#1 – Keep an eye on enemies dropping near you.
As you descend from the sky in your wingsuit, it’s time to think about what comes next. Mainly, you have to answer this question: how hot is the area I’m about to land in? Knowing the answer gives you an idea of what your first 30-60 seconds on the ground will look like. If you see five enemies all descending around you, you’ll likely have to reckon with them soon after your feet hit the ground. If you see that nobody’s around, you can focus on scavenging for the best possible loot without immediate concern for getting jumped. Keeping aware of who drops near you is a good habit to form to make sure you last long enough to collect enough loot to properly defend yourself.
#2 – When scavenging for loot, look inside buildings.
From the charred cul-de-sac of Nuketown Island to the palatial villas of Estates, there’s loot to be scooped everywhere. And finding the best loot goes a long way to giving you the best chance possible to be the last player alive. While you can find loot lying around an open area, you’re much more likely to find concentrated amounts inside buildings. Make sure you explore the ground of every floor, room, closet, basement and roof. Every nook can potentially house a game-changing piece of Equipment, like a Grapple Gun or that scope your Titan’s been wanting.
#3 – Cover. Cover. Cover.
So, this map is big. Extremely big. In fact, when you’re in the right area, it can feel downright lonely. Don’t let that size fool you into thinking sprinting out into the open for long distances is a good idea. Any time you can move under the cover of vegetation, a building or simply a shadow, you absolutely should. Why? Because you only have your own perspective. A well-hidden sniper could be lurking just out of your view, or simply be well-hidden. Additionally, vehicles like tactical raft, ATVs, trucks and helicopters can cover ground in seconds and if you’re uncovered, you’re a dead duck. Even if you think there’s nobody around, a helicopter with three players hanging off the side can swoop over the house you just left and, your odds just went from “good” to “you’re dead now”. With all the freedom of movement and varied terrain, surprises like that are common. While getting acclimated to Blackout, it’s wise to stick to covered areas as much as possible and exercise some caution. In short, look (and listen) before you leap.
#4 – Intel is your best friend.
You’re battling a lot of enemies and, frankly, that’s a lot of people to keep track of. Well, alright, you probably don’t need to keep track of them all, but intelligence wins wars and it can win Blackout matches, too. Gathering intel on nearby enemies is essential and there are a few ways to do it. The easiest way? Use a scoped weapon to get a closer view of a distant area. It’s not the most detailed intel you can gather, but it’ll give you a decent baseline of what’s around. For a more up close and personal look at your surroundings, the Recon Car has you covered. In Multiplayer, you send this little guy at enemies to blow them up. But, in Blackout, it’s purely a reconnaissance tool. Guide this speedy, durable, remote-controlled car into buildings, ascend stairs and into enemy encampments and get a full, ground-up view of what your opponents are up to. For an extra bit of intel, have one of your teammates fire a Sensor Dart onto the Recon Car for some mini-map painting to go along with your video feed.