Killzone 2 multiplayer Strategy: Soldier

Combining more intensity than anyone could hope for in an FPS with three releases of DLC in less than six months of being on the market has resulted in a unique multiplayer experience provided by Killzone 2, which has been unmatched by any other Playstation 3 title and thus it still remains a popular choice among fans of the genre.

Up to seven badges, or classes, can be unlocked. Each badge contains a primary ability that when mastered and used correctly, can swing the momentum of a battle. Ribbons and medals can be earned to unlock secondary abilities for each badge, and players can even customize their badges by pairing them with different secondary abilities. Still today many players are unfamiliar with how to use most load outs in a way that will be most beneficial to their team.  I will continue dissect each badge by discussing strategies, as well as the badge’s advantages and disadvantages.

Also see: Medic , Engineer , Tactician , Assault , Saboteur

Rank unlocked:
Private (0 experience points needed)
Primary ability: Use almost any weapon
Secondary ability: None
Weapons: M82 Assault Rifle, STA52 Assault Rifle, VC9 Rocket Launcher, L513 Shotgun, STA3 LMG, M224-1A LMG, STA11 SMG

The Soldier badge is all that’s available to a new player logging onto Killzone 2 warzone. Using the Soldier badge allows players to carry almost any weapon with them into combat, but that’s about where the description ends. Some players like to argue that although the badge’s abilities are simple, it is still a very effective and acceptable choice. However, I say that unless you want to use a weapon available to a badge you haven’t unlocked yet, there is no reason that you should ever be spawning as a Soldier. Sure you could be effective, but only about as effective as any good run-and-gun player would be. You could benefit your team more by using any other badge, even if you would rather just run and shoot at things most of the time.

Okay, so you’re using the Soldier badge because you’re either new or stubborn. Regardless, you don’t have any other option but to kill with your weapon and hope that the other badges on your team know what they’re doing. That doesn’t mean that you’ll be totally worthless, though. You can still have a great impact. First of all, if you’re a new player then take advantage of the time you have to play as a Soldier. Familiarize yourself with the controls, pace of the game, and where to find certain objectives. Before you know it you’ll have ranked up to your next badge.

Rather than explain how to approach each individual mission you may play in warzone, it’s easier just to explain them as a whole while discussing the Soldier badge. As previously mentioned, cover fire is the key to benefiting your team. Position yourself in an area with a good line of sight to the objective and don’t let your enemies capture it. Or unload in an area with heavy resistance and hopefully you’ll have given your teammates a clearer path to victory. While you’re at it, if you can allow an Engineer time to build or make repairs, then do so. It’s simple, but if you do it right you’ll find yourself racking up kills and experience in no time.

The ability to use almost any weapon can allow you to destroy turrets easier, which is about the only thing that can be considered an advantage of the Soldier against other badges. With that said, assuming you have a load out with a powerful weapon and you manage to stay alive, using the Soldier badge may give you a slight edge over the sentry turrets of the Engineer badge, and the sentry air bots of the Tactician class.

The Soldier is not at a disadvantage to any badges. Well, as long as they stay out of the way.

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  1. It is fun to use the LMGs and Soldier is the only badge that can do so, but I think that in order to really get a feeling for what the multiplayer has to offer it’s much better to figure out a strategy for more complex badges.

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