Hey guys, I've literally just had my must interesting BF3 match so far!
I was playing on Operation Metro on Rush and we were underground, losing with only 200 tickets left. Then, I decided to sneak past the enemy lines.
They were all camping on the two main entrances up to the 3rd set of objectives. I decided to knock some smoke in their face and the whole team ran past them, shooting them whilst they fumbled around blindly. It was a lot thicker than I expected and it lasted a fair while too!
I had my trusty infrared vision on and got rid of a couple of enemies myself and with my frag specialization, I had plenty more ammo for my smoke launcher! I used the rest on slowly moving up to the objective until I could plant the bomb. Then a support guy came along with an ammo box which replenished my supplies! I laid down the smoke, spamming it to ensure the enemy had no visibility whatsoever.
Causton97 - 1 Enemies - 0
Rinsed and repeated for the rest of the match. Worked like a charm and led us to victory!
NEVER underestimate the power of using smoke!
I often get killed because i've stood still somewhere on Ziba Tower to roll a smoke, lost many sets of tags that way. Either that or i'm so engrossed in the game that I flick ash in my drink instead of the ashtray beside it.
I wish there were flash bangs for close quarters, or even just florescent lights in the rooms that you could shoot at and they'd strobe. It might add to the atmosphere.
Flashbangs would be a great addition! Throw one into a room and then clear all the enemies out! It'd be like some sort of awesome slow mo special forces moment!
What about smoke grenades though? Different from the grenade launcher variation. I mean a proper smoke capsule that can be thrown that gives of a smoke screen that is continuously pumped out... now THAT would be cool! Just get your squad mates to spam it in a narrow area and waltz straight past the enemy team!
Then I suppose they could add thermal or night vision goggles as an extra gadget to see through the smoke. Although that'd render the infrared scope on the guns useless. I'd much prefer goggles to a scope on a gun though. You'd look cool and it would allow for some new tactics to be employed in the game!
Smoke grenades would be great, or flashbangs as long as they replace your standard grenades. People always say flashbangs would ruin the game and make it like COD but it already is like that on the CQ maps.
All they need to do is make flashbangs completely ineffective outdoors then everybody's happy. If people don't like all that stuff then don't play CQ. I doubt they'll include them now though, they would have done it with the DLC if they were going to.
I agree that smoke is an underused tactic, its very effective in many situations.
That's been my comment whilst playing Attackers on Rush. I've not really got into Rush too much with BF3 and have started playing more, when the chips are down and we're being constantly supressed and held back. I'll whip out the smoke and create a little cover for my team mates.
The otherday I would flank the enemy, lay down some smoke where they'd all be hiding (aka camping) and then go on the revive hunt whilst the smoke cover was up. Got about 18 revives on Damavand Peak alone.
I think there should be more oppurtunities for teams to actually reach the area of the objective. Time after time, the team has been completely wiped out from running up the stairs from the escalator in Metro. It's the same story in the other area which gets you to the objective. They should just be out of bounds to the defending team, so as to give us a chance to get close to the objective.
Smoke can only do so much for a team...
They've changed the TUGs motion sensor function now I noticed.
The big problem on Metro was its easy for a team to secure the ticket hall because one sensor shows attackers both upstairs & downstairs and its virtually impossible to sneak past. Not so in the Close Quarters DLC, the TUGs still senses motion on both levels but only displays hits on the mini map for the level you're actually on.
So you can't see attackers sneaking about downstairs until they come up the staircases, unless you go down yourself then the sensor will show you any ground floor hits. I don't know if that is a global change to the TUGs function because I haven't played Metro in ages, but if so it'll be a significant change to certain maps.