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Battlefield 3 Multiplayer Game Modes Explained

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Returning to Battlefield 3 are the classic multiplayer game modes, Conquest and Rush. This time, DICE makes some new additions to their multiplayer making it the deepest multiplayer experience yet. Team Deathmatch features some close quarter infantry combat, while Squad Deathmatch focuses on objective drive all-out vehicle warfare. As mentioned yesterday, all 9 multiplayer maps in Battlefield 3 will be available to play on in all 5 game modes. Do the math and that's 45 unique muliplayer experiences.

But you probably don't care about that. Let's get down to the meat and potatoes of each multiplayer gameplay mode at launch. Without further ado, we bring to you the multiplayer modes in detail, courtesy of Battleblog.

Team Deathmatch Availability: On all 9 maps Players: 24 (12 vs. 12) Focus: Team Based Infantry Combat Goal: Eliminate a set number of enemy combatants Winning the game: The team that reaches the set kill number first is declared the winner

Team Deathmatch is making its first appearance in a Battlefield game since Battlefield 1942. A true classic, Team Deathmatch, pits two teams of 12 players against each other in a compact map with a distinct focus on infantry (no vehicles are available). DICE suggests this is a good place for new players to start in order to get the hang of the infantry gameplay, or for players looking for quick instant action.

Squad Deathmatch Availability: On all 9 maps Players: 16 (4 squads of 4) Focus: Squad Based Infantry Combat Goal: Eliminate a set number of enemy combatants Winning the game: The squad that reaches the set kill number first is declared the winner

Squad Deathmatch is similar to Team Deathmatch, except its a larger and more dynamic version of deathmatch, featuring Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). The IFV can help break a deadlock, as long as you keep it alive with solid Engineer gameplay. Teams are set up into 4 squads, resulting in a constant battle to gain and maintain the lead. The squad that can combine the potent Battlefield mix of team play and combat prowess will be proven the winner.

Rush Availability: On all 9 maps Players: 24/32 (Console/PC) Focus: Objective Based All-out Warfare Goal: Attack/defend M-COM stations Winning the game: Destroy all M-COM stations/Deplete the attacker’s tickets (Attackers/Defenders)

Rush was first introduced in Battlefield: Bad Company. Now in Battlefield 3, Rush offers an object based mode. The attackers have to arm and detonate pairs of M-COM stations in each area of the map to unlock the next area and the next pair of M-COM stations. While defenders have an unlimited amount of spawn tickets, attackers only get new tickets every time they destroy a pair of M-COMs. If all M-COM stations on the entire map are destroyed, the attackers are declared the winning team. If the defenders manage to deplete the attacker’s tickets to zero (by killing them), the defenders are declared the winners. Rush includes all types of vehicles, including transport vehicles, armored vehicles, helicopters, and of course, jets.

Squad Rush Availability: On all 9 maps Players: 8 (4 vs. 4) Focus: Squad Based Infantry Combat Goal: Attack/defend M-COM stations Winning the game: Destroy all M-COM stations/Deplete the attacker’s tickets (Attackers/Defenders)

Squad Rush is a duel between two squads similar to normal Rush, but in a much smaller setting. In Squad Rush there are only 2 bases with 1 M-COM station per base, meaning that every M-COM taken or defended in Squad Rush is vital to the victory or defeat of the game. There are no vehicles in Squad Rush, so it’s all down to your infantry fighting skills.

Conquest Availability: On all 9 maps Players: 24/32 or 64 (Console/PC) Focus: Objective Based All-out Warfare Goal: Capture and Hold Flags Winning the game: Deplete opposing team’s tickets

The most classic form of Battlefield 3 game modes, Conquest defines the entire Battlefield series. Set over a series of large-scale maps, Conquest is the game mode best suited for the experience of all-out vehicle warfare. In Conquest, two teams fight for control of a number of flags by being the dominant force in the vicinity of each base. Capture and keep control of a majority of the flags and the enemy team will bleed tickets. Killing enemies will also reduce their ticket count, and the first team to run out of tickets loses.

There it is. All of the Battlefield 3 game modes fully explained in detail. Which one do you think you will find yourself playing? I am personally a fan of the original Conquest, but Squad Rush sounds pretty intriguing.

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