How To Get Better At FPS Games (& Beat Your Friends!)

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It would be an understatement to say that the FPS games are very popular today.  Otherwise known as First Person Shooter games, FPS games attract millions of players from all over the world and that number is growing day by day.  Because of the popularity of these types of games, there is of course a high level of competition among its fans, and every player worth his salt is always looking for ways to get better.  To assist you in that quest, in this article we have provided several tips on how to get better at FPS games, with a full explanation of each tip.

Be The Best FPS Gamer In Your Squad

For those looking to improve their First Person Shooter game stats, the following tips may be able to help:

The Frames per Second Rate Is a Huge Factor

The last thing you want in your First Person Shooter experience is lag—lag that will probably have you dying in these games at a much higher rate than desired.  And to ensure there is no lag, you will need to have a device with an acceptable number of frames per second, or FPS.

If you are currently running at 25 frames per second or lower, chances are you experience a good deal of lag.  This is because first person shooter games have evolved and now require a higher rate.

If you are just a beginner starting out, you can probably get away with about 30 frames per second. With this frame rate, you still might experience a bit of lag from time to time, but it will not be an everyday occurrence.  

At 60 frames per second you will have a higher rate than most beginner gamers. Just keep in mind that the very best FPS players around the world usually run at 90 frames per second or more, which is optimal and incredible.

Don’t Worry Too Much about Gaming Peripherals

If you are just starting out on your FPS journey don’t get too caught up with thinking you must have the very best gaming peripherals.  Sure, having the very best gaming routers, surround sound headphones and even your very own gaming-style desk would be cool, but what if your love for FPS games begins to fade?  

Then you will be stuck with a bunch of equipment you just don’t need—equipment that costs a pretty penny these days. All you really need to start your FPS experience is a quality optical mouse and a standard set of headphones.  

While gaming headphones may allow you to perceive different sounds from different directions, this is really not going to matter in the beginning. If you discover you’re becoming a hardcore gamer that never leaves his room, then you can start slowly adding gaming peripherals to your gaming system.

Find a Game You Like

As with anything in life, if you find something you like you are bound to be more passionate about that activity, and when you are passionate you are likely to become very, very good at it in a short amount of time.  Just because your friends are raving about Half-Life, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Bio-Shock, if those games don’t hold your attention, you should not feel as if you have to get better at them just to match your friends.  

This will cause you to feel resentment and you are likely to start really hating one or all of the aforementioned games. If you are more into Doom or Fallout, for example, go with the games you like and stick with them. In no time, you will find yourself getting better just because you are playing more—and playing more passionately.

Play More

This next tip goes hand in hand with the previous one.  Simply put, if you want to get better at one or more FPS games you have to start playing them more.  

Do not get caught up in the fact that you are not yet ready to tackle the higher levels of the game. Some people try to skip ahead of their ability level, which invariably ends at failure and a growing distaste for these kinds of games.  Your best bet is to start off slowly, playing the lower levels until you master them.

And once you do master them, you must move up in levels in order to get better. Don’t keep playing the same lower levels of a game just because you know you can beat it.  Rather you should challenge yourself and move on; this is the only way to get better at FPS games—or anything else.

Map It Out

If there is one certainty about FPS games it is this:  players who have a great understanding of their game’s maps are usually the best players.  Becoming ultra-familiar with your maps can help immensely when you are engaged in a tough battle.  

After all if you don’t know where your enemy spawns or where you are supposed to go when he does you are in for a really bad time.  To get better at understanding maps, try loading up an empty map and explore it.

You can also join up with friends and playing partners and try to find the best ways to navigate the maps, scope out the best hiding spots, and discover the best sniper perches.  Try to remember the spots from which your enemies always peek or rush. This will ultimately allow you to get more kills. However, be cautious around corners when doing this, because there just might be some campers patiently waiting for you.

Listen Up

The sounds of a game can alert you to trouble before trouble finds you.  When playing FPS games we always recommend that you use headphones.

This will keep you focused on the sounds of the game and prevent you from becoming distracted due to the sounds in and around your home.  So how can listening carefully to the sounds of the game make you a better player?

Think about it: the sound of a rifle clicking, the shuffling of approaching footsteps, or the reloading of a pistol all make a specific sound that can save you from an attack.  Try to memorize these sounds so you will know exactly what each one of them means and what you will need to do. For example, the sound of a reloaded shotgun will be an indication that you should not rush that player in close quarters.

Know When (and When Not) to Reload

Knowing when and how to reload your weapon can have a major impact on your success or failure in FPS games. If you know you have only used a few rounds of your weapon’s magazine do not feel the need to immediately reload.  

If you do reload unnecessarily in this scenario, your enemy might spot you and kill you while you are reloading your weapon. There are times, however, when you should always reload to full capacity. First, if you are in deep cover, this is always a good time to reload to capacity.  

Also, any time your magazine dips below 40 percent it is crucial that you reload no matter where you are. That’s because 40 percent or less will usually not be enough to kill your enemy and you will become a sitting duck. In a pinch, you can always switch to your pistol. This is faster than reloading your rifle and will not make any noise that could alert the enemy.

Master the Recoil of Your Weapons

Mastering the recoil on your weapons can improve your accuracy tremendously and lead to a higher rate of kills.  To accomplish this, one thing you can do is go to an empty server and practice emptying your entire magazine at a target without moving the mouse whatsoever.

Track where the bullets go to check your accuracy, and check to see if you can better control the recoil by burst firing or by sliding your mouse down slowly as you shoot the target.

Protect and Manage Your Bandwidth

When you are playing FPS games in multi-player modes a reduced ping can make a world of difference.  With fewer pings you will be able to send and receive data from the server in a much more expeditious fashion, which will improve your stats dramatically.  

To manage your ping the best thing you can do is close any other applications on your PC that are gobbling up bandwidth. It is never recommended that you perform downloads while playing and you should also close any other unnecessary applications, including social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

Every online program uses some bandwidth and your playing experience will be much more successful if you can refrain from trying to multi-task on your computer as you are playing.

Join a Gamer Team

Joining an FPS partnership or team is not something you have to do in order to get better at gaming but it will expedite the process.  Within a team you can all begin to learn tips, tricks and secrets from each other.  

The experience is very rewarding because you can then play with the same people over and over and form a bond over your love for FPS games.  Who knows, you and your team could possibly get so good at gaming that you move into the professional ranks.


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