Noshahr Canals is a Battlefield 3 map based on the real world location of Noshahr in northern Iran. The map is centered around an industrial harbor, with infantry and vehicle warfare. The map also includes boats and amphibious vehicles, which the attacking forces in Rush use to attack the first objective as their starting point is an aircraft carrier.
Noshahr Canals supports all four Battlefield 3 modes: Rush, Conquest, Team Deathmatch and Squad Deathmatch.
Noshahr Canals layout
The map has five capture points, four of which are easily accessible to either side. The focal point of the map is the center control point, called “Train Yard”, which is hard to defend and often changes control many times during a match, unless it’s defended properly (see under “tips”). There 5 control points in Noshahr Canals are: Train Yard, Dry Dock, Container Area, Storm Drain, Canal.
Noshahr Canals tips
The best tactic is the focus on the three main control points which are very close together and therefore easier to defend: the triangle of “Canal”, “Container Area” and “Train yard”, can, with a good team, be held by staying inside the triangle of those three control points, with fast and easy access to all three flags.
Noshahr Canals is mainly an infantry map, and has a modest amount of vehicles.
Battlefield 3 Seine Crossing is a map situated in France, and is the second Battlefield 3 map set in Paris, France, the first being Operation Metro. The map is split into two large parts, divided by the river Seine. There are two control points on each side of the river, and a main control point, and the focal point of many tough battles, on a bridge at the est side of the map. Operation Seine in Battlefield 3 will, like all other maps, support all 4 game modes, including Rush and Conquest.
Seine Crossing layout
Seine Crossing is split into two parts by a river. There are two flags on each side, which are easily accessible by both sides, while the main flag that tips the balance is situated on a bridge on the east side of the map, a bridge with very little cover that is hard to re-take once the enemy has it. The control points of Seine Crossing are: Back Streets, Market Avenue, East Bridge, Canal Courtyard, ad Garden Alleyway.
Seine Crossing tips
Seine Crossing has a big focus on defense. If a team can capture the majority of flags (3 out of 5 flags, at least), they are for the most part easy to defend due to plenty of options where defenders can dig in, including many buildings that can be entered and provide an overview of defensive areas. The map is also very well suited for mortar attacks and snipers, which have plenty of places to hide.
Being an infantry-focused map, there are only two vehicles per team in Seine Crossing: one tank and one transport vehicle.
Kharg Island is a brand new Battlefield 3 map set on the real-life version of Kharg Island, situation just off the coast of Iran. The island is an important port of oil transport and oil pipelines. Kharg Island also serves as an important Naval Base for the Iranian Navy. Kharg Island has 5 capture points in Battlefield 3, and is a map that focuses on vehicles, with each team having plenty of vehicles at their disposal.
Kharg Island layout
Kharg Island in Battlefield 3 has 5 capture points, with one capture point that’s relatively close to each team, while the other 3 are up for grabs. The main action usually centers around the middle of the map, between the “Construction Site” and “Offices” flags. The 5 control points/flags in Kharg Island are: Docks, Construction Site, Offices, Army Outpost, and Gas Station.
Kharg Island tips
While Kharg Island is primary a vehicle map, infantry plays a big part as well. Because of much cover on almost all flags, there is plenty of opportunity for ambush and flanking of tanks and other vehicles. The main action usually happens at the Construction site and Offices points, which are the most important, and hardest, flags to capture and defend.
Kharg Island is a vehicle heavy map, and each side have plenty of tanks, jeeps and aerial firepower.
Battlefield 3 Tehran Highway, is, as the name suggests, based around the Iranian capitol of Tehran, where US and Russian forces in Battlefield 3 battle on a map in the style of Road to Jalalabad and Strike At Karkand. Players start the round in the hills above the city, and gradually work their way in. Tehran Highway is the only nighttime map in Battlefield 3.
Tehran Highway layout
Unlike most other Conquest 64 maps, Tehran Highway has only 4 capture points, which are divided by a highway. This layout usually results in a stalemate with both sides each controlling two flags, with heavy exchange of gunfire and battles across the highway.
Tehran Highway tips
Capturing and holding more than two flags is key to victory, as all other conquest maps. The best way is a head-on assault with vehicles on one of the control points across the highway. Because of its dark setting and plenty of buildings and elevated positions, Tehran Highway is a great place for snipers, who can position themselves above the battle to spot and take out enemies.
