Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Halo 4 - Team Snipers, A Survival Guide

This article is the first in a series of video collaborations with - N3ac3y's one of the few Halo 4 commentators that's doing informative, well-versed videos that provide gamers with actual insight they can turn into results during their own matches.

Oh, he's also one of the select few doing it in full 1080p as well.  Trust me, that's no small feat given that Halo 4 is Xbox only.

I want to jump into a point N3ac3y goes right into (briefly) at the beginning of the video, and then returns to in both his commentary on the video, as well as his comments under it.  The video is embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

The most important thing to realize with Team Snipers is that you're going to have bad games.  You'll get lag, you'll get matched up with group of players that are better shots then you are, and there will be nothing you can do about it.  You will get spawned killed every game, at least once.  You need to not get angry, understand what's happening, and try to minimize the damage by making the right moves at the right time.  Not by going out and trying to get lucky.

Without beating a dead horse and summarizing N3ac3y's video directly, I'd like to provide to additional points that complement his instruction on map control.

1 - Pathing.   Every map has points that people naturally gravitate toward.  This is even more evident in a game with specialized weapons, like Team Snipers.  While practicing head shots is great, and will obviously improve your performance, practicing games in general will help you understand the map layout.  Every single map in Halo 4 has select spots that provide definitive advantages.  Becoming familiar with these, and exploiting them, will improve your game play ten fold, even if you're still not the best shot.

2 - Covering angles.  Not just your angles, but your teammates as well.  Once you get to know the maps, and the likely places your enemies will gravitate towards, you'll have a pretty good idea of where fire is likely to come from.  When you're reloading, or moving, take stock of where your teammates are, and where (if) they're firing.  In a game like Team Snipers, kills happen quickly.  Unless you see your teammate drop, they probably don't need your help picking up a kill.  Don't stop mid-sprint out in the open to back them up, get somewhere safe, take stock of the situation, and then decide where you can do the most damage.

So between the video and what I've written here, I hope you can come out of the 15 minutes you spent between the video and this article a better player.  Feel free to drop us a line by either commenting here or on's youtube channel, let us know what's worked for you.

Oh, and don't run around in the open unless you absolutely have to.  Some of the guys that get picked off by N3ac3y in that video make you wonder if there is any hope for the human race.

Check back here often for more updates, guides, and general tips on how to dominate at Halo 4.


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