If you’re used to FPS games like CoD Mobile or Fortnight, Area F2 will feel different, rather than familiar. Heavily inspired by Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, this new mobile release features plenty of action and first-person shooting, but everything happens in close quarters, changes the mechanics of combat significantly. Especially since your opponents can just blow up the wall or ceiling of your hideout.
If you’ve never played R6S before and you’re new to Area F2, but you want to get as many MVPs as possible, this is the guide for you. Below, we’ve put together the most useful tips and tricks to get you started. Let’s dig in!
1. Play Now to Test Out All Agents
Like in Rainbow Six Siege, you can play as one of over a dozen agents in Area F2. Each agent has unique characteristics and abilities, and you need to synergize well with your teammates if you want to win. However, only four characters are unlocked to begin with, while the rest must be obtained through some intensive grinding.
Only for the first week after the release of Area F2, you can actually play with any agent you want. Just log in, complete the tutorial, and check your in-game mail. The agents will be waiting for you there.
2. Use Drones and Cameras to Your Advantage
Placed on the upper corners of most rooms, cameras are your best friends when you play as a defender. You can switch between them freely and you can use them to anticipate the next move of your opponents. When an enemy walks in front of a camera, you can scan them and send their location to your teammates. This, however, will alert the person being scanned and they might destroy the camera to avoid further tracking.
When you play as an attacker, drones fulfil a somewhat similar role. During the preparation phase, you can use drones to find the enemy objective. Once the game starts, you can still use them to locate your opponents, but you have to keep them safe if you don’t want them to get destroyed. Remember that drones, unlike players, can move under barricades.
3. Don’t Rush In Blindly
This one holds true for almost every FPS game in history, but it’s all the more important in Area F2 because you only have small spaces to work with. If you rush into a room without getting some information on your enemies first, you are very likely to be shot down.
Fortunately, Area F2 does give you the ability to peek left and right. Take advantage of this before you enter a room that you believe might be occupied by enemies.
4. Create Diversions When Possible
This tip goes hand in hand with #3. If you’ve discovered your enemy’s position, you could jump straight into the fray and try to kill them, but this is less likely to work than if you also apply a diversion.
For example, you could place a bomb, take down a wall/door, and walk through it right away, but that’s exactly what your opponents are expecting you to do. An alternative path would be to blow a hole in the ceiling and use that split-second distraction to walk through the door. Most good players are accustomed to diversion tactics, so you’ll have to move in quickly if you want the plan to work.
5. Pick an Agent that Can Counter Reinforced Walls
When you play as a defender, it’s essential that you draw out the match for as long as possible, which increases your chances to win. You’re not completely defenseless against the attackers’ bombs because you can reinforce walls and block doors to fortify a position.
As an attacker, on the other hand, you have to make sure that you can break down these reinforcements in order to kill all defenders and take the objective on time. This means that you should always have a Volcano or Hammer on your team since these are the only agents who can get rid of reinforcements with their special abilities.
6. Have a Shield Agent on Your Team
In close-quarters combat, there is very little room to hide. You can rely on your reflexes and accuracy to survive, but even the most experienced player can get busted if several enemies converge on his or her location. That’s why you want to make sure that you always have a shield agent – such as Flash or Boulder – on your team. Sometimes, it even makes sense to take both.
Shield agents have a fairly large shield that you and the rest of your team can hide behind during close engagements. If you’re playing as one of these characters, your main goal is to cover your teammates, rather than attack the enemies yourself.
7. Spread Out, but Keep an Eye on the Map
Many beginners make the mistake of sticking together in just one room, which initially seems like a more defensible position. It’s not, though. No room, no matter how fortified, is safe in Area F2, mainly because your opponents can bomb their way right in. If you’re the defenders, for example, and you’re all grouped up in one location, attackers who get a whiff of this will immediately rush and overwhelm you with grenades and other tricks.
It’s far safer to spread your team throughout several rooms and fortify as many walls and doors as possible. Don’t go too far from one another, though, because you have to be able to offer fast assistance in case someone is spotted.
8. Play on Your PC with BlueStacks
Moving, peeking, placing bombs or reinforcements, and even shooting can take a long time if you’re playing on a mobile device and you can only use your thumbs to control your character. Plus, if you don’t own one of the latest smartphones, you’re likely to experience game-breaking lag whenever someone throws a grenade.
These problems don’t exist when you’re playing Area F2 on your PC using BlueStacks. Lag is inexistent, so you can actually count on your reflexes to get out of a tight situation. In addition, you can control your character using a mouse and keyboard, which lets you do several things at once and gives you a clear advantage over other players.
So what are you waiting for? Download Area F2 on your PC and put these tips into practice!