27 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2014 5:09 PM by Bielsalmighty RSS

New to Call of Duty, Need Help.

hedshot57

Hello, I am just now starting to play Call of Duty Ghosts, and quite frankly, I'm not very good at it. I seem to die alot and not get very many kills. I was wondering if anyone had any tips to help me improve my gameplay. I really enjoy the game and hope to get better at it, so once again, if anyone has any tips or maybe to change my classes, like I use the Honey Badger with alot of different perks and no Grenade or Pistol,  anyway, thanks in advance for any advice you can give.

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    TOLAND

    First tip is to play some squads, wargame against the AI bots.   Keep the level low till you get the feel of the basic controls and techniques.

     

    It's good you are starting with an AR.  Master the "rifleman" class first.  Which basically means, just use ARs until you have achieved a good proficiency with them.

     

    Once you have done that, then you can branch out to the more specialized weapons.  These weapons usually involve using tactics you wouldn't use as a rifleman and they are for the more experienced players.  I know the weapons are cool, but you will get frustrated very quickly if you use them before you are ready.

     

    As a rifleman, I think you should always carry some explosives.  Stick with grenades for now as they are the easiest to use.  Remember to "cook" them before throwing.  With practice you will be able to do this well.

     

    Play with the perk system until you set what works for you.  Rifleman generally run the speed perks as they are the assault force and must react quickly to enemies.

     

    Most important, just have fun.  If you are new, you are going to lose a lot right now.  There are people, like me, that have been playing for a very long time.  Keep your chin up and keep plugging away and you will see your skill level increase gradually.  Make it a goal to go positive by the end of this cycle and work towards it.  Keep asking questions!

     

    Welcome to COD!

    • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
      hedshot57

      Thank you for your help, I will go play some squads and add some grenades and more specialized perks to my class, one more thing, do you recommend another rifle other than the Honey Badger? I just unlocked it and have been watching alot of videos where good players use it so I chose that one. Anyway, thanks again.

      • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
        Foxhound-Pro

        hedshot57 wrote:

         

        Thank you for your help, I will go play some squads and add some grenades and more specialized perks to my class, one more thing, do you recommend another rifle other than the Honey Badger? I just unlocked it and have been watching alot of videos where good players use it so I chose that one. Anyway, thanks again.

        Remington is a good entry level weapon in my opinion. It hits hard enough, but it is very predictable. Honey Badger has always been fun. When you decide to move in to SMGs, then I recommend taking the MTAR-X as it handles similarly to an AR.

         

        Are you new to the FPS genre?

        • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
          hedshot57

          Yes, I am rather new to this type of FPS, I play alot of single player FPS's (Fallout, Far Cry 3, etc) but not many like this.

          • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
            Foxhound-Pro

            hedshot57 wrote:

             

            Yes, I am rather new to this type of FPS, I play alot of single player FPS's (Fallout, Far Cry 3, etc) but not many like this.

            Sweet. I loved both of those titles by the way. Far Cry 3 was a lot of fun, but Fallout and Elder Scrolls steal my heart every time as first person Action/Adventure/RPG titles.

             

            You should know that at it's core, Call of Duty: Ghosts is very fast paced. It is, in my opinion, fast paced for a Call of Duty title too. So slowing your approach to understand the game is totally fine.

             

            Another thing to note is that most of your weapons are not entirely static. You can achieve accuracy and efficiency at long or short distances with weapons that may not be intended for those ranges. Burst fire, as in "pulsing" your trigger, is best for long range.

             

            You might also want to check out this thread. It's a series of tutorials and Q/A sessions hosted by developers and our community managers.

             

            Ghosts Training Video Index

             

            Definitely watch the operations video!

      • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
        phxs72

        The Honey badger is good for close to medium range combat but at a distance it will get kills but it will also get outgunned pretty easily.

         

        The Remington is good mainly at medium and longer range as Foxy suggested but it's low mag size will leave you out of bullets rather quickly.

         

        I personally liked the SC-2010 as a starter AR.  It good at all ranges.  Not the best mind you but it's good.  It's got a faster fire rate than the ARs that are better at long range but it's still pretty accurate.

         

        As far as loadouts go, add Focus to your perks.  It steadies your gun sway (increases your shot accuracy) and it keeps you from flinching so much when you get shot.  For those long distance battles it is essential.  Off the Grid will help you stay off of the radar and Blind Eye will protect you from the battle hind and sentry guns.  Past that I'd recommend using a silencer and a red dot sight on your weapon (the VMR sight is also a good choice).

         

        The last thing that I'd recommend is to learn the lines of sight and watch your killcams.  You can learn a lot just from seeing where the other guy was when he killed you.

      • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
        TOLAND

        I agree with Foxhound-Pro.  The Remington and the AK-12 are the most typical ARs in the game, meaning they act like most of us consider an AR should act.  The Honey Badger is not bad seeing as it gifts you the extra attachment.  Really, just work your way through them all, you will find the one that screams, "I'm your rifle".

         

        A quick tip is that the higher costing ones don't really make the difference, they are just more specialized.  Lots of people run the default class weapons and do really well.

         

        Just concentrate on aiming for center mass and feathering your shots when at distance.  Don't reload unless you have less than 10 rounds in the clip.  Reloading is a death sentence a lot of times so keep it to a minimum and make sure you're behind cover before you do reload.  If it's your habit to hit X every time you finish firing your weapon, quit now before it gets too ingrained.

         

        Sorry, forgot my manners, you're welcome!

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    Foxhound-Pro

    Avoiding being in a state of constant sprinting until you've managed to understand the different scenarios that will play out on a map. Being caught mid-sprint is generally a "you will die moment."

     

    Finding a comfortable sensitivity is key. You don't need it to be too high, I myself play on five, but it needs to be something that you can work with.

     

    Understand that the community is going to tell you that [INSERT PLAYTSTYLE] is best. This is war, technically, and doing what wins the game is the best strategy.

    • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
      Kukkolfkambo

      I second this entire post.

       

      Slow your movements, learn the layout of the maps and identify chokepoints and popular camp-spots.

    • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
      nuttin2say

      What Fox and Toland posted is all too true. I'm having to adjust substantially from MW3 and BO2. IMO, it was easier to find each weapon's specialty in MW3 and in BO2 it was just a much faster paced game. In both of those games you could get away with long distance sprints because there was more cover. As Fox notes, that doesn't work in Ghosts.

       

      Toland's advice on reloads is really huge. I started that "reload after every engagement" habit years ago and in the past that's been a big plus. In Ghosts, that WILL get you killed. Probably 15% to 20% of my deaths happen while I am reloading. Also, I finally turned down my sensitivity from Max to 15. I may tweak it a little more. I've enjoyed the benefits of Max sensitivity for years now, as well. But with these larger maps, it is too easy to be off target. That's even with my accuracy being greater than ever (over 20%).

       

      In fact, I think pretty much every aspect of the game has certain places and times for optimal use and outside those places and times, they may do more harm than help.

       

      Another thing I realize now I got spoiled on? Having 10 CaC's. Six is killing me. With 10 you could have an anti-air LMG class, a SG class, and a sniper class and and seven different other specialty classes. Now you only have three other options ... and sometimes that's not enough.

      • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
        TOLAND

        Max setting has always left me skating on Vaseline.  Very impressive.  Kudos!

        • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
          nuttin2say

          There's actually a story behind why and how I started using max sensitivity. I wouldn't bother with it here, but being as this is a "help me learn" thread, it works.

           

          Back in the early days of COD4 I did not know you could adjust the sensitivity. However, my lil bro decided to show me how to play Michael Meyers in private match one night. I was baffled as to how we could be using the same load outs and he could "move" so much faster than I could. He thought I was crazy at first, but then, on a split screen sitting right next to each other, we tried see if I were crazy.

           

          I wasn't. It took him about 60 seconds to go, "Oh! your sensitivity is on default!" I said, "Huh?"

           

          However, when I changed to max, like his was ... oh, geez. I was worse. But it was clear to me that higher sensitivity would be a key to improving my game. I began increasing the sensitivity an increment I think about once a month. I never did get it to max sensitivity before WaW came out and even after WaW came out, I did not put COD4 at max. I did later. It was after starting MW2 at max sensitivity. I stayed at max through BO1 and MW3.

           

          BO2 ... max sensitivity and I had our first disagreement. There were a couple of games where you could not turn off Aim Assist. I had turned Aim Assist off fairly early in COD4 because it was really causing me some headaches. And it caused headaches in other games, as well. So when we could turn off Target Assist in BO2, I was glad. Bad mistake. I didn't like BO2 to begin with and having Target Assist off with sensitivity at max made life a nightmare. Thanks to deamonic and starbuck, we figured out this was the likely source of my "lag comp" not working right. Thanks also goes to maccabi for confirming how and why turning off Target Assist causes the impression of lag when lag is not actually a factor in what was happening. It took a lot of tinkering around to figure out what was happening, but I think it is safe to say that all of us felt a large amount of the lag complaints in BO2 were directly related to what I just explained here. I'd say nearly 100% of those we asked about their lag complaints admitted they had above default sensitivity with Target Assist off or they refused to answer the question.

           

          So.

