Despite what you may read on the internet, you don't *actually* have to choose sides when it comes to Battlefield and Call of Duty. I know, it's blowing your mind. How could those pea-brained, trigger happy, Black Ops noobs possibly understand the deep inner workings of a truly realistic battle simulator which relies on *teamwork* as opposed run and gun style arcade gimmickry?
Well, folks, I'm one of those "pea-brained, trigger happy, C.O.D. monkeys." And I love Battlefield. It is, of course, a totally different game with its own unique features that make it great. Recently, I've been playing Bad Company 2 to psych myself up for BF3. I'll admit, I was totally prepared for the rough transition from C.O.D. to Battlefield. And yes, it was a little tough getting used to the more open, strategic style of gameplay. But, again, I expected it.
What I didn't expect was heading back into those old Black Ops lobbies after playing hours of Battlefield and realizing that my game had become super duper stupid tight. It was uncanny. I usually run a Black Ops k/d ratio a bit higher than one. But after playing tons of BF then jumping into a Black Ops match, my k/d ratio shot up to above 2.0 consistently for about four or five games.
What the hell happened? After thinking about it for a day or so, I came to this realization; an analogy, if you will. Battlefield gameplay is like P90X for C.O.D.ers.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRA8-rHNrGc&feature=player_embedded
You're familiar with P90X, right? Essentially, it's a workout program that gets you ripped in about three months, using a combination of diet and what's called "muscle confusion." You're changing up your exercise routines to gain strength quickly.
Consider Bad Company 2 the equivalent of muscle confusion for Call of Duty. Some of the skills you hone in game turn you into a Black Ops (or MW2 or MW or... whatever) beast.
1) Patience - C.O.D.ers always got places to go, people to see. Sprint to one side of the map. Turn around. Sprint back. Sprint. Sprint. Get shot in the face. Respawn. Sprint.
If you want to be more successful, you've got to slow your roll down, baby. That's where Battlefield shines. It forces you to think before you act. If you run out in the open, chances are you're getting sniped. That, or you're getting run over by a tank. After a while, patience becomes second nature in Bad Company 2 and when you get back in those C.O.D. servers, you'll find you're not running around like a moron. Instead, you're waiting for the other morons to run around that corner at full speed... straight into your sights.
2) Playing on larger maps - Battlefield's wide expanses make C.O.D. maps feel like a shoebox. Add to that the fact that you've stopped running around like a doof thanks to "patience" (see example #1)... and you may find Black Ops Team Deathmatch feels like shooting fish in a barrel.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk9DAp3cBWU&feature=player_embedded
3) Cover and the risk of death - In Battlefield, it means something when you die in game. It is to the great detriment of your team. It can mean the difference between winning and losing a battle. There's a medic class specifically created for making sure you stay alive and in the fight. When your opponents overwhelm you, you're more apt to retreat, find good cover, and rethink your strategy. Bringing that mindset into Call of Duty serves you well. When you value your character's life more, you're bound to be more situationally aware. That leads to more kills and more success taking in-game objectives.
4) Lil' targets vs. Big targets - Ok, sure. A tank it a big target. If you're hiding out in the weeds with a rocket launcher, you're going to hit it. But killing human opponents in Battlefield can be a different story. Many times, you'll find yourself targeting a player from halfway across the map, trying to take him out with an assault rifle. When you're successful, it feels great. Spotting and hitting enemies from far off is required learning in Battlefield. Those skills translate well in the frantic C.O.D. circus. With most your gun fights taking place at close to mid-range, you'll hit your enemies with ease. Hell, you may even feel like you can't miss.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTOS0ELXuaw&feature=player_embedded
5) The buddy system - Battlefield rules: You go it alone, you're toast. C.O.D. rules: Team? What team? You may be tempted to "one man army" the hell out of your next Black Ops match, but remember what Battlefield taught you. The buddy system is best. In most random C.O.D. lobbies, implementing even a *little* teamwork will result in easy wins.
So why align yourself with some faux C.O.D. or Battlefield fanboy squad? If you dig Call of Duty, play some BF. It's sure to make your game better.
If you're an exclusive Battlefielder, pop in Black Ops. At the least, it'll be fun wrecking noobs