When playing FPS games, most people put great emphasis on their weapon choices, strategy, as well as adaptation to the game story.
But all of this comes to nothing if you fail to get one critical thing right – aim.
After all, FPS games are about “shooting” before anything else, and if you can’t aim your enemies properly, you’re destined to lose no matter what weapon you possess.
Before starting, I want to mention that this post is for the beginners, and I’m not a pro-gamer either. So, if you want to up your game to THAT level, this is not your place to be.
So, without any ado, let’s get started.
Note: These tips are all about playing FPS games on PC. Console gaming is a bit different, and many people have covered that topic already.
1. Start With Right Hardware
There are some gaming genres, such as MMOs, where you probably won’t need a gaming mice until you have mastered all the basic skills.
But not with FPS games. Here it’s important to start with right mouse and mouse pad to get your aim right.
Don’t get wrong please. There are people among us with excellent hand-eye coordination, and just need an average mouse to excel in shooting games.
But here I’m talking about average gamers (and beginners) that should take every advantage technology gives.
Also, gaming mice aren’t just a gimmick, and really give you a competitive edge in the form of a DPI changing, extra buttons, and comfortable design.
Perhaps, comfort is the best thing about them. These mice are designed to be used for a long number of hours, without making you feel tired.
Many people think of gaming mice as an expensive luxury, but fortunately that’s not the case. In fact, you can get an fps mouse as decent as Logitech G402 in less than 50 bucks.
For those who don’t know, fps mice are a sub-category of gaming mice, and are built specifically for FPS games. They usually feature less buttons than some other gaming mice, have dedicated DPI buttons (more about them later), and a specific thumb button for shooting.
2. Adjust DPI and Sensitivity settings
Before going further, let me explain two important concepts to you: DPI and Sensitivity.
DPI, also known as Dot-Per-Inch, reflects the sensitivity of any mouse. When you set a higher DPI of a mouse, it will react more to smaller movements, and more on-screen distance will be covered as compared to when you set low DPI.
Both high and low DPI have their own advantages. For high DPI, you can reach distant on-screen areas with very little movement on your end. For precision shooting though, a low DPI is better. That’s the reason why fps mice come with DPI changing on-the go.
They usually feature two buttons which can make the DPI high and low at their respective turns.
“But which DPI is best for me?” You may ask.
Well, there’s no one size fits all solution. Everybody is different. That’s why gaming mouse manufacturers like Logitech have their own customization softwares. Using these softwares, you can customize your DPI up to the point where you’re most comfortable.
3. Different Techniques
Here we will discuss different basic techniques to improve your aim.
First one is about using your thumb and little finger (no, we’re not talking about Lord Petyr Baelish from Game of Thrones). Place your thumb and little finger on to the mouse pad, instead of onto your mouse.
This way, when you will move your mouse these fingers will drag along the mouse pad, providing along friction to slow down your movements, when in turn will help you aim precisely and better.
Apart from this, there are two different methods for aiming: Flick aiming and track aiming.
Track aiming is what most people do. In track aiming, you track the movement of your opponent using your crosshair and then shoot. On the other side, in flick aiming, you wait for your opponent to come on an expected area, and when it comes, you shoot.
in simple terms, tracking is all about minimizing the distance between your target and your crosshair, whereas flick aiming is all about predicting your opponent’s next possible movements.
Both of these methods are good, and it’s up to you to realize which one suits you better.
4. Practice Again and Again
Just as many MMO games have a practice mode where you can practice your spells or combos, fps games too include a practicing area where you can hone your skills.
While it won’t replicate the actual battle scenario, you will develop strong muscle memory over time, which will help you in the long run.
Best way to practice is to do it slow and steady. Just don’t rush and enjoy playing the game. After all, this is the reason why you bought it in the first place.
5. Have Proper Rest
OK, it won’t sound as important but it is.
Having proper rest isn’t just related to any game but also related to every other aspect in our lives.
Our body works like a machine, and when you use any machine too much without giving it some rest, it’ll start to break.
Same is the case with us during PC games. If you play a game too much on daily routine and without some break in-between, your performance level as well as your interest will start to decrease.
On top of that, you can get many health-related problems such as back pain, eye strain, and carpal tunnel syndrome etc.
Last year, I played FIFA 18 continuously (5 matches daily) for one week, and after that I was unable to move my middle finger without any discomfort.
I hope you get the point.
In normal circumstances, simply playing FPS games for longer time period will help you aim better. This, combined with the right gear and technique will guarantee your success in any shooting game out there.