Who doesn’t want their aim to be like that of a professional player i.e. s1mple, zywOo, or NiKo?
I guess everyone wants to be like them when it comes to gaming. Isn’t that right?
Having a perfect aim is probably the most essential part of any first-person shooter. If your aim isn’t correct, then it is difficult to survive long in the FPS arena.
Indeed the respective names mentioned above have a lot more to their game including great game sense/awareness, fast movement, and a fine vision, aiming remains their top skill. If you can’t aim, you lose, as simple as that.
Now aiming is not as easy as it sounds. Many new players think that all you have to do is target the enemy and shoot, but this isn’t the case since your opponent will be moving all over the place. No one remains static in a 1 vs 1 gunfight unless he doesn’t know how to play.
Types of Aiming Scenarios
So, assuming you are someone who is looking to improve their aim is to become a better player.
To do that, I have come up with four different aiming scenarios that are :
- Target switching
- Strafe aiming
Having command over these will make you a top-quality player with every chance to make it big leagues. Make sure the sensitivity you are using suits you and invest in a good mouse and mouse pad. Now let’s go through the main part.
Also known as click timing, it is obvious from what the name suggests. Clicking is moving your crosshair on a target and shooting it as quickly as possible. In professional games, there is a zero margin for error. If you are even a microsecond late, the battle could be over.
Therefore, it is necessary to focus on this drill. You can practice it in your in-game training or play a game against bots. Besides, many aim trainers are available to perfect your aim.
Clicking can be further divided into two subcategories.
i) Static Clicking
ii) Dynamic Clicking
Static clicking is when your target is standing still and not doing any sort of movement. It is simple to eliminate them. Just hope he is not their main sniper though.
On the other hand, Dynamic click timing means that your opponent will be moving here and there. It could be a predictable movement sometimes, but often it’ll be unpredictable.
Therefore, practicing your click timing will eventually turn you into a much better player if you perfect this.
Tracking is when you maintain your crosshair on a specific target. The target can have predictable movement or unpredictable of course. However, in both cases, your aim should be precise and the opponent shouldn’t get any chance to eliminate you.
You can practice tracking against bots or on target objects that are moving. Moreover, you should practice more against fast-moving objects because this scenario will be present in the game most of the time. Start slow and steady and work your way up there.
Tracking also has two sub-types as follows:
i) Reactive Tracking
ii) Precise Tracking
Reactive tracking is when the target changes his speed and position randomly and quickly. It’s hard to maintain aim if their movement is good. That is why practice is necessary.
On the other hand, precise tracking is when the movement of targets is predictable and the speed is slow as well.
3. Target Switching
Target switching is one of the main skills one needs to have in FPS. It is the time you take between switching from target A to target B and how you track both of them. In simple words, you kill one target then sight another, and put your crosshair on it to eliminate it.
It is a combination of three skills. Clicking, tracking, and flicking. All of them need to be perfect otherwise there aren’t many chances of surviving in a 2 vs 1 situation.
In target switching, your sensitivity also plays a huge factor. If it is too fast then your flick might go too far, and if it is too slow then you might not be able to reach the second enemy. Therefore, adjust it according to your play style and only then practice it.
It is also divided into two parts:
i) Stability Switching
ii) Evasive Switching
Stability switching includes targets that don’t have fast and unpredictable movements and are thus easier.
On the contrary, evasive switching is when targets have random movement and quick speed. This scenario will be present in the game time or during training.
4. Strafe Aiming
Strafe aiming is another great skill to master. Here, you move left, right, forward, and backward, depending upon the movement of your target. It is necessary to strafe in most cases to divert the aim of your enemy.
Strafe aiming has four different types and eight different directions.
iii) Half Sideways Mirroring
iv) Half Sideways Anti-Mirroring
Mirroring is moving on the same path as your target. If they go right, you go right, and the same case with left.
Anti-Mirroring is moving in the opposite path as compared to your target. If they go right you go left. If they move left, you go right.
Half Sideways movement generally has four distinct techniques (two for each mirroring and anti-mirroring). You strafe aim as usual but it includes going forward and backward as well.
So, half sideways mirroring is when they move towards right, you move right and backward. And, when they move towards the left side you move left and forward.
Half sideways anti-mirroring is when they move towards right, you go left and backward. And, when they move towards the left, you go right and forward. Backward and forward movements can be interchanged as well. It depends on what suits you.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. What are the different types of aiming?
Ans: Tracking, flicking, target switching, and clicking are all different types of aiming scenarios. Mastering them will make you a much better player.
Q2. What is tracking in aiming?
Ans: Tracking refers to keeping your crosshair on the opponent even if they change their movement and speed. It is necessary to have good tracking to eliminate enemies as soon as possible.
Q3. How can I improve my aiming?
Ans: Practice makes perfect. Make sure you practice against bots, in public matches, or use any Aim Trainer for your help. Make drills for all the types of aiming discussed above and get a grip on each of them.
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I am a full-stack developer and a hardcore fps gamer. I have built OG aim trainer to help my fellow gamers to improve their fps shooting skills.