First Person Shooters all have one major thing in common, their genre. Most FPS games place teams of players against each other an a map with the goal of getting more kills than the other team or by completing an objective like capturing a flag.
Learn the Map
Possibly more important than the shooting itself, many FPS players have an advantage over other players because they understand the map better. Learn where weapons and power-ups spawn and the shortest path to them. Learn where players respawn so you can anticipate where reinforcements will come from. Learn where there are good vantage points and important places of cover. Find out where many battles take place, and ways you can gain an advantage in those locations.
With good map knowledge, you can survive many firefights by taking advantage of cover or by running around enemies entirely. While it may seem like a lot of information to soak in, many people will learn the map naturally, just by playing on it repeatedly.
A moving target is harder to shoot at then a stationary target so never stop moving. Strafe back and forth when in a firefight, or jump around. When going from one area to another, move as fast as you can or behind cover. If someone is shooting from far away, move in erratic patterns to try and throw off their aim.
The only time you don’t want to move is when the movement would alert the enemy to your presence. If you are stationary, you are harder to see if another person is swinging his screen around so you can take advantage of this.
Get Comfortable Aiming
Every game has a different sensitivity but there is always a sweet spot that you will feel comfortable with. It doesn’t matter what sensitivity someone else is using if it isn’t comfortable to you. Aiming is a very important part of FPS games so you must be able to aim with out wasted movement. Too low of a sensitivity and you can’t turn quickly if you are attacked from another angle. Too high of a sensitivity and you lose precision. In the end, it is all preference.
Learn the Strengths of each Weapon
Most FPS games have a variety of weapons. If the weapons are balanced properly, there is always a role that the weapon is suited for. If you are using a close range shotgun, you know you will do poorly against someone with a sniper rifle at a distance but you know the inverse is true at close range. By learning what each weapon in the game is good at, you can utilize it properly and have an advantage in firefights by playing to your gun’s strengths. If you are using a shotgun, stay in places with tight turns to take advantage of its dominance in close quarters situations. When using a sniper rifle, stay further away and with a clear line of sight to frequently traveled areas.
Many FPS games work on a timing basis, where key events happen periodically. Weapons respawn, power-ups respawn, etc. If no in-game clock is provided, you will have to learn how to mentally time things as it is important to be the first to a location in time to grab a certain weapon.
Teamwork and Communication
Teamwork is important in any team-based game because it gives you an advantage over a team without communication. With proper teamwork, you can perform organized maneuvers like flanks and provide covering fire for each other, multiplying your teams efficiency. It doesn’t matter how individually skilled an opposing team is if they are always encountering your team in unfavorable conditions like being outnumbered.
The easiest way to have good teamwork is to get a team consisting of friends. Talk about anything and everything that is going on, like where the enemies are traveling, where our teammates are traveling, where someone is shooting from, etc. Use a microphone or headset to talk to your team without having to use your hands.
The easiest way to get better at game is to enjoy it and approach it with a positive attitude. If you enjoy playing a game, you will play it more often and be open-minded to new things. If you are playing the game solely to improve, you will often get frustrated with losses or with unfavorable scores. Accept everything as a lesson, and enjoy the game in its entirety.