Ambush Strategies


Battlefield Live - Ambush & Avoiding Hits

Tactics and strategy for first person shooters - ideal also for airsoft guns and paintball games especially the squad drills.
Ambush
If you are able to ambush a group of enemy players, especially at close range, you need to take into account that the sensors only take hits once every second. Also, to do maximum damage you need to rotate the targets so that you hit each player prior to reaction, and planning fire patterns before engaging the enemy can ensure maximum effect. What I do is delegate fire patterns depending on positioning. Simply, those soldiers occupying positions on the outermost flanks of the ambushing party will begin firing from their sides inward, and others concentrate fire in their forward line-of-sight.

Of course the enemy should be hitting cover, once they can effectively return fire you should quickly retreat so you live long enough to setup another ambush position. This displacing after ambush is essential when facing skilled enemy, because they will advance quickly outside the "kill-zone" to disrupt and confuse the ambush.

Avoiding hits
Usually the best way not to be hit, in Battlefield LIVE, paintball and airsoft, is to not be seen! If you move carefully and are constantly looking around and listening, you can often spot the enemy before they spot you. The human eye is attracted to movement, so if you stop and hide before the enemy has spotted you, they will typically not see you. Looking around (including behind) you is a good skill to get, new players tend to look at the ground in front of them or look forward to where they expect the enemy to be. The enemy however is often not where you expect, so if you have to expect the unexpected. Keep looking and listening all the time and stay alert!

If you do come under fire, you probably should be seeking cover. The best cover is often vertical oriented objects such as trees. The bigger the tree trunk the more angles it cuts off and therefore better cover. Any physical cover counts as cover, so also consider the 'nomenclature' or texture of the terrain. Often, the rise and fall of the surrounding terrain can offer the best lanes for movement, and also the best cover from enemy view. Once the enemy knows where you are, you should try to move as soon as you’re not pinned, sometimes you have to be brave. You never want to be where the enemy expects or knows you to be. Often, displacing and approaching the enemy from another direction works well.