Hey all I've been playing GoW on 360 for about a month now. I've always been good at shooters like counter-strike, always topping the charts and having a good kill/death ratio, and I know I haven't been playing for very long but I feel like every friggin game of Gears I play online I get my butt whooped every time. There are times when I can kill 3 peeps in a row with the shotty but then later on in the match, I'm at least 4th or 5th ranked with score and can't get any more kills. I don't think I'm doing anything specifically wrong, and I know it might just take time, but anyways this was the reason I posted. Does anybody have any tips or strategies that they find really turns the tides in their favor in a match? I'm not talking about basic stuff here, I was clever enough to learn the ropes, like active reloading and staying away from chainsawing but there must be something else, something deeper that I'm missing. I'm thinkin more in terms of how to pull of a headshot or other such one hit kill more often with the shotty close range, or longshot strategies (I suck terribly with longshot), how to outwit a boomer (boomshotter?) with a shotty or assault rifle, or how to avoid a fragtag when you know its coming or how to at least take himn down and earn a kill while being doomed yourself. It's all these things that I'm watching the other players do so fluidly while I unfortunately spectate most of the round and wonder what I'm doing so terribly. It was always so easy to blame pwning in CS as possibly a hacker ruining the game, but its my impression no gears hack is possible or will ever be for very long, so I know it's just me sucking like crap. If you can't think of anything in particular, or just think it takes more experience, then answer these specific things that have been bothering me: 1. I've noticed other people seem to be having this problem too, but how come when I host, nobody ever joins? I've tried everything I can think of aside from hooking up directly into my cable box, but no luck with hosting yet. Anybody else had that problem and somehow fixed it? I know there is a slight advantage when you host a game due to the network algorithms in gears so this is an option I'd like to try out and see if it improves my game at all. 2. When you are battling others with a shotty, what do you find more effective: not holding the left trigger so you can move better, grabbing the trigger really quick and aiming a bit up before you shoot, or grabbing it and aiming a bit down before shooting? Or is there something else you think you do? Also: do you normally (with shotty) aim higher on the head, around the neck or more towards the chest? 3. To the more advanced, higher ranked players: do you voice communicate MUCH more in higher level games? Can that turn the tide of battle that much, like rushing the longshot or boomshot with all 4 y'all in gridlock or somehow trying a flanking maneuver? Or does everyone just do their own thing like it seems happens with the people I'm playing with. Anyways, respond with any thoughts on some intricate strategy, and hit me up on live too if ya want: gamertag is Jeraphis.