Sniping in Black Ops II – Gun analysis

As I was telling you a few days ago, Black Ops II is way more sniper-friendly than many other Call of Duty games. Thanks to League Play, I was able to try all of them. Impressions.

SVU-AS

SVU-AS

This Russian semi-automatic sniper rifle boasts rapid fire rate, light weight, large magazine and low recoil (actually hardly any). That makes it more efficient than its past counterparts like the Dragunov, even though it has the same multiplyers. Variable zoom is a must on it as you can efficiently cover mid and long range, and sometimes keep up with rushers when moving.

DSR-50

DSR-50

This German-made bolt-action sniper 100% one-shot kills above the waist, making it the most powerful sniper rifle in Black Ops II. However, it is extremely heavy and scope-in time is long. Therefore, it is better to use it for long-range engagement only. Ballistics CPU is strongly recommended as it enables you to stabilize your aim faster. It is currently the most widely used sniper rifle in Black Ops II.

Ballista

Ballista

Second bolt-action rifle of the game, this recent American-designed sniper rifle is less powerful than its German counterpart for it one-shot kills chest up. However it is lighter and the aim smoother, making it easier to get headshots. It can equip iron sights for close-range engagement, but it’s almost useless given the superiority of automatic weapons.

XPR 50

XPR 50

This huge futuristic-looking rifle is semi-automatic and can one-shot kill chest up, but its high recoil limits the efficiency of rapid successive shots. It is somewhat similar to the Barrett M82 in less powerful although the aim felt steadier. It looks like a compromise of all the other sniper rifles with no real specialization of its own. FMJs are a good pick to make up for the lack in stopping power.

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