           

          That brings the story to where I am today. Let me be clear about something - maccabi recommended NOT adjusting the sensitivity outside of the default setting and he recommended keeping the Target/Aim Assist ON. The other three of us were not so worried about the sensitivity, but without question, the Target Assist MUST be on if you're playing with a high sensitivity. You will get WTF moments like crazy with it off.

           

          And that is the lesson behind sensitivity and aim assist.

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    Audiophile

    As was previously stated, play some local play or private matches - but use it to gain some familiarity with the maps. If you find a good sniping point, or hiding spot, or discreet route to move through the map just know that many others have found the same things and use that to your advantage. Once you get comfortable with the maps, head to some online matches - I would recommend starting with Domination or Kill Confirmed as people tend to move slightly more in these game modes than in S&R or TDM - this will help you work on your reflexes and aiming. Most importantly - have fun! Don't let the number of deaths get you down - I am fairly certain the majority of us suffered several deaths when we first started playing. Just understand that people have had this game for 2+ months and have become very proficient - you're just a little behind the curve. Just stay positive and you will be alright

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    dtuchpunk

    play some squads. And keep playing. Don't let people get under your skin for having a bad kd etc.

     

    Just have fun. And you will go better.

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    newm8n

       I agree with the replys but would add, try to keep your engagements medium to longer range. Reason for it is there are some really good run n gunners and if you meet them head on your Likly going to lose, with that said I would use the Remington with a sight ( I prefer vr sight) and muzzle brake ( I think it's the range one).  Also just remember we all sucked when we first started playing cod ( exceptions of course) just stick with it and your game will improve plus playing with friends/ party helps loads

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    jennral

    Here is my favorite "Try Hard" class:

     

    Weapon: Honey Badger with Tracker Sight and Foregrip

    Secondary: None

    Lethal: IED

    Tactical: Thermobaric

    Perks: Off the Grid, Incognito, Blast Shield, +1 tactical

     

    Keep in mind I play Hardcore.   

     

    -As others suggested, playing with bots will help you a lot.

    -Learning the maps is VERY important.  It will help you a ton once you learn where the enemy might be hiding, and where the choke points are.

    -Reload often, so you don't get caught in a battle with half a magazine.

    -Playing with Off the Grid and Incognito will help you avoid tracker/thermal sights, and you won't have to worry about Sat Coms.  I notice a big difference when I take them off.

    -Do not hang around any equipment you set down.  Sometimes I will play with Sit Rep, because it gives away where the enemy might be camping. 

    -Play objective games.  Even if you don't get a lot of kills, you will be helping your team by capturing flags/tags/ etc.  I'd much rather play with a guy who goes 2-15 but captures 5 dom points than someone who goes 15-0 who is not trying to play the objective. 

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    Tygrastic1

    One thing I would add to already a lot of other great suggestions is to add a SILENCER to whatever you are using.  The vast majority of players are "red dot" chasers on the minimap and anytime you are showing up on it, you are going to be at a huge disadvantage, especially since you are new to game.  I would also HIGHLY recommend "Dead Silence" since footsteps are insanely lound in this game.

     

    My "Honey Butter" setup is as follows:

     

    Primary-  Honey Badger w/grip and extended mags (helps with the reloading suggestion).

    Secondary-  none

    Lethal-  IED

    Tactical-  none

    Perks:  Ready Up, Off the Grid, Dead Silence, Sitrep, Amplify.

     

    This setup completely keeps me off the radar and allows me to move about the map quitely.

     

    My final suggestion, as you progress, make sure you have a setup for maps.  MTAR is going to win a lot more on maps like Strikezone and Tremor where there is a lot more close quarter combat than other maps.

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    Doctorpsylus

    Sage advice

    I get killed a lot & its cos i PLAY THE GAME -i try for caps in DOM

    (the sooner attempted caps are added the better)

    dont rush to be somewhere

    a walk or slow crouch readies up to fire much faster than leggin around,work with perks THAT WORK FOR YOU just cos one works for yer m8-doesnt mean it will be so for you.

    Centres of some maps are deathtraps (gas station) skirt the periphery on them & lob 5 bangs or an IMS in there if you can penetrate that far.

    PLAY SQUADS -the game tells you to & most people think they are all pro gamers to start with,go straight to MP & get downed 5 for 42 in game 1

    All the above can be learned & EARNED in SQUADS - it also pays off with squad points- but as many ignored the game on install they do not benefit from a full unlock of items needed or required

    SQUADS ALLOWS FULL TEST OF ALL WEAPS - godsend.

    Finally get some good pals in yer lobby & youll have a blast,ignore the haters,don`t rise to the F*** your mum squad,mute em they hate not being centre of attention.

    have fun

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    Gypsy816

    Hello and welcome to the forums! I see some good advice has already been posted. GLHF!

