Battlefield: Bad CompanyIn Battlefield: Bad Company's singleplayer, the 870MCS can be found in a few missions. It is the weapon that Haggard always uses other than his M136 AT4.
In multiplayer, it is the default shotgun issued to the American "Demolition" kit and has an 8-shell capacity. Like all pump-action shotguns, it is very powerful, being highly capable of killing in a single shot, but its efficiency deteriorates quickly at longer ranges. It is also limited to a low rate of fire, requiring the user to pump every shot. When possible though, the 870MCS might be preferable over other pump action shotguns due to its faster pumping action and therefore rate of fire.
"The ideal weapon for the patient accuracy focused Hero. High base damage more than makes up for this weapons lack of critical hits"
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
— In-game description
Only available in multiplayer, the 870 Combat is the first shotgun available to the player, unlocked once the player reaches rank 1. Its buckshot pellets provides effective close range firepower, usually resulting in a 1-shot kill at very close range, though its performance quickly deteriorates at longer ranges. It has a default capacity of 4 shells, and increased range. If used with the Extended Shotgun Magazine, it can hold 8 shells, making it much more effective in large scale combat. It can also use the 12 Gauge Slugs for it to fire single long range projectiles, where it can kill in a single headshot at all ranges.
The 870 Combat has exactly the same stats as the NeoStead 2000 and SPAS-12 in terms of damage, damage multipliers, accuracy, recoil and rate of fire, though it has a slightly faster reload than the SPAS-12, and a slower reload than the NeoStead 2000. It is possible to reload cancel, but this is less effective then it would be with the NeoStead 2000, reload canceling after a shot, by switching to an other weapon, will effectively cut the pump animation and double your fire rate, some practice is needed though.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam
— In-game description
In Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam, the 870 Combat is an all-kit weapon. Its appearance is much more rugged and rusty, as with all the Vietnam weapons with cloth strips holding parts together. It also has wooden furniture, as opposed to the plastic and metal design of the base game. Its overall design is also slightly altered, with the weapon having a rear pistol-grip separate from the stock rather than integrated in. It performs similarly to the 870 Combat in the base game, but it has higher damage up close. Like in the base game, it has a default capacity of four shells and can be modified with the Extended Shotgun Magazine to have eight shells, and/or the 12 Gauge Slugs to fire single long range projectiles.
Unlike in the base game, the 870 is the Vietnam expansion's only shotgun, and as such fills an anti-personnel role at close range that cannot be compared to any other weapon available in the expansion.
The 870 MCS can be bought through the in-game store at the cost of 280 for unlimited use or 500 per day. It comes with an 8 rounds magazine and provides effective close range firepower, usually resulting in a 1-shot kill at very close range, though its performance quickly deteriorates at longer ranges. It also has usable iron sights and does actually the exact same damage as the standard SPAS-12 with the same rate of fire, but is less expensive than the latter, lending to personal preference between these guns.
There is also a Battlefield 3 Edition of the 870 MCS that will become available to anybody who pre-ordered Battlefield 3 through the EA store. However the changes are purely aesthetic.
— Battlelog description
The 870 Combat makes another appearance in Battlefield 3 as the 870MCS ( M odul ar Comb at Shotgun).
The 870MCS is the first shotgun available to players in multiplayer, since it's already accessible at level one. It has the highest damage and longest range of all the shotguns in the game. Even for a pump-action weapon, the rate of fire of the 870MCS is quick enough to fire follow-up shots much faster than Bad Company 2's version. Sporting a 5-shells capacity (one in the chamber and four in the tube magazine), it can kill with a single shot at close range, or 2-3 shots at medium range. Sights/optics (such as the red dot sight, and rifle scope) and ammo (12G slug , 12G Frag , and 12G Flechette) replacements can also be unlocked for this shotgun.
As with most weapons, reloading takes much longer if the player does not have a shell chambered already.
- In Battlefield: Bad Company, the 870MCS has exactly the same stats as the MEC T194.
- In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the 870MCS has a picatinny rail on the top, but the player cannot mount any scopes on it.
- The 870 Combat in Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam shares the same description as the 870MCS from the base game, despite the two varying between the original and MCS variants.
- In Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam, the 870 Combat has written on its side "Kill 'em all", which can only be seen during reloading.
- In Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam, the third-person view of the 870 Combat shows the character holding the weapon as if there is a pistol grip.
- The 870MCS is only pump-action shotgun in Battlefield 3. However, the SPAS-12 will appear in Battlefield 3: Close Quarters.