6 Ways to Boost Your FPS Game

Get better at playing first person shooters

Armored future soldier aiming a big gun in Call of Duty Black Ops

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Shooters are possibly the most popular genre of games, and you don't have to know every detail about each game to play like a pro. There are some simple tips that apply to almost every shooter game, whether the game revolves around first-person shooters, third-person shooters, tactical shooters, or a combination of these shooter types. Use these tips to be the best at your game.

The Keys to Success Are At Your Fingertips

One of the easiest ways to become better at a game, without playing it, is to adjust the game settings to something to which you are familiar. Most shooter games come with a few standard areas that can be tweaked to your ​liking, such as brightness, X and Y axis sensitivity, and inverted look.​

Some games are so dark at the default settings that you'll miss many of the details. Adjusting the brightness to a higher level will make it easier to spot those details. Once you become more familiar with the game, re-adjust the brightness back down to the default level, for a realistic gameplay experience.

Inverted look and the X and Y axis sensitivity fall under a similar category.

  • If you find yourself looking up when you are trying to look down, invert the look.
  • If turning to the left or right seems slow, adjust the X-axis up a bit so your character moves quicker.
  • If moving up and down seem slow, adjust the Y-axis to resolve the problem.

This setting needs to be continually adjusted as you become more familiar with the game. Adjust the X and Y axis up as you become more skilled with the game to help your overall game.

The quicker you can turn and stay in control, the better you'll play.

If You Can't Hit 'em, You're Toast

One basic principle is to make your shots count. Firing aimlessly towards enemies does little for your game unless it is specifically meant as suppression fire. One common mistake is firing too soon. Only fire when you have a clear shot. If the enemies don't know you are there, they won't fire at you, so you're somewhat safe as long as you are undiscovered. This is more common in stealth shooters, where the main objective is to go through the game primarily unnoticed.

"I Was 'Dead On' Target, But Missed, Why?"

If you were on target and still missed, there are several factors that hinder effective targeting. One factor is weapon selection. Different weapons react in different ways, it's possible that the recoil from the weapon changes the exact point of impact.

It could also be that the game is so realistic that you need to lead your target. For example, if your target is running to the left, aim a bit to the left of his head. By the time the bullet makes its way to where you have aimed, you'll have a perfect headshot lined up.

Get To Know the Weapons

Choosing the right weapon can have a drastic impact on your results, and this varies from game to game. For example, the weapons in Rainbow Six 3, a tactical shooter available on PC and most consoles. Many people recommend the G3A3 rifle for use in RS3, and for good reason; it is the most powerful rifle, bullet for bullet, in the game. However, it also has drawbacks:

  • It only holds 21 rounds per clip, where other weapons hold over 30.
  • It has significant recoil, enough to make you miss more often than not.

For these two reasons, other people prefer the TAR-21, which has a 31 round clip and less recoil. While it may not have the 3.5x scope, it does have a 2.0x scope, and it's possible to get double the kills with this gun using the methods described in this article.

Know and Use the Maps to Your Advantage

Knowing the maps extremely well is only helpful in multiplayer games, but knowing the terrain on any given map serves more than one purpose. Single-player and multiplayer games use the environment to avoid enemy fire. Use every outlet the map and environment give you, for example, duck behind barrels, hide behind walls, and whatever it takes to stay safe.

One key tip during times when taking heavy fire from enemies is to stay behind cover until you hear the enemy reload, then come out from your safe haven and start shooting.

Practice Makes Perfect

Sure it is an old cliche, but it holds true in the case of video game strategies. Your first experience with a shooter game likely won't be perfect, and you may find yourself dead more times than alive. As time goes on, building up your skills in one shooter will help you across all games in the shooter genre.