In Pursuit of a Squad

Recently, I have been spending time playing Battlefield 4. Mostly conquest, which to those unfamiliar with the franchise is  a 64 player pandemonium with a wide variety of military weaponry at each players’ disposal. Including many vehicles and equipment options, one of which being a remote flying drone that one player found amusing to crush me with repeatedly.

What I’ve been wanting to try recently has been squad-based combinations, which has it’s own set of challenges, getting people to cooperate being the most important and challenging. I recently found myself trying to play squad leader to what sounded like a 4-6 year old shooting his squad mate while inquiring, “Why won’t he die?” Experiences like these are common, finding yourself part of a severely dysfunctional squad. However, on the rare occasion you’ll find yourself in a squad comprised of, what I like to call the dream team:

  • Assault equipped with defibrillator and health pack
  • Recon with a SOFLAM and proximity sensor
  •  Engineer with a laser guided missile launcher and C4
  •  Support with Ammo box and mortar.

This dream team has a key set of gadgets that synergize to great effect. Firstly, the Recon role can spot and mark targets with the SOFLAM, which acts as a target designation for the engineer’s missile launcher, which points-wise helps both Recon and Engineer. The Assault role can rake in points by healing the whole squad. The Support can similarly acquire points with supplying ammo. Also the support combined with Recon’s spotting/suppression can use the mortar to great effect. With this tactic in mind, Recon and Support can keep their distance spotting and applying pressure with mortar and ranged fire while Assault and Engineer can close the distance and utilize the spotting/suppression from Recon and Support. Further maximizing the squads gadgets, the Engineer can lead combat and if he goes down, hopefully Assault can clean up quickly and simply defibrillate the downed engineer; toss him a health pack, and good to go.

Realizing the futility of hoping for this by chance; I figured writing an article describing my plans and hopefully I can entice some of those Gamers out there into hopefully some epic cooperation. Please feel free to comment so we can coordinate whose interested.

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