I know, I know. You're eager to get back into the fight. Maybe you're not used to a game with revive mechanics at all, or maybe you just don't have a lot of faith in your random matchmaking teammates. But try and think big, boys and girls – you're not fighting alone. Even if its just another squad member, someone else cares about you.
Most Battlefield games are measured in tickets – lives, respawns, reinforcements; call them what you want. When you die, it's not just a spawn you're losing; it's a spawn you're taking away from your entire team. And respawning means not just taking a body off of the frontline, but possibly dedicating upwards of a full minute to another one taking its place, especially if you're dropping in by air.
Just today, I played a game where my team, as Offense, won with just one ticket remaining. During those final critical moments, two members of my squad held onto life not because they thought I'd get to them in time, but because they knew we'd lose the moment either of them expired. If just one more teammate had bled out, just one more medic would have missed a buddy, the Nazis would have held Africa. Numbers matter. Your life matters.
There are times when dying is the responsible thing to do. A sniper is watching your position, and you know even though it looks safe, anyone that comes to help you is going to get shot. You're truly too far away to be helped, or died behind enemy lines. You were already the last man standing.
But so many other times, saving you is as simple as popping smoke – or even though you died somewhere remote, it's also somewhere safe. As a medic, I am constantly evaluating the chances of saving downed teammates. And so often, I'll sprint across the map to revive someone only to watch them bleed out in front of me because they were mashing that respawn button. Heck, sometimes it'll happen to folk who are literally right next to me. And when you bleed out, not only am I not saving you, but I'm not saving the soldier I prioritized you over.
Lastly, when you hold down the button to call for help, the game allows you to look around. Always do this before you die. First, you'll likely learn some things that may help you whether you are healed or have to respawn. But more importantly, you can do this to see what friends and enemies are near you, and make an informed decision as to whether or not you think rescue is possible.
tl;dr: In Battlefield, every spawn matters, Medics will almost always try to come for you, and the game gives you the tools necessary to evaluate both whether or not this is likely, but also whether or not it is possible. If you are downed, take a couple of seconds to assess the situation before immediately choosing to respawn. Your team, and your local sawbones, will thank you for it.
© Post "PSA to New Players: If you’re bleeding out, the game will tell you how far away the nearest medics are. Unless you’re in a truly dangerous position, check before you choose not to call for help! We’ll come for you." for game Battlefield 5.
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