I’ve been playing Battlefield multiplayer games since Battlefield 1942. This game, which came out in 2002, made me seriously interested in online gaming.
I’ve gotten considerably better over the years. I’m not extremely good, but I’m not too bad either.
Even though my skills have gotten better over the years, I still make mistakes. And, quite regularly, I also make idiotic mistakes. Mistakes that make me say “f…” out loud.
They say you should learn from your mistakes. Believe me – I’m trying. It’s not always easy, though. Sometimes, I make the same, stupid mistake time and time again.
But it’s never so bad that it’s good for nothing. I’m not the only one who can learn from my mistakes. You can too.
Here, I’ll list some of my “Oh shit!” moments, so you don’t have to make the same mistakes as me when Battlefield 4 multiplayer starts consuming most of our waking hours.
Mistake # 1 – Going Lone Wolf
I quickly discovered a couple of advantages to being in a squad:
- I could spawn on squadmates.
- I got extra points when I helped others in my squad.
I discovered the biggest advantage with squads the first time I landed with some really good players. Good squads can win anything. Few things top the feeling of destroying the other team when you’re playing in a great squad.
So, what makes a squad brilliant?
Well, it’s a mix of a few things. Here’s some of them:
- Skills – Each individual player’s skills.
- Composition – A well balanced squad consists of more than just Recons…
- Teamwork – The members of a good squad help each other with repairs, supplies, and meds.
- Tactics – A good squad tries to co-ordinate its actions to reach the target.
Your take away: join a squad! Do your best to make sure everyone in the squad is working together. Does your squad suck? You can always try switching to another one.
Mistake # 2 – Not playing the objective
Like I said – in my first Battlefield years I usually played solo. This often lead to me doing a lousy job at playing the objective.
My multiplayer sessions only consisted of killing as many enemy characters as possible. I was a terrible team player.
This changed as soon as I discovered the advantages of playing as part of a squad (see above). Suddenly, it wasn’t so hard to destroy an M-COM station or capture a flag.
I’d discovered the great secret of the Battlefield multiplayer games.
You see, this is gaming with a purpose. The point is to play for the objective in co-operation with other players.
Running around just to kill other players’ characters feels pointless now. It’s the objective that counts. And the victory.
Your take away: play for the objective. It’s a lot more fun.
Mistake # 3 – Running and Gunning
After having played Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare almost every day for a year, I’d become a fairly good rusher.
I could practice the noble art known as running and gunning, with great success for the most part.
So, when Battlefield: Bad Company multiplayer showed up in 2008, I was dead certain I’d do just as well in that game too.
How wrong I was.
I sucked! I was terrible.
My Kill to Death Ratio (K/D) brought tears to my eyes in comparison to what I achieved in my glory days of CoD 4.
What was wrong? Why did I do so horribly?
I don’t have a definite answer for you. But I do have a theory.
The multiplayer part of the Battlefield games has always been characterized by objective gameplay.
This makes many players more tactical. This entails – among other things – that they move less at random. They’ve got a job to do – they’re defending or attacking a target.
In addition to this, more players stick together in order to support each other and the team.
The result is that you’re often up against larger groups of opponents in most Battlefield matches than you are in the Call of Duty series.
You have time to take out one, maybe two characters. But the third one is difficult, and the fourth almost impossible because of the heavy resistance.
It took a while before I swallowed my pride and stopped caring about my K/D.
Slowly, but surely, I became a more objective-oriented player. More focus on the team and the target. Less focus on a solo performance I could brag about.
The best part was that my K/D quickly became better after I changed my attitude. True story.
Running and gunning will become even more difficult in Battlefield 4 multiplayer.
With more than 30 players on the other team – on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 too – I think you’ll have to be very good to have any noticeable success.
Your take away: play the objective. Forget running and gunning. It’ll do your K/D some good.
Mistake # 4 – Doing nothing
Like I said – I was a bad team player for a long while. First of all, I never joined a squad. Secondly, I rarely shared the goods my class was in possession of.
