A control point is an in-game representation of a mission objective. The player's goal is to secure control points for the team, and prevent the other team from capturing same. In terms of gameplay, the addition of control points drives action away from "deathmatch" bouts to more strategic "attack/defend" fare.
A home base is a special control point that serves as the team's initial spawn point, or that offers the greatest selection of vehicles. The home base also contains the team's commander assets in games where a Commander role is present. On some game modes, the home base may be uncapturable or locked against immediate capture.
Control points often provide access to vehicles, especially to certain types of vehicle that may not be present at the home base.
Because control points may also serve as spawn points, owning a control point gives the team a significant advantage in movement and terrain control.
Control points in gameplay modesEdit
The Conquest game mode uses flags as control points. The banner flying on the flagpost represents the owner of the control point. If a team has significantly more control points than their enemy, the enemy team will suffer from 'ticket bleed', where the team with less flags will lose Reinforcement Tickets at a steady rate.
The Assault Lines variant of the Conquest game mode (available in Battlefield 2142) features an enemy "home base" that is initially locked against capture, and peripheral flags that can be captured. Upon capturing all other control points, the attacking force gains access to the enemy's home flag. A bonus is awarded to the attacking force for capturing the enemy home base, even if defenders later manage to recover a flag.
The Domination variant of Conquest in Battlefield 3: Close Quarters more closely resembles the Domination gametype in Modern Warfare, where control points only confer a score advantage. Control points still cause ticket bleed, but do not offer new spawn points. They are also captured very quickly from neutral state, though taking down an enemy control point is more easily accomplished with teammates in the capture zone.
The Tank Superiority game mode features a single control point in a "King of the Hill" type match.
The Titan game mode featured in Battlefield 2142 focuses on the presence of two massive carrier transports. Here, control points are represented as missile silos capable of destroying an enemy Titan. In addition to the Titans, home base, and silos, APCs and air transports also serve as spawn points.
Once a Titan's shields have been depleted by attack from silos, it can be boarded by the enemy. Inside the Titan, four reactor consoles serve as minor control points (no spawn ability) to unlock the Titan's reactor core, the ultimate control point. Once the reactor is destroyed, the owner's team can no longer spawn, and shortly thereafter loses the match.
In the Rush game mode first featured in the Bad Company games, defenders must protect their bases, each of which houses two control points in the form of gold caches or M-COM stations. If the control points are destroyed, the attacking force receives a full set of spawn tickets, and the defenders must fall back to a rearward base.