This is dedicated to that one gamer that actually found our site through Google searching for this particular article. As you might remember, we once published a topic on improving your chances in FPS games with a short list of Strategies and Tactics that would bring you closer to victory against your opponents. This particular article though, will be things that you can do get your team moving in a more synchronous manner, ensuring victory and greatness in any match. For reference, these tactics are based on Public games and not Clan matches with seasoned vets.
The following is a short list of advice that will go well in FPS games, but can easily be adapted into other genres with a bit of brain power.
1. Find a leader.
The thing with most online games in general is that you’re essentially getting a bunch of people that have no idea how to work as a team to act as a team and achieve victory. I’m not going to go into too much detail as to why this is the case, but it’s evident that everyone wants to be that one person that does everything by themselves, or just wants to do nothing by themselves and somehow magically win (snipers, you fucks).
Now obviously speaking, a team full of players off about doing their own thing will only win matches in which the other team is off doing their own thing and the you’re on just happens to be better at doing their own thing. This, of course, is a horrible plan to have, which is why leadership in team-based games are important.
The leader, really, doesn’t even need to be one player directing all of the players, it could just be a player, or even a group of players, listening and communicating with each other and guiding the team through their own initiative. This is something that happened recently in a Battlefield 3 match on Metro. We were down by a massive margin, almost 200 tickets or so. There was no hope of winning at all. But then, suddenly, someone (not taking credit for this but it was us) suggested that we just camp the interior of B and let the other team keep A. We had two entire control points, we could easily just turtle the match and bleed them out by killing the opponents as they charged in.
Of course, naturally, at first the team didn’t really listen, but after they had seen a few squads actually holding the enemy back and our tickets going down more slowly than the opposition, the rest of the team quickly followed what the rest were doing. Ended up winning by 100 tickets or so.
2. Co-Ordinate between yourself and the players around you.
This was covered in the previous topic, but it is worth expanding upon. Co-ordination in a team is vital, not just on a leader to everyone else level, but also on a level much more immediate to that. That is, the players in your surrounding area must all have a general idea on what they’re doing, what needs to be done, and how it is that you’re all going to work together to achieve that goal. This is a must-have asset in FPS games, where, more often than not, life and death is an aimbot away.
So why is this important exactly? Well think about it like this: how many times have you been outnumbered by an enemy team and killed, left flicking your hand up at the monitor and screaming “WTF!?”. It’s a winning bet that it’s a tonne more than you’d readily admit. Having a good plan of attack with your team is a good way to not have this happen to you, and hey, in games like Battlefield, if you do die, a teammate can res you.
This is actually a really good tactic to use in games like Quakelive. In most public games, a lot of players like to just O-Jump around and spam rockets everywhere. Why not take advantage of this with five players and Lightning Guns, mincing their HP in a second. For other uses, use your imagination!
3. Diversify the team.
Nothing is more annoying in a match than having a full team of Snipers, sitting back in the uncap and just uselessly shooting at nothing, killing nothing and just sitting around being useless. No team is going to win like this. Instead, why not diversify the team and come up with a combination that will actually work?
Lay some smoke grenades, rush out with an Assault kit and/or get a Support to actually Support. Playing classes together workably is a much better solution to achieving victory than doing what everyone else is doing, assuming they’re doing it horribly (Snipers…).
However, this doesn’t just refer to individual squads in a team based game, or a small group of players, it can also mean diversifying the entire team. For example, say in Battlefield 3, a balanced squad would consist of an Assualt, Engineer, Support and Recon (not Sniper) class. However, on a team basis, who’s to say that a full squad of each wouldn’t be more effective? Players need to work together and work out what is best for that particular operation.
4. Use roles to your teams advantage.
As an addition to the above suggestion, diversifying can sometimes not be enough to turn the tides or make your team better. Instead, you also need to have someone analyse what’s happening and determine which types of players can do the best in each situation.
For instance, in a battle where enemy players are sticking close together, it might be wise to use classes that have decent suppression, or decent explosives to force the enemies out. Meanwhile, in a map with a lot of Snipers, it might be best for everyone to go as a medic and have a line of resses as you mass Zerg onto the objectives.
The point is, you need to get the team to use their roles to the advantage of the entire team. Sometimes you have to do this yourself, other times, the team will segue into it naturally.
5. Have fun.
This is by far the most best and awesomest thing you can do to get your team to improve in a match. By not taking things too seriously and instead just focus on having fun, the players around you will start to feel this vibe and begin to have fun too. Suddenly, losing doesn’t matter all that much, and, inverse to losing, you’ll actually notice your team doing better.
There have been countless matches where our team has been on a massive losing streak only to really stop caring and then start doing some rather unorthodox things just to have a laugh. Things like setting C4′s onto jeeps, driving them into buildings and detonating them, crashing planes into tanks and more.
The main thing to take away from here is that when you’re having fun, you do some crazy stuff, stuff crazy enough to sometimes lead your team to a memorable victory. And why not have fun whilst you’re playing a game?
So there we have it, tips to get your team working as efficiently as possible in an FPS game. However, these tips could easily be adapted for other genres and, as such, shouldn’t be overlooked. Just remember, good luck, have fun, don’t get yourself killed by a walking bear trap.
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