Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What is your LEAST Favorite Thing About Battlefield 3?

If you had to point out one major gripe in Battlefield 3 that you would like resolved, what would it be?

For me, it would have to be the destruction model used. Although you can blow a lot of stuff up, it still doesn't quite feel realistic enough to me. Perhaps I listened to the promises and hype of the game pre-launch a bit too much, but in an ideal world more things would detonate with realistic force.

So what is your biggest BF3 gripe?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How To Win Battlefield 3

In case you haven't already realized, I absolutely love Battlefield 3. I think it is one of the most exciting games to have come out in quite some time; even though the singleplayer is pretty crap, the multiplayer is so much fun. However, it can be frustrating to play with gamers who don't really know what they are doing. That's why you need to learn how to win Battlefield 3 - so you can provide a solid challenge for other players, and that way everyone has a better time.

Today I am going to show you some simple ways to win Battlefield 3. They aren't gonna be complicated or difficult to follow. They aren't 'silver bullet' strategies that let you legally cheat the game. Instead, these are good, old-fashioned tactics that will let you master Battlefield 3 with ease:

  1. Focus on the objective - This is, by far, the most important thing to remember if you want to win Battlefield 3. Battles are won on the basis of objective completion, and not just which team can kill the most enemies. If you and your team focus on the objective then you will win far more often than you lose.
  2. Work as a team - Teamwork is crucial to winning Battlefield 3. This is not some no holds barred action game like the Modern Warfare series (where individual skill and the ability to rack up killstreaks determines the winner) Teamwork will pull you through tough battles. Now I know it's hard to work as a team when you don't actually know the people you are playing with personally, but you should still be using voice and written communication where possible to relay strategies etc to your team.
  3. Use cover - Okay, it's not a real battle, so if you forget to take cover and get shot nothing nasty is going to happen to you. However, if you want to win Battlefield 3 games regularly then you must start using cover. I go further into detail about this point in my guide to using cover in Battlefield 3.
  4. Read a BF3 strategy guide - There are a lot of tips, tricks, and strategies that you can use to master Battlefield 3 and win your games. The easiest way to get them all is in a Battlefield 3 strategy guide. For your convenience, read my review of the best Battlefield 3 strategy guides.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Can I Play Battlefield 3 On My Laptop?

I sometimes post on Yahoo Answers, and frequent some gaming forums too. A question I have seen raised quite often is:

Can I play Battlefield 3 on my laptop?

A lot of us, especially college students or those living in more cramped abodes don't have the room (nor the cash) to spend up large on a gaming desktop. Good luck fitting a full tower and 27 inch monitor with computer desk into your dorm room is all I can say.

So can you play Battlefield 3 on your laptop?

It really depends on what kind of laptop you have. Once upon a time laptop gaming was all but impossible; only 2d isometric games like Age of Empires 2 were able to be played on laptops because of their lack of graphics processing hardware (and slower processors)

Things have changed a lot, and now there are many laptops that promise good gaming performance. Probably the most well-known gaming laptop brand is Alienware- they make some great quality gear. Unfortunately most gaming laptops are very expensive and quite bulky. Lugging a fully-fledged gaming laptop around all day is going to get tiring.

That's not to say that gaming laptops are rubbish. I, in fact, own one myself and really like it. It's an Asus Republic of Gamers model with an i7 processor, 8gb of ram, and 1gb Nvidia GTS 460M graphics (along with Blu-Ray and 3d vision)

Now I know I'll probably get flamed for saying I own such a machine by player-haters saying 'aww bro you should have built a desktop yourself for a third the price' - I do not care. I bought it because I am pressed for space, and was on holiday and the thing was on special.

This laptop plays new games very well. Battlefield 3 runs smoothly on all but the highest graphics settings, and it plays other favorites of mine like Medieval 2 Total War flawlessly.

Can you play Battlefield 3 on your laptop?

If your laptop has a Core 2 Duo, i3 or anything lower than a fast i5 (or AMD equivalent) I probably wouldn't bother. You are going to get crummy framerate even on lower settings and not really enjoy the game. Turbo boost available on some newer mobile Intel laptops is very useful for ramping up framerates though.

The biggest limiting factor for mobile gaming is always going to be the graphics hardware though. A lot of laptops come with very average onbard graphics that splits system memory with video memory. Fine for browsing the web etc and tasks that most laptop users perform, but not for gaming. To play BF3 on your laptop you really need at least 1gb of dedicated video memory, because laptop graphic chips tend to run at a lower clock speed than desktop cards.

