Deadswitch 3 is a fast-paced multiplayer shooter that you can play in a web browser or as a standalone game. This guide will help you learn the basics of gameplay, optimize performance, and get the best experience possible.
Make sure hardware acceleration is enabled when playing in browser. This allows your GPU to be used to improve game performance. This can be configured in your browser's settings.
Use your keyboard and mouse to play. You can change the default controls in Settings > Edit Controls.
You can alternatively use a controller to play. Please note that full controller support is not yet available, however it is planned for a future update.
Changing the button mappings is currently unavailable. You can view the default mappings in Settings > Controller.
You can hold up 2 to weapons at a time. Press Q to switch between them. You can also use 1 or 2 to select them.
Each weapon has its own attributes:
Most weapons can have attachments equipped, which further adjust a weapon's attributes.
Hold the right mouse button to aim down sights (ADS). This increases your vision and reduces weapon recoil.
You can carry 1 type of equipment at a time. Press G to use your current equipment. Equipment types include:
Perks are benefits that apply to a character. There are 2 types of perks:
When a character has perks applied, they are always active.
Being killed in Survival games will cause you to lose your perks.
Killstreaks are powerful support items. They include weapon airdrops, attack helicopters, airstrikes, and more.
Use the mouse wheel or arrow keys to cycle through your current killstreaks.
Press Z to use your currently selected killstreak.
You can customize your character's appearance in Ranked > Edit Character.
Shards are the in-game currency that are used to unlock game content, such as weapons, attachments, perks, killstreaks, and character customizations.
You earn Shards by leveling up, completing multiplayer challenges, completing Operations, and/or by viewing ads on the browser version.
Many objects in the world can be interacted with. Press E to interact when touching an interactable object. Press E again to cancel the interaction if applicable. Such objects include:
Progress through the ranks! Earn XP by killing enemies, completing objectives, and using killstreaks. As you rank up, new weapons, equipments, perks, and killstreaks will become unlocked.
You will be awarded an XP match bonus at the end of every ranked game. However, if you quit before the game ends, you will forfeit your match bonus.
Ranked games use classes. Each class consists of:
Select your desired class at the start of a game or when you are waiting to respawn by pressing E.
Edit your custom classes in the menu by clicking Edit Classes.
Edit your killstreak packages in the menu by clicking Edit Killstreaks.
Aside from Free-for-All and Gun Game, game modes are team-based. Work with your team to complete the objective.
After reaching the maximum level (50), you have the chance to prestige. Prestiging resets your level and unlocks.
There are 5 levels of prestige.
Special weapons and equipment are unlocked as you prestige.
Operations are objective-based missions. Each operation offers its own reward; typically XP or Shards.
There are 3 difficult tiers:
Operations are limited to 1-2 players.
You will receive 1 Shard for every 10 Operation Stars you earn.
Each operation has an assigned weapon loadout. Occassionally a choice of weapons will be present. You decide which weapons will best help you complete the mission.
The enemy mechanics for operations are different than other game modes. Enemies rely on direct sight and sound and will investigate nearby disturbances. Use this to your advantage before taking on groups of enemies.
Silenced weapons won't alert enemies of your location in Operation games.
Survival games put you against endless waves of enemies.
There are 4 different survival modes:
Undead, Terrorist, and Chaos modes are considered basic survival modes. Each player has money and a money multiplier. Money is earned by killing enemies and completing waves. Headshots and melee kills earn more money and increase your money multiplier. Multi-kills will also increase your money multiplier. Normal kills will reset your money multiplier.
Use your money to purchase new weapons, equipments, perks, and support from the tactical crate.
Waves completed with all headshots or melees will earn you an additional multiplier bonus.
Explosive weapons and killstreaks will not reset your multiplier.
Keeping your money multiplier high is the key to surviving!
Stakeout is a unique survival mode. Instead of using money to purchase items, random airdrops are delivered throughout the waves. Airdrops can contain ammo, weapons, perks, or killstreaks.
Airdrop frequency will increase as you complete each wave.
Multiplayer allows you to play online with other players. When you connect to a multiplayer server, your ranked profile is used.
Reaching level 5 is recommended before playing online.
You can join public game lobbies by clicking Multiplayer > Find Game. You can join by game mode or select Auto Join to join the lobby best determined for you.
You can create or join private game lobbies which use a unique id. Private lobbies are ideal for friends who want to play custom games with each other.
To create a new private game lobby:
To join an existing private game lobby:
Parties allow friends to play public and private games together easier. Players in a party will join game lobbies together. When joining public lobbies in a party, at least 1 other player must be present for a game to start.
To create a new party:
To join an existing party:
Rotation lobbies consist of multiple game modes, such as Survival Rotation.
Make sure you are connected to a good internet connection before playing online.
|Cannot connect to server||
No internet connection
The server doesn't exist or is offline
|Server has reached maximum player capacity||Server player limit has been reached|
|Client timed out||
Poor connection to server
|Kicked from lobby||
You were kicked from the lobby due to high latency
The lobby host has kicked you from the lobby (private games)
|Client/server version mismatch||The game version you're playing is outdated|
|"Poor/Bad Connection" during gameplay||
High latency between your computer and the server
Try connecting to ethernet instead of Wifi
Disconnect from any VPNs
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If you're having performance issues on the browser version, try the following:
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