What method do you use to play FPSs?

Rob Lutter

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Lots of people use the WASD method for playing First Person Shooters... but I am prone to a different method. First I set the mouse to aiming... left button is fire, right is walk forward, and pressing the mouse wheel down is backward. I use A for jump and Z for crouch... and spacebar for use. Right and Left arrow keys are for Strafe.
The special keys I spread across the left side of the keyboard. For example, in Jedi Outcast... F was for the Force, G was Next force power and B was Previous Force power.
I do this same configuration for all the FPSs I play... is this normal?
 

MikeAlletto

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Well for counterstrike I have it setup:

Mouse for aiming and firing. Left button shoot, right button 2nd weapon function, scroll wheel change weapons.

The inverted T arrow for forward and backward. Left and right are strafe left and right.

right ctrl is crouch, right shift is jump, enter is use, backslash () is reload, delete is walk.

I find this works pretty well for everything. If there are more buttons I lay them around those so everything is right there on my left hand.
 

Frank_W

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Here is my usual.

Mouse for aiming
Mouse Left - fire/attack
Mouse Right - Jump
Mouse wheel - Scroll Weapons

Keyboard
A=Straf Left
S=Back
D=Foward
F=Straf Right

E=Activate (open doors etc.)
R=Reload
G=Crouch
 

Thom B

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I'm a fan of the numpad.
8 = fwd
5 = back
4 & 6 = strafe

If there's no 2nd weapon function then right mouse for jump, otherwise enter on the numpad. Mouse wheel for scrolling weapons, and spread the rest of the functions around the numpad.
 

Rob Speicher

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This is my CS setup and every other FPS setup is generally a variation on this depending on what's needed. Movement and fire are always the same.

Q = Reload
W = Flashlight
E = Jump
R = Swim up
A = Back
S = Strafe Left
D = Duck
F = Strafe Right
G = Drop weapon
Z = Teamsay
X/C = Radio commands
V = Swim down
B = Buy menu
O = Buy equip
, = Buy Pri. Ammo
. = Buy Sec. Ammo

Mouse 1 = Fire
Mouse 2 = Forward
Mouse 3 = Alt. Fire

I like ESDF over WASD because it leaves you more room on the left to bind keys.
 

Calvin Watts III

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A controller

I don't usually (like ever) console game. But I have tried once or twice using a keyboard/mouse combo, & now I understand why that is the "controller" of choice.
Calvin
 

Mark Evans

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I use Mike's too, give or take a couple minor readjustments. I find it works quite well for CS and other such games.
 

Bob McElfresh

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I use the WASD keys, but I bought the Nostromo N50 external keypad which gives you 10 keys that are in a much better alignment than the keyboard. For $29 - it's a great investment. It also has a "D-Pad" that I usually program up for jump, down for crouch, forward is "use" and.. I dont really use backward at all.
 

Eric Samonte

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I differ I guess.
Mouse1 - move forward
Mouse2 - move backwards
Mouse3 - secondary attack/zoom
CTRL - primary attack
SHIFT - jump
Z - crouch
X - reload
ALT - strafe modifier
Spacebar - use

All other stuff like grenades, flashbangs, I just bind a key to it.
 

James Zos

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As good as Halo is, I still find myself wishing I had the trusty mouse/keyboard combo when I play. Them aliens wouldn't stand a chance if I did, I tell ya.
Left mouse button to fire.
Right mouse button to move forward.
Wheel to either switch weapons or zoom.
The "" key to slide right.
Various others (I don't use a key to go backward--because I don't go backward!)
 

Ike

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Left Mouse for aiming
Right Mouse for Reload (or second attack)
Mouse Wheel for change weapons
Up Arrow for Forward
Back Arrow For Back
Left Arrow for Strafe Left
Right Arrow for Strafe Right
Right Shift for jump
Right Ctrl for crouch
Enter for use

This is comfortable on my setup.
 

Graeme Clark

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Somewhat similar for the mouse.... but a bit different on the KB

Mouse 1 - Fire
Mouse 2 - Forward
Mouse 3 (Middle) - Backwards

W - Jump
S - Crouch
A - Strafe Left
D - Strafe Right
Q - Prev. Weapon
E - Next Weapon
R - Reload
Shift - Usually for Alt Fire
Ctrl - Usually Walk
Space - Usually Use
 

John Thomas

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What I used when I played TFC (Team Fortress Classic):

W = Forward
S = Backward
A = Strafe Left
D = Strafe Right
Space bar = Jump
F = Grenade 1
Thumb button on mouse = Grenade 2
Mouse used for aiming/firing with the left mouse button firing, right mouse button for the specialty of each class.
The scroll button was used for cycling through weapons.

Am I forgetting anything? Any news on Team Fortress 2?
 

Mark Evans

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The gamepad is the main reason I feel that FPS' don't work as well on consoles as they do on PC. They're just so damn hard to aim with. And I'm the type of person who prefers to precisely snap off a shot rather than get help from some tacky auto-aim lock-on feature.

Big reason why I enjoyed GTA3 on the PS2, but will much more enjoy it on the PC, I expect, as I won't be at the mercy of the gamepad.
 

John Thomas

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That's mainly why I don't own a new game console, Mark. Most of the games that I enjoy are much better on the PC. In my opinion, what consoles are good for are racing games and sports games. Otherwise, it's much more fun on the PC.
 

Frank_W

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FPS should only be made for the PC - it should be the law

I've played Halo on the Xbox with a controller and it is
just insane. Like James Zos stated, those little buggers
would be taken care of in a matter of seconds with a
mouse/KB.
 

Travis Olson

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Up Arrow - Forward
Down Arrow - Back
Left Arrow - Strafe Left
Right Arrow - Strafe Right
Control - Crouch
Delete - Reload

Mouse - Aim
Left Mouse - Fire
Right Mouse - Jump
Mouse Wheel - Switch Wepoens
Left Side Mouse Button - Use
Right Side Mouse Button - Use Inventory if applacible
 

Thom B

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The trick with Halo is to max out the look speed in controller setup. I've never been a fan of FPS on consoles 'til Halo came along. While I'll never give up PC action, Halo has definitely sucked some hours out of my life, and I can't wait for Unreal Championship.
T
 

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