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4 comments by HaloStrike on Nov 11th, 2007



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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01111 Mar 18 2007, 8:02pm says:

Thanks for watching

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realmanishere Mar 5 2007, 3:59pm says:

Hello. I would be happy to have you in our team, but first I need to find a co-leader and new weapon modeler, and will let you know when we will need your halp, thank you

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[GE]Specialist Dec 21 2006, 9:03am says:

No problem dude, is just that I've seen them cancel a mod before.

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[GE]Specialist Dec 31 2006, 7:08pm says:

Well, that sucks. But what can we do?

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Casse Oct 17 2006, 10:53am says:

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TheDebonairNomad Sep 4 2006, 1:46am says:

You'll have to ask the dude I know that got it from the other dude who got it from that dude which was aquired from that dude. So you have to ask the dude I honestly don't know.

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Speedball Aug 20 2006, 2:23am says:

No No When releases will be stand alone

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Hendrix Apr 30 2007, 11:08am says:

thanks for your comments and mod-watch on 1985

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Kiith-Somtaaw May 1 2006, 5:42pm says:

Bad dog.

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Kiith-Somtaaw Apr 26 2006, 10:38am says:

Yeah.... its already on my mod watch list. kn00b

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