Huge boost in performance found
Please forgive (and correct) me if I use the wrong terminology for any of the following. I do not play any games on the competitive level but will describe things as best as possible.One of the biggest pain points
for me in NS2 has been the performance of the game. Specifically, it never seemed like I was able to control my mouse movements as well as I could in other games. I attributed this to the NS2 engine since I don't experience this in other games. Also, my mouse has a 6400dpi system, which I am led to believe is better than average.The problem:
When I try to move my crosshair just a sub-pixel to the right, I instead move in 5-10 pixel increments.
Originally, I thought this was just an FPS issue. After experimenting today, I realize this is not the case. First I tried customizing my mouse settings outside of NS2. I still experienced the same issue.
However, if I lower the Mouse Sensitivity setting in NS2 to almost the lowest possible setting on the slider, I have much greater control on my aim again. When combined with a high mouse sensitive setting on my system (outside of NS2), the gameplay feels much more fluid, and I'm able to track targets effectively like in other FPS games.
Maybe this is intentional, but I never have experienced this in any other game. I'm not sure there is ever a case where moving the mouse at its smallest possible increment should change my FPS view by increments of 10 pixels
Perhaps pixels are a poor unit of measurement... degrees makes more sense, but I did not do any analysis of how many degrees I am turning per mouse movement. A guess would be that I was moving 3-5* at a time, when I would rather be able to have much more precise control by moving at sub-degree increments.TL;DR: The "Mouse Sensitivity" setting in NS2 seems off to me. I found that by moving this slider to nearly the lowest setting, and then boosting my mouse sensitivity outside of the game, I was able to track targets much more effectively.