9 Ways to Get Good (or Better) at Black Ops 2

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    As always, from my blog www.47Reviews.BlogSpot.com . I was supposed to be working on a research paper so I did this. Hope it helps somebody out.

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    So, you're a noob. If you aren't a noob, you're a good player that's looking to maybe get a little bit of an edge in Black Ops 2. Whatever the reason is, you're likely here because you want to play better at the game. I'm going to suggest some things that ought to help you improve your game dramatically within a short amount of time. The list of these tips aren't in order of importance, so don't worry about that.
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    1.) Play with friends and communicate. This one should be an absolute no-brainer. If you're just going out and playing any game mode other than a Party Game or Free-for-All by yourself, you're likely to lose many games and end up frustrated. If you want to see your win/loss ratio climb (and even your K/D can if you have a communicative team), then you'd better get a group of at least 4 people in each match you play. I understand that most game modes are 6v6, but a group of 4 and 2 randoms will beat a group of 6 randoms just about any time.

    2.) Use smaller Scorestreaks. What I mean by this is, don't bother trying to get the K9 Unit or the Swarm ... chances are that you'll never get those once. Instead, use things like the UAV/Hunter Killer/CUAV/Care Package/Lightning Strike. My personal combination tends to be UAV/Hunter Killer/Lightning Strike because I find it most effective overall, but to each their own. These Scorestreaks are easily attainable in any game mode -- assuming you go for the objective -- and you'll have a streak almost at all times.
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    3.) Use guns appropriate to the map. With these Black Ops 2 disc maps being as small as they are, an SMG will be perfect on nearly every map... even a shot gun can be super effective on a number of them. On maps with some longer sight lines (and there aren't many of them), and assault rifle will work a bit better. Overall though, an SMG is probably the type of gun to use right now in Black Ops 2 until Treyarch either nerfs them a tad, or releases larger maps as DLC.
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    4.) Don't use random perks. If you're playing most objective game modes, you're going to want to play smart. I personally love to run a class that has Ghost AND Flak Jacket in the first slot, Cold Blooded in the second slot just because, and then Tactical Mask in third. These perks (especially Ghost, Flak Jacket, and Tactical Mask) work wonders in objective matches for too many reasons to count. Ghost allows you to flank (Don't stop moving with Ghost, otherwise you'll show up on the radar), Flak Jacket will take the brunt of explosives, and Tactical Mask renders all tactical grenades other than EMPs useless. In game modes like Headquarters and Hardpoint, I feel like those perks are essential.
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    5.) Likewise, don't use random equipment. And to add to that, don't bother wasting a Pick 10 slot on a grenade if you never toss them. Like the perks I listed above, I find that things like Shock Charges and Bouncing Betties work fantastically when defending objectives. If you don't get a kill, you at least get a hit marker that'll let you know where to look and possibly get the kill.
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    6.) Switch button layout to Tactical. I decided to do this soon after starting to play Black Ops 2, and I haven't looked back. What this does is switch the "panic knife" button with the crouch button, making it easier to drop shot. Drop shotting tends to be useful when someone unexpectedly comes around the corner, or when you're getting shot in the back and need to duck down quickly. Many people consider(ed) this a "douchebag" tactic (including me), but I decided, if you can't beat them, join them. I don't drop shot too often, but it seems to work a good bit when I do decide to do it.
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    7.) Learn the maps. Another basic strategy. Running around on Hijacked with a sniper is a terrible idea ... for the most part. I've seen people do it and get a good K/D, but a K/D doesn't mean a thing in an objective mode. If I die from a sniper in this game, I tend to feel pretty good about my chances for winning, since that player is way more than likely not helping his team. Also, you'll want to learn key choke points, and also some nooks and crannies to "camp" in when an objective is nearby. You should definitely look around for headglitching locations. It shouldn't be too difficult -- Treyarch has seemingly put them everywhere on just about every map.
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    8.) Try League Play. It's there for a reason. Whether you consider yourself a "serious" Black Ops 2 player or someone that plays pretty much exclusively for shiggles, League Play is there for you. Granted most people playing it will be playing to win, you'll be paired up with people of similar skill levels, so you don't have to worry about getting "pubstomped" when playing in random matches.
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    9.) Finally, experiment with classes. Don't bother asking what a friend uses as his primary, secondary, equipment, or anything else ... he/she may not have the same play style as you do. So rather than do that, mix and match with the Pick Ten and figure out what guns/perks/equipment suits you.

