Lets be honest – Call of Duty: Black Ops is the hottest first person shooter on the market right now. This was shown when it generated over $1 Billion in revenue within it’s first week of sales.
What makes Call of Duty games so different when compared to other first person shooters? Well, for one, the perks. Perks are innovative ‘abilities’ that players get when they equip them. All in all, players can equip a total of three perks (one from each “perk slot”). Each perk slot has a certain list of perks in which a player can choose from. For example, the “Second Chance” perk is one of the perks that a player can choose from in the third category (the green category).
Perks also have “pro abilities”, which are basically additions on top of the regular perks effect. I’ll discuss the pro version of Second Chance later in this guide.
So, what does Second Chance do? When a player uses Second Chance and gets shot by a player they’ll drop to the ground when they’re supposed to die. While on the ground the player whips out their pistol and can shoot at potential enemies, including the enemy that dropped you down in the first place. This perk was seen in previous Call of Duty games such as Call of Duty: World at War.
Honestly, the regular version of the perk doesn’t shine too much. It’s not a distinguished perk that’ll make or break the game, and players using Second Chance usually die anyway. Yes, there are times I’ve used Second Chance and gotten kills, but it takes a degree of skill, some luck, and hoping that the other player stops shooting when they see you drop to the ground.
If you do happen to kill the person that killed you, than great, you balanced out the death you’re about to get. But what now? Your character will die within a small window of time if they’re not killed by the enemy.
You must keep in mind that players using Second Chance will only be able to utilize if it they’re dropped in a traditional fashion. This means if the enemy kills you with an explosive, killstreak, or headshot that you’ll die automatically, rendering the Second Chance perk unavailable.
The pro version of Second Chance is where it truly shines. The pro version adds in the ability to let your team members pick you up (you’ll have a “Revive” marker above your head and an icon will come up on the minimap). Also, the duration of time in which you can siton the ground waiting is extended to about thirty seconds. Although you may be vulnerable, this is your chance to get some kills. There have been times where I have been downed in high-traffic areas and a train of enemies will come through – I’ve taken out 5 or 6 before being killed.
But gamers/viewers, this is a guide. So what are some smart ways to use the Second Chance perk? Well, for the non-pro version, this is basically your time to complete the challenges to get the pro version. The only advice I can give to you is to get good with the pistol, hasten your trigger finger, and learn the pinch points of the maps. If you’re downed in a pinch-point area, then you know where to look and aim. Essentially this will also help you get the pro version faster – and the pro version is great.
Go Pro With the Pro
Many gamers are totally against using Second Chance altogether, stating that it’s unfair, and sometimes even worthless. I have to disagree. In Black Ops there is a lot of lag in some games, so every shot and action counts. There have been times where I start shooting a guy, he turns around and shoots me when he should be down, and then I fall into Second Chance. While in Second Chance I’ll take him out, so it feels justified that I get that kill. I’ll admit, I rarely even get kills in Second Chance. 9/10 times I get the kills it’s because people are playing sloppy or are unaware of their surroundings. I’ve killed enemies as if they were on an assembly line, running into the area where I am down right after the other. As a Second Chance Pro user I’ll say this – don’t stop shooting until you see those beautiful yellow numbers come up on the screen (given you’re not playing a Hardcore gametype). After you’ve connected a couple of shots aim downward. Using this technique you’ll probably get a headshot on the Second Chance user, and a feeling of relief will overcome you.
For people using it, there are many things that you can do:
Teamwork Should Never Be Secondary
When I play I’ll generally play with friends. In doing this I have a couple of buddies that also roll with Second Chance Pro, which saves us a ton of points (and yes, it has made the difference) since we all help each other. As soon as one of us sees the “Revive” tag we’ll run over and grab them. The way that this helps you is simple – you get to keep your killstreak going and you have another chance at increasing your kill-to-death ratio.
If you’re playing with randoms (random players from basic matchmaking) they will usually help you out and revive you. However, I’ve been in many situations where a player or two will blatantly run by me, even if I am in a safe area (and it has made us lose the game in certain instances).
Don’t Take a Second To Think – Take Cover
If you’re downed and out in the open you’re as good as dead. In Second Chance you can crawl (it’s slow, but it’s some sort of mobility), so crawl to any cover you can find. Usually I’ll try to find a corner and wait for a team member to come and get me. Take into account the areas in which the enemies are respawning, the flow of battle, the game type in which you’re playing, and the weapons that the enemies are using. If I see an enemy I generally will not shoot instantaneously. Give the enemy a chance to get into the open (unless, of course, they spot you) so you can get some clean shots off. You do not want to give away your position as soon as you see an enemy, as chances are they’ll take you out.
Take a Second to Quicken Your Trigger Finger
Your trigger finger is the best friend in Second Chance. As soon as you’re dropping take aim and blast away. Don’t take clear and consice shots unless you’re shooting at a far target, but usually the enemy will be within relatively close range. The faster you get off your shots the faster you kill them, and you chances of living increase dramatically. There have been many times where they’ll shoot at me, I’ll drop and just blast away, and I’ll come out on top. Headshots are a plus, but in the heat of the moment in Second Chance it’s hard to take aim (especially from that angle).
Try Your Chance at Hardcore
Hardcore gametypes have some differences – the main one being the amount of bullets it takes to kill an enemy player. Since it takes less bullets to kill someone in Hardcore, this is great for Second Chance users. If you don’t care about the lack of HUD, possibly being team killed (or accidentally team killing), the inability to see a mini-map without a Spy Plane, than I highly suggest trying a Hardcore gamemode.
No, this is not another fancy title for a subsection – it’s the end of the article. Second Chance (especially Pro) is a great perk. In contrast to the other perks in it’s category it clearly shines, but that’s just my opinion. Getting the pro version isn’t terribly hard, but it takes some time (and sometimes luck). If you’re playing with friends I find it imperative to run Second Chance – it can make or break a game. There have been games of Team Deathmatch where my friends and I have won 7500-7400. I attribute those wins to using Second Chance – it truly can make a difference. The other big deal to me is that it will keep your killstreak going. Imagine being one short of a Chopper Gunner and dying? Second Chance helps take care of this problem. Also, last but not least, it will help you level up faster since you may get additional kills and you will be completing challenges (and sometimes contracts).