I have been playing a lot of first person shooter games recently, such Halo and Call of Duty. While playing I have noticed a lot of people making small, simple mistakes, but those mistakes usually get them killed and actually cost their entire team the game. Depending on what shooter game you are playing can affect your game style, and that is completely up to how you play, but in all shooter games there are some small things that you can do to ensure your survival, and maybe even get a lot more kills before you die and be the star on our team!
One thing i have seen a lot of people do is rush. In some games it is okay to rush, like in objective game types (capture the flag, king of the hill, etc.), but if the game calls for getting to a certain amount of kills before the other team does then rushing them is usually not the best thing to do. You are not Superman. You cannot take out the entire team by yourself! Instead, try using team work and communicating on enemy positions so you can have the jump on them and gang up on them.
Ever find yourself in a gunfight, run out of bullets and die in the middle of reloading? Well, a couple things you can do to change that is after every gunfight, take cover and reload. Taking cover while reloading is extremely important! You could be running while reloading and next thing you know you’re getting shot at and you can’t fight back! Instead take the extra second to hide behind a wall or something, reload, and get back into the action. It could save your life! You should always have a full magazine.
While running or sprinting around the map, always check your corners! I have heard lots of people complain about “campers” but if they simply check the corners in rooms then that won’t be a big issue. Besides, they aren’t going anywhere, if you find one toss a grenade and that will teach them a lesson about roasting marshmallows during battle! Flanking campers is another good way to kill them as well. Also, sometimes sprinting everywhere is not the best idea. You could be in the middle of a sprint, find a enemy, and next thing you know your dead! That could be the result of your enemy having the draw on you. Drawing your rifle after sprinting may take a second or two, and that is plenty of time for your enemy to put a few shots in your character.
In certain shooter games there are “power weapons” or weapons that do more damage when picking them up, like in Halo or Gears of War. Examples of power weapons in Halo would be: Shotguns, Rocket Launchers, Sniper Rifles, and Energy Swords. In Gears of War, some power weapons would be: Boom Shot, Grinder, and Sniper Rifles. Using power weapons in any game is important: it could get you those few extra kills you need to win the game and keep your kill-death ratio positive!
My final tip for shooter games is trigger control. Instead of pulling the trigger down and spraying everywhere, try aiming down your sights and burst fire. Recoil in shooter games is made for this purpose. Taking controlled shots is highly effective versus spraying and praying. Also knowing when to fire is a factor. If you are a long distance away from your enemy, don’t use a sub-machine gun or a pistol. Either get closer and try and flank them with your smaller guns, or aim with your rifles and take controlled shots. Don’t try and play sniper with pistols or shotguns, every weapon has a certain range to it and is used for different scenarios!
If you just follow these small tips then hopefully you will be able to survive longer in battle, become the star of your team, and actually enjoy your shooting games as well! Keep at it, keep practicing and eventually you will become a feared enemy and a very valuable friend to others. =)