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While playing the game, every once in a while I get this key prompt for leaning. It looks like I should press the right mouse button, but that only goes into aim-down-sights -mode. What does it mean and what does it do?

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BF4 uses a "smart lean" system. The beta is a bit buggy with it, but the premise is that when that pops up, you are by a corner and holding the ADS button will cause you to lean around that corner, exposing less of yourself to the enemy. The best way to see it is to stand at the corner of a wall and play with it. It takes some getting used to but once you do, it will feel smooth.

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  • so it is a beta issue that it appears in middle of open areas (as seen in the screenshot)
    – 3ventic
    Oct 9, 2013 at 19:42
  • Yep. I'll see it pop up a couple seconds after I was at a corner sometimes. It's probably some internal lag. Oct 9, 2013 at 19:49
  • @3ventic Yep, I get the same too, you probably passed a corner where it was possible, and it kinda showed afterwards :p
    – Lyrion
    Oct 10, 2013 at 7:16
  • "bit buggy" being "I've never got it to work at all"
    – tombull89
    Oct 11, 2013 at 7:43
  • Make sure you never attempt to throw a grenade when leaning. You will pull the pin, step back under cover, and promptly throw the grenade at your feet. Dec 16, 2013 at 19:52

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