Being a mostly urban map, Tehran Highway has a modest amount of vehicles per side. In addition to the starting vehicles, each capture point offers 1 transport vehicle once the flag has been captured.
Damavand Peak is a Battlefield 3 map based on the real world mountain of Damavand in Iran. The Battlefield 3 map versions of Damavand Peak are based around a large tunnel that divides the map in two and serves as the focal point of the map. The map will also feature based jumping on the Rush game mode, where attackers base jump into the first area of attack. Damavand Peak has the biggest height difference of any map in Battlefield 3, at 500 meters.
Damavand Peak layout
Damavand Peak is based on a central tunnel system that runs under the mountain. In Conquest, there are five capture points, two on each side and one critical capture point in the middle of the tunnel. Each team has a helicopter at their disposal, which can be used to fly over the mountain and attempt to flank the opposing team.
Each side starts out with the following vehicles on Damavand Peak:
M1A2 Abrams tank
Little Bird helicopter
Damavand peak tips
The most important objective/control point in Damavand Peak is the center “Tunnel” control point, which is very hard to take once the opposing team has established their defenses. Therefore, you should always use the vehicles available and go straight for the Tunnel capture point at the beginning of the map. Alternately, if the opposing team has the Tunnel, you should use the chopper and try and flank and capture the points on the opposite side of the mountain.
Battlefield 3 Grand Bazaar map is set in Tehran, and is a relatively small map that’s focused heavily on infantry combat. Grand Bazaar is light on vehicles and has a dense, urban location with a lot of alleys and streets, perfect for flanking towards the objectives, whether they are capture points or M-COM stations.
Grand Bazaar layout
Grand Bazaar is set in a tight, urban environment, where fast movement and good infantry skills are key. The map retains its urban and dense setting regardless of what mode is played, whether its Conquest or Rush, Team Deathmatch or Squad Deathmatch.
There are 5 capture points in Grand Bazaar, 4 of them are centered around the main flag called “Alley”, which is the focal point of many tense battles.
Grand Bazaar tips
While most of the action is centered around the Alley capture point, which is hard to capture and easy to defend, the key to victory on Grand Bazaar lies in capturing and holding the outer capture points, which are much easier to take control of.
Grand Bazaar is mainly an infantry focused map, and is therefore light on vehicles, with just two available per team.
Battlefield 3 Operation Firestorm map is an open map set in the desert with capture points surrounding an oil refinery. The map, in its Conquest mode, has plenty of vehicles, including Jets, Helicopters and Tanks, as well as infantry focused areas on the map. Operation Firestorm in Battlefield 3 will support all four game modes: Rush,Conquest, Squad Deathmatch, and Team Deathmatch.
Operation Firestorm is one of the largest maps in Battlefield 3, featuring a wide open desert setting.
Operation Firestorm layout
While the map area is large, the 5 capture points in the map are somewhat tightly placed together, meaning infantry won’t have any trouble advancing from flag to flag. The outer areas are quite open though, with plenty of room for jets to navigate. Three of the capture points are lined up for easy access by infantry, while there are an additional two capture points across a main highway.
Each side starts out with a wide selection of vehicles in their home base:
M1 Abrams tank (3X)
LAV-AD anti-air (1X)
AH-1 Super Cobra attack helicopter (1X)
Huey transport helicopter (1X)
F/A 18 Super Hornet jet (2X)
T-90A tank (3X)
Tunguska anti-air (1X)
Z-11 transport helicopter
Su-35 fighter jet (2X)
Operation Firestorm tips
Like many Battlefield 3 maps, Operation Firestorm features an odd number of capture points, in this case, 5, which means that one team will always have the advantage. The key capture point is the “Warehouse” point situated in the center, which provides easy access to two nearby flags. However, the Warehouse flag, like most other flags on Operation Firestorm, are hard to defend against both infantry and vehicles, which is why flags tend to change hands often on this map.
Caspian Border was the second Battlefield 3 multiplayer map to be revealed. It’s a large, open map centered around a border area. The Russian and US forces each start out from their main bases and advance towards the five capture points spread across the map.
Caspian Border unique features
Caspian Border is a large, open map with a lot of room for vehicle combat — and the map features both Jets, Helicopters, Tanks and APCs. The capture points are relatively close together, meaning there will be some tight and tense combat for both infantry and vehicles.