Thought I would offer a quick starter's guide for those picking up Hardline over the next few days. Just some tips & suggestions that I picked up on over roughly 13 hours of MP gameplay, which has me at level 34 I believe. Hope some of you guys find it helpful
FIRST - Save your money. Everything you do in-game that earns you XP, also earns you money (kills, assists, objective play, healing, reviving, repairing, etc). All starter weapons are pretty decent out of the gate, meaning you don't need to rush to purchase any other weapons. Your focus should be buying some of the strongest weapons that your particular favorite class has to offer. I have a few suggestions below on what you should be buying. I highly recommend focusing on the medic / operative class first, but have provided suggestions on all kits.
MEDICS / OPERATIVES - Should be focusing on purchasing either one of the [b]M16A3 or the M416[/b]. Both are currently some of the best guns in the game, and are must-haves early. The earlier you purchase these weapons, the better off you'll be. I'll include footage below showing gameplay of both weapons, so you can get an idea of thing like fire rate, recoil, TTK, damage, reload times, etc so you can make the decision you need.
M16A3 GAMEPLAY (I personally recommend this weapon as your 1st purchase)
M416 GAMEPLAY (also a very good option for the operative class)
ENGINEERS / MECHANICS - The starter SMG, the MP5K, has an already unlocked suppressor making it a very nice starter weapon. But should you require something more, focus on the P90. The P90 has an excellent 50 bullets per magazine, has minimal recoil at short-to-medium range, a pretty high fire rate, and a devastating hip fire spread, making it a really useful weapon (and in all honesty, one you should try and purchase if you find yourself playing this class a lot early).
SUPPORT / ENFORCERS - The starting shotgun, the 870, packs a real punch. The other shotguns are nice too, including the Spaz, but I personally wouldn't recommend wasting money beyond the 870 unless you are a very dedicated shotgun player. The 870 is also available as both a cop and a criminal. If you aren't a fan of shotguns, then the Scar-H battle rifle is a nice choice. High recoil, but very high damage output (might be the highest in the game).
The 870 shotgun is a very good starter weapon that you should stick with for the support class
RECON / PROFESSIONAL - The SNIPING class. The starter sniper rifle, the SCOUT ELITE, is a bit low on the damage side of things, but MORE than makes up for it by the fact that it has both: a) a ridiculously high fire rate, and b) an already unlocked straight pull bolt, meaning you'll be able to pull off quick shots really easily. It fires fast, almost like a DMR (should definitely be getting a nerf), which means if you can't land a headshot, you'll be able to land two body shots very easiy. Great choice to start off with. No need to go experimenting with anything else, including the marksman rifles.
SECOND - What game modes should I be playing? Blood Money. Not only is Bloody Money a great, intense game mode, but it has several added benefits; for one, it lets you learn the maps in a more natural way. It also really rewards you with MONEY if you play the objective - focus on taking money to your vault. Finally, it's a great game mode to rack up kills; flank the enemy, learn common choke points, and procure power positions on the map, andyou should be picking up close to 20+ kills every single time you play this mode. AND you get MONEY for those kills too, and MONEY is the name of the game. Blood Money is great at rewarding you with MONEY. Get the hint? MONEY!
THIRD - Be patient and adjust. This is the fastest moving, fastest killing, and fastest dying Battlefield game we've experienced in the series so far. So expect there to be an adjustment. Even if you are a fantastic player, expect to have some adjustment pains as you come to terms with what Hardline has to offer. But make sure you hop into squads with Bastards, have fun with it, take a deep breath, and don't get annoyed or frustrated. Expect to go through phases where you die a lot - it's apart of the process. Don't let it put you down.
It took me roughly 8 hours to really get comfortable with Hardline (incidentally, around the same time I unlocked the M16). So you will adjust. Just give it time.
FINALLY - Keep an open mind. Seriously. Don't take the experience too seriously. It's a game, and in Hardline, Visceral have delivered an extremely fun game. So enjoy it. Whether Hardline is your cup or tea or not, give it a shot and recognize many of the solid mechanics & features they've added to the series.
PS - DON'T PLAY WITH TRYAA - Not until he gets Hardline ;)
Hope you guys found this informative or helpful. Enjoy, and I'll see you guys out on the Battlefield.
(POSTED BY PRAETORIAN FOR THE AUTHOR: TIKK)