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

Reason #6 – You don’t use what you brought

Why make your poor avatar schlep out onto the battlefield carrying a ridiculous load of ammunition and firearms, and then never even use it? Why outfit yourself with a load of flashbangs, a grenade, a rocket launcher, and an underbarrel grenade launcher if all you're going to do is fire off a little pea shooter? If you brought it, use it. Seriously, what’s the harm in tossing a flashbang into a room you think might have an enemy inside. We know, you're thinking, “But I might need it later!” You won’t. If you don’t use it now, there might not even be a later. The average CoD lifespan is probably around 20-30 seconds, so make the most of it.

How to fix it: Chuck your grenades, and launch your rockets. You'll respawn with more anyway. If they save your life, great. If you're going to die anyway, those pieces aren't going to stop that, but if you use them early, you might just get an extra kill or two out of the deal.

Worst in: Domination, Headquarters, Sabotage

Above: The average Black Ops player will only use one of the 29 guns strapped to his body 

Reason #5 – You're impatient

We promise you there will still be people left to kill if you take five seconds to get into position rather than three seconds. So stop sprinting everywhere, you maniac. This goes along with number seven in the “stop getting yourself killed” category. Sprinting is another one of those risky activities that leaves you defenseless long enough to get fragged. It's a subtle difference, but the simple lag time in getting your gunsights up after running is more than enough time to leave you waiting to respawn, and we promise that will take up more of your time than if you'd walked.

How to fix it: Be patient. If you even slightly expect there to be enemies nearby, just walk. Sprinting should be reserved for the opening of the match, crossing areas you know an enemy is sniping, and moving through zones you know to be safe (ideally based on spy plane reconnaissance).

Worst in: Team Deathmatch, Free-for-All

Above: Cary Grant kindly requests you relax rather than have to respawn again

Reason #4 – Your life means too much

Most game types in Black Ops have absolutely nothing to do with kills, and yet without fail every match (of any game type) will include at least a couple people who jealously guard their mortality as though they were the last scion of an ancient monarchy. Staying alive is cool and all; rack up enough kills and you'll get killstreak rewards that can help your team win the match. But if you have no kills, or you've already received your killstreak rewards (we’re looking at you, sniper fetishists) then get yourself into the action and use your gear so you can do some damage, die and respawn with more gear.

How to fix it: Stop worrying so much about whether you survive. It takes all of five seconds to get back to the fight after respawning, and you get a bunch of useful stuff when you do it too. Unless it's a small team game, it's borderline narcissistic to think your whole team will collapse if you aren't alive for three seconds.

Worst in: Domination, Sabotage, Headquarters

Above: Death isn't so bad. There's often a sweet zombie afterlife anyway 

Reason #3 – Your life means too little

In direct contrast to the mooks described in number four, there are always people (mostly in Team Deathmatch) who fail to realize that their deaths are contributing to the enemy score. You can see it happen. The same people will respawn right next to you and then sprint out onto the battlefield as quickly as possible, only to return to the respawn point mere moments later. You're not just getting yourself killed, you're bringing down the entire team with your impatient, sprint-y nonsense.

How to fix it: We get it. Sometimes the match just doesn't go your way. There are a thousand reasons why you might be having a bad match. That's totally OK. But the way to turn the match around is NOT too repeatedly rush blindly into the meat grinder as fast as you can. The other team is better than you, and you need to take steps to mitigate their higher skill level. Stay low. Move more slowly. Stick with teammates. Stay out of the action so your bad game doesn't cause a loss for the entire team. And watch the movie Gallipoli, for God’s sake.

Worst in: Team Deathmatch

Above: The world is so wonderful. Why are you in such a hurry to die? 


  • 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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