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

4. Share Some Intel, You Stingy Bastard

Battlefield 3 isn’t like your Modern Warfare titles, where you’re constantly being inundated by information about where enemies are situated on the map. You have no air recon, no muzzle sound triangulation. All you have are your wits and the information you provide to your team.

So learn this well: Whenever you see anything that’s hostile, be it soldier, tank, plane — spot it.

On PC, the “Spot” function defaults on the Q key. Put your crosshairs on the enemy and hit Q and suddenly, that guy lights up on everyone else’s radar. And he’ll stay there for a while, too, so long as someone is able to see him, and that gives you: 1. A big orange indicator over the guy’s head, which can make sighting him in much easier, and 2. A big orange indicator on your minimap of where that guy is so you can flank him out or execute a number of other strategies against him.

Spotting infantry can help teammates avoid ambushes or finish kills you start, and spotting tanks can help your tanks stay alive and kill the enemy’s powerful vehicles. Always spot flying vehicles to help your aircraft take them out — it can be easy to get lost when flying — and help ground troops avoid getting ravaged by hovering helicopters.

If you can see something, spot it. Otherwise you’re just the idiot who got sniped, and more of your idiot teammates are gonna get sniped, too.

3. Cut That Lone Wolf S–t

Wanna be completely ineffectual? Run off on your own, leaving your squad behind, across Battlefield’s absolutely HUGE maps. It’s a great idea, and seriously, hiking across terrain on foot is crazy fun.

You got that the above was sarcasm, right? Because hauling off on your own like some kind of kung-fu master might get you a high k/d in Modern Warfare, but in Battlefield 3 it’s just going to get you dead more often than not — plus you won’t be helping your team, which is the f–king point.

We mentioned camping above — you can expect the other team to do that, especially on modes like Rush and Conquest. Meanwhile, DICE has actually made team play really easy, allowing you to drop into squads and allowing you to spawn on teammates, and for them to spawn on you. These things are really helpful for taking objectives and killing dudes as a unit, which is the best way to play BF3.

Stick with your teammates and you’ll be harder to kill. Spawn in with your squad and they’ll appreciate the backup. Coordinating with a team will make you better than 98 percent of all the other Modern Warfare transplants entering Battlefield who haven’t figured this out. Look how smart you’ll be!

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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.