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MAG Developer Tips: Platoon Leader

Jeremy Dunham's Avatar + Posted by Jeremy Dunham on Feb 25, 2010 // Sr. Community Manager, Zipper Interactive

Welcome to another installment of our ongoing MAG tactics and strategies posts! Today, we’ve got tag team action from Software Manager Mike Nicolino and Designer Marc Janas. Their mission? To give aspiring Platoon Leaders everything they need to find success. What this video below first and then catch their tips after the close.

Hello everyone, this is Marc and Mike, and these are the keys to being a good Platoon Leader.

Basic Tips:

  • Platoon Broadcast Chat: Use this chat channel (selected from the D-pad) to broadcast any speech to the entire platoon. It’s useful to help organize everyone to focus on one particular route or objective.
  • Platoon Chat: Use this (also selected from the D-pad) to chat directly with only the squad leaders in your platoon. This channel isn’t heard by any non-officer players, so it is best used to direct squad leaders on where to send their individual squads in battle.
  • When attacking, use your Strafing Run ability to call in planes to pound a specific area on the battlefield with large explosions. It is by far the most powerful strike the attackers have, but with a long cool down it needs to be used wisely. Note: The defenders’ AAA battery needs to be disabled before calling in this strike so your planes won’t get shot down.
  • Another useful attack is the Precision Strike: This is best used to isolate one of the enemy’s objectives and take it out in a single swoop. Anything from a bunker, to the mortar batteries are viable targets for the precision strike. The enemy’s AAA battery must be disabled in order to call in the strike too, or your bomber will be shot down.
  • If you’re defending, the Gas Bombardment ability causes an explosion followed by large cloud of poisonous gas. This is a great strike to use to either block off an attacker route, or to protect a valuable asset. Note: You must have your mortar battery up and running in order to use this ability.
  • The Sensor Sweep is a useful defensive-minded ability that detects incoming hostile forces. The sweep allows for everyone in your platoon to see all enemies on their radar in the swept area. Like the Gas Bombardment ability, you’ll need to have your AAA battery up to use this.

Advanced tips:

  • When the AAA goes down in a different platoon than yours, you can call in strikes over there. Use the CNI by pressing select to watch the other platoon areas and see which ones you can help out with your strikes.
  • When the AAA goes down in your platoon, quickly call in a precision strike to either eliminate a remaining bunker, or to disable the enemy’s mortar battery. This will help you keep the pressure on defenders, and hopefully move towards your final objectives faster.
  • Use platoon chat and platoon broadcast to overload specific bunkers and punch through the enemy lines quicker (example: “Alpha and Bravo squad, I want you both attacking that far left bunker — Charlie and Delta, I want you guys to double up on the far right one).
  • Use the platoon broadcast to let everyone know when and where you’re calling in a strafing run. The blast area is big for this strike, so you’ll prevent a lot of friendly casualties by giving everyone the heads up when it’s incoming!
  • When it looks like your frontline is falling, call in a gas bombardment on top of your AAA battery to impede any attackers who are trying to disable it.
  • Use the platoon broadcast to keep everyone notified on any changes with the primary objectives. So often, in a large battle, players are very involved with specific tasks like repairing a bunker, or protecting the mortar battery that they may not notice a transport vehicle is coming out, or that the rest of their team needs help at the main objective (“Hey guys, there’s only 2 minutes left in the game and they’re pushing hard at the objectives, everyone fall back from whatever you’re doing and make sure we protect the primaries at all costs!”).
  • Coordinate with your squad leaders using platoon chat to team up your sensor sweeps with their mortar strikes to maximize their damage. Let them know you’re calling in a sweep, and that one of them should call in a mortar strike once all of the attacking targets are discovered on the radar.

That’s all we have for today. We’ll be again tomorrow with our final installment of our ongoing MAG Developer Tips – Being an OIC. Expect Designer Ben Jones to bring the thunder.

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18 Comments

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+ Hobartbob on February 25th, 2010 at 7:04 am said:

Can’t get enough of MAG!!!!


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+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on February 25th, 2010 at 7:10 am said:

Apparently nobody knows how to play this game. I shuld get on and OWN ALL OF YOU!

CANADA!


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+ Sufinsil on February 25th, 2010 at 7:15 am said:

“Like the Gas Bombardment ability, you’ll need to have your AAA battery up to use this.”

Think you need to fix that statement. Gas you need mortar up, Sensor Array to do sweeps.


