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Well, been spending alot of time getting plastered online with BF3. I suck to no end right now (I'm "Warmaker707" online, maybe some of you guys have my Dog Tags right now...) but will catch on.
But after tonight's session I just needed to comment about the MP, namely Teamplay compared to some of the older BF titles.
1. Firstly, I'm happy to see that the majority of players still stick with other teammates or squadmates. Even with the massive maps out there. The large maps give room to maneuver and pick a fight in colorful locales.
2. I commented about this specifically on another board. The Teamplay is still there, but yet it isn't at the same time. Again, players still stick together. But the coordination between squads is non-existent. Not as much a problem with clans that load in together, but the vast majority of the matches are with pick ups / random players. Members of a Squad move and act together still, but the coordination between Squads is mostly gone. I attribute that to DICE's decision to not implement the Commander role for each team. The Commander was able to get some sort of focus of direction, coordination between the different Squads on his team. He was still able to easily do this even with the large number of random players online.
"I have only two out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (First Lieutenant Clifton B. Cates, US Marine Corps, Soissons, 19 July 1918)