Critical Force Entertainment’s new Android and iOS game Critical Ops is described as a “no-nonsense, action-packed first person shooter.” And it is indeed quite a fast-paced FPS that doesn’t just test your tactical ability, but also how quickly you act. You will be fighting a critical strike operation as a counter-terrorist, or wreaking havoc as a terrorist – if it sounds a lot like Counter-Strike, that’s because the game draws a lot of inspiration from that PC gaming classic. You can compete against other players and climb up the game’s leaderboards, or simply try to beat your friends out and top their high scores. And while the game is still in Alpha phase, meaning still very much under development, you can play the game as early as now, and be comfortable with Critical Force’s promise that the game is NOT a pay-to-win title, like many high-profile games tend to be.
The game makers weren’t lying – Counter-Strike is a nice, relaxing, and stress-free electronic experience compared to Critical Ops. You need to be ready to make decisions on the fly, all the while making sure your strategy is up to par. But we can help make this game less stressful and more enjoyable, as we help you win in this game. Read on as this Critical Ops strategy guide talks you through all the important things you need to learn about the title.
1. Complete Your Daily Missions And Focus On The Goal
The right side of the pause menu will show you a list of missions which you can complete, and we advise you to take a look at them before playing a game. These are tasks that can be completed by playing the game as usual, but if you focus on them in specific, you can complete them faster. Most of the time, these missions may ask you to connect on a given number of headshots, or kill a certain number of enemies. Completing a mission will reward you with a decent amount of credits, which you can then apply toward your next case.
2. Shoot Before Aiming – Why Should You Do This?
It may sound like something counterintuitive, and you may be reluctant to do this. But it’s actually better to shoot before aiming, and not the other way around – it all boils down to the mechanics of the game. If you see an enemy, tap on the shoot button ASAP, and drag it accordingly so you can aim properly. Make sure you home in on your target as quickly as possible – there’s no time to take it easy, and little time to think in this game!
Instinctively, most players may aim first before shooting, but this is usually a shortcut to getting killed early on in a battle. If you’re one of those players, you will want to unlearn this practice, at least while playing Critical Ops.
3. The One Exception To The Above Rule
Many rules have exceptions to them, and these include the above “shoot before you aim” rule that applies to most weapons. If you’re using an SMG, an assault rifle, or any other automatic weapon, you can do your usual thing and aim before you shoot. But if you hold down on the fire button, you’ll keep on shooting – of course, the weapons are automatic so don’t expect anything else. Using a pistol or shotgun while doing this would result in your first shot usually missing the mark, but you can hold down on fire and hope to get a better shot the next time around.
4. Memorize The Maps
It’s important to be as quick and accurate as possible, but it’s arguably most important of all to be familiar with the maps. This will not happen overnight, or over the course of just a few play-throughs. But as you keep on going through those maps, you will learn their layout and navigating through them will become second nature – pay close attention to the layout and learn the nuances of each map. That means memorizing the places where enemies can launch a sneak attack on you, memorizing the wide-open areas. And you also have to memorize where you can get your gun ready without being left vulnerable to enemy attacks.
5. Know Your Weapons
Speaking of weapons, we shall be closing this strategy guide out with a rather long tip – one that deals with the five main types of weapons in the game. Choose the weapon that first your play style the best, but also be aware of those strengths and weaknesses.
For starters, you’ve got your pistols, which are pretty much all-rounders. These are your “classic” weapons that perform decently in short-range and long-range, but don’t excel in either area. They do a decent amount of damage, but not a whole lot of damage, and make up for that arguable weakness by being the most accurate, and by having little recoil.
Submachine Guns are mid-range weapons that boast of high rates of fire, and are good if you like taking out a plethora of enemies from an average-ish distance. Don’t aim these weapons too fire, or your submachine gun will fire wildly, with the bullets flying around with little reason or rhyme. Assault Rifles are similar to Submachine Guns due to their high rate of fire, but are bigger. They’re also better than Submachine Guns in taking out enemies from afar, and some come with burst fire, which is great for taking out more enemies faster, provided you’ve got that extra accuracy and control.
If you’re more of a close-contact attacker, you’ll want to go with shotguns, which have fantastic short-range accuracy. If you’re close enough to an enemy, you will, more often than not, take them out in one shot. But the drawback here is that you need to have precise mastery of a map to fully leverage the shotgun. If you’re in a map that has lots of wide open spaces, you might want to try another weapon type; shotguns work best in those tight spaces.
Lastly, Sniper Rifles are top-notch in terms of accuracy and power, and are best-used for long range attacks. You need to have an excellent aim to use them to the fullest – if you do, you should be going for headshots for a 100 percent sure kill, though you still have a decent chance of killing enemies if you hit them with a torso shot.