This topic addresses the negative impact of BFV’s health attrition on ptfo and class balance
So I’ve mostly been playing BFI these last few weeks and what I’ve come to appreciate are just how good the health system is and just how balanced the health:bolt action balance is at distances under 80m.
In BFI it’s always good to have a medic on hand. You can regain full health on your own sure, but medics are still very valuable. Attrition is still a factor in the game and teamwork is encouraged, so much so that I always have a look to see which squad(s) with a free spot have both a medic and a support when I join games. But, the attrition isn’t so heavy that players are too scared to push forward without a medic nearby when they need to. It’s damn near perfect.
Then there’s the damage system for bolt-actions at distances under 60/80m.
Look, when I get one shot by some [camper] I’m like ‘[removed]. That’s really frustrating but it hasn’t gotten any less frequent with the abolition of sweet spots for BFV. But, when someone can out-do me with a BA at close-medium range whilst ptfo, I say ‘ok fair’, because unless I have an SMG I should be killing him first more often than not. The distinct lack of bolt-action users at close-medium range is testament to the fact that having a sweet spot at close-medium range isn’t OP because otherwise there’d be loads of BA users operating at close-medium range.
So going forwards, I think that an ideal damage system for bolt-actions would be one that feels like Bfi’s at close-medium range (I.e. ptfo distance) so sweet spots at 10-35m or 10-60m depending on the rifle, and feels like BFV’s at long range but with bullet velocities buffed to real life values.
Such a system would allow better recons to ptfo with BAs like they did in WWII, without buffing sniping at long range too much.
If these two systems were implemented in BFV then camping would provide less of an advantage, thus encouraging ptfo, and the recon class will finally be well balanced with the other classes. The medic class would still need weapon buffs but that’s a discussion for another time
FYI even tho BFV doesn’t have any sweet spots, there are just as many recons in each round in BFV as there are in BFI. What this suggests is that the sheer number of recons is probably down to player mentality and gameplay preference as opposed to the strength or lack thereof, of the recon/scout class