Ah, yes. The good ol’ FPS genre. We’ve had quite a few good ones over the years on the Vita: Killzone: Mercenary is a great example. Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified… not so much. The time has come: most servers for online games (including first-person shooters) are offline now. But you can still play them offline. So we thought we’d bring you some tips you can use when playing them. Not only that, but you can also use these skills to play online first-person shooters on other devices, too.
1. Know Your Weapon
One of the most important things you can do in any mission-type FPS game is to know your weapon inside and out. Every gun has its own strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to choose one that fits your playing style. If you’re more of a run-and-gun type of player, then a machine gun might be a good choice. Or, if you prefer to hang back and pick off enemies from afar, then a sniper rifle might be more your speed. Whatever gun you choose, make sure you spend some time practicing with it, so you know how it reacts in different situations.
2. Master the Maps
Chances are, if you’re playing an online multiplayer game, you’ll be matched up against players who know the maps like the back of their hands. If you want to compete with them and improve FPS gaming skills, then you need to do the same. Spend some time exploring each map and memorizing all of the nooks and crannies. That way, when the bullets start flying, you’ll know exactly where to take cover and where the enemy is likely to appear.
3. Use Cover Effectively
In any FPS game, the cover is your best friend. When things get heated, ensure you’re using cover effectively to stay alive and give yourself an advantage over your opponents. Shoot from behind cover whenever possible, and use obstacles to break the line of sight with enemies trying to shoot at you. Remember, even a few seconds of cover can mean the difference between life and death in these types of games.
4. Stay on the Move
Standing still is a surefire way to get yourself killed in an FPS game. While it’s important to use cover wisely, you also need to ensure you’re staying on the move and not making yourself an easy target for the enemy. Strafe from side to side as you’re moving forward, and try to avoid running in a straight line whenever possible. The more unpredictable your movements are, the harder it will be for opponents to take you down. Mastering your movement is key to winning.
5. Communicate With Your Teammates
If you’re playing an online multiplayer game, then communication is key—even if it’s just through pre-set voice commands or text chat messages. Let your teammates know when enemies are coming so they can be prepared, and call out targets when you see them, so everyone knows who to shoot at. Working as a team will give you a much better chance of coming out on top against another team, communicating just as effectively as yours.
Improving Your Performance Takes Practice and Time
These five tips should help improve your performance in any first-person shooter game—but remember, practice makes perfect. The more time you spend playing these types of games, the better you’ll get at them—so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results immediately. Just keep at it and have fun.