My Secret Life as a Sniper

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My Secret Life as a Sniper

Let me start this thread by stating I have never been a great, or maybe even good, sniper. This discussion isn't really meant for the "L337" snipers, but if you have something positive to add to the discussion, by all means please do.

I am not much of a sniper by my own admission. I have tried it off and on in previous CoDs to varying levels of success, but I have just never had the patience or affinity for it.

With all the discussions lately about the Ghillie Suit, and snipers in general, however... I decided to put my money where my mouth is and give the Snipers a shot (pun most definitely intended). I set a goal for myself to earn the Ghillie Suit... and while it may take me until the next CoD is released to finish this challenge I figure I don't have the right to complain about Snipers until I do it myself.

So, here is what I have learned as a Sniper in this game.

1) People HATE snipers. They just hate hate hate getting killed by Snipers, period. I have begun to really enjoy the screams of the vanquished in my ear after each kill, especially on the handful of collateral kills I have gotten recently.

2) Earning a kill with a Sniper is incredibly satisfying. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy all the kills I get in this game, but there is something just fulfilling about dropping someone with a well placed shot; I'd rank it up there with Shotgun kills.

3) The act of sniping isn't all that difficult, but the act of being a sniper is. Let's be honest, the Sniper Rifles in this game aren't hard to handle. You point, and shoot. While moving targets can be an issue at times, especially if you miss your first shot... you don't have to account for wind or bullet drop or anything else. You aim it right, the shot will hit. What IS hard, however... is getting set up for shots. Knowing where to look, how to get proper cover, and how to move about the board. Getting into one v one situations is no picnic either, I can assure you all that QSing is not as easy as some folks make it look.

4)Don't be selfish. I find that if I am trying to snipe and I get to a point where I am negative by 3 or 4 kills(sometimes less), it is time to switch to another class. I have been in WAY too many lobbies where a bad sniper will go negative by double digits, and yet they stick with the Sniper through the entire match. If things go South, I will always switch to a more comfortable class so as not to hurt my team.

5)Love thy pistol- I have had to shelve my pistols this game as I use a lot of stealth, so have sacrificed pistols for Perk Slots. But as a Sniper, carrying one is essential, especially when moving about. Throw a muzzle brake on there and they are very effective and can fire quickly. I mostly use the M9A1, myself.

6) Don't expect to lead the lobby- I am a competitive person. I pride myself on being at or near the top of the Lobby scoreboard in most matches, win or lose. But as a sniper, I have learned sometimes I just have to be more of a role player. That I may not score as high, but I can still be an effective team member. That being said... I have been pleased at how often I have been able to be the top scorer on my team, if not in the lobby, using my sniping classes.

So this is what I have learned thus far, and I have been having some good success. So I ask you all who might be in the same boat as me... what have you learned when you try to snipe? What to do, and what not to do? For you experienced Snipers out there, what tips would you provide to someone less comfortable with this weapons class?

PS- Please, do NOT let this degenerate into a Quickscoping discussion. I thank you in advance.



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Re: My Secret Life as a Sniper

in reply to NiceDrewishFela

heh, you're a braver man than me!

I recently got my third AR gold and wanted to try something different but couldn't bring myself to go sniper, so ended up setting up a marksman rifle class.  Whilst it's not the same weapon class, I can certianly relate to point 3.  I was amazed how much I clearly relied on sound to direct my attention and sights before my eyes even noticed someone, something you cannot do when the opponent is out of sound range as is the case when normally setting up with a ranged weapon.  I found I missed  lot of first shots to begin with as I was never really sure where I should be looking, although as I played I've got much better at reacting to sight in a contrilled movement.

My accuracy with the SUV marksman is currently running about 40%, and I've found when I go back to ARs, my eyes are a little sharper along with my ears, so it's been a really good learning experience for me.

I think I'll bite the bullet and take the challenge next.  See you in the wookie outfit!

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Re: My Secret Life as a Sniper

in reply to admunday

Ha! Thank you... either braver.. or stupider.. time will tell lol

It really has been a learning experience. I will tell you that having used the Marksman Rifles... Snipers are much harder. Sure they kill faster, but the kick is significantly higher and the fire rate much lower. But I think it has helped me with my long range engagements with ARs and other classes.

I think everyone should try something that takes them out of their comfort level. Really adds some challenge to the game. Best of luck!



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Re: My Secret Life as a Sniper

in reply to NiceDrewishFela

Well, I gave it a go this afternoon.  To be honest, it's so far so good.

I used the maverick, ran with no attachments to begin with just to get feel an it was an enjoyable experience with some really excellent scores, albeit I did not use it on the smaller mpas.  Now I've attached chrome lined, I'm actually doing slightly worse, but hey ho!  It's probably helped I've changed up from my previous work in progress loadout featuring the SVU, as I was already in the right sort of playstyle mindset.  I must say, I really get now why people have commented that MRs are not optimum.

Across 15 games, I've already had some big rages thrown at me, although not one mentioned the word 'camper', so assume its getting through slightly that this is a geninue playstyle for snipers?  It;s early days though, sure I'll get that later!

But yeah, you're right re comfort zones.  This is a pretty big step up from MRs and I've already learnt far more than I expected.

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Re: My Secret Life as a Sniper

in reply to admunday

Biggest thing I have learned with Chrome Barrel attached- Don't miss that first shot! Getting the second one on target is a doozy.



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Re: My Secret Life as a Sniper

in reply to NiceDrewishFela

talk about kick! Funny thing is that when that happens it is one of the rare times it actually feel like a real high cal. rifle firing from a standing position. Prone they tend to be obsorbed backwards but when standing, man they jump

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Re: My Secret Life as a Sniper

in reply to NiceDrewishFela

It sure is!  Ground out 200 kills towards the challenge tonight, can;t wait to get that unlocked then never have to use the chrome lined again!  I did so much better before equiping it!

Playing as a sniper, I find I have some very good games, followed but some utter awful games, whereas I was pretty steady with an AR / SMG.  Do any fellow snipers find this, or is it just the learning curve and things even out over time and practice?

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Re: My Secret Life as a Sniper

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nicedrewishfela wrote:



6) Don't expect to lead the lobby- I am a competitive person. I pride myself on being at or near the top of the Lobby scoreboard in most matches, win or lose. But as a sniper, I have learned sometimes I just have to be more of a role player. That I may not score as high, but I can still be an effective team member. That being said... I have been pleased at how often I have been able to be the top scorer on my team, if not in the lobby, using my sniping classes.


This is so beautiful I might cry. I wish more people would understand this. There's roles out there that the Scorecard doesn't appreciate and subsequently neither do your teammates.

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Re: My Secret Life as a Sniper

in reply to Ghamorra

I have found that a lot of times it isn't the guy going 20-9 or whatever (at least in HC TDM) and at the top of the scoreboard that makes the difference... many times it is the guy in the middle going 10-3 who makes the ultimate difference.

I think I have come to appreciate the various roles more as I have matured with this game. Sometimes the guy at the bottom of the scoreboard was the MVP, as weird as that sounds.



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Re: My Secret Life as a Sniper

in reply to NiceDrewishFela

If you break down TDM each person needs to have more kills than deaths and to "pull your weight" you need to net at least 13 kills. I'd wager that a player who goes 15 and <5 is a more productive player someone who goes 30 and >20.

I say this because player not only did more than his weight but he also limited his deaths giving some leanency to that one guy on the team that scored an impressive 4 and 12

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