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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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.