10 ways to be an incredible team player in Bad Company 2

If you haven’t figured it out by now, Battlefield Bad Company 2 isn’t designed for solo Rambos to dominate groups of players. Those that work for the team also work for themselves. Follow our 10 easy steps to de-program those “other shooter” behaviors and march amongst your comrades to victory!

1) Balance your squad

It’s an obvious one, but you’d be amazed how many squads we’ve seen composed of three recons and a medic. Sure, you can hold a rooftop camping spot (until someone with half a brain storms in, offs the medic first and stabs the snipers) but if you come up against a tank you’re stuffed. Our dream combo is two medics with at least one vehicle tracer pistol, an engineer and a recon or assault (vehicle-heavy arenas need more engineers and fewer medics).

2) Split your classes

It’s easy to dominate one class and be an incredible medic or engineer, but the best squads have members who are levelled up in two classes. This means you can adapt to specific maps as a team – if you need two levelled up engineers to handle a vehicle-heavy map, for example, then your regular assault or medic can quickly switch over and still have all the best kit. It requires a bigger investment of playing time, but will pay dividends later.

3) Take down buildings

Sometimes, objectives like M-COM stations are just too well defended for an all-out attack (for example, White Pass and Africa Harbour). In these situations, it might be better to co-ordinate your squad into a demolition team and bring down the whole building on top of the objective (as an added bonus, this also removes pesky snipers from the roof). Having plenty of engineers and recons is the best tactic here. The assault class’s rifle grenades and sniper’s C4 can be pretty effective too.

4) Tag your targets

So you’ve seen, or worse – been killed by – a sniper camping on a roof. You know where he is, and you know he isn’t smart enough to move on after every kill. What you don’t do is steam back at him angrily waving your shotgun around. No sir. What the smart team player does is sneak back round to where you know your foe is and tag him using the Select/Back button. Your squad sniper will pick him off from a safe distance, or a well-placed teammate will sneak up and stab him.

5) Get your kits out

Never forget to dump your kits, especially at key points like near the flags (in Conquest) or M-COM stations (in Rush). We find our medic character is consistently near the top of the stat table at the end because we lob med kits at these locations and sit back as the +10 for heals and +20 for squad heals flow in. Assault characters, don’t forget your ammo drops too; grenades are a rare commodity for other classes.


  • humpiedumpie - April 16, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    I've been playing bad company 2 for the last few weeks now..but i rarely meet people that that would be a big help if everyone started communicating, also more fun :)
  • barrage7667 - April 16, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    This would be a great guide!!! if i had the game...
  • D0CCON - April 16, 2010 9:21 p.m.

    I already do a lot of this. Defiantly remember to drop the ammo/health packs at key locations, will talk when I get in a team that actually talks back, ride in tanks and then hop out to repair them when a fight starts, will play as medic OR engineer depending on what's currently needed (prefer engie, but I always get put in games with more engies than medics, so I compromise a little), and I make sure to stay the hell out of the chopper (although I'm oddly very good at the 1943 BF plane flying). this still helps me a bit, though. I never considered waiting for people to respawn on me instead of just healing them (but I try not to heal when I know enemies are still in the area) and I always try to flank snipers instead of targeting them. Very useful tips, overall.
  • Abe504 - April 16, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    i just got this game 4 days ago, this game has been constantly played. So much to do in this game. And this is coming from a die hard call of duty junkie, and a MAG gamer. Bad Company 2 just works. Another good tip would be to tracer dart a helicopter or tank, so much easier to take out a helicopter if u just tag it once, u can then just lock on and blow it to hell.
  • bamb0o-stick - April 16, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    Word of advice to beginners, level up all your classes as soon as possible. Get all your basic equipment unlocked for every class, you're not useful if you're a medic with no medpacks and defibs!
  • cholobear911 - April 16, 2010 9:59 p.m.

