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Crappy Crosshair based gameWhy the hell is every shooting game nowadays feature no iron sights? Games like Counter Strike, Rainbow Six, Halo, Fear, Bioshock, Soldier's Front, Killzone, and every other shooter out there. I mean yes, they do in a way since you SEE them on the gun. But you never actually use them. Aiming down the sights is essential to using a firearm. There is no magical crosshairs in real life, you have to use the gun sight, be it a iron sight, holosight, scope, etc.


If your not familiar with sights, take a look at this link :

"The term is also used in video games, specifically first-person shooters, to describe a system where the player's aim is not assisted by on-screen crosshairs (also known as a reticle) and thus gunfire must be aimed using the weapon models' iron sights."

Games that feature this correctly are seen in the Call of Duty series, Red Orchestra, Battlefield 2, Operation Flashpoint, Armed Assault, and quite a few dozen more.

In a way Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter series, and Gears of War also feature iron sight based system. Although its still uses a crosshair, it only appears when have your character aim. Thus making it more realistic and accurate.










People get the idea of sights, but hate it becaue they feel that its a burden just to press right click (or for consoles, a left trigger pull)

They think that a tactical shooter is something thats military based and you die in a few shots. Rainbow Six benefitted to this myth greatly. That game featured no iron sight based aiming and just a crosshair, while combat was quite realistic.

Now with that mind set, thats what people view "realism" as.


People also think iron sights slow down the action and make it slow paced. Even the developers, like the ones for Rainbow Six admitted that. But they are WRONG! Iron sights make the game more exciting becuase you never know when an enemy will pop out and you might be shot becuase your weapon is not ready to shoot.

Okay for example your palying a generic multiplayer fps. Your sprinting down a corridor, a enemy pops from the side and is only a few movements away from your crosshair, you take a burst and take him down. Whats the fun in that?


Real soldier using iron sights


Now with a game with sights imagine the same situation, the enemy then pops out, you pull your sights up immediately but you were too slow as your already been shot.

You solve this mistake by carefully walking and aiming with the sights ready, this time if an enemy pops out hopefuly he will make your mistake and your ready to pick him off.


Thats just one of the few benefits of iron sight based shooters.

Try games like Battlefield 2, 2142, and Call Of Duty 2-4. These games are proof that iron sight based aiming doesent always mean its slow paced. As a matter of fact these games are fast paced, and have you at attention as you would when your playing a game like Unreal Thournament.

In conclution, every gun shooting game should feature iron sight based aiming....except for thouse bunny hopping rocket totting ones.

Soldier firing correctly


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WhiteKnightz Jan 11 2011 says:

Hello sir!

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whatyouwritelad Apr 29 2009 says:

Who on the internet puts:
I don't have the money.

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Hendrix Feb 21 2009 says:

Hey Antony, whats happening with my battle sounds dude :-p ;-)

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daBSman57 Sep 10 2008 says:

ur right

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Snake_RR Mar 31 2008 says:

Hey! On behalf of The Art of War mod team THANKS A LOT for putting our mod in your mod watch list :)
It means a lot for the team, thanks.

Plus, your iron sight blog is very interesting, I was always a huge iron sight supporter :) , i really loved the way games like call of duty used that extremely important feature, while keeping a great rhythm and pace of action.
In my opinion a "true" modern fps needs to include ironsights, without'em the game looks like it isn't 100% complete, if you know what i mean :D

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Mythos Mar 22 2008 says:

I liked this blog, too. I think iron sight must be in every shooter.And I like mods for Bf2 like project reality or Assault mod, where is no crosshair!

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[GE]Specialist Dec 27 2007 says:

I liked your post about Iron Sights in game. Nice one!

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Boorerville Dec 10 2007 says:

Hey there!!!

Don't forget to vote for our mod in the M.O.T.Y competition. You can vote by going to our mod page below

How well we do in this event could dictate the possibility of a sequel


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BunnyJen Nov 19 2007 says:

Hee hee you should play it :D Its funnnn!

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WhiteKnightz Aug 30 2007 says:

hey halo i dont think you remember me, but i just wanted to know, do you play zombie master :S?

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