Battlefield 3 Multiplayer Modes Explained
Written Monday, September 19, 2011 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Battlefield 3 might just be the most comprehensive yet in terms of its multiplayer, offering up five modes including the return of the always-popular Battlefield staples, Rush, Squad Rush and Conquest. Fleshing out multiplayer for Battlefield 3 will be the addition of Team Deathmatch and Squad Deathmatch, the former of which hasn't been in a Battlefield game since Battlefield 1942.
Team Deathmatch involves two teams of 12-players indulging in straight-up battles on tight-knit maps, with an emphasis on infantry, since there are no vehicles on any of the nine TDM maps. Squad Deathmatch meanwhile, focuses on larger, more dynamic warfare, with four squads of four duking it out, while striving to maintain their valuable IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle), meaning you'll need a good Engineer to keep up repairs.
Rush and Squad Rush see a return to the fan-favourite mode first introduced in Battlefield: Bad Company wherein which two teams compete to attack or defend their M-COM stations, with a few tweaks being introduced to the gameplay. So now, M-COM stations can only be armed or disarmed, and can't be eliminated or damaged by gunfire and explosives. Rush works in much the same way as before, with the defenders having infinite infantry to throw at the attackers and the attackers having limited tickets for respawns.
Once the attackers tickets are depleted or the attackers successfully blow up all of the M-COM stations, the game ends. If a defender also begins to disarm an M-COM station, he'll be able to complete the process before the time runs out, unless he's killed while doing so, at which point it'll instantly blow. Finally, Conquest has two teams fighting to capture and hold flags at various points on the map, which is every bit as frantic and strategical as it's always been.
All of these modes are also playable without vehicles in 'Infantry Only' mode and you can make any of Battlefield 3's regular game modes more challenging by switching on the Hardcore Mode setting. DICE appears to have thought of everything for Battlefield 3's multiplayer, and with nine maps and five multiplayer modes, that gives you 45 combat scenarios to look forward to in multiplayer.
Battlefield 3 is out on October 25th in North America and October 28th in Europe.
[Via Battlefield Blog]