ByMichael Mitchell, writer at
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Michael Mitchell

Battlefield 1 is an impressive game. It features a variety of weapons, a solo campaign, and some of the craziest multiplayer maps and matches ever. That last one is especially notable because of Battlefield 1's operations mode, which features 20-on-20 or even 32-on-32 player matches across several maps.

But winning such a map requires a bit of skill (and a decent amount of luck). Today, we'll be going over a few tips that should help you if you're hopping into this mode for the first time.

Be Prepared To Die. A lot.

If you've played the first campaign mission, this is a lesson you've already learned. But if you've been focusing primarily on the multiplayer, then it's worth keeping in mind — especially during the intense 32-versus-32 matches.

There are enemies everywhere — some close, some far, some in the air, and some sneaking up behind you. All of them are trying to kill you with whatever means they have. You're going to die. Sometimes you'll have good games where your deaths are minimal, sometimes you'll have bad ones where you barely make it out of a respawn before dying.

Here are two quick lessons to learn now:

  • Dying doesn't (necessarily) mean you're doing anything wrong.
  • If you go in with the mindset that you're going to go on a 10-0 kill streak, you might be in for a harsh lesson.

One way or another, though, the game will teach you to be aware of all your surroundings. It's frustrating at times, but it's also incredibly exhilarating — never once during these battles have I not felt like I was in a giant, chaotic battle, though. And that, I love.

Know Your Role

For some roles, this isn't as much of an issue. If you're a Scout, you'll want to focus on sniping for the most part. Cover yourself when possible, find the right vantage points, watch for other snipers. For Assault players, you'll be the ones out front. Know where the enemies are, and how to clear them off the point.

Support and Medic roles are a bit different, however. Both can do damage if they want, but their best use is as, well, supporters. For the Support role specifically, that comes down to laying traps from explosives and toxic gas as well as providing ammo. For Medics, that means healing and reviving.

Each role has overlap, but each role also has something that makes it unique. These aren't the only things to keep in mind, but they'll help if you're new to a role:

  • Scouts' snipers will show a glare. If you see a white star in the distance, it's a Scout getting ready to shoot. This works both ways, though, so be careful with how long you stay aiming in one spot.
  • A good Medic can change an entire game. Stay near non-Medics and provide healing and revives. If you don't do either of these, your team won't be happy.
  • While Assault players are up front, that doesn't mean you can charge into whatever and survive. Plan your attack ahead of time and utilize cover before making your move.
  • Support classes work well alongside Assault players. Aid them in staying stocked on ammo and reinforce whatever point you're taking/defending with traps.

Hug Walls, Find Cover, Move A Lot

If you're a pro at first-person shooters, this advice probably is a big "duh" to you. But if you're hopping into Battlefield 1 after a long break from traditional FPS games — like yours truly — then keeping this in mind from the get-go will help ease you into the aforementioned cavalcade of deaths.

Especially in Battlefield 1's sprawling expanses and with explosions occurring left and right, finding ways to keep yourself from your enemies' line-of-sight is paramount. Everything you can do to minimize possible outlets of damage will help you survive that much longer.

  • If you're moving, stay near a wall so you have one portion of your body you won't have to worry about.
  • If you're trying to snipe an enemy, find cover so you can plan your shot.
  • In all situations, if you shoot and miss, move sporadically — your target is aware of your attempt on their life and will kill you if you make it easy on them.

Vehicles Are Incredibly Strong...For Better Or Worse

There are a couple different types of vehicles in these matches, ranging from something as simple as riding on horseback to something as intense as manning the gun on top of a giant zeppelin of death. In some cases, you control the movement of the vehicle; in others, you take down enemies from a turret while another player drives.

Most vehicles aren't too difficult to control...unless they're a plane. In that case, you'll probably end up, erm, accidentally flying it straight into the ground once or twice or three times. When this happens, I try to aim for the enemies.

Back to the point, though, once you get the hang of which mounted guns shoot where and how to control your vehicle of choice, they can be very effective ways to take down the other team. When you've been notified that you're being reinforced by a Dreadnaught or a zeppelin or a train, that's your time to strike — these things will wreck stuff up.

Conversely, they'll also destroy you if you're playing on the opposite side. In this case, try to learn where these machines of destruction are able to hit and where they're focusing fire, and then avoid those areas. With the Dreadnaught especially, trying to do anything near the coast is very, very dangerous, and its presence will alter the way you approach your target.

Melee Weapons Can Be One-Hit Kills

Personally, melee kills are my favorite part of multiplayer. Truly, there's nothing quite like murdering four soldiers in a row with a shovel. Of course, there are plenty of other weapons besides the shovel to use — including the legendary melee weapons from Battlepacks — but I find that one to be the most comical. Your mileage may vary.

The point I'm doing a bad job of getting at here is that melee weapons are strong. If you approach an enemy soldier and manage to remain unnoticed, you can one-shot that enemy by using your melee weapon from the right angle. Doing so activates a mini-action sequence for you and your enemy showing exactly how you managed to take their day from bad to dead.

Outside of this form of melee take-down, you can also hit the melee button while sprinting to engage in an all-out mad dash forward with your bayonet leading the way. Not only is this actually a faster way of moving forward, it's a really satisfying method of taking out an enemy, especially if you manage to land the charge from a longer distance.

Of course, there's a downside to all this. For the close-range kills, even if you manage to get close enough to an enemy to take them out, there's likely another one nearby. And because of the mini-action sequence, that enemy could easily take you out before you can react. For the charge kills, your character is going to yell while charging. Loudly. Coupled with needing to charged from a bit of a distance, there are even riskier.

Do you have any advice for playing Battlefield 1's maps?


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