Say it with me: "Amtrac is your best friend!"

Saint_Chanchai
US Enlisted: 2011-10-28
2012-01-27 09:18 , edited 2012-04-20 22:19 by Saint_Chanchai
I am going to continue the campaign for AMTRAC awareness!

Say it with me folks: "The AMTRAC is your best friend!"

I feel like there should be a campaign to educate Battlefield 3 players that the AMTRAC is a ridiculously strong ground vehicle. It is not just a transport mobile respawn with a lot of wheels!

It is true that this thing is slow as hell, but it's also durable as hell and probably has the best gunner seat on the ground in the whole game.

"I don't see what's so special about a slow grenade launcher that I can barely control if the driver is turning like crazy."

Well, first of all that grenade launcher is amazing at getting splash kills and lots of suppression. Second, the AMTRAC has TWO WEAPONS: Grenade Launcher and a mounted Machine Gun.

You know what you can do when the grenade launcher is cooling down? You can swap to the machine gun and do a lot of precision shooting to take out infantry, and then swap back to the grenade launcher once it's cooled down! On top of that, the cooldown on the machine gun is so easy to manage, just shoot in quick bursts and you can pretty much shoot forever without stopping: "psh psh psh psh psh" <swaps to cooled down grenade launcher> "bom bom bom bom bom bom bom" and repeat!

"But what about not being able to control the AMTRAC when there's a bad driver?"

Well, ideally get a good driver. Another option is to know that at some point people that don't understand the AMTRAC (95% of the players in the game) will get tired of the slow driving and bail. I recommend training a friend to understand the AMTRAC. Even when this thing is stationary, as long as it's within sight of your target area, it's golden!

"But I'm a sitting duck, this thing will get taken out quickly"

The AMTRAC is ridiculously tough and will take a lot of rockets and more C4 than a tank can handle. Half the time a Support Guy won't do much with C4 and merely disable you while you still pound away in the gunner seat.

But there's more, the AMTRAC gives you the best repair options outside of a helicopter.

"A helicopter can be repaired from inside. What makes the AMTRAC any different from repairing a tank?"

On level land, an engineer can crawl under the AMTRAC and repair it from underneath--only having to move when the AMTRAC has been blasted by something heavy and shifted over a bit.

Also, the AMTRAC is pretty big and it gives you room to maneuver around while repairing. Practice makes perfect.

Understand that the AMTRAC is often misunderstood and there is a big benefit to having a mobile grenade spamming, machine gun wielding mobile respawn of death and destruction. Learn how to alternate between the two guns, you switch from your primary to your secondary often enough--you can do that without the reload in this thing!

AND ONE MORE THING! The Amtrac can deploy IR Smoke! It always had this ability on the PC version, but now you can deploy smoke on the console version. Ever since the big Spring Patch!

But back to the original message: "AMTRAC IS YOUR BEST FRIEND!"

P.S. Yeah... I was just in a session where the team kept ignoring the AMTRAC available to us. Even after their lives was made into hell in the previous game by the enemy's correct use of the AMTRAC.

I know this is not the only thread on the topic but it has to be repeated--this should be a campaign for awareness ^_^

An excellent thread and discussion on BattleLog about the AMTRAC: http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/2832654624836780021/ [battlelog.battlefield.com]

For more information check out this excellent thread on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/battlefield3/comments/nt9ds/the_amtrac_is_the_best_vehicle_in_bf3/ [reddit.com]
Grezvany13
NL Enlisted: 2011-10-27
2012-01-27 09:27
The AMTRAC is your best friend!

But I agree that, just like flying a jet of helicopter, it requires practice to use it to the fullest.
Saint_Chanchai
US Enlisted: 2011-10-28
2012-01-27 09:33
It most certainly does ^_^ Though I think the lack of practice is a bi-product of the lack of awareness of how good the AMTRAC really is!

Cheers!
Muffin-K1ng
US Enlisted: 2011-10-25
2012-01-27 09:37
The Amtrac can also smoke afaik when you're in the driving seat.
Nexxiv
GB Enlisted: 2011-10-29
2012-01-27 10:18
Now we just need to teach the random smurfs that jumping into the drivers seat, then driving it right into the middle of the enemy so that it gets blown up 5 seconds later is stupid. Leave it behind your infantry, so it can support them.
Max-Pritchard
GB Enlisted: 2011-11-03
2012-01-27 10:22
The AMTRAC is powerful although the sight lines for the guns offer better vision at range - enemies close to the slab-like sides are difficult to hit.

