This isn’t going to be an educational post on the mechanics of a grenade launcher and how to use said weapon. It’s more of a discussion about how I’ve observed recent trends in gaming vs the grenade launcher.
And the reason I’m having this discussion is because – in Battlefield – I’m abusing the Hell out of the grenade launcher, and so is everyone else.
They should just call the grenade launcher in Battlefield the “wall wonder device.” Two main ways the WWD is used in most of the games I play –
1. To blow out the walls of a building until it collapses, or until the area is undefendable (because of no cover).
2. To kill campers who cluster around objectives/in corners/behind tanks.
The third thing I see happening (and this is where the abuse comes in) is dudes using the grenade launcher to kill single targets. It doesn’t help that the main class that gets access to the grenade launcher is also the class that gets the ammo reload pack. To be honest, I have tried to use my gun more often than my grenade launcher, because that’s how it should be, and I can save my grenades for wiping out n00b clusters.
But that’s not how it’s going to be, because now we’re in a war of escalation. Grenades trump everything (save a well-placed rocket, but those take longer to reload). It’s like every other confrontation is a game of Dodge ‘nade. The sun is blackened as the air is filled with grenades, and if anyone could survive that, we’d be fighting in the shade. Tossed grenades … launched grenades … it doesn’t matter. The fact that it’s almost a sure-kill weapon makes it the weapon of choice.
It’s insane, really. They should just rename Battlefield Bad Company 2 to Battlefield Grenade Company 2, or Battlefield 3 to Battlegrenade 3000. My normal, successful tactic in both of those games is find cover, throw down an ammo pack, switch to grenade launcher, fire grenades, throw hand grenades while my grenade launcher ammo restocks. Repeat. At least the days of Call of Duty’s Nazis yelling “GRENADA!” are no longer around.
That used to drive me NUTS!