Originally Posted by dmasteR
Originally Posted by Badness
Because gaming gear does is not the same thing as skill. On top of that, surround sound headphones are a joke.
OP is asking for tips on play style, not hardware upgrades and pro settings.
Surround sound headphones are a joke I completely agree. Which I even mentioned in the same post or earlier post that it's better to buy a pair of stereo headphones with a large sound stage.
samwiches listed three things. FPS, which should be above 60 for the games I've listed in previous post. The part where he mentions that you need
a 120Hz LCD/CRT was poorly worded and is not needed. Do I think you should have one though if you're able to? Yes, most certainly!
He says you should turn off VSYNC, which is a setting should indeed be turned off. The way that vsync is coded will result in mouse lag in any game period. The amount of mouse lag though is determined by the game. SSAO, again should also be turned off, unfortunately I don't know if it actually gives a disadvantage in BF3 as I've always had it turned off. Normally though SSAO will provide too much lighting in your game which is the reason why it needs to be turned off.
Surround sound headphones is his last argument, and well you can already see where I stand on that one already.
Thought about SSAO a little more, and I have a feeling it gives you a slight disadvantage in fact due to the already overwhelming lighting in this game (blinding sun).
Sure these are only settings, but they can help you to become a better player. Definitely looking at you VSYNC!
This. Vsync makes my mouse feel so laggy, and I actually can't play shooters at <70 FPS anymore since getting a constant 125FPS in cod. BF3 is an exception because I've grown used to ~60FPS, but if I ever upgrade and the framerate goes higher, trust me it makes a HUGE difference.
120hz LCDs are AMAZINGly smooth, and they really do help your game. CRT is still king though, if you can handle them.
Sounds is very important, you need to be able to know exactly where your opponents are around you. That, along with knowing the map you're playing, will help you an unimaginable amount.. Like others have said, you need to imagine enemies popping out at every corner and opportunity and think about how you're going to handle it, and find the best way. Your reaction time needs to be good too.
One thing I don't think was mentioned was mouse sensitivity. Personally I'm a low sensitivity gamer, so I can flick my mouse and have control over where I'm looking at all times. I see a lot of other people tend to use quite a high sensitivity and when they spot an enemy they move their mouse too quickly and move the crosshair past the enemy, and then in trying to get it back on them they overcompensate. This is all because of the sensitivity being too high for them to handle. Of course you can learn to handle that sensitivity but honestly it's easier just to turn it down till you find a comfortable sweet spot. A sensitivity too low is also bad, because you can't turn around fast enough if someone pops up behind you, and close quarter combat becomes very difficult. There's no one answer to this, you have to find your perfect sens. Your mouse and mouse surface also play an important role in this.
Practice makes perfect, above all. Even though I don't belive in humans being perfect
Just my 2c.