5 Tips for CoD Players Jumping into Battlefield 3′s Multiplayer
2. Don’t Drive into Walls, Dumbass
The very first thing you should do is start up a few private games, maybe with a friend or two, on the bigger Battlefield 3 maps. Drop in, jump in a tank, and drive it around a bit. Do the same with a jet and a helicopter. Crash, die, repeat. Drive around until you can reliably navigate any map with a tank — and that includes blowing through buildings and fences — and can effectively strafe enemy positions with a jet. A huge portion of Battlefield 3′s multiplayer is effective use of vehicles, and especially when spawning waaay out in the boonies in comparison to where your objectives lie, you’re going to need to be able to handle vehicles. The other team will be able to — count on it.
What’s more, players can double-up in most vehicles, with one player mounting a turret while the other drives, and you don’t want to be the jackass who keeps flying helicopters into the ground during important moments. Get comfortable with the vehicles and you’re already a force to be reckoned with in terms of Battlefield. Plus, the more you specialize in vehicles, the more upgrades you unlock — making you even more crushingly powerful.
Oh, and don’t drive off in a Jeep or a tank with no one manning the machine gun turrets. You look like a total jerk, and you’ll be far less effective on the battlefield. Your teammates don’t want to walk to the battle any more than you do, dumbass.
1. Dude, Drop Ammo/Health Packs/Recon Radios
Battlefield 3 is a class game. And no, a class is not “Look how many noob tubes and grenades I can strap onto this character,” or “I just run around the whole game knifing people.” KNIFING PEOPLE IN A SHOOTING GAME IS NOT A STRATEGY.
In BF3, you’ll get four default classes for your infantry soldier — Assault (with medic abilities), Support (with ammo distribution abilities), Engineer (with vehicle-related abilities) and Recon (with sniping and intel-related abilities). Learn these classes and learn how you can use them to help out your teammates. If you’re a medic, throw down med packs near where your team is camped out. You’ll earn points and save your teammates some punishment. If you play support, dish out ammo. Seriously: everyone needs it.
The more you play with a certain class, the more load-out options you get. After playing as an engineer for a while, you’ll earn anti-tank mines — which you can use to ruin someone’s day in Conquest and Rush. Snipers also get the ability to laze targets to help out teammates, or lay down mobile spawn points in trouble areas. Medics unlock defibrilators that can be used to save teammates who would otherwise be beyond help.
The better you know your class, the better you’ll get with it. The better you get with it, the more cool rewards you get. That goes for vehicles, too. Specialization yields rewards, and it’s easy to earn points by helping out teammates. And then your teammates won’t help you, you’ll win more games, and you’ll have more fun. Get it?
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