Improving gameplay by handicapping yourself

Call of Duty Black Ops II Xbox 360

Improving gameplay by handicapping yourself

Has anyone else tried to handicap yourself to improve your gameplay, it may sounds stupid but it works. I am more caution when i am handicapped and the new experience you learn from this can be used for regular gameplay.

There are many ways to handicap yourself like don't picking any Perks, Scorestreaks or Weapon Attachements. Balistic Knife only. Crossbow only. etc. you get the idea. The new pick 10 system gives you so much freedom to create a unique class.

I started to play with all kind of different weird stuff because the regular gameplay wasn't that exciting to me anymore, i loved rushing also i loved the assault rifles but then after a while it was so easy and i felt no satisfaction while using the same weapons over and over again. I am aware that you get better gameplay for using the most effective weapon in the game but again, where is the excitment? i personally find it extremly boring to use the most effective weapon and doing well with it.

I love watching call of duty gameplay videos from others since cod4 but most of the youtube videos today are only with PDW, MSMC or MP7, i am not saying these weapons are overpowered but its so boring to see these easy mode weapons, really. I personally find quickscoping more entertaining to watch even when i am not a quickscopers myself.

Talking about quickscoping, i am not good at it and never really tried it but i do find that quickscoping is a form of handicap. While i agree that some killcams can be very annoying when you get killed by a sniper, i still think quickscoping isn't as easy as people think. Most people who complain about quickscoping and snipers in general are SMG only players, ironicly SMGs are the easiest weapons in the game. If quickscoping is cheap, what is a smg player then?

This got a little bit out of hand, sorry for the quickscoping talk but i have to say this.

In BO1 i loved the daily, weekly challenges because it gave me inspirtation to use all kind of weapons and i get rewarded for it, i really miss this in BO2 and i think BO2 would be a overall better game when the daily, weekls challenges are coming back especially with the new pick 10 class system, maybe via a title update.

What is your experience with handicapping yourself, you like it? you hate it? would you like to see the daily, weekly challenges coming back to bo2.

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Re: Improving gameplay by handicapping yourself

in reply to FixBlops2

yes....I always play using the worst weapons...the good weapons feel cheap...so i dont use em to often...

Unless I was in a clan battle where my clan was depending on me.

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Re: Improving gameplay by handicapping yourself

in reply to En1gmas

I agree, competitive matches are different than public matches. No one is running around with a weird class setup in competitive gamebattles.

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Re: Improving gameplay by handicapping yourself

in reply to FixBlops2

yea...but the whole no perks thing, nah... maybe if there was no attachment limit to guns maybe....

but this game is already boring as it is...i at least use the perks...

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Re: Improving gameplay by handicapping yourself

in reply to En1gmas

Its your choice what you use as long you have fun playing it, which is the most important factor in a game.

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Re: Improving gameplay by handicapping yourself

in reply to FixBlops2

I hate handicapping myself but I noticed that I did better when I was working on my Art of War and Cherry Blossom camos. I did them both at the same time and I was playing with no perks and with a vanilla weapon. On the three weapons I got to gold, I am surprised that my KD never dropped and it even increased while doing those challenges. I was forced to think every move I make and that made me play even better than usual.

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Re: Improving gameplay by handicapping yourself

in reply to Run_N_Gunning_C

I also found when doing the challenges using no perks or attachments worked pretty good,.

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Re: Improving gameplay by handicapping yourself

in reply to FixBlops2

Depends who I'm playing against.

Against experienced players that I've come across before, I'll always use some sort of "tryhard" class but against the more casual player, I tend to try out different weapons (i.e. shotguns or pistol only etc).

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Re: Improving gameplay by handicapping yourself

in reply to vims2011

vims1990 wrote:

Depends who I'm playing against.

Against experienced players that I've come across before, I'll always use some sort of "tryhard" class but against the more casual player, I tend to try out different weapons (i.e. shotguns or pistol only etc).

we do the same, for giggles the other day we all played with just executioners

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Re: Improving gameplay by handicapping yourself

in reply to FixBlops2

Like it? I love it. In every single CoD game I have played so far (Every one since CoD WaW), I try to search for some of the most unusual classes that will still work. When I do get round to using a proper class setup, I generally do slightly better than players of similar stats to me.

Here are some examples of what abominations I have created over the years

WaW: FG 42 with Double Tap

MW2: FAL Holographic Masterkey

BO1: Mac-11 Rapid Fire

MW3: M60E4 Rapid Fire Steady Aim

In better hands than mine, these guns are monsters, the FAL and Mac-11 particually. The Mac-11 remains my most used gun to date (With Stat checking)

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