Call of Duty: Ghosts – Top 5 Multiplayer Beginner’s Tips

An in-depth look at the top five tips to help new players elevate their game.

After mastering these tips, it’s time for Prima’s Call of Duty: Ghosts Advanced tips.

Call of Duty: Ghosts retains some of the core features we’ve come to love from the franchise. To some degree or another, though, we’re all starting fresh. With the addition of new weapons, perks, game modes and maps, each of us must endure a personal learning curve. One of the key traits that helps elite players stay on top of the scoreboard is the ability to evolve alongside the game. Whether you want to be a frequent MVP or just competitive each time out, these beginner’s tips have you covered.

5.) Play the Campaign

Call of Duty is obviously very famous for its multiplayer experience. However, longtime fans of the franchise will tell you that it also has some of the best storytelling in the first person shooter genre. For Ghosts, Activision brought in Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan to write the story. Having personally completed the campaign, we can tell you that it definitely lives up to the hype, and already has us wanting more.

Beyond the enjoyment of great storytelling, playing the campaign is greatly beneficial for new players to the franchise. Fighting your way through endless waves of advancing enemies is a fantastic way to get yourself comfortable with the shooting mechanics. In fact, quite frequently, you’ll find that new features are often introduced during the campaign, allowing you to get some hands-on time before jumping into multiplayer.

4.) Don’t be a Camper

One of the advantages that great Call of Duty players have is an in-depth knowledge of the maps. Think of a multiplayer map much like the city or town you live in. It has roads, pathways, buildings and various locations that are traveled much more frequently than others. Multiplayer maps are exactly the same. The more time you spend on a particular map, the more familiar you’ll become with popular tendencies. Perhaps while playing Prison Break, you’ve been sniped from the same location three times. File that in your memory bank, and the next time you’re close by, check for one of those troublesome snipers.

When we refer to camping, we mean sitting stationary in a single location waiting for a kill. Camping is not defending a strategic position to help your team win. True camping isn’t just annoying to other people in the game, it’s also keeping you from becoming a better player. Sure, if you camp, you might get an easy kill or two, but rest assured that one of those players is coming back to your location seeking revenge. Get up, move around and learn the map. You may get killed a lot in the beginning, but as you get comfortable, you’ll find your score going into the positive more often than not.

3.) Limit Sprinting

Yes, it’s always beneficial to move from cover to cover as quickly as possible. If you’re in an open area, by all means sprint to a more secure location. The problem with sprint is, it reduces your readiness to engage in close quarters combat. When you’re moving through areas with ample cover, slow down, raise your weapon and be sure to take a wide approach to corners. 

Of course, it is necessary to move as fast as possible in certain situations. If you absolutely must sprint around a corner or through a doorway, be prepared to melee any waiting opposition with your knife. As an alternate strategy, you can also try the Ready Up perk, which will ready your weapon faster after sprinting.

2.) Stick to the Perimeter

Do you want to know one of the main reasons why so many players struggle with their Kill Death Ratio in Call of Duty? Like a moth to a flame, they are attracted to the center of the map, which often has little to no cover. Try watching some of the more veteran CoD players on YouTube, notice how they stick to the perimeter? 

Let’s break it down in a little more detail for you. When you are in the center of the map, not only are there more opposing players near you, but you can be engaged on a 360-degree angle. If you stick to the perimeter of a map, you reduce the danger to a 180-degree angle by using the boundary as cover. One simple adjustment to your game, and you reduce the amount of danger you face by 50 percent.

1.) Watch Your Reload, Soldier

Take a moment to think about how many times you’ve been killed while reloading your weapon. That’s because most players have the tendency to reload as soon as they get a kill. Although a reload might be beneficial, more often than not there’s another bad guy waiting around the corner, and you likely just popped up on his radar.

Try this: when you get a kill, wait a few seconds and make sure there isn’t another opposing player nearby. If you absolutely must reload right away, crouch behind some cover. You can also do yourself a favor by equipping the Sleight of Hand perk, which helps you reload faster. 

This is by far one of the most difficult habits to break. If you always keep it in mind, you will eventually get the hang of it. Trust us, this will reduce your deaths greatly and help you pick up a few extra kills along the way.

Final Thoughts

Call of Duty has long been described as twitch shooter. This is partly true, but what many people fail to realize is that strategy and good habits can also make you competitive. However, if you want to be one of the elite players, you can’t simply rely on one tip or trick. You have to put them together as a complete package. Work on our tips individually, but the ultimate goal will be to incorporate them all into your game to make you the best player you can be.

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