You can get some performance boosts by updating your drivers- when I updated my laptop chip to the latest Nvidia drivers I noticed quite handsome performance increases in some games.

Basically, what I'm trying to say is that unless you have a gaming specific laptop, don't bother with BF3. You won't enjoy it and would be better served buying the console version instead.

Or, save your pennies and get one of these:
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Battlefield 3 Dominator Guide Download

Are you looking for a download of the awesome Battlefield 3 Dominator Guide? Unfortunately you won't find a free one here, because I believe the author CJ deserves reward for the big effort he puts into this guide. Instead, I will show you where you can get the best priced legal Battlefield 3 Dominator Guide download.

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If you haven't already read my BF3 Dominator Guide review then you should do so now. On the other hand, if you are pressed for time let me quickly summarize why you should get CJ's BF3 Dominator Guide today:

  • Video walkthroughs for key aspects of the game you need to master to win.
  • Guides to both single and multi player (main focus is on multiplayer of course)
  • Full class and weapon guides including customizing your weapons.
  • Guides to every map of the game including 'chokepoints' and 'killing zones'
  • How to snipe, use cover, etc and more basic gameplay mechanics.
  • 60 day money-back guarantee.
  • Free updates.
You can get all this for the low price of $34.95 if you purchase through this link. CJ has made a truly great guide here so I really do recommend that you download Battlefield 3 Dominator Guide today and start mastering BF3 and playing like a pro.

If you have any more questions just leave a comment and I'll get back to you ASAP.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

How To Use Cover In Battlefield 3

Recently I covered how to snipe and aim properly in Battlefield 3. Today we are going to look at how to use cover in Battlefield 3 so that you don't get killed as often. By avoiding dying you will boost your game score and be more likely to win matches.

I see a lot of players who don't seem to use any form of cover when playing BF3. Running around the battlefield like a headless chicken is a great way to get killed (if you're into losing at video games) Here's a quick guide to using cover in Battlefield 3:

  • When taking up position always crouch or go prone if you have limited cover. This will make you much harder to hit.
  • Grass and trees etc provide concealment but not true cover- they won't stop bullets or rounds (especially with the physics/damage model in BF3)
  • Take cover behind rocks, walls, buildings etc. then pop up and fire a few shots. Remember to move to a different location after you have made your presence known. This is especially important if you are taking cover behind something that could be destroyed reasonably easily.
  • Don't crowd together in cover with your teammates as this will make you easy prey for explosives and grenades etc.
  • Windows provide a good covered spot to open fire from, as do rooftops.
  • Try and get cover that takes the high ground over your enemies.
  • Read my comparison of the leading Battlefield 3 strategy guides to see which one will help you master cover in BF3 and win the game.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How To Reduce Lag In Battlefield 3

Reducing lag is an extremely important part of being a successful Battlefield 3 player. If you have lots of lag it is going to be far more difficult for you to win, because your shots will always be missing (even if they are aimed correctly) Also, enemies will seem to magically appear from nowhere as a consequence of lag too.

Today you are going to learn how to reduce lag in Battlefield 3 for all three platforms (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) There are far more options for reducing lag on PC, namely because of the much bigger range of hardware and software configurations available. However, you can still cut down lag on console platforms too.

Reduce Battlefield 3 Lag for PS3 & Xbox 360

  1. Make sure your console firmware is updated to the latest version. This can be done easily from within the Xbox 360 and PS3 dashboards.
  2. Swtich to a hard wired connection if possible. Hard wired Internet beats wireless every time in terms of speed.
  3. If you are using wireless make sure your wireless router is set on the right channel, and also that the computer it connects through (if applicable) has up to date drivers.
  4. If you have fiddled around with the wireless or network settings on your console in the past try setting them to default again, then work around from there.
  5. The placement of your wireless router is hugely important; make sure there is a clear signal path free of interference points such as cordless phones and microwave ovens.
Reduce Battlefield 3 Lag for PC

