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

Become prolific in the PS3's best online shooter

Bad Company 2 is OK in single-player, but it's undoubtedly the best online shooter available on PS3. Here're PSM3's tips on how to make sure you do your bit to take your team to victory.

1. BALANCE YOUR SQUAD
It's an obvious one, but you'd be amazed how many squads we've seen comprised 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).

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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 button. Your squad sniper will pick him off from a safe distance, or a well-placed team-mate will sneak up and stab him.

5. GET YOUR KITS OUT
Never forget to dump your kits, especially at key points like nearby 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.

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6. FIX IN A FIRE FIGHT
Listen up engineers - this tip applies entirely to you. If you're in a tank or armoured personnel carrier with your mates and you encounter enemy armour, hop out and start fixing straight away. You'll repair much faster than they can damage your vehicle, making your squad-mates virtually invincible. If you're tagged with a tracer though, it's time to get the hell out of there... You have been warned.

7. JUDGE WHEN TO BE HELPFUL
Just because you can help, doesn't mean you should. Say you're a medic, tucked behind your mates who are desperately trying to blow up an M-COM unit in Rush, and you see the rest of your squad cark it. You have two options. Storm in with the de-fibs and bring one, maybe two of them, back to life (risking death and loss of position near the M-COM), or stay hidden and wait for them all to spawn. The best players will judge whether to help out, or stay safe and maintain the position.

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