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How to Create a Good Sniper Class Character in "CoD: Black Ops"

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Call of Duty; Black Ops 2 (BO2) is a most awesome game. The story isn't bad either, but I know a ton of people who have never seen the storyline because they have gone straight to the online game where all the action is. There are hundreds of thousands of BO2 players all around the world that are playing online at any given moment. You can see how popular the game is around the world by checking the world map—illuminated sections on the map indicate people that are playing the game.

This article will be covering the Black Ops 2 game for sniper guns and classes. Although I am not an expert with the sniper rifle, I have used them quite extensively, and have used all the classes with different set ups for each rifle. The information offered here is gleaned from hundreds of hours of online gaming.

You should realize that there are too many variables in guns, maps, game rooms, personal style, etc., to list one superior class for snipers. What I hope to accomplish in this article is to arm you with information that you can use to better your game. Here are a few topics that I will cover.

  • Play Black Ops On-line
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Gun
  • Black Ops Best Sniper Class
  • Call of Duty black Ops 2 Strategy

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Sniping Extreme

Express; Los Angeles bullet train station.

Express; Los Angeles bullet train station.

Play Black Ops Online

I should tell you that playing Black Ops 2 (BO2) online is not for the faint of heart. The play is hard and fast, and if you're on a team with players that hate to lose, they will get after you if you're not helping the team. Players online like to win, so if you're not up to par on your play, you can play against the 'Bots.' 'Bots' are the computerized players provided by the game under the 'Custom' games heading—you can choose the level and the amount of 'Bots' to play against, from 0 to 11. Playing against 11 'Bots' on the Veteran level can get pretty hairy—this will get your game play up to standards right away. If I haven't scoped for awhile, I'll play against 11 of the bots on the lower levels to warm-up before going into a public room. This way, you'll be able to get used to centering your enemy, and scoping in quickly.

Team Death is one of the most played games of the BO2 game list, and competition can get pretty fierce. There are a lot of players that are very, very good... and not so surprisingly, some of them are very, very young. There are a lot of tournament players online, and by sliding over their call names, you can see what level ranking they're at. But not to worry, BO2 does a pretty good job at trying to balance the level of players, but sometimes, it's just a blow-out.

A skilled sniper, coupled with the ability to 'Quick Scope,' could actually run away with the game. 'Quick Scope' is a term that used to describe not scoping all the way in—you would fire before actually seeing your target while the scope sighting was still black on earlier games such as Modern Warfare 3. Since BO2, quick-scoping as it was became unusable since bullets would drift inconsistently every which way. On BO2, the term quick-scope changes to describe actually scoping in, and as soon as you see your target, you fire. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the term 'Hard Scope,' which means to eye your target through your scope, line up your target with the cross hairs, then firing. Another term used in sniping is 'Drag Scope,' which means to hard scope in, and quickly drag your cross-hairs over your target and shoot. It's done very quickly, and demands a lot of skill to get really good at - but a heck of a lot easier to do than Quick Scoping. The last type of sniper shot is the no-scope. This is used when the enemy is sudenly in your face. No-scope is just lining up the cross hairs with your enemy. If your opponent is close enough, you have a very good chance of surviving.

Since having to face more realistic sniper rifles focus times and gun damage, the playing field is a little more leveled, and fair. The sub-machine guns (SMGs) are still very dangerous, but players have to contend with recoil which can really be a challenge if you're not used to it. The shot guns are very powerful, pistols are dangerous, even guys zipping through the map with nothing but knives—the field is very competitive.

If you are a sniper, get the kill however you can, it's all fair game. If you have to 'camp' (A negative term used to describe gamers that hide around the corner ambushing rushers) in your favorite spot and pick off your opponents, have at it. Get a win for your team the best way you know how, even if you have to hard scope all your kills. You don't have to answer to anyone that gets upset with you, and if you don't want to hear the chatter, you can always mute the whole room. I do.

Socotra; Urban streets of Yemen.

Socotra; Urban streets of Yemen.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Guns

Let's zero in on our four sniper guns and take a look at them individually. They all have strengths and weaknesses just as any gun would under variable conditions, map, and gameplay. Of the four sniper guns available on Call of Duty; Black Ops 2 (BO2), two of them are the slower bolt action guns, while the other two rifles are semi-automatics.

