Posts Tagged ‘Battlefield 3’

So, imagine you are playing rush, and you see right away a ton of snipers and mortar when you spawn.  You might think to yourself, I am so glad I’m on the defending side, but then you realize you’re not so you settle in for several minutes of fail because you know that’s what is going to happen.  Somebody joins your squad and you notice that they have the recon icon, ok, so you send them a message, “Don’t mind if you play recon as long as you get down there and help the squad plant”.  They respond with, “Nice way to talk to a team mate,” to which you say something like, “You want to be in my squad I need you to play the objective like the rest of us.”  Well he doesn’t so you boot him to make room for someone that might actually want to help the squad.  So this Prissy, or Pretty, or Percy, not sure cause he spells his name with a number in the middle rejoins and then you see him playing a little more aggressive so you let him stay, but your team still loses.  Go figure, there’s only about 6 of you rushing the objective.

Round two, now you are on defense so you say, “You all know this is the part where we defend and diffuse right nubs?”  Yes, you are harsh I know but you are tired of COD freaks playing this game like all game types are TDM.  Instantly Prissy, who is still in your squad, gets all bent out of shape, talking about his score compared to yours, and how he did so well.  (high score on losing team = smartest kid on short bus)  You go back and forth trying to explain that getting a lot of points in rush does not equal helping your team win.  Then all of a sudden he gets defense, the sniper nub gets defended by someone named Silent35.  COD players infiltrating in some sort of conspiracy to destroy the fun of our game, you think?  Then Silent35 says that you are stupid and that you only care about your stats…yes, that’s what he says.  You recommend rushing the objective on rush, and it’s only your stats you care about.  You look at your stats, which aren’t that great because you die a lot playing the frakin objective, and wonder what the hell is wrong with him.

Anyway, you might think this is some fantastical, hypothetical, but this is exactly what happened to me yesterday.  So, I thought maybe some people are just ignorant.  Maybe they don’t understand how this game type works.  Here is your guide, for those that don’t remember, never played BC2, or came over from COD.

Rush is a game type where one team (the attackers) must run, walk, or drive to the enemy base to plant a bomb on one of two objectives defended by the other team (the defenders).  Once planted the attackers have to either keep the defenders from diffusing the bomb, or run away and hope that the defenders don’t care.  If the attacking team is successful in taking out both objectives (M-Coms) then a new base opens up with two new objectives further down the line.  There are anywhere between 4 and 6 bases if memory serves.  If the attacking team takes the final base they win.  If the defenders hold out at any base until the attackers run out of tickets then the defenders win.  This is important:  DEFENDERS HAVE INFINITE TICKETS, YOU CANNOT WIN THIS GAME TYPE BY KILLING AS MANY DEFENDERS AS POSSIBLE.

Sounds pretty simple, but it’s not.  The defenders have a distinct advantage, since they can hide all over that base, don’t need to move up, and only have to shoot people trying to plant bombs.  The attackers have their work cut out for them.  Two tactics seem to work very well, depending on your team.  One, run like your butt is on fire, everyone all at once, get in as fast as you can and plant and hope for the best.  I have been able to do this solo, and have actually found it easy to run past enemy defenders, if I don’t shoot a single round, and plant right under their noses.  The solo bit doesn’t always work, it’s risky, and in the end they will catch on so it only works on the first base in most cases.  It’s better if your entire team makes a beeline for an objective, giving the enemy more targets than they can shoot, at least a few will get through.  Sure, this doesn’t do your KDR any favors, but who cares?  The second method is for your team to move like a real life military unit, moving and shooting, taking cover and using suppressive fire to make steady progress toward the objective.  This method works very well, and is kinder on the KDR, but it requires a lot of coordination and a cooperative team.

What doesn’t work on the attacking side?  Sniping.  The enemy doesn’t run out of tickets.  You can snipe them all day and you will never win.  It doesn’t even help your team because they just respawn right back in the base to defend.  I hear, all the time, the excuse: “Well, I’m taking out their snipers so everyone can get down there.”  Well look around mister helpful sniper.  No one is getting down there because more than half the team is playing with the same mentality.  It’s not helping the team, the defenders just respawn and keep defending.  The best tactic against snipers when you know where they are is to give them more targets than they can kill, faster than they can kill them.  The defenders can’t possibly have enough snipers if the entire attacking team rushes the base at once.

A side note, mortars:   Mortars are decent on the attacking team if there are few and they know their job.  There should be at least 2 or 3.  One mortar is ok but all in all a waste, four is too many.  This requires some coordination, but one of those mortars should be smoke, giving the attacking team cover to get to the objective.  The other two should be HE rounds, and really until the M-Com is planted they need to be looking for enemy mortar and snipers.  Once planted, they need to alternate pounding that M-Com until it blows up.  There is no reason and M-Com should be diffused when the attacking team has a mortar or two.

