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!