Catch up to veteran Call of Duty players with our 'Infinite Warfare' beginner's guide

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Call of Duty has been around for more than a decade, but the series’ core multiplayer experience has gone through some intense changes in its last few iterations. The new Call of Duty has abandoned a lot of its slower, more tactical gameplay in favor of wall-runs, double-jumps, and fast slides to pick up the pace. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare builds on many of these changes, making more important than ever to update your skill-set.

If you keep finding yourself getting blown away by laser guns and deadly space-age robots in the multiplayer trenches of Infinite Warfare, try deploying these tips to bring yourself back down to Earth.

Actually, go slow

Here’s the thing about Infinite Warfare: it feels like you should be running your ass off at all times. After all, you can move pretty fast — you can run on walls, you can slide into combat, and you’ve got your jump jetpack that lets you fly a little through the air. Instead of walking through Call of Duty maps, checking corners and sticking with teammates like in older games in the series, the impulse now is to charge straight into battle with all your cool new tricks.

Except you shouldn’t do that. Infinite Warfare has all the new moves of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, but they are layered on top of lot of old CoD trappings. Running across walls doesn’t make you bulletproof, so you will still die very quickly when someone starts shooting you. Getting shot will cause your aim to buck around crazily, making it hard to respond to incoming danger.

The fact is, when you sprint, wall-run, and double-jump, you’re actually very vulnerable. So while it’s tempting to zip around maps trying to find the next battle, don’t do it. Instead, take a page from older Call of Duty: move slower, keep to cover, and try to minimize chances for someone to shoot you in the back.

In Infinite Warfare, the first to see their opponent is usually the winner in most fights. Rely on outsmarting other players over relying on twitch reflexes, and minimize the time you spend out in the open as much as you can.

Use your space-moves to flank, not attack

While Infinite Warfare’s running-and-gunning capabilities often leave you very vulnerable, but your space moves can get you to handy places, often behind enemies and off the beaten path. Call of Duty players can get a lot done with positional advantage — having high ground, long sight lines and cover — and your cool moves let you create opportunities to get the jump on the other team.

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Even in close combat, moving in unpredictable way can be the difference between life and death. The occasional double-jump might save your life in a battle by confusing an opponent if you have the time. Sliding through doorways or around corners is a great way to make yourself a smaller target, but you should employ those moves strategically. Stay out of the open and catch people when they are in the open.

The fastest gun in space

Some of the weapons in Infinite Warfare fire crazy fast, and the quicker they can dump bullets into enemies, the quicker those enemies go down. Though many players prefer to aim down-sights when engaging an opponent, the speed with which you can kill or be killed in Infinite Warfare (the “time to kill” or “TTK” for players in the know) is so fast that the fraction of a second wasted in bringing your gun up to your face can often cost you a battle.

A good place to start for dealing with that is to find a gun that fires fast and get comfortable using it. Having the edge in TTK can mean more battles won. Similarly, Infinite Warfare is a game where shooting from the hip in an emergency situation can be more effective than in previous titles, especially when you happen on an enemy at close quarters. Get out of the habit of stopping to aim unless you have to, because you might kill your opponent so fast, you realize you didn’t need additional accuracy.

Don’t be afraid to mix things up

There are an insane number of guns, attachments, “payloads,” “rigs,” explosives, scorestreaks, perks and abilities on offer in Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer. The “Pick 10” system from the last few Call of Duty games is back, allowing you to customize your loadout by allocating 10 “points” worth of gear, rather than using a specific set of loadout options. That means if you ditch your grenade, you can add another weapon attachment, or an additional perk. Leave your secondary weapon behind, and you can stock up on extra explosives. There are a whole lot of possibilities, and a huge number of options to unlock along the way.

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With so much stuff available, customization can get daunting, but it is essential to Infinite Warfare success. You can build your very own perfect loadout, whether it’s heavy on perks, guns, explosives, or what have you. The only thing it takes is time to figure out what loadout structures work for how you play, then hone them to your perfect experience. If you don’t like how things have been working out for you on the battlefield, try moving some items around.

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