Sensitivity and aim assist options are available within Battlefield but not everybody knows what they’re for or how to use them to get the best out of your game.
What is Aim Assist?
Early Battlefield games were grittily realistic with their need for precise aiming. Along came Call of Duty with its arcade style of FPS gameplay and Battlefield changed to match. Aim Assist allows the game to move your sight – not to an exact point but to sweep towards the next target automatically. It makes aiming easier and is switched on by default.
Should I Switch Aim Assist Off?
It does give a benefit to the player with few disadvantages. If you’re a sniper is may cause you an occasional headache as, when aiming, if another enemy soldier passes your sights you might find it moving to them. But, otherwise, it will cause you few issues.
However, it is often use, particularly on forums, for bragging rights. To not use the aim assist, in some people’s eyes, shows you to be a better, more professional player. You can’ tell if people actually do, though, so much of this may be incorrect.
One possible advantage switching it off may give you is the ability to aim better – you can get lazy with the aim assist on, switch it off and you can get better at the aiming without relying on in-game assistance. However, is this any better than just having it switched on? Like many gameplay options it’s personal choice.
What does the Sensitivity option do?
Chances are, every time you buy a new computer the first thing you do is adjust the pointer speed, as you’ll find the trackpad or mouse is either too slow or too fast for your liking. This is the sensitivity – how quick the input responds to you. For this reason PC Battlefield owners are probably well aware of this option as it’s likely one of the first things they changed. For console owners, however, it’s less likely.
Let’s be clear, though – sensitivity is how quick the game responds to your movement requests. That is, aiming and moving around. It will not let you walk or run any quicker. By default it’s set quite low – Battlefield 4 on my PS4 was set at 20%. Adjusting it lower will slow your responses.
Have you ever played those games when somebody turned round very quickly and shot you? You possibly thought they were somehow cheating – changes are they just have sensitivity very high.
Should I Change The Sensitivity?
I’m more certain of this than the Aim Assist. Yes, you should change this. Some people swear by very high or very low sensitivity, but changing your sensitivity is generally best done in small steps as you’ll need to get used to the difference. I’d recommend 5% differences at a time then give it a couple of weeks (or a good few days if you play regularly).
At higher sensitivities you’ll be more likely to be able to react to threats from the side or rear and faster at lining up your shots when changing direction. However, some people feel that it’s not as easy to make small adjustments when you’re just a bit off target, or while sniping. For this reason, if you prefer a high senstivity then you may be best with Aim Assist switched on to compensate.
Personally, I moved sensitivity from 20% to 45% and found it VERY difficult. Instead I changed it to 30% and found that a lot easier to get used to. After a while I’ll try 35% and so on. Some people talk about having 100% sensitivity on consoles – I’ve tried it and I’m doubtful. If you’re a sniper I’d recommend a lower sensitivity and switching aim assist off.