Saturday, December 27, 2008

Combat Arms General Tips & Tricks

Found a nice guide over at the nexon forums, it is well written by Silent_Echo. Check it out!
Some Notes Beforehand:
Some of the tips may have already be mentioned by fellow forumers. I am not copying ideas, but simply making a list of things that I believe to be useful, in one convienient thread. Nothing I write will be a copy / paste of what someone else has said.

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-----------------------------Overview------------------------------
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In this guide, you will be tweaking the little things in your game that will most likely improve it, and therefore your gameplay experience. These things include your settings, controls, general movements and tactics, styles, etc.. Enjoy.

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------------------------Joining Games--------------------------
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***Note: You CAN join "FULL" Servers and Channels, 90% of the time.***
When looking for a game, try to avoid Alpha and Bravo. There are hackers everywhere, but they are most commonly found in these two servers. Ironically, my favorite is the Echo server. Try to join only Full or Busy Channels and Servers. There are more people there and you are more likely to find a game that you want in less time. Less Downtime + More Playtime = More EXP, GP, and Skills.

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-----------------------Before You Play-------------------------
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Settings and Controls can really help you out. Whether it is reflexes, awareness, anything. For settings, adjust your sound and volume to where you can easily hear your footsteps without concetrating. If you have it too loud, an L9 user shooting right next to you gets pretty distracting. Also, change your quality settings based on your rig. Less lag > Higher Quality. Choose wisely. The reason why quality makes a difference is because it makes it easier to distinct what type of sound you are hearing and whether that box is a person or not. Finally, change your controls. Try making your mouse-hand do most of the work, since it is typically your dominant hand. My setup:

Primary: Mouse Scroll Wheel Up
Secondary: Mouse Scroll Wheel Down
Melee: Mouse Scroll Lock (Pushing your scroll wheel down like a button)
Support: Default (I kept this at 4 because it feels natural to slide my index finger from D to 4.)

Map: E
Action: Mouse Thumb Button

The rest is set to default.

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-------------------------Sound = Good--------------------------
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Sound is a very important tool that you should utilize to your advantage. There are plenty of times of where I missed an enemy with my shotgun, and the bullets hit next to him instead of dealing him damage, and he kept on walking completely unaware of my presence. You can also tell an enemy's position when you hear their footsteps. Whether it is on metal, wood, solid ground, etc. Learning these sounds are essential. This sound also helps determine what type of gun they are using, which is critical because you can then know the guns weakness and attack the enemy using your newfound information.

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--------------------------Firing Modes----------------------------
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Ah the F button. Used much to infrequently, but very useful. This depends on what gun you are using, but use EVERY firing mode it has. Each mode is for different situations. Auto mode, (spraying) only beats the other modes in very close quarter combat. Burst is useful for medium to long ranges, depending on the gun. The reason why auto beats burst in close range is because the closer the enemy is the more they will be moving. Single shots however, are excellent as well from medium to long range. It is very accurate and recoil is almost non-existent. This may also work in closer situations, but keep your enemy in front of you.

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-----------------------Know Your Gun--------------------------
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When you decide on the gun you want to use, I'll suggest going into a private match, and shoot at a plain wall. Shoot your gun by holding down fire for a few seconds, and watch where your bullets general hit then try controlling the recoil so they all hit in the same spot. Then, switch to burst mode, and shoot as fast as you can and watch where those bullets hit. Same with single. The best way of knowing the accuracy of your gun is just playing a lot of matches. Know your limits. Don't try going up against a well-concealed SR-25 user with an L96.

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------------------Crouching + Jumping----------------------
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Crouching is an important tool in your arsenal. Crouching decreases your hit boxes, and makes your shots more accurate, so why isn't it always used? When you crouch, it is easier for your enemy to headshot you. Also, you become a stationary target. Your other choice is to "Bunny Hop". This is when you tap the spacebar and jump up and down to confuse your enemy and recieve the least damage as possible. So when do you use which? The answer is simply... it depends. A heavy vest user should use crouching more often, simply because he is slow and can take the damage, while the light vest user will do just the opposite. In knifing games, it is very useful to jump around your enemy to disorient him, then crouch right next to him and take a swing. Or, while you are jumping around, in mid-air hit the crouch button to hit the ground faster and immediatly start gaining more accuracy.

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------------------------Keep Your Cool-------------------------
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Personally, I hate to admit, I'm not the best at this. Your skill decreases to much when you are angry, and you get stupid. (Forget to check for the mines again, etc.) And, this becomes a snowball effect. You get worse and worse as you get madder and madder. This is VERY important.

