This is the fourth post in a series of ongoing posts where we highlight one of the Aim Lab training challenges. The goal is to give you a better idea of how it works and why it can improve your performance.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
This challenge starts a bit differently than some of the other tasks. After the 5 second countdown, 6 orbs will float from either left to right or right to left and you only have exactly 6 bullets to take out all orbs before they pass by and re no longer able to be shot. This continues, 6 orbs floating by until either time runs out or your health runs out which, you lose based on how many targets you missed.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PENTAKILL MODES/MAPS?
Like most Aimlab challenges, there are three different modes: Precision, Speed, and Ultimate.
- Precision mode: the targets shrink overtime when they appear, as well as adapt in size to your skill level to remain as difficult as possible and train you right at your limit.
- Reflex mode: the amount of time the target stays on the screen before it disappears adapts with your ongoing performance to train you right at your limit.
- Ultimate mode: both target size and the amount of time the target stays on the screen adapt to be as difficult as possible.
WHAT DO YOU LEARN?
The purpose of the Precision mode is to increase the precision and accuracy of your motor movements, while the Reflex mode is meant to increase your reflexes and reaction time. Finally, Ultimate mode is meant to provide the ultimate challenge of combining elements of both precision and speed. Collectively, these tasks will also familiarize you with the trade-off between speed and accuracy. The Pentakill task also helps you realize the importance of your ammo clip. Attempting to get as many kills as possible without needing to reload.
WHY WOULD I DO THIS?
The goal of the Pentakill challenges is to increase your precision or reflexes across the screen and correct for any spatial biases you may have and throwing in the added factor of having a small amount of bullets. Just as many basketball players shoot better from one side of the floor compared to the other, gamers have spatial biases too. These biases can be subtle and difficult to notice and therefore difficult to correct. Aim Lab alleviates this problem by collecting objective data on your shots to help you identify and correct your biases quicker. Check out the results screen at the bottom of the post for more details!
Pentakill: Speed mode in Graybox environment with pistol. The speed of the target orbs changes over time to find your personal performance limits. The speed will increase as you do better and decrease if you do worse, this way you are always playing at peak performance without being too difficult or too easy. Also, you can freely switch between aiming down the sights and hip firing throughout the challenge.
Pentakill: Precision mode in Graybox environment with pistol. The size of the target orb changes over time to find your personal performance limits, giving a more accuracy-centered training session. Once again, you can freely switch between aiming down the sights and hip firing throughout the challenge.
Pentakill: Ultimate Mode in Graybox environment with pistol. Both target orb size and duration are unpredictable and randomized, forcing you to constantly be on your toes! This combines the difficulty and training of speed and precision.
Pentakill: Results. After each time you perform a Pentakill challenge, you get instant results on your performance for accuracy, speed and KPS (Kills per second). Your performance is also compared to your average performance on the task, and lets you view improvement across time.