Aiming is the core mechanic of any shooter/FPS game. Despite modern games being dynamically fresh with characters abilities and map elements, aiming will always be the top priority.
The majority of your time will be spent aiming and eliminating enemies rather than running to the safe zone or capturing the round objective. As simple as it sounds, it is quite difficult to achieve.
An average FPS Game lasts around 30 to 45 minutes. You need to make sure that you perform at your highest level with every objective achieved, every round secured and every gun duel won. Other elements of the game might remain the same once you master them, but aiming is volatile in nature. Every situation aim duel is different from another.
While some players are naturally gifted in aiming, others have to train their aim everyday for an extended amount of time.
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Here are the top 5 tips for aiming you need to remember while playing:
1. Get your Gaming Gear right
Let’s take a look at your gaming set-up first. When it comes to aiming, two of the most important peripherals in your setup are the mouse and the mouse pad.
When you are looking for the best gaming mouse, few of the important aspects to consider are the mouse weight, mouse shape, DPI power and button layout. Pro players usually recommend a lighter and simpler mouse because a manageable mouse is much easier to operate and slide around the mouse pad.
Next on the check-list is the mouse pad. You need a mouse pad that is large and fits your gaming desk perfectly. The last thing you need is to run out of mouse pad space and drag your mouse back to readjust.
2. Physical Posture
Once your hardware is in place, let's make sure you handle the mouse perfectly too.
The general ergonomics of your mouse affects your performance in-game. Basic infographics suggest that your mouse grip greatly influences your potential.
The Claw Grip, Palm Grip and the Fingertip Grip are the most commonly used types of mouse grip.
3. Sense and Sensitivity
Mouse sensitivity is the single most important setting when it comes to FPS aiming.
But there is no silver bullet in the magical setting chamber that will automatically make your bullet a better shot. It all comes down to finding the mouse sensitivity that feels most natural and gives you complete control.
Generally, it is better to pick the basic DPI that you're most comfortable with in Windows.
Once you're accustomed to the Windows mouse sensitivity, set an in-game mouse sensitivity setting that hits your sweet spot.
A higher sensitivity helps your reaction time and flicking but reduces your accuracy by a tad.
A lower sensitivity helps maintain perfect accuracy but players do find it difficult to move their aim drastically to other areas and to thereby reduce their reaction time.
Pick a sensitivity that helps you secure that headshot!
4. Crosshair Placement
Crosshair placement is, without a doubt, the most important aspect of aiming to improve your k/d in FPS Games. It means keeping your aim centred and setting your crosshair at perfect player-model head height, as you push or peel over the course of the game. The basic idea is to minimize the amount of aim and mouse correction you will have to make when you see an enemy on screen. If your crosshair is already at head height, you then only have to move your aim horizontally to match the opponent's movement speed, completely freeing you of vertical aiming problems.
This will take some time to get used to and would require you to get rid of some bad crosshair placement habits.
5. Practice Makes Perfect
Repetition builds perfection.
To build the perfect aim you first need to test your aim mechanics in-game. This means spending most of your time in-game practicing and experimenting with your aim.
Spend your time practicing your aim in workshop maps, ranges, practice maps, deathmatches, etc.
Getting a handle on the ranges, spreads, and strengths of each weapon while figuring out what you're comfortable with will help you, as your enemies will be devastated to face your aim head on.
Initially improving your aim acts as a crucial stepping stone to enhance your gameplay.
Let’s get in-game to practice your aim!