Finally, defenders.  Your job is simple, defend and diffuse.  If you are running away, ahead of the base, or sitting too far back to diffuse once planted, you are doing it wrong.  If you think “Well there are enough people to diffuse, I’ll just go up on this here tower so far away from any objective I couldn’t possibly get there in time”, you are doing it wrong.  Defend and diffuse, period.  Snipers on this side are even useful as long as they are close enough to run to the M-Com and diffuse should the attackers plant.

So, that’s the end of your guide.  Questions?

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Awhile back I ran afoul of an admin on this BF3 server.  I’ve played on their servers all the way back to BF2, and put in a lot of hours on their BF3 server.  I posted about the event here.  You will notice I edited that post at the bottom, because there was another situation.

As I said in the update, I was on their server yesterday, with another clanmate of mine.  We played a few minutes of the Wake map (love that map!), and notice that some public players were complaining.  It took me a few minutes to realize what was going on.  Basically, the admins were using a command to kill players in vehicles, so that the admins themselves could have them.  Really douchebaggery there, but that’s just the beginning.  They were telling the players that it was their right, if they wanted to be left alone they needed to donate and become members (is extortion still illegal if it’s online bullying and demanding money to be left alone?)  Anyway, they have a message that pops up every minute or so that says if you are having any problems, notify Illuzion through battlelog.  I told the players that were complaining that arguing with the admins was useless, and I repeated the message, contact Illuzion.

It was at that point that I got kicked by the admins.  I thought, hell, I’ll go talk to Illuzion myself.  I sent him another friends request on battlelog, and while I waited I went to their forums and poked around.  Turns out, anytime someone posts a complaint about an admin abusing their power, the poster gets trolled, insulted, cussed at, and extorted by the staff.  Again, bullying people and then asking for ‘protection’ money is illegal, wonder what EA thinks about that…hmm.

Well, since it seems that this is standard practice in their group, and goes on in plain sight on their forums, I have to assume Illuzion is condoning the behavior.  So, as a public service announcement to my fellow BF3 players, I am letting you know don’t go there.  If you are looking for a fun gaming experience, where admins do what admins are supposed to do, and refrain from abusing their privileges, Digital Anarchy is NOT the server for you.

I invite the DA guys to come here and discuss this, keeping in mind that I do not tolerate that kind of behavior here.  If any of them are actual adults and would like to discuss this as such, please feel free.  I will leave a link in their forums, I really don’t like talking about people behind their backs.  If you have had similar run-ins with other servers, and you have done the right thing first, reporting to a higher admin, then drop a line here too.  It would be good for us to have a list of servers to avoid.

Every once in awhile I have a little crazy spell and I dip my toe into the EA/Dice/Origin forums connected to Battlelog.  Every time I regret it almost as soon as I click the first post with an intriguing title.  First I have to say, a lot of people need to go back to playing tiddly winks or COD.  There is so much crying there it’s unbelievable.  The one that really makes me laugh though, especially with the release of the new maps, is people crying about fairness.  I should probably start by explaining the new maps, more specifically the game mode that comes with them.  Conquest Assault, is a game mode where one team has no main base, but all the flags to start, and the other team has a main, uncapturable, base and no flags.  The object is for the defending team to hold at least one flag, while the attackers (those with the uncappable base) to take them all.  Once the attackers take all the bases the defenders basically have whoever is left to try and take one of the flags.  It’s a classic battlefield game mode, and been around since BF1942 if I remember correctly.  It’s NOT FAIR!

Of course it’s not fair.  Battlefield 3, like its predecessors, is a battlefield combat simulator.  It’s not an arcade shooter, a competitive shooter, or any of the other descriptive designators for FPS games out there.  Last time I checked combat is not fair, period.  The objective of the game, is to overcome the disadvantage and win.  What really confuses me is all the people that say they have played other BF games and are still complaining.  This is how it’s always been people, stop crying.  If it really bothers you, step back, take a breath, and find a server that plays a map twice.  By this I mean one that gives you a chance to play both sides back to back.  Nothing is worse, even for me, to be on a server that does a map only once and you are always on the team that’s getting whooped, either because your whole team is subpar, or you are always on the side that has the disadvantage and your team is unable to overcome it.  If you are still having trouble, still have the urge to cry, complain, scream, or whatever, don’t.  I have some very simple troubleshooting techniques.  Let me preface them by saying, this is a game.  If it is ruining your life with undue stress, then you are foolish to let it.  Now…

Problem:  “This game sucks!  I can’t stand it!”

Solution:

  1. Uninstall
  2. Go play something else

Problem:  “This server sucks!  We aren’t winning, my team sucks, blah blah blah!”