I kept hearing voices around me calling for meds, ammo, or help with repairs.
“Cool sound effects,” I thought, and ran off without so much as lifting a finger to help my comrades in need.
The truth is that, to begin with, I didn’t quite know how I could revive other players’ characters or supply them with ammo.
I was, as I mentioned before, more concerned with performing some mediocre running and gunning.
After I progressively started focusing on the objective, I discovered the great advantage of being generous:
- I got extra points for healing, supplying, and repairing.
- I could change the outcome of a match simply by repairing a tank or reviving a couple of teammates close to an M-COM station.
This last point is very important. I’ve played many matches where the use of the different specialties and tools each class has been more decisive than weaponry and accuracy.
Here are the unique class specialties in Battlefield 4 multiplayer:
- Assault – Can heal and revive team mates.
- Support – Can supply the team with bullets and explosives.
- Engineer – Can repair all kinds of vehicles. Can also take out the opposing team’s vehicles.
- Recon – Can place mobile spawn points that the squad can use. Also has equipment to discover opponents and laser paint hostile vehicles, planes, and choppers.
Your take away: learn to use the different classes’ unique equipment and abilities. And use them a lot.
Mistake # 5 – Wrong guy in the wrong place
The vehicles, planes, and choppers in the Battlefield games are cool. And, in the right hands, they can be highly effective, both for defence and offence. At least when there’s an engineer onboard.
Had I been playing as an Engineer, I’d have had a better possibility of getting away, repairing my ride, and then throwing myself back into battle again.
Your take away: you want to drive a tanks or fly a helicopter? Play as an Engineer.
Mistake # 6 – What will the others say
Speaking of choppers – after many years in Battlefield multiplayer I’ve gotten fairly good. I’ve mastered all the classes, all the weapons, and most vehicles to a respectable degree.
But I’m a terrible chopper pilot, not to mention how much I suck on board a jet.
There are a couple of important reasons for this:
- It’s difficult, though not impossible, to do well with choppers and jets in the Battlefield games.
- I’ve been scared of making a fool of myself in front of the other players.
“I’m so bad at flying. What will other players say?”
I’ve thought about this a lot. Which is why I’ve rarely gotten into a pilot seat.
You want to be a good pilot? Then suppress the fear of screwing up. ‘Cause you’ll be doing a lot of it.
You’ll crash – lots. To start off, your flying will remind other players of a drunk crow. And you’ll most likely be told as much.
But get over it, and brush it off. Keep the goal in mind: becoming a better pilot.
Your take away: you want to become a better pilot? Accept the fact that you’ll make (a lot of) mistakes. Laugh at them. And laugh at the comments you’ll get in return.
Mistake # 7 – I’ll do best on my own
I’ve often driven around in tanks on my own. And the few times I’ve taken off with an attack helicopter, it’s usually been without a gunner onboard. Not a particularly smart move.
Let’s imagine this: you’re alone in the attack chopper. On the horizon, you see your opponent’s counterpart. It’s got a pilot AND a gunner onboard.
You’ll have to be pretty good to survive a meeting like this.
Two pairs of eyes is almost always better than one. Not to mention that two weapons are significantly better than just one.
Having two people on board a chopper has its advantages when the targets are situated on the ground too. As the pilot, you can focus on big targets, like tanks and other vehicles.
The gunner can concentrate on the opponent’s characters, most of all those with anti-aircraft weapons.
It’s good to have two of you using other vehicles too.
In a tank, the driver can make enemy tank operators miserable.
The gunners can make sure that no one approaches with mines, C4, or repair tools and take out hostile characters that are carrying rocket weapons.
Another advantage of having two people in a vehicle – both on the ground and in the air – is for repairs.
When at least one of you is playing as an Engineer, either can get outside to repair damages (some choppers can be repaired from the inside). The other can protect both the vehicle and the repairer with the weapons onboard.
