5 Important ‘Battlefield 3′ Multiplayer Tips

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:11 pm,

5 Tips For Battlefield 3 Multiplayer

Now that Battlefield 3 is in full swing and more and more people are inhabiting multiplayer, what better time than to share with you some important tips to maximize your online experience. Some of these suggestions might seem evident for players of previous Battlefield games, but some people who are new to the franchise or have spent more time playing Call of Duty, these might help beginners turn into more seasoned players.

The single player of Battlefield 3 might not have been its strong suit, but our Battlefield 3 review solidified the multiplayer experience as something that’s incredible and worthy of everyone’s attention. What other game lets you experience all aspects of a realistic skirmish with vehicles and infantry? Killstreaks do not count, by the way.

Modern Warfare 3 will also be attempting to switch up their own gameplay to reflect more supportive/team based gameplay by introducing Strike Packages. The competition between the two shooters is sure to be fierce this holiday and fans are going to be in contention to advocate that their favorite game is going to be the winner by year’s end. Unusually, video game analyst Michael Pachter postulates that sales of Modern Warfare 3 will help bolster Battlefield 3 sales, which could result in some interesting fluctuations.

Between the two, Battlefield 3 has been focusing on being more authentic side of warfare. Some people have taken that ball and run a long way with it, including one man who developed an actual Battlefield 3 simulator where players are truly immersed in the action. It’s so real, you even get hit by paintballs if you’re hit in the game.

Multiplayer in Battlefield 3 is where people will spend a lot of their time, undoubtedly. However, given the scale of the maps, it can be pretty daunting. Battlefield 3 shouldn’t be considered a fast-paced or “twitch” shooter like Call of Duty. Yes, being fast on the trigger helps you win gun fights, but the art of Battlefield 3 comes in thinking strategically and utilizing the human factor, that is to say teamwork. We’ll get into that later, first let’s start with this:

1. This is not Call of Duty

Yes, this was mentioned earlier, but there should be a little more emphasis on this. Call of Duty‘s shooter experience is more geared toward the players who enjoy constant action. If you think about it, the average lifespan of a player (excluding players like Sandy Ravage) can be just under 60 seconds or so. Not to discount that CoD is capable of tactical play, but if you’re running around the areas where people usually frequent, gun fights are bound to happen 90% of the time. Map size has a lot to do with this.

5 Battlefield Tips Don't Be A Lone Wolf

When playing Battlefield 3, there are often times where enemies may not be encountered for quite a while, and you might want to just sprint toward the action as soon as possible. The problem with that kind of approach is if you die, then you have to start all over from far away (or maybe not, if you spawn on a squad member), resulting in you wanting to get all the way back to the action because you might be mad you were killed. Then you die again. The cycle repeats and then, all of a sudden, your team is out of tickets (if you’re attacking).

Being patient is one of the tenants of playing Battlefield games, the sooner you get used to it, the sooner you can excel. Players shouldn’t be worried about their K/D ratio and more focused on supporting the team and helping contribute to overall victory.

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TAGS: Battlefield 3, DICE, Electronic Arts, PC, PS3

  • battlefield 3 tips

    Point # 1 “This is not Call of Duty”.


    I get so tired logging onto the battlefield and everyone on my team just running straight to the action and getting killed. BF3 is about teamwork. I usually don’t even log on anymore unless I’m doing a lan party with 3 of my friends. We play together towards the objective and usually come out on top. Thanks for the article.

    • irixzone

      is true, this is my tag: irixzone (PC and PS3), lets play like teamwork, Sometimes don’t know with who to play…

  • OogieBoogie3 (PS3)

    Teamwork and objective play is the best way to win. Kill to Death ratios mean nothing, score means everything. If you play for kills, you are going to play terrible, if you play for the objective; those kills come naturally along with it, because that is where everybody is going to be. Also learn to use what you have been give, such as defensive placed AT launchers and MGs, and main battle tanks. You are given everything you need to be successful, and in the end it all comes down to player skill and how well you coordinate and execute your objective as a team. I would know, 127 MVPs, even more within the top 3. You can come in first place with no kills easy. But don’t think getting kills is impossible, on certain maps, you rack up more than a game of Domination on MW3.

    • Cyryl

      K/D ratio is NOT meaningless. It is simply one element among many that reflect the skill of a player.

      I really wish people would quit conveniently discounting various aspects of the game.

      A higher K/D with a good skill score shows a good player. If you’ve got a high skill score but a negative K/D… I can’t say that I’d want you in MY squad. You’re not much of an asset to the rest of us if you’re DEAD all of the time.

      You might be good at blowing up tanks and getting plenty of points for it… But that doesn’t mean that you’re moving toward the objective or giving cover fire for me while =I= do.

      A careful player who knows when to move and is able to tactically assess his situation is a much more valuable one. This includes setting up choke points to funnel enemies through and take them down. This often helps distract the enemy team while the rest of your team moves toward an objective. It also results in a better K/D if you can hold the position and take them down by the handful.

      K/D is just as important as any other statistic in a player’s profile when it comes to reflecting skill. Don’t be so damn quick to dismiss it.

      • Joe Funky

        I’d have to disagree… I’d take that Engineer nailing those tanks over the guy that goes 30 and 5. Why? Because more than likely, that 30 and 5 guy literally runs around the MCOM waiting for enemies to come for kills instead of planting it. On the other hand, that Engineer cleared the road of an M1 and him and the rest of my squad rush up, arm that MCOM, and blow it up. Now, I’m not saying it’s bad to have a good K/D and get kills, but unless you’re on defense (maybe), just killing people and ignoring everything else pretty much kills the point of what Battlefield is supposed to be, especially if you’re a Medic who passes by his whole dead squad instead of reviving them, only using the class for the Med Kit.