Solution:

  1. Go to a different server
  2. Stop crying, there’s no crying in Battlefield

Had to put that last one in.  You would be surprised (well, only if you had never played the game) at how many people complain all day about a server, but stay as if they signed a contract to play there all day.  Go somewhere else.  If we are there, then obviously we like it, and we don’t want to hear your whining all day.

Stay tuned, we are going to start our monthly gamer girl feature at the beginning of the year.  If you would like to nominate yourself, or your gamer girl, please send a photo (tasteful, though bikini shots will not disqualify 😉 ), gamer tag/callsign, and a brief description of her gaming bio, and why she should be picked to: magus_taliesin@hotmail.com.  We will pick the lucky winner and feature her in a post here, along with her picture and bio.  Names can be withheld, and no personal info will be given out of course.  Also look for my review of Back to Karkand coming soon, once I get done drooling over the maps enough to actually get into the nitty gritty.

 

Every once in awhile you run into a server admin that thinks they can do whatever they want, simply on the premise that they are an admin.  I ran into such an admin yesterday on the Digital Anarchy server for Battlefield 3.  First let me say, I generally have fun on that server.  I visit it when my own clan’s server isn’t populated.  I have never had an issue with an admin on their server before, and this one admin didn’t wear the DA tags.  The way it works there is, if you pay a monthly fee you can get admin rights.  It helps the DA clan out by having admins on at all times, and it gives those that play at odd times the ability to keep the server clean and fair.  No, I won’t go into names or details, let’s just say this guy has no business being an admin anywhere.  He was extremely rude, let’s just leave it at that.

Anyway, as I promised the admin, I got a hold of Illuzion, who runs Digital Anarchy, I believe.  He listened to what happened, asked a couple of clarifying questions, and then assured me that he would take care of it.  The admin I had trouble with seemed to think that talking to Illuzion would have no effect.  I guess he was overconfident in more than one aspect.  So, thank you to Illuzion, and Digital Anarchy, for helping out an old gamer.  I’m also an admin, I know what it’s like, and how tempting it is to be a jerk, but a good admin doesn’t give into that.  I’m confident that DA will keep their server fun, and free of tools as best they can.  I recommend them to anyone looking for a crazy, 64 man game, that is generally always full.  When the 5307th isn’t populated that is, you should always come see us first.  See you guys on the battlefield, I’ll definitely be back!

****Update!****

Alright, I was on their server yesterday, and the admins were using the commands to kill players so that admins could have vehicles.  Of course the players being killed were upset and the admins were being  jerks hardcore.  I repeated a message, that posts in their chat window every couple of minutes, to get in touch with Illuzion if there’s an issue.  Of course, an admin kicked me for it.  I went to their forums to see if there was anything to indicate the next course of action, and saw some pretty telling stuff.  If anyone goes on their forums to complain about staff, they get hammered with insults, cussing, trolling, etc.  Basically they are told, if you want to be left alone, join and donate.  Good bit of extortion they have there.  Anyway, I take back all that was said here.  Illuzion must have been feeding me a line of bull, and I doubt ever had words with the admin that I ran afoul of.  Avoid this server.  More to follow in a full post.

Ok, so I touched on teamwork a bit when it had to do with squads and taking flags.  You’d be amazed how much teamwork is needed in Battlefield 3.  Do you pick the assault kit and only throw down health packs for yourself?  Do you play support and keep all the ammo kits in your pack?  If you said yes, I’m talking to you.  These two jobs, probably more than any other, are crucial to a squad, and team’s success.  A squad that can last in a firefight, can survive to move on a flag.  An engineer that has enough ammo can lay waste to armored vehicles, and in general, if a team is getting ammo and health support they can last longer, move further, and take more objectives.  Plus, you get points for this!

I used to think that it’s because they only care about their points, but that isn’t logical, you get more points if you are throwing down health packs and ammo bags, especially if you do it for squad mates.  It makes no sense that these guys would hoard the gadgets that they can be sucking points off of.

So, as the title says, this isn’t COD people, you have a job to do.  Support guys, throw down ammo all the time.  You see some guys holding a position, if you run by, throw them some ammo, or health if you are assault.  Throw the packs down at every friendly flag.  Toss them down next to snipers, or in the uncap even.  If you are in a chopper just catching a ride, toss them out the window.  They don’t do you any good just sitting in your pack, get them out there and suck down the points.

To a lesser extent, engineers, repair!  Granted this is a more limited job, as you need a vehicle, and it’s much more dangerous, but don’t run by that tank getting shot up, get in there and repair him.  Just a few seconds from an engineer can mean the difference between who wins a tank battle.  Snipers, drop those TUGS, don’t just use them to tell you if you are about to get knifed.  Put them down near a flag and help your team.

I will keep saying it, this is a different game.  This isn’t your typical shooter, and it’s not all about you.  You have a job, get in there and do it.