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------------------------Use Your Team--------------------------
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Since a lot of people don't know what TEAMWORK is, then WORK your TEAM. For example, there is a camper at the top set of stairs. Allow the a teammate to go up first. The camper will then shoot at your teammate, giving away his position. You can then go in for the kill. Also, use your map. Know where your teammates are at all times. If they all are back at the base, try holding a spot until the ones who just died can catch back up. Also, talk to them. This is very important in Search & Destroy and CTF. Give one a simple task though, and they will be likely to do it. Example: I'll wait behind this wall while you get the flag. When you get it I'll back you up.

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----------------To Camp Or Not To Camp-----------------
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Camping is actually a viable tactic, at least in my eyes, depending on situations. I use it when I'm trying to hold a choke point until my recently killed team catches up. Example: The catwalk on Sand Hog. Although, DEAD PEOPLE DON'T FORGET. When they are killed by someone who seems to be sitting there in a certain spot. Almost 100% of the time they go after them as soon as they respawn. So keep moving.

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-------------------Knowledge is Power----------------------
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In tactical games, knowledge really is power. Reflexes may change someones skills, and their ability to spot the unobvious may help, but to be the best player you have to be able to obtain as much information about your enemy as possible and use it against them. Since remembering 8 peoples guns, movements, and gear may be a little overboard, I usually watch for the person who is leading my enemy's scoreboard. Something to watch for is what gun(s) are they using? If the enemy who is leading the scoreboard uses a MAC 10, keep your distance and own him from there, taking out their best player for at least 3 seconds, which is crucial in such a fast paced game. Also, keep track of his movements. The game might not be long enough to memorize his routes, but you know where his favorite place is to set up a killing spree. Do the same with his style (sprayer, support, etc.) and his attachments (if he has silencer use that as an identifier, etc.).

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----------------------Suppressing Fire-------------------------
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This is a very rare tactic, that I know of, and isn't as applicable to Combat Arms specifically. Suppressing Fire is shooting your gun not to kill your opponent (although that is preferable, he may be behind the wall) but to keep him from advancing onto you are an injured teammate. For example, think of the ledge on Sand Hog. Your on Bravo, and you go up the ladder, through all the rubbage, and you begin walking down the ledge. You and an enemy meet at the corner and you start firing at each other. Neither of you kill each other, but you now have low HP due to the confrontation. You want to retreat to more cover, but your worried your enemy will pop back out to finish the job. While walking backward, burst fire your gun at the wall near your enemy until you reach more cover. That is suppressive fire.

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In this game, flanking is a number one tactic of a near absolute kill on your side. Flanking is when two or more of your team approaches an enemy. If you are light vesting, you should be flanking from behind the enemy, and heavy vesters from the front. It is difficult to do without a little team communication, or you can just watch the scoreboard leader or runner-up on your team's movements.

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This is pretty much up to the situation, but one very common one is while you play CTF. When an enemy captures a flag, the ENTIRE room-full of players are either defending that flag-carrier, or trying to pump lead into him. Knowing this, go away from the flag (on Junk Flea there will be enough nades landing near him that it could blow up half of china) and get easy kills. A popular way this is used is during SnD matches. If the bomb is planted, everyone goes to that site. It takes around 9-10 seconds to defuse the bomb, so use that to your advantage.

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----------------------Conclusion--------------------------
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I know I didn't cover everything in this guide. From more obvious tactics that I figured no need to mention to a couple things I may have left out on accident typing the guide. If you need help figuring out the manuevers I have mentioned or just need help in general feel free to add me in-game. We will make a private game and I'll show you anything you are confused on.

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---------Frequently Asked Questions----------
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Q: Can you show me how to do some of this in-game?
A: Yes. Since I am aware not everyone will read the entire post, I put it here as well. My IGN is Silent_Echo. I'll be glad to help.

Q: You have told us about this CTF guide for a while now. Where is it?
A: I will do a few more guides before I start doing the Game Modes specifically.

Q: Why would I want to click on your profile link anyway?
A: I have no idea, but it's up there just in case someone wants to see who they could be taking advice from.

Q: I still don't get it, explain more, please?
A: Trust me, it's not a rickroll.

Q: [Insert block of my suggestions here] This sucks why would you say this you n00b?
A: All of these are my personal veiws and what I have experienced in-game. They are called opinions.