        • Cyryl

          You mean the same engineer who constantly uses rockets on infantry?

          What about that guy going 30 and 5 DEFENDING the MCOM’s?

          That wasn’t a very good example…

          What about a guy who can manage to NOT get killed while moving on that MCOM to arm it…all the while being aware enough of his surroundings that he’s able to take out the enemies advancing on him before they take him out?

          Now THAT is a good soldier. Someone who can pay attention enough to the mission AND keep himself alive at the same time.

          Not sure where you went with everything past, “On the other hand…” though. One would hope that an engineer destroys enemy armor and repairs friendlies. One would hope that a medic would heal others on the field. To me that’s just a given.

          K/D will ALWAYS say something about one’s skill level. It’s not something that can simply be brushed aside and discounted.

          • Joe Funky

            Alright, I did worded that badly. I understand K/D can show that you’re a good shot, but obviously that guy with the second highest score on the board with barely 5-6 kills is doing something right. Yes, K/D can show you have a good skill, but what everyone is complaining about here is there will always be that guy that literally ignores the objectives and goes for kills, and I’m not talking about the one near the MCOM trying to defend it, I’m talking about the one running all around the map just not giving a thing for the MCOM.

          • Cyryl

            Heh… Well…

            Accuracy is what shows that you’re a good shot. 😉

            The guy with the second highest score on the board could be doing any number of things. Maybe taking advantage of the team’s inability to stay alive for more than a few seconds… He’s running around reviving them for points… But that doesn’t necessarily serve any purpose if NONE of them are going for the objective.

            But you’re right. There’s that guy who is just there for the kills and doesn’t bother with the objectives. THERE…lays our problem.

            This is the very reason why so many are suddenly discounting and discrediting K/D ratios as any measure of skill. (I suspect that a lot of it has to do with jealousy, too… LOL!)

            Now we see the contrast here. 😛

          • Joe Funky

            That’s my only problem with people counting K/D. If you’re going after the objective or defending it and get a good K/D a lot, hey, I’m all for it, the less the enemy touches the MCOM, the better, it’s just when people literally ignore everything for kills, that’s what bugs me. They did add a TDM after all lol (even though I only played it once and hated it, so not fitting for Battlefield in my opinion lol).

          • Cyryl

            Agreed. TDM is CRAP. It shouldn’t be in BF. Ugh.

            But I think we all share that frustration with that guy who is just there for the kills. Even I do.

            Though I am a kill-a-saurus rex on occasion. But I chalk it up to ‘keeping the enemy occupied’ anyway most times. LOL!

      • Joe Faughnan

        Hey man, I saw this one game where this recon guy got a crap ton of spots- And managed to kill a good half-3/4 of them. That, and keeping the enemy busy, is when I don’t mind K/D lol

      • irixzone

        What about this, I am playing like medic, I revive you 3 times, in the 4th, I get killed, so, I have a negative K/D ratio, you dont want me in your team?

    • Sindalm

      If you’re that obsessed about it, go play Call of Duty like every other trigger finger jerk out there. Battlefield = teamwork. K/D ratio is just a measurement.

      • Cyryl

        I don’t know about you…

        …but my trigger finger gets plenty of action in Battlefield 3.

        Please point out to me where I EVER said that Battlefield wasn’t about teamwork.

        By saying, “K/D ratio is just a measurement.” you are proving my point. It IS a measurement.

        That’s what I was saying the whole time. LOL!

        • irixzone

          What is your tag name?

  • rocky gunz

    Obviously a handful of you dick riders of dice fail to even play mw3 much. Saying there is no ”teamwork” aspect of the game is just being plain out narrow minded. Have you ever played domination, ctf, ect? Yea, some can get away with just running and gunning ofc. But you can’t say holding down two flags and controlling enemy spawn isn’t ”teamwork” I’ve been in plenty of pickup games with greens and its hard to cooridinate. Get me in with my clan, its easily done because of communication.

    Sorry, just my two cents. I love how everyone who loves bf3 bashes mw3. I play both and play both. You can’t compare the two, both are made to have two totally different playouts. Both require teamwork bf3 more then mw3. :)

    • Cyryl

      Are you done?

  • Jack

    Hi thanks for the tips i found them really usefull :)

  • Kelevra AL

    What’s K/D?…m a new user!…

    • Andrew

      K/D = kill death ratio

  • Brian

    More CoD kids need to read this I hate playing with them and because I play on the ps3 BF3 was free to all ps+ members that means more dumbass CoD noobs to mess up the game for everyone that knows how to play it right. They need to learn to play their class that they are playing and how to flank the enemy not run to their death and need spot everything that moves.

  • Steve

    A good player cant be measured by statistics only, stats (also KD) gives only ONE impression. If u see a player moving, and shooting, and acting, and his stats, you see the Whole. I dont like this moments, you got thrown out of a squad, because u only had ONE bad moment where someone had seen one thing, of which he thinks it makes it all.

  • Arctic5555

    This is so true. How many times have you been pushing the enemy lines back in a tank, supported by a buddy in a second tank. Then out of nowhere, an enemy chopper suddenly slams both tanks with missiles killing you both and making a clear path for the enemies to all your checkpoints? Then you lose all the checkpoints and the game. That happened to me… I was like, “TEAM WHAT WAS THAT?!!?! WHERE WERE YOU!!!??! WHY YOU NO KEEP HELI OUT OF SKY?!!!!!” Yea… I was pretty mad.