  1. Shut down all background applications that use Internet bandwidth. Especially important is turning off file sharing programs or software that constantly auto-updates. Background programs can hog a lot of system resources and Internet bandwidth and will result in poor gaming speed online.
  2. Update your network hardware drivers to the latest version.
  3. Patch Battlefield 3 to the latest version.
  4. Switch to a cabled connection from wireless if possible. This will always yield superior performance.
  5. If you are using wireless then use quality wireless components (both card and router)
  6. Ensure that there is a clear broadcast signal for your wireless connection free of interference.
  7. Use cable and not DSL Internet if possible.
  8. Pick servers located as close to your home as possible.
Reducing lag in Battlefield 3 is not too difficult if you follow the steps listed above. Just work methodically through them and you will have a far better gaming experience.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

How To Aim In Battlefield 3

Learning to be an accurate shooter is absolutely crucial for Battlefield 3. Today I am going to give you a brief overview of how to aim in Battlefield 3 so you can increase your accuracy, conserve ammo, and more importantly survive longer on the battlefield.

The most important thing you can do to improve your accuracy when playing Battlefield 3 is to aim down the sights. Rather than firing from the hip you should be aiming every shot or burst of fire you make to ensure that you better hit your mark. The only exception is if you are using a light machine gun, in which case you can spray fire to keep enemies in cover (this is the whole point of LMGs after all)

You should also be crouching or prone when firing if possible. Prone tends to be better for snipers laying in wait or if you have a very good observation position such as a rooftop to fire from. Crouch works well for all situations; run forward until you see an enemy then crouch behind cover. This will boost your accuracy and also help keep you covered from enemy fire.

Aiming is extremely important to more realistic shooters like Battlefield 3. You need to cut your teeth with basic gameplay mechanics like aiming and cover until you are getting good scores and a favorable kill/death ratio. The best way to learn how to own the game is to read a proper Battlefield 3 strategy guide; click here to see my comparison of the three leading BF3 strategy guides.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Battlefield 3 Multiplayer Guide

Here is a more detailed Battlefield 3 multiplayer guide that I have been putting together over the last week. The whole point of this guide is to show you some wicked tips and strategies you can use to really up your game. Whether you are an absolute beginner or plowing through the levels like a pro gamer you will be able to benefit from my BF3 multiplayer guide.

  1. Minimize lag. Whether you are playing on PC, PS3, or 360 this is absolutely crucial to winning at Battlefield 3. You need to minimize your lag as much as possible to ensure you maintain a competitive edge at this game. Switch to a wired network connection from wireless if possible as this will yield improved connection speeds. If you are a PC gamer make sure your wireless card drivers are up to date. You should also pick servers that are located closer to your area of residence. If you get lots of lag it will be difficult to win unfortunately.
  2. Increase framerate (PC only) Increasing your framerate is important for PC gamers if you want to win. Click the following link for my free guide to boosting your Battlefield 3 framerate.
  3. Improve your 'fundamental skills'. Improving your fundamental skills of shooting, aiming, reloading and moving are essential and a big focus of my Battlefield 3 multiplayer guide. You need to be working on improving your accuracy, using special class-specific abilities such as the mortar launcher, and working on using cover and crouch/prone properly. Remember to always fire down the sights, unless you are using a spray and pray weapon in the support class. If you are a sniper player then learn how to snipe properly. Learning how to get good at the basic 'mechanics' of the game is the biggest thing you can do to get good at Battlefield 3.
  4. Work with your team. I have stressed the importance of this before, and will always continue to stress the huge importance of teamwork for games like Battlefield 3. You need to communicate as much as possible with your teammates in order to have the greatest chance of winning. Use either headset communication or keyboard communication when PC gaming, or just the headset when playing on console. Take charge of your squad or team and lead them toward the objectives.
  5. Focus on the match objectives. The biggest 'secret' to winning at Battlefield 3 is to focus squarely on the match objectives. Although mucking around and enemy hunting is fun, if you want to build your level quickly and win lots you will be better served by aiming squarely for the objective. Whether that is attacking or defending a point or anything else you need to really focus on this in order to win.
  6. Use the right class at the right time. This is pretty self-explanatory, but it is very important that you are using the right class at the right time. For general attacking and defending assault is a great choice. For indoors work I like engineer. Support is very good for defence, and recon is generally useful for sneaking and sniping.
  7. Get a Battlefield 3 multiplayer strategy guide. If you are serious about winning at Battlefield 3 then you should get a detailed strategy and map guide for multiplayer. You can check out my in-depth comparison of the three leading BF3 multiplayer guides here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How To Snipe In BF3

Today we are going to look at how to snipe in BF3. Running at people with an assault rifle or light machine gun is pretty straightforward in this game, but learning how to use the sniper rifle correctly can be a bit more confusing.

