The Class week saga continues, this week EA celebrate the mighty assault class. Today, EA shared with us a History of the Assault Class, here it is:
One of five kits available to Battlefield 1942 players, the Assault was the go-to class when engaging enemy infantry. Back then, it was all about wielding the firepower of automatic rifles and light machine guns, staying close to the action in the fight between Axis and Allies. 12 years ago, the Assault didn’t have any fancy equipment or healing duties – other classes took care of that.
In the modern-day setting of Battlefield 2, the Assault class was still a general-purpose choice for medium-range combat, but it still evolved thanks to additions to the arsenal. For instance, the class gained access to the Underslung Grenade Launcher, a powerful piece of military hardware, and Assault players could also withstand an extra beating thanks to the body armor.
Remember when Defibrillators were single-handed? The future is sweet. As the number of classes was trimmed down to four in Battlefield 2142, the abilities of Battlefield 2’s Assault and Medic merged, giving birth to a new kind of Assault kit. This challenged us to focus both on being an assault rifle badass (made easier with rocket and shotgun add-ons), as well as healing and reviving team mates.
Battlefield: Bad Company
With the added destruction and chaos introduced in Battlefield: Bad Company, we had a lot of fun with both assault rifles and grenade launchers (although Demolition guys were of course even more explosive) when playing Assault. The convenient LIFE-2 gadget, an auto-injector that restored the Assault player’s health, is also memorable. Other than that, the Assault class was the spear-head of the squad, throwing themselves into the all-out war.
Jumping ahead to the present and Battlefield 4, the current incarnation of the Assault is a versatile class – not to mention an excellent choice for those just starting out with the game. The healing capabilities have evolved and the Battlefield 4 Assault has access to both a Medic Bag and the smaller First Aid Pack that can be thrown further. Again, the class is crucial for playing the objective and making sure the team stays alive.
EA also kicked off this Class Week, with some Pro Tips:
Top 4 Assault Pro Tips
Reviving and Timing
Instinct may tell you to immediately move towards the revive icons above the heads of your near-dead team members. But as any good Assault player knows, a brief second of risk assessment is needed before you do a wild dash, defibs in hand, resulting in you getting mowed down by the very same enemy that just killed your buddy. So: before any revive, check the surrounding areas, see if your downed friend is lying behind cover, and make a quick decision.
Become a Shotgun master
The M26 MASS is a weapon unique to the Assault class, and is very handy for close quarter combat. Once you’ve unlocked it, you have a superb complimentary weapon to your main assault rifle. Experiment with the different kinds of rounds, find what range they fit for, and practice your aim to make every shot count.
First Aid Pack or Medic Bag?
Everything is a matter of taste, but there are some things to keep in mind if you’re choosing between the two health-restoring gadgets of the Assault class. The First Aid Pack is single-use but can be thrown longer, which can be an advantage on larger maps. On smaller maps, where players often circle around the same hotspots, the family-sized Medic Bag could work better. Whatever you choose, locate critical parts of the map that need your goodies, and be generous!
Rack up Those Points
You have a lot of opportunities to score points when playing as Assault – if you do it right. Apart from all the kills you’ll get with your assault rifle, your medic duties will also help to secure the win for the team, and all this earns you sweet XP. Help those who need it, but just so you know: healing and reviving a squad member gives you a point boost…
Thank you for celebrating these four Class Weeks with us! Stay tuned to the Battlefield Blog for more Assault goodies the following days. Remember to revive everyone in sight to ace the community mission, and share your best Assault tips in the comments below.
Do You Have Nostalgic Memories? Additional Pro Tips?
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