Below you will find a listing of each rifle, and the expected characteristics of the gun:


The SVU-AS, also known as the Russian Dragunov in earlier Black Ops games, is a semi-automatic weapon with very low recoil. It is designed as a lightweight sniper rifle and is the weakest of the four sniper rifles in the class. The SVU-AS is a great weapon to use because of the very low recoil. It is capable of one-shot-kills but only if the shot is a head-shot. You will appreciate the low recoil when you miss a shot, and have to send off more shots to finish off your opponent.

Unless you are very good at dialing in head-shots, I would send off two quick shots for every target that you aim at. This way, if it is a one-shot-kill, you will still get the credit for the one-shot. It's also good insurance just in case you miss, and your opponent is already sending a barrage of bullets your way to say hi.

I would say that this is probably one of the hardest guns to 'gold' because of the amount of one-shot-kills that you need to achieve the gold camouflage.


The DSR-50 is my personal favorite because it is such a lethal sniper rifle. As with earlier games, the DSR-50 is a one-shot-killing king. It's one-shot killing range is from the waist up - even the arms are considered to be above the waist. If you can ballpark a shot on your opponents from the waist up, then the DSR-50 is the sniper rifle for you.

The DSR-50 is a favored gun by many gamers when it comes to quick or drag scoping. The bonus of having only to hit the upper body to accomplish the one-shot kill coupled with the fact that there is almost no 'hit markers' when it comes to using this gun. The balance to this is having only five shots in a magazine; gamers often use the Extended Clip because you normally need the first five kills to achieve Blood Thirsty, and you don't want to ruin your streak by fumbling a reload while SMGs are in the vicinity.

To give balance to the raw power of the DSR-50, you have to compensate for the slower bolt action shots from this rifle - but it only matters if you miss. With opponents running with Sub Machine Guns (SMGs), you only get one shot—two if you're very lucky when it comes to close quarters.


The Ballista sniper rifle is also a single shot, bolt action rifle. It's not as deadly as the DSR-50, but will one-shot-kill an opponent from the chest up. The bolt action is a little faster than the DSR-50 - that may not sound like much, but it makes all the difference when it comes to a show down between you and an opponent.

A lot of gamers prefer the Ballista over the DSR-50 just because of the faster handling speed - to each his own. The balance once again, is having a smaller 'kill-box' than the DSR-50.


The XPR-50 is also a semi-automatic sniper rifle with it's one-shot-kill range from the chest up. This is a very popular rifle among BO2 gamers because it gives you the chance to pull off that all important second shot, which could mean all the difference in where you end up in the stats at the end of the game.

To give balance to this rifle, the XPR-50 gives a decent kick when it recoils. You can learn to control this as you get use to rifle, but long shots will be most affected by the recoil. The secret to getting around the recoil is to scope-out, and scope-in again. Think of it as a bolt-action rifle, but with a faster fire rate.

Sniper tips

Perks Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which Perk will prevent you from flinching while aiming?
    • Toughness
    • Ghost
  2. Which Perk will make you invisible to enemy targeting systems?
    • Dead Silence
    • Cold Blooded
  3. What Perk allows you to sprint twice as long as normal?
    • Lightweight
    • Extreme Conditioning
  4. What Perk will allow you to survive most explosives?
    • Flak Jacket
    • Tactical Mask

Answer Key

  1. Toughness
  2. Cold Blooded
  3. Lightweight
  4. Flak Jacket
Hijacked - fighting aboard a super yacht

Hijacked - fighting aboard a super yacht

Turbine; wind farm in the steep hills of Yemen.

Turbine; wind farm in the steep hills of Yemen.

Black Ops Best Sniper Class

Choosing the best sniper class is like searching for the Holy Grail. Is it attainable? A sniper class would consist of the best perks, attachments, secondary weapon, lethal, and tactical, for your style of gameplay and for your type of sniper rifle.

Sometimes, depending on what game you're playing, and what the opposing team is composed of, and what map you're playing, you need to make adjustments. You may decide to be a rusher, or sit back, camp and play defensively. This changes, from game to game, and whenever you see a better opportunity to exploit a weakness.

There is so much to cover, and so many different variables as to what you want to accomplish in a class, but if we concentrate on creating a sniper class that's suitable for your style of play, all we can do is to explore the possibilities. The simplest way to formulate a class, is to catergorize by playing style. Only you can choose the sniper class that's suitable to your style of play, but this will give you an idea about what direction you run with. Here are the three styles of sniper play that this article wil be covering.