  • The most basic tenet of sniping in Battlefield 3 is to use cover. Don't wander around in the open trying to snipe; instead you need to hide behind things.
  • Always shoot from prone- crouch is only acceptable if you cannot get a shot in otherwise. Never shoot standing if you want accuracy.
  • Move around the battlefield a bit. If you keep sniping from the same position sooner or later people are gonna realize where you are and nab you. Fire off a couple of shots, then move to another covering position.
  • Experiment with rifles to find your favorite. I prefer the very slow to reload but powerful rifles for sniping (I don't miss) However, others prefer to use rifles that fire more rapidly but afford less power so they can pop more shots off. Both styles of play warrant attention so try until you find which one you like.
  • Don't get caught up in close range battles. This is fairly self-explanatory; you don't want to get caught up in close quarters combat where you run the risk of getting dominated. Make sure you keep a safe distance between you and your enemies.
Now that you know how to snipe in BF3, check out my Battlefield 3 strategy guide comparison. It will help you take your BF3 gaming to the next level.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Modern Warfare 3 Perses Guide Out

Any keen gamer cannot have ignored the raging debate between whether Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3 was to be the game of the year in 2011 (trailing a distant third in this race is Skyrim of course) Now that both are out and playable, I am going out on a whim to say that BF3 is the better game, well at least for multiplayer. That is not to say that MW3 is no fun of course- the very rapid pace of play makes for a great game to play with your buddies on a night in.

CJ who wrote Battlefield 3 Dominator Guide, which is the BF3 multiplayer guide that I recommend, has just come out with Perses Guide for Modern Warfare 3. I've had a chance to look through this guide already (it's only been out a very short time mind you) and am so far rather impressed. It follows a similar format to Battlefield 3 Dominator, but is aimed squarely at COD MW3 players. If you have bought MW3 or are planning on doing so then you can check Perses Guide out here.

No doubt CJ will be updating it regularly as more MW3 strategies come to the fore.

In the meantime check out my initial thoughts on Perses Guide, as well as some MW3 tips and strategies at my new Modern Warfare 3 Perses Guide Review blog.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Relik Battlefield 3 Guide Review

If you haven't already read my in-depth Battlefield 3 strategy guide roundup then I recommend you do so now to see how the three big BF3 guides stack up (Relik, BF3 Dominator, and Stark's Guide) In this post I am going to do a more detailed Relik Battlefield 3 guide review; it placed second in my overall comparison review, but I did really like how beginner friendly it was, and how professionally presented the guide is.

Here is a more in-depth review of Relik's Battlefield 3 strategy guide:

Relik Battlefield 3 Guide was one of the first paid strategy guides to be released for Battlefield 3. I can only assume it was in development through the beta phase of the game, and then any changes in gameplay were reflected in the final version of the guide.

Everything in the Relik Game Guide applies to all three versions of Battlefield 3. Whether you are playing on PC, PS3, or Xbox 360 Relik is relevant to all three platforms. The only differences come with control layouts (obviously) and also the fact that the PC version of the game has more players on screen at once. However, the Relik team do a very good job at pointing out any differences when they are relevant.

The thing I liked the most about Relik Battlefield 3 Guide (especially compared to other guides such as Battlefield 3 Dominator) is the strong focus on beginner instruction. If you are a 'newbie' to the game then Battlefield 3 can actually be quite overwhelming. Nothing sucks more than constantly getting killed, losing matches, and not gaining experience quickly. Many Battlefield 3 guides unfortunately skip right over the important fact that the vast majority of readers are going to be less experienced players who need a bit of a helping hand. Therefore, Relik Battlefield 3 guide really does win my recommendation for you if you are new to playing BF3 and online FPS games in general.

I would liken Relik Battlefield 3 game to a bootcamp; only a boot camp that is seriously good fun. The Relik Guide places plenty of focus on basic aspects of the game like accuracy and moving into cover that actually add up to massively improving your gaming experience. Rather than trying to come up with outrageous 'guaranteed' strategies, Relik focuses more on getting your skill level up so you can win much more easily.

Of course this is not always a good thing. If you are looking for the best winning strategies then you would be better served getting Battlefield 3 Dominator. Also, more experienced gamers may find Relik BF3 guide a little lacking at points.

