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Call of Duty: Black Ops - 8 simple reasons you suck at multiplayer

Let’s face it: When one player sucks in Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer, the whole team suffers.  And if you don’t realize which guy on your team sucks – well, you know how that old adage goes, right? So we’re here with a public service announcement. Here are eight things a majority of players do that make them worse instead of better. Yes, some great players out there will probably disagree with these strategies – but we probably wouldn’t want to play with you. And yes, people make dozens of other mistakes as well. These are the eight we’re going to work on today.


Above: If you can only score when rocking the noob tube, keep reading – we can help 


Reason #8 – You think you're Super Mega Sniper Elite 007

We see you out there trying to be all stealthy, creeping around really slowly pretending that if you move like some hot-stuff Navy SEAL nobody will see you. We know why you’re doing it – because that's how it works in the movies. But video games don't work like that, buddy. While you see yourself moving with the utmost precision, as slowly and stealthily as a mighty jungle cat, everyone else sees you creeping along like a sitting duck, possibly with your gun barrel glitching through the wall and your legs dancing wildly as they constantly realign.

How to fix it: Move quickly (but don’t sprint – more on that later) and with purpose or not at all. If you're going to try to go stealth, stop moving entirely or move quickly, then stop. The human eye is trained to see motion, and in a game like Black Ops the frenetic action will often make it tough to see anything that isn't moving. Get into position, then stop fidgeting. If you have to move, do it in one swift motion to reduce the chance anyone will catch you moving.

Worst in: Free-for-All

Above: You are not this guy. Get over it


Reason #7 – You never stop reloading

After you win a gunfight, you reload right away. Don’t do that. We've lost count of how many idiots we've picked off right after their fight because they started reloading immediately after the fight was over. Shooting attracts other enemies, particularly live ones you haven’t shot yet. And reloading makes you completely defenseless for a few precious seconds. If you get caught, you're toast. How many bullets do you think it takes to kill somebody anyway? You don't need 30 bullets in the clip to take somebody out.

How to fix it: Make sure you're safe before reloading. If you've just unloaded on some fool, it's likely somebody heard the shots and is coming to mop up the leftovers. They're probably even hoping you're silly enough to start reloading immediately. Head around the corner and duck behind a dumpster or something.

Worst in: All modes, but specifically Free-for-All, Team Deathmatch

Above: Kitty is out of ammo because he shot, left, and therefore lived long enough to shoot some more. We could all learn from Kitty 

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53 comments

  • Roman_Legion - July 8, 2014 1:23 p.m.

    Here's thing, a lot of these things are good tips, and it would be helpful for a game like BF3, but for COD games they just don't work. These tips are based on tactical gameplay, and simulating, atleast somewhat or as much as possible, real life battle scenarios. COD doesn't cater to that type of gameplay. P.S. please no fanboy commentary
  • sharker - January 15, 2011 8:36 p.m.

    So you're saying I should find cover and reload a millisecond before that guy runs around the corner? I don't think so.
  • dragnwolf33 - January 14, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    The reloading issue...i always reload after a gunfight. I have had to many times where i would forget to reload, get into another fight, die because i ran out of ammo. Keep your clips full if you have it.
  • dragnwolf33 - January 14, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    When I play domination with my clan, we always take B right away and keep the opponent spawning at either A or C. That works everytime for us. We set up camp at the 2 points we have and the game is over in minutes.
  • Yeager1122 - January 10, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    I do the relloading all the time but i have on faster realoading for it so i usually dont die from it.
  • danabro88 - January 10, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    I disagree with the reloading. I Personally think that reloading after most firefights will rack up more kills than waiting. Most people online tend to move around alot in a firefight which requires more bullets to actually hit them, dont have enough bullets ur dead. If u'r really concerned about the reload time then use a combInation of sleight and dual mags its pretty much instant reload.
  • Chased - January 10, 2011 12:27 p.m.