    all about the m16 with 12x sights
  • JizzyB - April 16, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    Let me reiterate #9: Quit hogging the chopper!! I'm a way better pilot than you so back off. Sniping and Chopping it's all I do.
  • dland - April 16, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    Wouldn't it be great if Live wasn't a hostile environment? If you didn't have to listen to smack talkers, and jerks every time you make a mistake or maybe not as good as somebody else. Good tips, and I will try to apply and hopefully be the best daggone medic ever!
  • sklorbit - April 16, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    i totally agree snipers suck. too many in this game... they add nothing to the team, specially wen they are attacking snipers. i hate wen my whole squad is sniping super far away from the objective im trying to destroy. sniping is pretty much useless overall in this game. all they do is get a few kills, wen attacking it does nothing and wen defending they are not as useful as any class. next time u play bfbc2 think twice b4 u choose ur sniped kit, for it is the n00biest and the least helpful.
  • FartsOnMilk - April 17, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    @sklorbit While the Recon kit is my leqst favorite, its far from the most useless. The problem is most people don't know how too play that class correctly. The major misconception is that sniping is the only thing you do, which is wrong. Your kit is called Recon and its your goal is too spot out the enemy and take a shot when you have it. Also the motion mine is great for detecting the other team as they advance for your m-com station or when attacking theirs. So when played right the Recon class is just as vital as any other class, but most people just don't play it right.
  • TriggerHappyMongoose - April 17, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    My friend got super pissed off at this game because he couldn't snipe (correction, he couldn't no-scope and called the game broken). In all fairness, I'm guilty of #10. I never talk unless I'm on a private channel with a friend. Just a preference of mine.
  • Ninja-KiLLR - April 17, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    i think talking should be be #1 on the list. me and some psn friends talk every game and we may have only lost once.
  • jtslugmaster10 - April 17, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    @sklorbit I wouldnt say the sniper class is the least helpful and defiantly not noobish if the sniper knows how to play as a team first he can take out the opposing snipers that are picking off his team mates and preventing them from even getting to the mcom station/flag and also provide a good deterent when ppl try to disarm the mcom or recapture a flag, also they can help get rid of enemy vehicles and spot enemy troops for ur advancing team, sometimes all i do is spot and it helps out my assualt team mates cause they know where the enemy is, i agree there are to many but to say that they are the least helpful is a step way to far. again tho the sniper has to help out and i would agree, if u said most snipers dont spot or call out enemy movement cause they dont but that goes back to tip #10 good guide overall
  • Silentboy - April 17, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    Talking more definately helps but I hardly come across anyone talking in game chat espicially when compared to MW2. P.S. Im like Bad Comapny 2 better.
  • JuliePeesgood - April 17, 2010 1:29 a.m.

    @Farts Couldn't agree more. Too many people camp in the hills trying to go for the glory of getting kills. I have no doubt that if more people played the Recon class correctly, it would not be despised like it is. I am getting worn out of the game just because I have trouble finding a squad that has their mics on, which makes the game hard to enjoy.
  • WugaWuga - April 17, 2010 1:40 a.m.

    @Sklorbit: i completely agree @people who disagree: if sniping isnt the the most useless then what is also most snipers dont spot and most cant pick off multiple guys quickly dont forget too that "they can destroy enemy vichles' uhh thats what engineers are for. Whilest some can be helpful most are very useless. Truely someone please tell me what is the most useless if recon isnt.
  • dland - April 17, 2010 1:41 a.m.

    I think a lot of people don't talk because they just don't want to. I don't think it's much more than that. It's hard to just start talking to people you don't know, and people are so damn insecure about themselves that they don't want to even open their mouths in fear that they might get berated for the smallest thing that they might say.
  • Hypermonkey262 - April 17, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    Great article. I just linked it to some guys that need it even more than I do.
  • Chickenbomb - April 17, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    You know why people don't talk? It's because it's broken in game, at least for the PC. In game voice does not work on the PC, past the first 10 minutes or so. Typing chat is also rather worthless because no one can see it half the time, and you can only type when you are alive. If you're dead, then no typing for you.
  • Spooge10 - April 17, 2010 6:25 a.m.

    @dland: On Xbox LIVE people will beak you for the stupidest reasons. I hate it.

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