Your take away: a golden rule for the vast majority of Battlefield vehicles is, ‘The more, the merrier.’
Mistake # 8 – It’ll work this time
I’m about to talk about one of the biggest multiplayer mistakes that has followed me ever since Battlefield 1942: pride.
This is a far too common scenario:
I’m storming forward.
Too late, I discover the head of an opponent character poking up behind a brick wall.
Before I know it, my character’s on the ground, the screen is blurred, his hand’s barely reaching up, hoping that someone will come to the rescue.
But it’s too late.
It ends with me having to respawn and start all over again.
Kind of embarrassed, and very irritated to have been such easy prey, I swear my revenge.
I sprint back to the place where my character fell.
“This time I’ll show ‘em who’s best,” I think.
My eagerness to re-establish my pride makes me run stupidly into a shower of bullets from the same opponent.
Back to square one. This time, I manage to calm down a little bit. I try a more careful approach.
I move steadily forward to the place where my character was shot. But instead of sprinting forward, I take my stand behind a corner. I carefully peek out to see if I can get my nemesis out of play.
And there I’m lying – again – waiting to respawn.
You see, my opponent assumed that I’d do what so many others do. I’ll follow the same pattern over and over again – with small variations.
All she or he had to do was wait calmly for me to show up again, and score yet another kill.
Had I, on the other hand, chosen a different route that would have placed me to the side of or behind my opponent, the outcome would most probably have been a different one.
I’ve seen it myself many times.
My character gets taken out by an opponent hiding behind a cover. Instead of choosing the same route in search of revenge, I try to sneak up on my enemy from one of the sides, or from behind.
And what do I see? Well, he or she is still standing in the same place, waiting for me to show up again where my character was last killed.
Now its me who has the upper hand. I can surprise my enemy with an attack from an unexpected direction. Revenge is sweet, and the pride isn’t all that hurt anymore.
Your take away: don’t repeat yourself. Try being an unpredictable player.
Mistake # 9 – Always an Assault (or survival of the fittest)
The Battlefield games are complex. Tthe multiplayer in Battlefield 4 will be the most complex of all.
The different classes, weapons, equipment, and vehicles will contribute to a match quickly being able to change character.
One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in my Battlefield sessions has been to be a class fanatic. Once an Assault, always an Assault, so to speak.
My definition of a class fanatic?
Someone who’ll only play one class in the duration of one match.
And a lot of times, that’s perfectly fine. Your team can be so well-balanced that it handles most of the opponents’ advances.
Other times, however, it’s not OK.
- You and your team could be chopped down by a tank.
- You could be bombarded by choppers.
- A sniper could demolish you time and time again.
The progression of the match becomes locked because the other team can go crazy at will.
Why does this happen?
It’s often because you and your team don’t have the correct counter-measures in place. Someone will have to stand up at this point and do the only thing that’s right: adapt.
And after years of online gaming, I can say this for sure: don’t expect others to sort out the mess. You’ll have to do it yourself.
Let’s say you’re playing as an Assault – here’s what I mean by adapting:
- Getting hammered to pieces by a tank? Respawn as an Engineer, Support or Recon. Use missiles, rockets, mines, or C4 to remove the metal monster from the face of the earth.
- Letting a sniper get away with hit after hit undisturbed? Switch to Recon and perform some effective counter-sniping.
- Are choppers keeping you from moving forward? Choose the Engineer class and equip your soldier with anti-aircraft weapons.
- Is it completely impossible to get to an M-COM station because of heavy defence? Take on the Engineer class, jump into a tank or another heavily armoured vehicle and clear the way.
Your take away: be adaptable – don’t fall in love with just one class. Learn to evaluate different challenges. Decide what’s needed to solve them. Adapt, and take care of the situation.
So remember Darwin when you’re playing. His phrase is absolutely relevant in multiplayer gaming.
This was a quick summary of classic Battlefield mistakes myself and others are guilty of. Feel free to use the comment field below if you’ve got some other examples.