    @Twizinator This doesn't change anything,really,huh mate?
  • P0LARCLAW - January 9, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    The reloading thing depends completely on the gun. Also in CoD assault rifles/SMGs do work for everything. The rest I agree with though.
  • EdDeRs1 - January 9, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    i use the hell on earth at point Bto rack up 2 or 3 kills to get a UAV, get noob tubed, repeat. and the reloading thing isnt mutch of a problem 4 me cos i usaly use slight of hand on most of my classes so a few extra rounds in the mag prove very useful
  • poopaloop1 - January 9, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    wow this article was hilarious i use the assault rifles so much because they work in almost every situation. I dont use snipers unless im in hardcore because im a bad sniper and i miss a lot. I dont use LMG's because there's really no advantage they have over assault rifles and they make you move slower. I dont use shotguns because theyre useless unless your 3 feet away from the person youre trying to kill. I dont like SMG's because they are so similar to each other
  • CandiedJester - January 9, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    ...guilty as charged...on the majority of these. ><; The worst thing is every one of them has crossed my mind, "I should stop sprinting so much, takes longer to aim." and "I really need to stop immediately relaoding." etc. but....bad habits, I guess. Oh, and I am also extremely antsy. I have ZERO patience. But, I will learn sometime. Just like I eventually did on WaW, which I have played the most and now have specific classes for specific maps and things like that. Knowing the maps by heart helps tremendously as well. Still learning the maps for Black Ops. I am a slow learner when it comes to cod games. x'3
  • zd24 - January 9, 2011 7:15 a.m.

    a)the ar is always hot b)never stop racking up the biggest killstreak you can to die and get more equipment
  • Twizinator - January 9, 2011 6:55 a.m.

    @Chased cool story bro this is Black Ops not facking GoldenEye... Sniper Rifles ftw.
  • The_King_of_Nothing - January 9, 2011 6:51 a.m.

    I disagree with number 4 a little and the assault rifle one.. I have seen my team collapse hundreds of times in the span of one of my deaths. It always seems like I am the only one holding my team together. I think number 3 comes in play a little sooner than you give it credit. I use an assault rifle most of the time because aside from about 3 SMGs and the L96A1, all the other weapons suck balls. They made LMG horrible by making them have the same amount of bullets as assault rifle, but still make you move slower and take way longer to reload, M60 being exception to bullet rule. They are crap except the Stoner which is an assault rifle labeled LMG. The other sniper rifles always take 2 shot to kill someone which makes sniping pointless. Otherwise good list though.
  • Twizinator - January 9, 2011 6:50 a.m.

    I am guilty of #7 at least. I swear I may have a seizure/meltdown if my clip is not full. Also, I tend to fall to #2 if I dont have a strategy for a map. ARs are effective, balanced weapons: they just might not be the best anywhere. Still, if my deaths don't matter as much (e.g. Domination) i love Shotgun/BallisticKnife rushing :D I love sniping but the maps in CoD:BO are generally awful for snipers. lol @jfung11
  • Drumdoctor - January 9, 2011 4:17 a.m.

    I'm soooo guilty of #7. I don't get killed because of it often though, I love slight of hand
  • civver - January 9, 2011 2:30 a.m.

    #7 can be sort of ignored with Suppressors and Sleight of Hand. As for #2, some of the assault rifles are good at everything. If you know how to shoot, you could even snipe with them. With #1, assaulting an enemy spawn point will be as hard as assaulting the middle point anyway.
  • PipBowl420 - January 9, 2011 1:48 a.m.

    all yah godda do is just STAY ALIVE. if yah die. try to STAY ALIVE in the end you'll probably have around 25 kills 2 or 3 deaths. solid
  • Lamboking97 - January 9, 2011 1:03 a.m.

    black ops isnt dat hard tho.. do peopl rele suck dat badd??? no offense lol
  • Hullonotna - January 8, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    Reloading isn't that bad. There were times when because I reloaded I was able to save myself and get a few kills. P.S: I play PC so that might have something to do with it.

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