Q: [Insert block of text I didn't say] How could you leave this out? This is like 1337 skillz right here.
A: Not everything I didn't include is deemed unworthy. By the time people point things out to me, I probably originally planned to put it into the guide, but left it out on accident. Hopfully it's nothing Kjro roundhouses me for =X.

Q: Your Kill to Death rate is 2+ you HACKER!!! I **** HATE **** HACKERS YOU *****!!!11!ONE!!1
A: Please form your statements into the form of a question.

Q: Your a ****
A: Okay.

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-----------------What is Next?---------------------
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My next guide will be Getting to Know: Sand Hog [Map] - An Echo Guide. Although I may do a Game Mode or Weapon(s) guide before this comes out.

~Silent_Echo

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

GOOD THANK´S

Anonymous said...

Not bad buddy...

Anonymous said...

do you get more exp for first kill??? other then that it was a good post

Anonymous said...

my face hurts

Anonymous said...

wow thats actually pretty effin helpful lol my ign is King_Charlie i think i used to play with you lol

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

hey that was pretty good edvice i would totally be on your side in combat arms even if the other players are masters at the game and they have the highest rank


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Anonymous said...

`my nam is king charlie and i used to play with u ewwwwwwww gay

Anonymous said...

my names the pope and i played with every single one ofyou ;)

Anonymous said...

I s uck. I dunno where to change my mouse setting...

Anonymous said...

I found it Helpful.

Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

TNX ... useful tips ... waiting 4 more

Anonymous said...

AWESOME - i started following your advice when my KDR was 0.97% i've not got it up to 1.09% and almost every game i'm getting more kills than deaths.

Thanks keep it coming

Anonymous said...

nice guide dude :P iv been trying to find good tips n i use most of these tips already :S but im not that good :P thanx though ;) btw suppressive fire can be very helpful. Example) Power surge as bravo. if u jump down the ledge, run across the grass stuff towards the pipe or tunnel going up to alpha then its good to use bcuz ppl jump up from the side of the tunnel and spray then run back when ur going up it. 2 avoid getting killed then i usually fire at the wall part closest to them and it stops em long enough for me to reorient myself :P thanx again

Anonymous said...

thanks, great help

Anonymous said...

Great. I like Fireteam though. I don't take on hackers that way.

Anonymous said...

how do i keep me weps

Anonymous said...

Thank You very much for your support on this blog. It is a big help. I didn't even know that the "f" button did anything. xD. How stupid of me. Well thx anyway again. Kepp up the good work. I would also love if you could post hands on videos for every tip you got becuase some people (like me) ae visual learners.

Anonymous said...

lol nice.....

Anonymous said...

i su.ck big time how do i get alot better at quaraninte??

Anonymous said...

thanks the map thing to know where your team are is really helpful. once my team was bunched in one spot ,itold them to spread out and then you see like the green dots moveing out it was so cool. (we won 100 - 67)

Anonymous said...

my kdr is 0.61...so if anyone wants to help me raise it my nake is "MetalSnail" ty

Anonymous said...

nice thanks

Anonymous said...

Wow you did great thanks for the help

Anonymous said...

lmao i hate the new patch update, my kd stat was 1.9 and i can only play with pros in veteran so now its 0.9 :( lol

Anonymous said...

lol @ the screaming noob in FAQ's

Anonymous said...

nice job dude, that helped allot

Anonymous said...

awesome job....I NEED MORE O_O

Anonymous said...

my kd went up by 3.
;D

Anonymous said...

lol

Anonymous said...

great. got few tips from you as i am a beginer

Anonymous said...

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aspodjf said...

hi

Anonymous said...

i liked it ima go try some rite now and ima add u

Anonymous said...

ur mom

lolamoofl said...

nice tip ya got XD

Anonymous said...

cool this helped me alot i used to have a 0.67 kdr now i have a 1.14 kdr

Anonymous said...

Hey Thanks it was realy helpful. i am a staff sergent 2 and i suck bad. my K.DR is 0.51 can someone help me raise it. though i'm a good sniper

Anonymous said...

If you want to change your mouse settings just type "[" or "]" in the middle of a game. Btw I'm awesome with the m90. My Ign is PRDG

Stefan Popescu (combat arms name - fanleyx) said...

Omg, im only an MSG but this still helps -_^
ty.
i owe u big time!

Anonymous said...

I like.

Anonymous said...

i got a m146 cqb perm and a 2x sniper perm..just get something like tht and ur sorted..=P

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