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    Personally I love the UAV and its uses, and I always get annoyed when someone spawns in, jumps on the UAV controls, and five seconds later is 5 feet above the enemy and wonders why it was taken down. Now no one can use the UAV for another 2 minutes (I think its 2 minutes - not sure). Im in no way the best at using it but I just thought I would make a list of UAV tactics that I have thought of over the last couple of weeks using it. I split these tactics into 3 sections: Universal, Offensive, and Spotter. First of all though, the basics;



    Driving a UAV is not the same as a helicopter, WASD is used just like when controlling your character, as forward, strafe left, back, strafe right, and 'R' is used to ascend, with 'F' as descend. Be aware that the camera you are looking through is at the front of the UAV. While turning, blades at the back of the little heli turn as well, be aware of trees and buildings behind you because if you hit them you're going down.



    Universal Tactics:

    1. Get an engineer in your squad - if your taking shots, get out of there and to a safe place and get the UAV repaired, MUCH better to spend 20 seconds doing this than waiting another 2 minutes.

    2. Don't just fly out into the open looking around for guys to fire missiles at, depending on the map you can use trees, cliffs, and buildings for cover. One very good idea is to fly up so that you are in the glare of the sun, this make you much harder to spot, especially in maps such as Valparaiso. In the Port Valdez map, you can fly down the left side of the hill, and go out over the ocean and then underneath the pipes, allowing you to fly straight behind the enemy lines without being seen.

    3. COMMUNICATE... dont just spam the Q button, if you see 2 engineers heading towards your armor, tell your team so they can do something about it, if there is a guy hiding behind your lines, tell your team that hes hiding behind the cliff, inside the bushes, that information along with a red dot over his head means that hes going down.



    Offensive Tactics:

    1. SPECIALISATIONS; this does of course come down a lot to personal preferance. The most obvious would be the warhead option, but thats not always the best, sure this adds about 2 or 3 feet to the blast radius of the missile, but unless your going to go for double kills or anything thats not really neccessary. What warhead is very good for is damaging M-COM stations, or buildings that enemies are taking cover in. Im pretty sure that all tanks go down in 1 hit with warhead, I'll check again later. Another choice would be the reload specialisation. This is more useful than warhead for offensive means in my opinion, this is ideal for taking out pesky snipers if they are holding back your team, or that one squad that always seems to camp off to the side and ambush your armor as they drive past.

    If your unsure on which specialisation to take, vehicle optics is the best all round choice, this basically adds a sniper scope to your UAV, allowing you to both be more accurate with your missiles; and fly higher/further away avoiding being spotted yourself. Vehicle armor in theory does sound good, but in soft core modes a roughly 6 shot takedwon from mid distance isnt a huge step-up from a 4 shot takedown with half decent weapons. An M95 can still take you down in one hit anyways. Lastly, alternative weapons. Again, in theory having a mini machine gun attached to your UAV sounds nice, but firing it means that your position will be given away very easily, and you need to get within about 15 meters for it to be accurate enough to be effective, and thats if both you and the target are not moving.

    2. Just because your main objective as an offensive-minded UAV is to cause chaos within the enemies ranks, that does not mean the Q button is magically deactivated. But also, theres no point in spotting a person that you are just about to kill with your missile...

    3. Don't just drop a missile ontop of a guy that's AFK.. pick your targets carefully. On maps like Port Valdez, taking out the snipers means your forces can move down the hill, getting rid of a squad holding a choke point, killing medics and engineers, and destroying enemy armor are all good ideas.

    4. M-COM stations - if your team is struggling to plant a charge on the station, take the matter into your own hands and blow it up. Without warhead this can take anything like 12-15 missiles, so vehicle reload helps a lot if you decide this tactic. This is almost last resort, but theres no point in starting to send missiles on the stations when you've only got 10 tickets left, you're not going to get it in time. If the charge is already planted and you have a clear sight of the station, save your missile to take out people who might defuse your charge.



    Spotter Tactics:

    1. SPECIALISATIONS; As a spotter, you're job is NOT to kill every guy you see, your job is to aid your team. Keeping your UAV in the air is extremely important, because using it you can spot the squad that is stopping your forces from destroying a station. Your job can be to destroy buildings enemies are covering in, destroy stationary weapons, and block access to your teams flank or rear. In this light, the best specialisation would be optic in my opinion. This allows for better spot aquisition, because a failed spot means that you have a delay of 3 seconds before you can spot again, it means you can fly further from the target, avoiding fire, it means you can see into windows and throught the trees and bush to aquire targets, and make every missile count.

    2. As said earlier, a failed spot (there is no enemy within the area you are looking at when you press Q - or if the enemy is behind cover) means that you cannot spot again for 3 seconds, and if you fail a spot again the 3 second clock resets - so dont just spam Q, because your teammates can easily die within 3 seconds and the red dot above the enemy can save them.

    3. Your main job is to help your team, not yourself. But dont despair - I have easily gotten over 2000 points in a match just for kill assists, spot assists, critical kill assists, squad kill assists, vehicle damage, destroy vehicle, as well as killing enemies, and trust me, the pin awards after will get you points as well.



    This has been a long guide but hopefully it helped you guys to use the UAV more effectively. If there are any tips or tricks you want added to this then post them and I'll add them on.
    Last edited by BlindGamer; 03-22-2010, 02:53 PM.