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    10.) Don't play it until they fix the horrendous matchmaking and spawns.

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    1.) Play with friends and communicate. This one should be an absolute no-brainer. If you're just going out and playing any game mode other than a Party Game or Free-for-All by yourself, you're likely to lose many games and end up frustrated. If you want to see your win/loss ratio climb (and even your K/D can if you have a communicative team), then you'd better get a group of at least 4 people in each match you play. I understand that most game modes are 6v6, but a group of 4 and 2 randoms will beat a group of 6 randoms just about any time.

    Very nice guide and I am glad you put this as #1.

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    I have noticed the majority of randoms in objective game modes view them as an extended Team Deathmatch and hardly go for the objectives. Which in turn causes major loses for the people who actually want to try.

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    Me, you, xDefy, and a few others need to party up tomorrow. My W/l just went under 2.0 because all I play is objective game modes and go for the objective and all of my teammates don't seem to understand the concept of playing the objective.

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    Horrendous matchmaking -- explain..? You mean games in progress?

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    Spawns are pretty awful ... mostly in Sharpshooter, and I'd assume any other Party Game (or Free for All).

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    EDIT: Yeah... I can't play this game without at least a few people in a party with me. I can't stand losing because team mates are idiots.

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    "Play with friends"

    That's probably all you need to say about this game.  This game is unbearable without a team.  I enjoy lone-wolfing though.  I have different times when I can play the game, so I rarely get to play with friends.  I'm 26.  My friends have jobs and responsibilities, so playing at 11PM at night calls for a lot of single play.  This makes the game almost unbearable without parties now.  I really hate it.  One game I go 30-9, the next I go 8-17.  I have no words to explain it.  I'm not the only one, as over 90% of the youtubers and streamers have all said the same thing: 1: This game can't be played alone, and 2. It's highly inconsistent.  

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    Played alone -- aside from Sharpshooter most of the time -- I can't take it.

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    At least in a party if you have a bad game, you have friends to pick up the slack.

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    Also, I think what y0gurt is referring to is the new matchmaking.  It's based on skill, which means you will always be partnered with people just as good or better than you.  This has highly angered the youtube community which relies on great gameplays, which usually come against noobs.

    • Level   9

    All good tips. I definitely agree with number 1. I haven't played a single game of Blops 2 by myself yet. I've always had one friend to back me up.

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    Dubby, I invited you like 20 times today. Way to take my invites! I don't know if I wanna play with you anymore LOL.

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    Sabres: Oh ... Lulz.

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    D.K. hates us.

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    • Level   8

    My settings were set to offline i didn't see the invites until it was to late :'(

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    I don't have classes or work tomorrow so ima be a lazy bum and play CoD all day after a little bit of yard work.

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    I'll be on but I'm not sure what time.

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    Have to put some sources into MLA format and do an outline for my research paper. Can't wait. Then class 6-730ish.

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    • Level   9

    *** noob. Seems legit.

    • Level   8

    ;) I just had to write a 6 page paper on cyber bullying for my Honors English course the other day and HAD to use 5 authorized sources from my college campuses website lol.

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    But I will probably be on around 10am

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    This time i wont set my settings to offline d(^_^)b

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    • Level   8

    I have to use 10 in my works cited ... but then only 4 of those 10 in the final version. Wtf. And I can't even find 10. Only 7. I've looked everywhere. Oh well. I tried.

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    10AM!? HOLY GOD.

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    They expect you to find 10? My professor sucks but lol thats bad man.

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