And there are reasons for this.
All these tasks become a lot easier to solve when you work together.
Of course, there are no laws against flying solo. However, the rewards for teamwork can be so great that it’s stupid not to give it a go.
Battlefield 4 Promotes Teamwork
The game has a range of mechanisms that promote teamwork.
Here are some of them:
- Squads – All players can join a squad. An advantage to this is that you receive extra points when helping your squad mates.
- Field Upgrades – These are upgrades given out to everyone in a squad during a match. The better you and your squad perform, the more upgrades you’ll receive, like faster sprint or an increase in ammo capacity.
- Vehicles – Most vehicles can seat more than one player. A tank or chopper with two or more players onboard is usually more dangerous and effective.
Each individual class has qualities that help and assist the rest of the team.
- The Assault class – Assaults can heal and revive team mates. To heal and bring squad mates back from the dead gives you a higher score.
- The Support class – Supports can hand out ammo and explosives to their team. A Support receives extra points when he supplies his squad mates.
- The Engineer class – Engineers can, among other things, repair the team’s ground vehicles, jets, and choppers. Receives extra points for squad repairs.
- The Recon class – Recons can place mobile spawn points and laser paint hostile vehicles.
If you’re serious about being a team player in Battlefield 4, here’s your list of priorities (ranked by where your focus should be):
- Solve the task, be it about M-COM stations or control points, in co-operation with your team.
- Help your teammates so that they’re in good health, have plenty of bullets, vehicles that work, and (when all goes to hell) a smart point to spawn on.
- Kill as many enemies as possible – die as little as possible.
How to Work Together
Team play works at its best when you can speak to those you’re working with. As such, it’s a definite advantage to use a gaming headset when you’re playing Battlefield 4 multiplayer.
You can pick up a headset for a few dollars, or whatever your currency is.
For some, it may seem scary talking to complete strangers. Still, my experience is that when you’ve managed to stutter out a somewhat coherent sentence the first time, it isn’t so scary anymore.
Just open your mouth and, you know, speak.
Soon you’ll be just as relaxed talking to other players as you are with your own friends.
So, what are you and your fellow gamers supposed to talk about?
Well, you’re obviously more than welcome to discuss the upcoming weather forecast or world news.
But most players will probably appreciate it if you focus on the game and not the movie you saw last night.
Here are some examples:
- Planning – Ask if any of your teammates have a plan for the match. Of course, you’re free to suggest different strategies too, in order to reach your goals.
- Warn – Spam the mic with warnings to your team when you discover opponents, hostile vehicles, or when the other team’s about to plant a charge on an M-COM station (for example).
- Ask for help – You need meds, ammo or repairs? Use your mic to ask for help. Have you gotten stuck behind enemy lines? Check if any of your teammates can help you out, with a chopper, to mention one.
- Is a Recon bothering you? Ask if there are snipers on your team that can terminate the little devil.
- Give positive feedback – If you think a teammate is making a solid effort, let them know. Feel free to use your mic to give positive feedback to other players. Be a bit more careful with criticism. Having said that – it’s more than fine to give other gamers constructive feedback. (Notice the word constructive!)
More than once, I’ve experienced online matches being ruined by plain rude people. They curse, bully, or straight up harass other players.
Don’t be like that. Be a nice teammate.
Here’s the unwritten rule: talk to other players the way you talk to other people face-to-face. Don’t go overboard with cussing just ‘cause you’re sitting in front of a screen and speaking into a microphone.
Experiencing discomfort from listening to other, not so nice players? Mute them!
The easiest way to help your team is by spotting. When you spot an enemy or unfriendly vehicle, it’ll be marked with symbols – both on the minimap and on the HUD.
Few things are as helpful to you and your team as lit marks telling you where the enemy is situated.
So spot as often as you can.
When You’re Without a Mic
Not everyone plays with a headset. There are those who just aren’t comfortable talking to other players, too, no matter what.
So, what can you do to promote team play if you belong to one of these above-mentioned groups?
Below you’ll find some tips for when you want to cooperate, but can’t or don’t want to talk.
But before I start, I’ll say this: join a squad.
This is a no-brainer. Squads are the foundation for all good teamwork in Battlefield 4 multiplayer.
Attracting Team Players
Ok. So you’re a team player. You’d like to help your squad, and thus your team, to victory. How are you going to make other players understand this when you can’t or don’t want to say it to them?
Here’s one way:
Stay close to the others in your squad (as long as they’re not running Recon).
I’m not asking you to hold hands, here. But stay close enough to be able to help when a squad mate gets in trouble or needs help in some way or another.
Be generous with what you’ve got (med packs, revives, ammo, repairs, and so on). And spot as often as you can.
When you do what you can to support your squad mates, something beautiful happens.
One or more of the other players will understand what you’re doing. They think, “Hey, here’s someone I can work with.” Then they modify their own playing style to support you.
Two, three, maybe four or five, players in a squad supporting and helping each other? Now there’s a recipe for success in Battlefield 4 online.
It might end in a sort of leader role for you if you play this way. The thought may be scary to some. But believe you me – as soon as you’ve got some multiplayer experience under your belt, you’ll handle a role like that more than well enough.
Co-operation Tips for Assaults
Playing as an Assault is really a fine balance between an offensive and a defensive playing style.
The class is well suited for storming, for example towards an M-COM station.