However just as an engineer can repair the vehicle from underneath - an enemy engineer (with nothing to live for - such as a Rush Defender - infinite tickets) can also scoot under the AMTRAC and repair tool it to death. The explosion will tend to kill said engineer - but it's something to beware of.
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Ivo-SemperFi
NL Enlisted: 2011-11-24
2012-01-27 10:34 , edited 2012-01-27 10:47 by Ivo-SemperFi
The AMTRAC rules! It is a strong and cool transport! It can go trough water ! and is a mobile spawn! (and part of the USMC lol ! )
“ Uncommon valor was a common virtue,,, ”
ZeAussieStew
AU Enlisted: 2011-12-14
2012-01-27 10:36
I literally lol'ed at that crawling underneath tactic. Nice tips
TehJosh2
AU Enlisted: 2011-10-27
2012-01-27 13:28
Leave it inside the enemy base, but not totally out in the open. Really hard to hold off a team that's attacking from all sides, AND from within.
koolmans
LV Enlisted: 2011-11-18
2012-01-27 13:46
I always thought amtrac can be killed as fast as heavy tank, 2 hits with a rocket in the bum and it's dead
DarkyVX
Enlisted: 2011-12-26
2012-01-27 13:53
AMTRAC is the best friend of any person who wants to get QBZ-95B. The AMTRAC in Wake Island is glitched (it's not how I got mine but still),even if nobody is in it,it counts as enemy for default and repair torch will deal damage to it. You can also shoot it and you will get points for disable and destroy.
ERMAHGERD SEEGNATUREE
komonoso
FI Enlisted: 2011-10-27
2012-01-27 13:55
I hate it when the driver keeps turning the vehicle so I can't hit shit.
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brainstreem
US Enlisted: 2011-11-29
2012-01-27 15:52
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DarkyVX said:
AMTRAC is the best friend of any person who wants to get QBZ-95B. The AMTRAC in Wake Island is glitched (it's not how I got mine but still),even if nobody is in it,it counts as enemy for default and repair torch will deal damage to it. You can also shoot it and you will get points for disable and destroy.


Hmmmm... Interesting........
BoomShakaB0xer
US Enlisted: 2011-10-24
2012-01-27 16:06
The Amtrac is your best friend!

Another tip is that each passenger seat is also equipped with their own lmg. I don't know if you can see the turret, but that white dot in the middle of the screen when you're a passenger? Yeah, that's your turret, baby.
iMhORe
GB Enlisted: 2011-10-24
2012-01-27 16:24 , edited 2012-01-27 16:25 by iMhORe
Muffinkungen said:
The Amtrac can also smoke afaik when you're in the driving seat.

Correct. As verified in the 'Amtrac Advice thread, did a test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mrn-M6cxcFc [youtube.com] to check!
(Sorry that vid should probably have had a commentary).

BoomShahaB0xer, I think you are confusing the Amtrac with the IFV vehicles. The passengers of the Amtrac can only look out the window and admire the view.

Oh and I've heard the Amtrac and helo-bus drivers will be getting assist points in the next patch.
OscarPerezLijo
ES Enlisted: 2011-10-29
2012-01-27 16:26
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BoomShakaB0xer said:
The Amtrac is your best friend!

Another tip is that each passenger seat is also equipped with their own lmg. I don't know if you can see the turret, but that white dot in the middle of the screen when you're a passenger? Yeah, that's your turret, baby.
If this is true, keep the secret, people with complain it's OP and get it nerfed, but awesome tip.
Sadly amognst most of nowadays' gamers common sense isn't common. Keep that in mind.
DoctorFawnk
CA Enlisted: 2011-10-26
2012-01-27 16:39
It's not OP at all. If there is an enemy tank or LAV on the map you can just get circled to death.

Then again you guys only know bottom level play >:D
kershangg
SG Enlisted: 2011-10-24
2012-01-27 16:51
Please start a AMTRAC appreciation club. I would +1 or join it.

I got my 50 killstreak from an Amtrac and a lovely squadmate haha.
NovemberBlues
Enlisted: 2011-11-05
2012-01-27 16:58
AMTRAC is your best friend!

As long as the driver knows what he's doing of course.
BoomShakaB0xer
US Enlisted: 2011-10-24
2012-01-27 17:41
I apologize for any confusion I may have caused. What iMhORe said is true. It is the IFV that have lmgs on passenger seats F3-F6.