Part III - Deathmatch Strategy And Tactics
Ultimately practice is going to be the deciding factor in whether you turn into
a good Quake III player or not. So remember to practice as much as you can.
There are, however, some little tricks and tips that every "good"
Deathmatch player should be aware of.
Try to avoid standing in one spot for prolonged periods of time. Standing still
makes you an easy target for some lucky fellow who happens to round a corner
just behind you! Also, when you're moving it makes it much more difficult for
other players to hit you.
When you first start playing Deathmatches you will probably notice the other
players jumping around like kangaroos all the time. Jumping is another way to
throw off your opponent's aim. Jumping is also a good way to dodge weapons fire,
Know The Arenas
If you're unfamiliar with the layout of an arena it will take longer to find the
weapons, ammo, and powerups you need to survive and compete in a Deathmatch.
Practice the arenas offline so you get a feel for how things are laid out.
Although it may seem cheap, shooting people in the back is the easiest way to
get a kill. It takes skill, or luck, to get an opponent in that position though.
If you're being chased by someone try ducking into a corner out of their sight.
Once they run by step back out and blast em! Or, better yet, when you're being
chased around a corner quickly spin around and unload on them once they come
around the corner.
When you're going around a corner or entering a room do it carefully and slowly.
You never know where an opponent is going to be and if you're caught off guard
it's an easy kill for them.
Keep Your Ears Open
Listen to the sounds of the other players in the arena. You can often hear the
footsteps of another player as they're approaching your position. If you hear
them early enough you can position yourself to ambush them. Also, the sounds of
a large firefight can warn you to stay away from a certain area.
Rocket jumping is a classic Deathmatch technique. It's useful for jumping high
distances to quickly escape opponents or getting onto difficult-to-reach ledges.
You rocket jump by jumping and shooting a rocket at the ground all at the same
time. It takes a bit of practice but once you've learned you won't forget how.
Be aware that rocket jumps will deplete your health and armor!
A circle-strafe is used to run circles around an enemy while keeping a target on
them so you can fire. It allows you to rapidly unload on them while at the same
making yourself a difficult target to hit. You circle- strafe by turning left
(move your mouse to the left) while at the same time sidestepping left (the A
key). The reverse combination works as well. Practice is the only way to get
good at this move.
End of Part III
Believe it or not you now have all the knowledge you really need to Deathmatch
over the Internet. Of course the player who wants to get better we'll take the
time to study more about the game and learn new tricks. Part IV presents some of
this bonus information for players who want to learn more. It's not necessary to
read this section, but it would be extremely beneficial.