On the other hand, the medical abilities of this class might mean it’s clever to play with a tiny bit of restraint.
In this regard (the teamwork regard, guys), an Assault’s most important role is to keep the squad, and the rest of the team, alive.
Your specialty as an Assault is healing and reviving your teammates. Do this as much as possible. Use your med packs and the defibrillator often.
A Smart Doc
A lot of times, it’s a bad idea to revive fallen comrades. Learn to evaluate how dangerous it is to bring someone back to life before you actually try.
- If you and your patient are a safe distance away from hostiles, it’s usually no problem.
- One or two unfriendlies nearby? Try taking them out before you fish out your defibrillator.
- Do bullet showers, three tanks, and the vast majority of the other team surround the dying character? Forget about it! These rescue attempts usually end in two deaths – yours, and that of the character you’re trying to revive.
Be Passive Aggressive (In a Good Way)
As an Assault, you should be in the front. You should be among the first to reach the enemy’s M-COM stations or control points.
However, since you’re in possession of the defibrillator, you shouldn’t be the first one to get shot.
And this is what I mean when I say that playing Assault is a fine balance. It’s expected that you’re an aggressive attacker. But not so aggressive that you become the first easy target for your opponents.
Co-operation Tips for Supports
Playing Support? You should stick close to your squad mates, too. When teamwork’s the recipe, your number one priority is making sure none of your fellow soldiers run out of ammunition or explosives.
Additionally, this class is in possession of weapons that can disturb the other team, even without killing a single hostile.
Share the Goodies
The ammo packs are Supports’ contribution to the team. They supply other players with bullets, grenades, and rockets. Be generous, and give ‘em out as often as possible.
So you’ve equipped your soldier with a light machine gun?
Well then you’ve got an ace up your sleeve, don’t you? This weapon’s suppressive effect is rather formidable.
You can make it difficult for your opponents to do anything at all, even if you miss with every single bullet.
You can make use of this effect tactically. Lay down some suppressive fire when your teammates are trying to advance.
Co-operation Tips for Engineers
When you’re running Engineer, your most important task – when keeping teamwork in mind – is making sure your team’s vehicles are operational.
In this regard, an Engineer’s most important tool is – you got it – a tool. The repair tool can make all kinds of vehicles fit for the fight once more.
The Battlefield’s Handyman
Are there vehicles nearby that need fixing? Run over to them, and do your repairs. Just make sure it’s fairly safe to perform the necessary work.
Is a squad mate firing up a tank or chopper? Jump on board. Be ready to repair the craft when needed.
You can equip your soldier with mines, anti-tank, or anti-aircraft weapons. Use this for what it’s worth.
Nothing can wipe out your squad as easily as a tank or a chopper. With suitable counter-measures in place, you and your squad have a greater chance of surviving the bombardment.
(On this page you’ll find more tips for the Engineer class – coming soon.)
Co-operation Tips for Recons
When playing as a Recon, it’s not as important to stay close to your squad mates. You’ll often actually provide better support to your friends from a distance.
The Recon class is in possession of several things that can help the team. Here’s some of them:
You could, for example, place it close to the M-COM stations you and your team are attacking or defending.
You can take out tanks and other vehicles, too. Place two or three charges of C4 on the vehicle, press the detonator, and make sure to wipe out the motorized opposition.
You can equip your Recon with a portable laser designator. This makes hostile vehicles into targets for your team’s weapons that require a lock-on in order to work, such as guided missiles.
A Bigger Picture
As a Recon, you place yourself a fair distance away from the heat of battle. This tends to give you a better overview of what’s going on.
Use this chance to spot as much as possible. This is valuable for your teammates that find themselves in the middle of Doomsday.
(You’ll find more tips for the Recon class on this page – coming soon.)
The Optimal Team Spirit
In this guide, I’ve explained the advantages of working together in Battlefield 4 multiplayer.
There are bumps on the road:
- Far from all players you meet online are team players.
- You might play one or two matches in a great squad. Then your squad mates stop playing.
- There’s a chance of you ending up in a squad that sucks.
Luckily – you can do a range of things to avoid taking chances over who you end up in a squad with.
Here’s how to make sure that you end up in good squads more often than not, with players who appreciate teamwork as much as you do:
Play with Friends
Do your friends play Battlefield 4 online? Do they want to work with you? Play together as often as possible.
Don’t have any friends? That is, friends who play Battlefield 4? Then make some!
When you meet good team players online, send them a friend request. Worst case scenario, you don’t get a response.
Best case scenario, you’ll get an ever-growing crowd of friends online who have the same attitude towards multiplayer teamwork as you do.
Join a Clan
There’s a wide spectrum of Battlefield clans. Everything from jokers to gravely serious players.
Find a clan with an attitude to teamwork similar to your own. You’ll usually find them in different forums online (or here).
A side effect of joining a good clan is that you might become a better player.
Many clans have individual training programs for their players or contain members who’d love to share their best tricks with you.
Your Take Away
- Battlefield 4 multiplayer is centered around teamwork. Even half-decent teamwork usually ends in better results than selfish solo raids.
- Feel free to use a headset, or at least a microphone, to communicate with others.
- And even if you can’t or don’t feel like talking to other people, you can still signal that you’re a team player by joining a squad and using your chosen class’ specialties for the team’s greater good.
- If you want to make sure that you play with as many good team players as possible you should either play with friends, make new friends online, or join a clan.
Back to You
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