Fight As One: Guide to Squad Tactics in Battlefield: Bad Company 2
by: Benjamin Sell
; edited by: Michael Hartman
; updated: 4/17/2012
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A well-coordinated squad can truly turn the tide of a battle in Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Our full guide to squad tactics in Bad Company 2 covers the basics of coordination including squad communication, respawn hints and tips, class selection, and the use of squad objectives.
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Bad Company 2 is one of the biggest multiplayer games out there right now, and for good reason. It's an addicting and rewarding multiplayer experience. From massive amounts of ranks to earn and unlockables to well, unlock, there are plenty of reasons to get out there and keep earning experience points.
One of the best ways to maximize your point gain is to work effectively with your squad. You're only able to communicate with the other three people you're in a squad with, so cooperation between you is key.
Granted, this is easier when you're playing with people you know (and typically it's exponentially more effective, as well) but even well-coordinated squads of strangers can be successful.
How do you become a useful and valuable squad member? Just follow our Bad Company 2 Squad Tactics.
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This is practically a no-brainer, but for some reason certain players continually fail to realize that Bad Company 2 is a game that requires cooperation to win. Sure, you can score a few kills for yourself by going it alone, but all you Rambo types are going to have a hard time being an effective part of the larger offensive unless you learn to coordinate with your squadmates.
The game interface gives you a few helpful tools to assist in cooperating. First, the names of your squad members at the bottom of your screen become light and dark depending on whether or not your squadmates are alive. If you notice that you're the only one left alive, for example, then it might be time to hang back for a few seconds and let your squadmates respawn on top of you. That way you can all charge the objective together, greatly increasing your chances of success.
Be aware of the status of your squad at all times.
A well-coordinated squad tends to stick together. Your chances of surviving an enemy encounter increase greatly for every teammate you have assisting you. A two man squad can continually tear through enemies employing lone-wolf tactics, especially when one or both of them are medics.
One popular respawn strategy is to let your sniper find a secure position somewhere behind enemy lines. Then, while he's picking off enemies and calling out their locations, you and the rest of your squad can spawn at his position and take your enemy by surprise. I've seen this tactic used to perfection many times.
Make sure you're watching what's happening around your teammate before you respawn on him, though. If he's surrounded by three dudes and about to go down, chances are you're going to share his fate if you spawn in. It might be a better option to regroup at your team's base at that point.
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It's very important to always have a squad objective, and that your squad actually be focused on taking or defending it. Not only do you get bonus points when you're killing enemies near the objective, but you'll be focusing all your resources on the same goal.
It's important to hit these objectives in force. A single defender can continually pick off attackers who come in one at a time, but if you attack in a three or four man group, there's no way he's going to survive. Always communicate and work together when you're trying to capture or defend a goal.
Again, this is easier when you're playing with people you actually know. Occasionally you'll get into a squad with a stranger who is interested in being a team player, but unfortunately in Bad Company 2 squads this is the exception rather than the rule.
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Communication is probably the biggest contributor to the success of a squad. Plan your assaults together, let your recon soldiers call out the locations of enemies and scout the defenses around an objective. Continually call out enemy locations and any obstacles like anti-tank mines you might find. If you get shot by a sniper in an open area, let your squadmates know to avoid that area, and try to give them some idea of where he's shooting from.
Most players will ignore direct attacks against an objective. So, if you see a sniper placing C4 on an M-Com station, let your teammates know that they need to get there and take him out as quickly as possible.
Coordinate your attacks. Let your snipers position themselves so that they can defend you while you place a charge or cover an objective you're trying to defend. Let medics know where you went down and if you killed the guy who took you out.
In short, keep talking. Constantly updating your teammates on the status of defenders or attackers will go a long way towards increasing your chances of success.
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Ideally, a well-coordinated squad will have one member playing each class. This way, you're prepared to deal with practically any battlefield situation. Your sniper can cover your advance from afar, calling out enemies as they spot them. Your engineer will be ready to deal with any enemy vehicle threats or keep anything you're riding in well repaired. Your medic will always be on standby to provide healing packs or revive anyone who falls in battle and your assault solider can ensure that everyone's ammo remains full.
All this while you are working together as a team to take down enemy threats as they appear.
This isn't to say that one of each class is always the way to go. If you're looking to be more of a front-line attack squad, maybe you swap your sniper for a second assault kit or your engineer for another medic on a level without many vehicles. Squad makeup should be fluid, and every player should be free to play their favorite class or the one they're most skilled with. Different situations will demand different squad makeups.
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Fight As One
These basic squad tactics for Battlefield: Bad Company will greatly increase the effectiveness of your squad if utilized well. In a game like Bad Company 2, the total value of a squad is greatly multiplied when cooperative tactics are employed.
Four coordinated squad members can accomplish far more than four lone wolves could ever hope to.
All references and screenshots from Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
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