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+ Dangeresque92 on February 25th, 2010 at 7:21 am said:

This reminded me of something taht irks me with the game: I never know what squad or platoon I am. At the beginning I can see what squad I am, but if I forget, and some asks for help from Charlie Squad, I have no idea if that is me or not. and I NEVER know what platoon I am in. Why not just put a line above the list of squad members (in the lower right of the HUD) that says “Charlie- 1st Plat.” Then I’ll know who I am. And maybe label the bunkers/spawn points by default squad. That way instead of yelling “the third bunker from the left is getting hosed, they need some help!” and having the reply be “Who’s left?”, I can just say “I need help at charlie squads bunker!” and everyone can see on their map the bunker symbol with a “C” over it.


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+ SUNDERLAND001 on February 25th, 2010 at 7:37 am said:

@danger hit the start button. Pretty sure it says in there.. But yah I always forget too.

If your in leadership I like to have some sort of list that tells you who the other SL PL and oic are in the game with you. And maybe a list of the ones you can contact.

I really like these tips I’ve learned a few new things like SL spawn thing were the rest of your team spawns were you spawn. Played a few games lately too with really good communication between all the leaders but that doesn’t help of the guys won’t follow.


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+ olapbill on February 25th, 2010 at 7:47 am said:

@3. yeah good idea. I think that would be ideal.


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+ viguru on February 25th, 2010 at 8:26 am said:

@ anyone who doesn’t know what squad they are in. on the lower right is a list of players in your squad, right above that is the squad name. :)


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+ Black_Ryuk on February 25th, 2010 at 8:53 am said:

I’m still a bit confused about the sensor sweep…it never seems to work ever time I use it or another platoon leader does….same for the UAV of the squad leader


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+ FritoZ on February 25th, 2010 at 9:09 am said:

lol, every platoon leader i have played with eventually ends up swearing at everyone…


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+ Strombole on February 25th, 2010 at 9:15 am said:

great tips, but reallyy the only part of the game I’m not sure of is the plattoon chat d pad stuff.. when I press up it brings up a menu letting me mute squad or platoon chat, do I mute one or other to go into these different chat modes or do u just press up and talk and your in platoon chat mode? Please shoot me a response on this Jeremy or a post explaining this better. This was the one part of the game I haven’t been able to figure out on my own… most of everything else I figured out in beta or during my day one marathon session.


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+ ShadOforce on February 25th, 2010 at 9:54 am said:

Once again, these tips should belong in the game (or game manual), not this blog.


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+ Jsoncv80 on February 25th, 2010 at 12:20 pm said:

the problem im having is that im new with this and only on tier 5, but when i get points to purchase things for my weapons i dont see it after i do??? i only have the 3 to choose from (one being sniper and the other 2 some type of machine guns) but when i purchase quick reload or the grip for less coil or the sights i dont see when im in game play??? what am i missing here? thanks alot… RAVEN!!


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+ SUNDERLAND001 on February 25th, 2010 at 12:31 pm said:

@strombole after you hit up you cycle left or right and depending on if you ar SL PL or the OIC you will have an option of talking to other SL’s and you PL if you are a PL you will have an option to speak to just the SLs In your platoon and I think other platoon leaders.. Not sure if you can talk to another PL’s SL.. you can also talk to everyone on your platoon at once. And as oic you have all those options and the ability to speak to every single player on all 4 platoons. I always try and establish contact with whatever other leaders I can as soon as the game starts.


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+ Dangeresque92 on February 25th, 2010 at 1:30 pm said:

@ Jsoncv80

Ok, some things, like quick reload, automatically happen once you buy it. GENERALLY, these are things in green in the skill tree (There is one exception I noticed, but I’m blanking on what it is right now…).
For things like Grips, and other objects that show an image next to the description, you have to equip them. To do that, jump into your armory, pick a loadout, and pick your gun. Now instead of hitting X, hit down, and you’ll highlight “underbarrel”. hit right, and there is your grip. The thing to note: everything has weight, so you have to balance whether you want your grip and nades, or no grip and a rocketlauncher. Good luck, it really start picking up around that level 10 mark when you start improving your guns.


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+ ediddy999 on February 25th, 2010 at 1:49 pm said:

I love the fact that Zipper is making MAG better. I will be loading this up as soon as I get home. Valor it up!


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+ madeup6 on February 25th, 2010 at 3:51 pm said:

GAH! Everyone who gets this game, needs to get a headset!


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+ jubjub516 on February 25th, 2010 at 4:03 pm said:

Have you guys thought of adding some more maps? it would really enhance the game


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+ KATO-LEE on March 6th, 2010 at 12:49 am said:

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