Battlefield 3 Tactics - Dominate The Competition
Loadout for the Recon Class
"One shot, one kill, mostly..."
While in scope, the sniper suffers from a lack of peripheral vision, allowing enemy soldiers to encroach on your position without you ever seeing them. Working with a partner that is either an Engineer or Support can help keep you alive, while being a lethal pair on the battlefield. The ability to pair the Recon’s SOFLAM which can mark enemy vehicles with Engineer’s devastating Javelin launcher, as a pair you will be able to clear the field of enemy vehicles very quickly.
The starting rifles for Recons, the MK 11 for the US and SVD for RU are great starting weapons for new Recon players. With their semi-automatic firing, new Recons can slowly learn what it takes to become a truly lethal force on the battlefield.
With the SOFLAM, you will be able to paint enemy vehicles for precision strikes by teammates. It’s ability to automatically paint vehicles in its field of vision make it extremely easy to use and very potent.
As you are playing the Recon class, you'll want to ask yourself the following questions through a match:
Is my respawn beacon in a bad location?
The respawn beacon’s beeping sound will give away your location, so it’s important to place it near your location, but not directly on top of you. Additionally, by placing the respawn beacon in a doorway, or an area the enemy soldier must walkthrough to reach you, you may be able to coax them into destroying the respawn beacon before they reach you. If they are foolish enough to do this, you’ll have time to prepare for their arrival and prevent them from being able to sneak up on you.
Also, you can place the respawn beacon near the wall of a tall building. Doing so can allow you to parachute in on the roof on the large building that you placed the respawn beacon next to giving you a tactical advantage on the battlefield.
Is it time to move?
Although snipers are known for camping in their location, it is important to continually re-evaluate your location and whether it’s become a target for enemy players. You’ll also want to move to a new area if you want to get the jump on enemy snipers who have stayed in their location for too long.
Are you helping your team?
Situational awareness will dictate whether you are helping your team in your current location or not. Using the MAV, you can spot target-rich environments and move accordingly to better support your team’s objectives.
Primary Weapon - L96 Sniper Rifle
You can’t go wrong with the L96 Sniper Rifle as a Recon player. The L96 is obtained by completing the “Creeping Death” assignment on in the Back to Karkand expansion. You may want to use the silencer or flash compressor, but there is a loss in damage dealt by the weapon.
Use the MAV on urban maps that don’t support aircrafts, while on open airs that do, use the SOFLAM to better paint enemy vehicles.
The radio beacon is a default Recon gadget and is a must for nearly all Recon players.