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Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Tips and How to Play Hardcore Game Modes Online

Updated on November 20, 2012


In this guide I will talk about strategies that you can use to be much more successful when playing hardcore game modes on Black Ops 2. The guide will talk about for general game modes, with weapons, and set ups that will benefit you the best when trying to compete online.

Before I get started let me say that you should feel free to follow me on Twitter @Johnrr631992, or I post all of my guides there first, 24 hours before they become available on Google, and will be posting a LOT of guides for Black Ops 2.

Also you can send me a message on Xbox, @ MKS JohnR.. space between the two, or comment below to ask questions.. Thanks for reading.

ALSO!!! - I am starting a new clan. If you are reading this feel free to message me on Xbox Live, or on Twitter. As of now I am only open to people on Xbox, but will be moving multi-platform in December/January. So please feel free to contact me with questions. Also I will have a Website specifically for the clan, and it will be pretty big.

Hardcore Modes summary

The Hardcore game modes is a popular type of game mode on the Call Of Duty series based for a few reasons. First off, the hardcore game modes gives a more realistic interpretation of the game meaning that bullet are much more effective and powerful, and can actually kill you in one hit. For instance in core, you may have to hit someone two or three times with a shotgun, or 5 or 6 times with an assault rifle to put them down, but in Hardcore you can do this in 1 shot, or two shots.

Another popular reason to play the hardcore game modes is that you are then able to play a game mode without a mini map showing your position EVERY time you fire. In Hardcore someone has to be using that as their kill streak for their team to see you. Overall this game mode gives a more accurate reading, and a more fun and fair game type.

The hardcore game modes are effective, and feature all the most popular core modes there are, and allow you to play them in the same manner. There are somethings that you want to change on your classes and weapons, but overall this mode is very effective for any gun. So below I will talk about the effectiveness of other weapons, and how you should play hardcore to be the most successful.


Okay, so in all honesty EVERY weapon is effective in hardcore. It is simply how you use these weapons. You can essentially one shot someone with a pistol if hit right, and overall it all depends on how you hit them.

The most effective weapons on hardcore game mode, and the most popular are usually assault rifles, and sub machine guns. These guns are very versatile, easily are moved around, pack enough strength to take someone out quickly, and will not slow you down when trying to move about. Overall these are great and effective ways of taking out the enemy is using assault rifles and sub machine guns.

When you are choosing your weapon, you want to choose something that you are good with, that will allow you to play effectively.You need to be smart as well if you want to be successful considering the typical difficulty associated with people who play hardcore. So I would say stick to machine guns, until you start getting good at the game, then experiment.

Also remember that most people who use the pistols, shotguns, and snipers without scopes are usually showing off, or are doing trick shots. This will usually hurt your K/d and even hurt your team as this is not helping the game, but you are simply trying to do tricks, and screw around.

So remember that in Hardcore ALL guns are effective, but its the ones that you choose that will allow you to be more effective, and have better luck..

Strategy for playing

When you are playing hardcore game modes you will have some that camp, and some that run and gun. Usually the two will argue after the game as they both think they're right, and have the only type of playing style. None the less whether you are going to camp or run and gun, just set your classes up accordingly. When playing hardcore you will notice that most people use blind eye, and equipment to help them not be seen. At the same time you will have plenty of people who do the opposite and use perks that will help them find the enemy. None the less most people will spend their games trying to use their own strategy to win and have the best kill to death ratio. When you are going to play you need to spend time to figure out which strategy in fact works best for you. It will be a case of trial and error, but either way you should be successful if you play enough hardcore and learn to use your own strengths to the best of your advantage.

What not to do.

First off.. Do not give yourself away. 99% of the people who play hardcore game modes use turtle beach headsets. This means that is you do not use a suppressor, or make yourself noticeable you will be found and most likely killed quickly.

SECOND - remember to pay attention to things that are not there in hardcore. FOR instance, your ammo will not be shown on screen like in core, so do not get caught with your pants down with 3 bullets in the clip, and forced to reload when an enemy is in front of you. Or remember there is no mini map so you should CLEARLY pay attention to the small details.

Third - IF you want to be successful, then do not use stupid weapons. While it is fun to mess around once in a while. Using pistols, shotguns, snipers, the crossbow are weapons that are used for nothing more than fun. DO not use these if you are actually playing games for the purpose of winning, or being successful.


So overall when you are playing a hardcore game mode you should focus on your strengths, and remember that it is not hard to kill the enemy. That is the main benefit to playing a hardcore game mode is that you will be able to accurately play a game, be hidden, and get plenty of kills and have the most realistic version of a video game out there.

Once again, feel free to shoot me a message in the comments, if you want me to write a guide pertaining to a certain subject. Also feel free to let me know what you think of hardcore, or what you think of the game. Thanks.


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