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    frats74

    Foxhound posted a link of this Thread on Twitter three days ago and I completely forgot about about it.

     

    Anywhoozle, I read... (more like skimmed through) the thread and there are a lot of good advice. I could be repeating some of them or restating some in my own words.

     

    hedshot57 wrote:

     

    Hello, I am just now starting to play Call of Duty Ghosts, and quite frankly, I'm not very good at it. I seem to die alot and not get very many kills. I was wondering if anyone had any tips to help me improve my gameplay.

     

    If you're interested in leveling up faster I suggest using Hardline Perk and Specialist Killstreak. If not, I suggest using Support Killstreak.

     

    hedshot57 wrote:

     

    really enjoy the game and hope to get better at it, so once again, if anyone has any tips or maybe to change my classes, like I use the Honey Badger with alot of different perks and no Grenade or Pistol,  anyway, thanks in advance for any advice you can give.

     

    Honey Badger is a good AR to use. It has a good Fire Rate, built-in Silencer so you don't appear on the radar HUD when firing and in my opinon more balanced than the Remington (which I believe is Ghosts' ACR).

     

    Not using Grenades, Pistols and Tactical Devices frees up space to be used for Perks, but there is a downside; not being able to use those equipment when you wished you had them. But, if you're comfortable doing it that way then by all means go for it.

     

    I don't know what your definition of "better" is. Are you interested in turning Pro?

     

    If you truly want to get better, I suggest getting a good gaming headset. Anything from $50 - $100 would be a good investment to start with.

     

    Familiarize yourself with all maps so you'll know where to go.

     

    Look at your HUD every now and then. Knowing where the enemy is at all times is necessary to kill them and to stay alive.

     

    Think fast if you're going to Run N' Gun.

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    nuttin2say

    Great advice from frats74.

     

    I would put an asterisk next to checking your HUD every now and then. Make sure you don't spend too much time focusing on the mini-map. When you do, I try to pay more attention to where my teammates are than where the red dots are. Not all red dots will show up, for starters. Also, wherever your teammates are? Your opponents are not.

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    Shadowelite555

    Start practicing in Squads mode, that will get you use to the gameplay. Next piece of advance for Ghost is to slow down, observe and make decisions, plan ahead. I know, its hard when you have bullets flying past ya. Most important, learn from your mistakes.

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    kurt24

    Camp with an I.E.D so i know where to find you.   lol

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    rankismet

    hedshot57 wrote:

     

    Hello, I am just now starting to play Call of Duty Ghosts, and quite frankly, I'm not very good at it. I seem to die alot and not get very many kills. I was wondering if anyone had any tips to help me improve my gameplay. I really enjoy the game and hope to get better at it, so once again, if anyone has any tips or maybe to change my classes, like I use the Honey Badger with alot of different perks and no Grenade or Pistol,  anyway, thanks in advance for any advice you can give.

     

    First off... welcome to the forums. COD can be fun and frustrating at the same time.

     

    A lot o folks have given great tips on you kit... but the one thing you can grow are your skills. It's not the shooting skills... but game skills.

     

    1. Learn the maps. This will come from experience but take some time to just run around the map by yourself in a local game. Figure out where you can and cannot go. This will help with not only where you can go... but where the enemy may be.
    2. Learn the lines of sight. Pay close attention to where you were killed and how. If you keep getting killed going to one place or one way. Stop. All you're doing is feeding the troll. When you get a kill... shift your location. The smart players will know where you were and how to take you out and it's a good habit.
    3. Learn the call outs. Combine call outs with map and line of sight knowledge and you have the basics to movement and communication.
    4. Have a mic and communicate. Even if you may not yet have points 1-3 down... you can learn a lot by listening and communicating. Your call outs might not be the best... but they help. And you'll find people prefer poor comms to no comms. And how else will you make friends?

     

    Good luck.

  • Re: New to Call of Duty, Need Help.
    Bielsalmighty

    My 2 pennies? Play a little free for all now and again. Dont worry about getting hammered either, just pay attention to how you die, and how your opponent beat you, whether its their placement, sneaky play, anticipating what you were going to do, or simply just reacting faster. Dont read too much into killcams though, they aren't accurate so dont let them bother you overmuch.

     

    Try to avoid the hotzones, and instead find routes around the outside of them which allow you to see in - grab a couple of kills on unsuspecting foes and move on. Find a gun which works for YOU and stick with it for a bit. Dont just assume all the guns that people label OP will be good for you.

     

    Oh, and one last piece of advice: if you play Domination on Stonehaven for gods sake STEER CLEAR OF THE B FLAG!!!!!