Multi Battlefield 3 - From Virgin to Veteran

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Absolute Basics (for those new to Battlefield)

Points/Ranking/MVP!!
This game isn't all about getting the highest amount of kills, it's certainly not like "every other shooter" and is very focused on team play, you gain more points for securing objectives than you do for kills. You can also gain a lot of points from team abilities, spotting enemies that someone else then kills, having players spawn on you, suppressing an enemy (shooting near an enemy will blur their vision making them disoriented), healing/reviving team mates, supplying team mates with ammo, all of these things you should consider doing BEFORE you think about killing people. Spotting is the single most important thing you can do, whilst you don't get very many points it gives your whole team a MASSIVE help by letting them know where the enemy is.

Control schemes
Make sure you have a control scheme that suits you, for example if you're a CoD player you may find it useful to switch your melee and crouch buttons around. If you have come from Bad Company 2 you will probably find it useful to tweak your helicopter controls (Legacy sticks is the BC2 default).

Unlocking Weapons
Unlike most games where the better players who can rank up and unlock guns are rewarded with far superior weaponry, this game is relatively balanced, there is no one super gun, those with the patience to learn to use their guns are the ones who will do well in a fire fight, not those who have unlocked the best guns. When you're getting your ass handed to you it's because the other team are playing as a team not because they have better guns. Stick with it and you'll soon have a veritable arsenal of weaponry at your disposal. Alternatively you can play the Co-Op game to unlock some co-op exclusives which will help you to feel less underpowered on the battlefield.

Scopes
Choose the right attachments to suit your play style, if you are going to engage people at close range then any scope attached to your weapon is going to increase how long it takes to get a bead on your target and decrease how much you can see, try Iron Sights/Red Dot Sights/Holographic Sights, if you're going to engage at long range then a proper Scope is a must and it matters less that it takes a bit longer to look down your sights. Remember that a man at the side of the battlefield sniping and getting a good kill to death ratio is as good as useless in this game and by doing this they are making it harder for the rest of their team. Also worth noting that scopes over x4 magnification give a reflection that the enemy can see and they also have scope sway (where you need to press a button to hold your breath to take a steady shot)

Attachments
There are various attachments that you can unlock and there’s often misunderstanding on what they do, the effectiveness of an attachment varies on a per gun basis too, but the general gist of it is as follows:
  • Front Grips - reduce left/right recoil.
  • Laser - increases accuracy when firing from the hip only.
  • Suppressor - stops you from appearing on the enemy mini-map due to firing, also reduces bullet velocity, which means greater drop off over distance and also reduces damage over distance quicker.
  • Flash Suppressor - removes the visible muzzle flash when firing, making it harder to see you when firing, decreases vertical recoil but also decreases accuracy when firing from the hip.
  • Heavy Barrel - Improves accuracy, whilst also increasing vertical muzzle climb, great for burst firing at distances.
  • Underslung Rail - when used in combination with the grenade launcher or underbarrel shotgun it provides much quicker switching between rifle and secondary weapon.
  • Bipod - massively decreases vertical recoil when deployed and completely stops scope sway, once deployed it will undeploy if you move your character at all.
Full members can read the rest of this in depth guide, that includes the following sections:

Absolute Basics (for those new to Battlefield)

Stuff you should do that will make you a better player (and earn you more points)

Classes of Battlefield 3

Game Modes

Vehicles
 
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The full guide is massive, covers everything. It was really helpful, thanks for the hard work thatput into it Col. Well worth the effort.
 

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Nice one Col. Is it available on paperback and hardback? :D
 

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I’m going to go to bed with this tonight :P
 

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@Wilks sure you don’t want it in woolly back? ;)
 

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@Martok Wooly back would be better Baaa :)
 
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