CoD Black Ops - Cold War: Best target reaction curve & the setting explained

CoD Black Ops - Cold War: Best target reaction curve & the setting explained


With a new patch in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War you can now change your target reaction curve. In the following we will tell you what the exact differences are and help you to find your best target reaction curve.


CoD Black Ops Cold War offers all console players a variety of settings . The setting options allow you to individually adjust the field of view or achieve an increased FPS number on the next-gen consoles . In Modern Warfare you can adjust the target reaction curve, which was not possible at the beginning of Black Ops Cold War. With a new patch, however, you can now change your target reaction curve.


In the following we explain to you what the setting does and what you should pay attention to.


Where do you find the target response curve?

You can find the new option in your settings. Open it and go to the "Controller" tab. Under target reaction curve you can choose between 3 different curves :


  1. Standard: Simple curve graph between target stick and target rate.
  2. Linear:  target stick directly dependent on target rate. The graph of the target stick corresponds to the target rate.
  3. Dynamic:  Reversed S-curve for high-precision target control. Faster initial reaction, which is smoothed out with stronger stick deflection.

The descriptions are relatively cryptic. That's why we explain the individual target reaction curves to you in more detail. In general, however, we can first state that the target reaction curve reacts differently to the movement size of your right stick, i.e. when aiming.


Linear target response curve explained

It is the quickest way to explain it. With the linear target reaction curve you get a 1: 1 ratio of your stick movement to the speed of rotation. Your aim does not experience any acceleration, even if you use the full range of motion of the stick.


YouTuber and CoD expert TheXclusiveAce has recorded it in a graph, but note that the graph is only for illustrative purposes and does not represent the exact curve in the game:


Linear target response curve explained


Standard target response curve explained

The standard target reaction curve has been the usual target reaction curve for controllers since the beginning of CoD, of course there are slight deviations depending on the developer.


With small stick movements you only get a small rotation, which gives you a little more precision. However, the further you move the stick and use the possible range of motion, the faster your aim will move. This means that you are getting an acceleration . Many gamers like the standard Aiming Reaction Curve the most because they grew up with it and many gamers see it as the best of both worlds.


It allows you to make precise movements and at the same time cause larger and faster rotations due to the acceleration.


Standard target response curve explained

The dynamic target response curve explained

Dynamic is pretty confusing because of the description. The "inverted S-curve" suggests that it is really an inverted S-curve. However, it is not true, because the permitted range of motion of the stick does not allow this at all. Instead, it's actually just the opposite of the standard target reaction curve, and the second half of the S-curve is not even allowed by the game.


This means that if you make small movements with the right stick, you will immediately get a more lively rash when aiming. However, this will make you lose control of fine movements. With larger movements of the stick, the rotation slows down again a little.


Many players like the feeling that aiming is a little more snappy and snappy. It might sound a bit strange, because the control of the fine movements is a bit lost, but you have Aim-Assist on consoles to help. The dynamic target curve allows you to snap to your opponent faster and the aim-assist bubble around the enemy quasi catches your aim and slows down your aiming again. This gives you a little more control again. Some pro players therefore use the dynamic target response curve.


The dynamic target response curve explained

This is how you can find the best target response curve

Important:  There is no “best target response curve” for everyone. Which target response curve suits you best depends entirely on your preference. Just like the stick sensitivity.


To prevent your statistics from plummeting, you should start a private match with bots and test every single target reaction curve. Play around with the 3 target reaction curves. Note, however, that you should also adjust your stick sensitivity depending on the reaction curve. It should be clear to you relatively quickly which preference you prefer. But also give your changes some time. There is no point in changing the setting just to change it again 2 minutes later. Set a slightly higher time limit or a maximum number of kills before you test another target reaction curve.

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