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    Re: UAV Tactics

    And yes I do realise that i accidentally posted this in the general BC2 forum and not the Tactics And SOP's section :S


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    • #3
      Re: UAV Tactics

      *moved* also added the "Tactic" prefix.

      Nice write up, i'll be sure to keep these points in mind the next time I attempt to use the UAV.



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      • #4
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        Good write up - the UAV is fun as hell.

        I have to admit though that I'm a bit more offensive minded than I should be when flying it. My favorite kill, however, was taking out a guy on Panama Canal about half a second before he knifed me in the back - it was kind of surreal.

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        • #5
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          Too all that fly the UAV on a regular basis. Please be more vocal.. You are the eye in the sky and if your team is attacking a flag you have the ability too tell them exactly what they are up against and how long time they have before the enemy gets reinforcement from another flag.. Same deal when your team has 2 flags and are defending you can make the difference when it comes too holding the flag or loosing it just by spotting and using your voice too tell them where the enemy are coming from..
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          • #6
            Re: UAV Tactics

            Thanks Lorax, and yea I agree Abel


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            • #7
              Re: UAV Tactics

              I'd categorize 'Offensive' into multiple categories:
              Anti-Armor
              Anti-Personnel
              Harassment

              Anti-Armor: Bring Warheads/Reload, fly high and move a lot, only slowing to guide the missile in it's final stretch
              Anti-Personnel: Bring Reload/Alt/Scope, fly low-medium height and move fast, making gun runs and missile drops on concentrated enemy positions
              Harassment: Bring Reload/Smoke/Alt, fly medium and continually barrage anyone you see with what you have (smoke is launched in a tight ball, good for annoying the piss out of a sniper nest; alt is good for taking potshots at infantry as you zip around), and don't focus on any one thing for too long.



              I'm not sure if it's any effective bringing electronics... If you can use it from high altitude, I'd say you could bring that and zip around at height, acting sort of like the littlebirds from BF2:AF, or you could zip around at low level just outside of the enemy's view to keep them spotted on the map.

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              • #8
                Re: UAV Tactics

                Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

                I might just to have to add the smoke idea Celstial. That would be a huge distraction allowing assault and medic guys in to finish the job.


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                • #9
                  Re: UAV Tactics

                  Originally posted by Celestial1 View Post
                  I'm not sure if it's any effective bringing electronics... If you can use it from high altitude, I'd say you could bring that and zip around at height, acting sort of like the littlebirds from BF2:AF, or you could zip around at low level just outside of the enemy's view to keep them spotted on the map.
                  I thought about this as well, it seems like it would be a good idea. However, you'd probably only be able to provide blips of enemy positions since you'd have to keep moving. The moment you're spotted and floating in place with a UAV you can bet you're getting shot down.

                  That's why I like the point the OP made about optics being the best rounded perk to bring. You can spot from very far with the zoom in addition to being able to take out targets more efficiently. Good thread.
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                  • #10
                    Re: UAV Tactics

                    Just some of my personal observations on this -

                    I've been trying this, and the loss of the secondary weapon is pretty crippling if you have any intention of engaging infantry. It's a complete waste to use the missile, as there's a delay between the time you pull the trigger and the time it fires -- and by then the concentration of enemies you were aiming at have already dispersed. Great against armor, though.

                    But when you add that MG, it is an incredible harassment tool against infantry. Spot and pop. Even if you don't kill them, you force them off of their position from which they were engaging your teammates. If they don't move, then, hey, easy kill. And you can still spot.

                    I find the zoom package most helpful for MBTs, as they can engage things at very long range, but it's tough to see where your shells are landing through the viewfinder without zoom at longer ranges.
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                    • #11
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                      Yea evo the machine gun is very useful for distraction, but then again, the UAV in general can be used as a distraction tool without he MG. The thing i find most annoying about he MG is that while you're aiming at the enemy, you cant look elsewhere to spot, you have to keep the crosshair on the enemy to fire on them, and unless you are using the MG PURELY as a distraction tool, and not to kill, then theres no point in spotting somebody whos about to go down anyways.

                      I suppose its just me because i do prefer to use the UAV as a spotter tool, and taking down armor/stationary weapons, and in that context i dont need the MG


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                      • #12
                        Re: UAV Tactics

                        Originally posted by BlindGamer View Post
                        I suppose its just me because i do prefer to use the UAV as a spotter tool, and taking down armor/stationary weapons, and in that context i dont need the MG
                        Agreed, I love harassing/blowing up tanks when I get a chance to use the UAV. Fun when you happen to land a missile on one of those dang choppers in mid-air too ;)
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                        • #13
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                          Haha yea i love using it on the chopper, especially when just taking off. Someone sits in the heli waiting for someone to get on the MGs then just as it takes off boom heli down double/triple kill :D


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                          • #14
                            Re: UAV Tactics

                            One of the coolest tactics is to place lots of C4 on the UAV, then detonate it near a heli or inside the mcom building.....just saw it on youtube

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                              Re: UAV Tactics

                              Originally posted by Glebun View Post
                              One of the coolest tactics is to place lots of C4 on the UAV, then detonate it near a heli or inside the mcom building.....just saw it on youtube
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