For those who have grown up in the wilderness of Call of Duty multiplayer on consoles, entering the world of DICE’s military shooter for the first time can be somewhat jarring.

It’s mostly tough to reconcile because Battlefield looks and feels a lot like the Modern Warfare series, at least on the surface. The controls and mechanics are similar. But anybody who drops into a couple of Battlefield 3 games will quickly get a lesson in humility as they try to navigate the game’s huge maps or attempt to fly a plane for the first time. Don’t expect awesome kill-death ratios your first time out in BF3 if you’re a Call of Duty player.

We’re here to tell you, Modern Warfare players, one simple truth: You’re doing it wrong. Please excuse the following language, but you need a bit of a slap in the face. Consider this an intervention that should put you on the path to playing Battlefield 3 properly.

And for God’s sake, stop hopping when you fight people. You look like an idiot.

5. Slow the F–k Down and Camp More

In a multiplayer game I played recently, as my team was getting maimed by enemy fire, one player began spamming the text chat: “CAMP MORE. CAMP MORE. CAMP MORE.”

He was absolutely right.

While you might be able to snag your dual shotguns and sprint around the back alleys of Modern Warfare titles like a Jason Vorhees psychopath, ravaging players before they have a chance to react to you with the power of your weapons, Battlefield 3 isn’t like that. This is a game that puts much more emphasis on strategy. The more you move around, the more of a target you are, and as I was recently told by Game Front’s Ron Whitaker, “If you can see it, you can kill it.” Well, that goes both ways.

Instead, use your brain. Set yourself up where you expect to see players. Hide in places where you’re not obvious and try to be patient. Camping may be boring, yes, but Battlefield packs plenty of hot-and-heavy battle moments. The key is to be set up with the better position and the element of surprise, rather than rushing into superior numbers or players waiting for you. Eventually, somebody’s going to get impatient and make a stupid move: make sure that somebody isn’t you.

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13 Comments on 5 Tips for CoD Players Jumping into Battlefield 3′s Multiplayer

JosephPS3 Herman Cain 4 Pres

On October 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm

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Point 2. Don’t Drive into Walls, Dumbass combined with that poster. Man that’s funny.

Great article Phil. This is essentially why Battlefield is a very different game than MW multiplayer. EA should pay you to post this on their website and have everyone read it.


On October 27, 2011 at 7:37 pm

spotting and dropping health/ammo/ motion detectors is my biggest pet peeves, thanks for incluing them! :)


On October 27, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Any CoD players looking to get jump into BF3. I only have one tip.


You stay in your crappy little game, leave the big boys alone. I don’t want to have to deal with you ignoring everything Phil talked about and spamming chat, suiciding vehicles and generally ing because you don’t have a 10/1 KDR or kill streak rewards.


On October 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Games like modern sniperfare and Sniperfield 3 only really have 1 good tip..

Pick sniper.

If you pick anything else? too bad, Sniped, Sniped, Sniped /lolatnoobfornotpickingsniper.


On October 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Well this is the most condescending thing I’ve ever read.

I haven’t played CoD4 for a few years and have been playing BF since 1942 was released. I have respect for both games, but even as a Battlefield “Veteran” I would feel uncomfortable addressing this article to the entire CoD community; Unless you’re a pro in both games and you see how the play style conflict, I don’t think you have the authority to pass this sort of judgment.

Why not address this article to ineffectual BF3 squad members instead?

Phil Hornshaw

On October 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm


It’s true that the ways the two games play are very different, and jumping from one to the other can result in a deceptive difference in skill requirements. We’re trying to ease that transition some. But realize that we’re having a little bit of fun with the communities here. Battlefield players tend to look down on CoD players a bit. We’re just needling them a little.

They do need to stop trying to jump when they get into firefights, though.


On November 3, 2011 at 11:36 am

Yah your totally right…all of my friends look down on the BF series saying it doesn’t take any skill. Unlike Modern Warfare where they do the tricks. Seriously though, it takes way more skill to play BF because it’s harder andmore realistic. F*** MW


On November 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm

TIP 6: Bring tisues for all the bf players that are so sensitive about “their” game, a game that req’s a different style of play to mw to get the most out of it. No doubt mw is faster paced and can reward for more heroic type play but i’d rather that than being given a zimmer frame and nappy with my weapon!


On January 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I hate cod players on BF the only thing the can do is camp

Plz stay on your camping, noobtubeing, hardscoping ty game

Camping is just like an tampon every (COD PLAYER) needs one


On March 1, 2012 at 7:25 am

OK first things first. Mw2 was a nightmare of quickscoping fools. However mw3 is no where near as bad it’s a well designed game for guys who like to rush cause let’s face it camping is boring. I like battlefield 3 as well seems like a good game graphics are first class and the weapons handle more realistic than any other fps on the market. With all that being said get ur asses out and move. Best tip I can give someone coming from the cod series is don’t waste ur time with this game. And for all the campers out there keep this in mind if this was a real life senario I would say camp it out camp like a I would. But it’s not it’s a game. And remember if everyone camps there is no one to shoot!!! Peace


On August 12, 2012 at 5:43 am

Quite useful for new players, but I’m not rather a camper (mentioned in point 1) and I still have 2,45 KD ratio, so I think playing dynamically is also a good method to get frags/play objs (when u rush/attack fast the enemy is surprised and isn’t ready to response fast enough to stop you). It’s because I played CoD a lot and I just modificated my playing style to other game, but I didn’t remove my speed.


On December 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

You could add, that every person in a team should have a diffrent class and team specialization – except if it’s non-vehicle map, then you can change from engineer.


On January 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm

As a CoD player, this stigma about CoD players really annoys me. We don’t all jumpshot, dropshot, go knife only, and play like idiots.

I personally quite hate the Battlefield community, if this is what they are like, as has been my experience. CoD players are rubbish, CoD players are stupid, CoD players shouldn’t come to our perfect game. Go off. I don’t care about you elitists and hipsters.

That said, I intend to play Battlefield and since I don’t do anything that you describe CoD players as doing, I’m going to be fine. My console is the Wii U. I don’t know how it is on other consoles, but it’s very teamwork based on the Wii U in most lobbies, even though no one uses their mic.

2 teammates on the upper cliff lay down LMG fire on the enemy position with Ammo Crates and Ballistic Vests scattered around them while some SMG players like me rush in and take control of B Flag. Don’t be so quick to judge.

Thanks for the tips. Now please don’t be condescending like that ever again.