Naturally, it has a walkthrough for both the singeplayer and multiplayer portion of the game. This is pretty much par for the course with most BF3 guides, although you really shouldn't be wasting your time with the singleplayer game at all. Focus on multi player for Battlefield 3 and you will have a far better gaming experience.

Relik Battlefield 3 Guide sells for $37 USD. This is a bit steep in my opinion, but you do get free updates and a money back guarantee to compensate somewhat (I guess you could use the term 'risk free') Also, because payment is handled by Clickbank you can use any major credit card or Paypal, and your details are guaranteed to be safe and secure.

Click here to learn more about Relik Battlefield 3 guide

Battlefield 3 Multiplayer Manual

Do you remember the good old days of gaming when games came in huge cardboard boxes, inside which there were further boxes filled with game disks, bonus maps and materials? I do, and I yearn for the 'golden age' of PC gaming. Reading a physically printed game manual was so much better than having to open some crummy PDF which doesn't really tell you how to play the game anyway. In this post I am going to give you my own Battlefield 3 multiplayer manual, so you can learn the truly important aspects of playing this great game online. Everything in this post relates to all BF3 platforms, so whether you're a PC gamer like me yearning for the 'glory days', or a hardened PS3 or 360 addict, you can benefit from my BF3 multiplayer guide.

As a caveat, I'm assuming you have a basic knowledge of how to play the game in terms of controls. I don't really want to go through a list of controls for all three platforms, so provided you have prior knowledge of how the basic mechanics of the game work (and you know how to join a game too) we can begin:

  1. Picking the right class. Selecting the best class to use in the situation is the first aspect of Battlefield 3 multiplayer that you simply must get right. Sure, you can have fun as any class, but my Battlefield 3 multiplayer manual is all about winning- and having fun in the process. The first step to knowing what class to pick is to look at the map. If you are playing on a more enclosed map then you should be looking at Assault, or possibly even Engineer for shotgun capabilities. Support is alright, but spray and pray is no match for a close range assault player with good accuracy. On the other hand, a map with lots of wide open spaces and sniping zones means Recon comes into its own. Next, you need to look at the mission objectives to determine which class to spawn as. Lots of blunt assaulting of chokepoints is going to warrant Support or Assault. If it is a vehicle heavy map Engineer can be useful here too to take down enemy vehicles. 
  2. Working as a team. One of the hardest things to do in Battlefield 3 is to work effectively in a team unit. Because your team is liable to change every single time you play the match, and because you could be playing with people thousands of miles away, building up a good sense of team strategy is rather tricky. However, there are a few little tricks you can employ to build up your teamwork in BF3. Firstly, make good use of the text chat function (this is for PC players) you can type up quick orders on the fly and then pass them on to the rest of your team. You can also report on enemy movements etc much more easily this way than by headset communication. Usually headset communication in video games just turns into a farce very quickly- but if you are assertive and confident on the mic you can often wind up leading your team more effectively.
  3. Focus on the objective. I have said it before and I will definitely say it again- focusing on the objective is the best way of winning in BF3. If only the Battlefield 3 manual reasserted this important tenet of multiplayer success enough. Of course it's fun to try and fly an attack helicopter through a tunnel, but if you want to win (which is why I assume you are reading this blog) then you need to focus on the objective. Not only that, but you need to get your team to focus on the objective too. Use clear communication and get people to work towards the objective- this way you will win and have a lot of fun too.
So there is my three step Battlefield 3 multiplayer manual. Follow it, and you will have much more success with your BF3 games. While you're here, read my comparison review of the top 3 Battlefield 3 strategy guides- if you are serious about playing this game then you want a serious strategy guide. I've read them all, and I'm gonna give you straight up verdict on which one is best. Click here to read more.

Friday, November 4, 2011

What's Your Favorite Battlefield 3 Multiplayer Map?

Okay guys, now that I'm getting a few more readers to this blog I want to know what everyones' favorite multiplayer map in Battlefield 3 is. There some really cool and interesting maps in this game, and there is plenty of scope for moving around and exploring them.

My personal favorite is  Damavand Peak. Call me silly, call me stupid, but I just love that epic jump down to the action. It reminds me of playing Battlefield 1942 as a kid during my school holidays, on my crummy old 1.3gHz Athlon and 32mb TNT graphics card, and then always playing 'Operation Market Garden' map as the allies just to get the chance to parachute into the battle. Oh, the nostalgia!

So what is your favorite BF3 map, and why?

Boost Your Battlefield 3 Framerate

If you are playing the PC version of Battlefield 3, which you should be doing because it is the best by far, you will have probably realized by now that this game is quite a system hog. Unless you have big bucks to afford the latest and greatest gaming system (dual GTX 590s anybody?) or you are an expert overclocker and have wrung every nanoparticle of power out of your system already then you will probably want to know how to boost your Battlefield 3 framerate.

Today I am going to walk you through a few simple steps you can use to speed up your computer for Battlefield 3 and help you get the best gaming experience possible:

  1. Update your video card drivers to the latest possible. Visit either the AMD/ATi or the nVidia website, depending on your card, in order to get the best drivers. Even laptop gamers will benefit from updated drivers.
  2. Update your motherboard firmware/BIOS. This is a bit more tricky, but find out your motherboard model using a program such as CPU-Z, and then check online to see if there are any firmware or BIOS updates available. Remember to create a system restore point before you do this.
  3. Defragment your hard drive. Although the usefulness of doing this has diminished somewhat with newer Microsoft operating systems, you should still defragment regularly for optimal computing performance.
  4. Turn off anti aliasing and anisotropic filtering. Unless you have a high end VGA card these two options will eat up a lot of GPU power. You will notice the increase in performance more than you notice the decrease in graphics quality.
  5. Use a wired Internet connection. For hardcore gaming you should be playing with a hardwired Internet connection. If this is not possible and you must use wireless then make sure your wireless drivers are up to date, and try moving as close as possible to your wireless router.
  6. Overlock. Visit if you are an overclocking newb and learn how to squeeze every last bit of performance possible out of your hardware. Overclocking a graphics card is easier than O/Cing your processor- you just keep upping the clock speed on your GPU until you see 'artifacts' (these are little graphical distortions) then roll back the clock speed 5-10 mhz and enjoy increased performance. Mid range cards that run cool benefit the most from overclocking. On the other hand, overclocking your CPU is harder, as there is greater risk of permanently damaging your processor. Remember that you need to keep your PC well-ventilated in order to overclock. I really do recommend that you give overclocking a go, as you can extend the 'life span' of your hardware in terms of performance quite dramatically. Get Tweakboy's Ultimate Overclocking Handbook, and you will learn how to maximize your overclocking results and avoid damaging your PC. Using Tweakboy's guide you should easily see about a 15-25% increase in BF3 performance.
  7. Clean your registry out. If you have been installing and uninstalling programs and applications regularly on your Windows computer then your registry may well be quite clogged up with 'junk'- it is dangerous to go delete this manually, but cleaning the registry can yield impressive performance boosts. Try this free tool called 'Registry Fix' - it is effective and will clean up your registry safely and thus boost your Battlefield 3 Framerate.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Battlefield 3 Class Guide – Guide To The Classes In BF3!

One of the most important parts of Battlefield 3 is knowing about the classes in the game. If you want to play BF3 well and win lots then you need to know what each class is good at doing, and how to use them properly.

Battlefield 3 Class Guide

There are 4 classes in Battlefield 3. They are:

Assault Class – This is best if you are new to the game as it will give you a good starter class that is good at mid-range and short range combat. Just watch out for snipers with this class. If you don't know what to play as or are new to online FPS shooters then you should definitely consider playing as the assault class. I personally play as Assault a lot, just because I like getting into the thick of the action quickly.

Support Class – If you want to have some time off the front line then try out this class as the focus will be on providing support. You can get some awesome points by laying down covering fire and also making sure you heal your squad. If you are into heavy machine guns etc then this is the class for you- 'spray and pray' at its absolute finest here.

Engineer Class – The master of vehicles and you can make awesome points by fixing the vehicles in the game and you are also very good at short range combat as well. This is because the engineer class receives the shotgun, which is an extremely useful weapon to have. Breeching doors and going in 'gung ho' is the domain of the engineer.

Recon Class – Check out this class if you fancy staying to the shadows and sniping people. The recon class gets to use the sniper rifle to great effect, but it is absolutely crucial that you then stay out of close or mid range battle unless you want to get your ass handed to you.

For more Battlefield 3 multiplayer tactics, including when and where you should use each class, check out Battlefield 3 Dominator guide.