Lag, latency, a bad connection or just glictching? No matter what you label it, when playing online multiplayer games a fast, clean and efficient connection is the single most important aspect. Let’s get one thing straight, Lag is ALWAYS going to be a reality in online communication or gameplay as the speed your data is sent around the world is limited by physical attributes of our universe! (Things are starting to get deep!)
For majority of users in their usual games, lag is usually never a problem and online gaming is fun and fair but with Black Ops 2 lag seems to be hard wired into the multiplayer experience. It’s easy to identify the game as the problem too if you are playing other online games without any problems.
So how do you know if your connection isn’t up to speed and your playing with lag? The Kill Cam is a great way of showcasing what is actually happening in the game you are playing and unfortunately (due to lag) it doesn’t always match up with what’s happening on your screen! For example, you fire 5 shots from your gun at your opponent but he kills you first and when you watch the Kill Cam back you are shown to only fire 3 shots.
Dan Amrich (Activision Employee) gives his thoughts on the matter: “If you want lag-free gaming, you have to go LAN or split-screen, but if you want to play with people across the country or around the world, you’re going to sometimes see a delay as the data makes it way around the series of tubes. Lag is inherent to online gaming, it’s ultimately entirely random at any given time you sit down to play (nobody controls the Internet, remember?), and no developer or publisher will ever be able to remove it from an online experience.” (source)
BLACK OPS 2 LAG SOLUTIONS:
Waiting around for an update to fix whatever problems Treyarch may be having could leave us checking our watches far too often so have a look at some possible lag solutions below to help with your internet connection and ultimately your K:D ratio!
Fix 1) Moving your PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or PC closer to your router if you are using Wi-Fi. This may seem like a simple thing to do but it can make a huge difference to your connection speed. Alternately plugging your PC or Console in via Ethernet cable to your Router will always be faster than any wireless system resulting in better pings.
Fix 2) Change your Black Ops 2 search preferences. To do this, follow the steps below:
First enter Multiplayer and click on ‘Public Match’.Next click on ‘Find a Game’ and you’ll notice in the bottom right hand corner a button to change your searching preferences.Once pressed you’ll be presented with a screen where you can choose between three different match making preferences in Black Ops 2 as seen below.
The best match making preference to go for is ‘Best’ which should in theory always put you in the best possible game (assuming there is one to join). It may take a little while longer to find games but at the end of it you should have a much better playing experience.
Fix 3) Ensure your NAT type is set to open. If this isn’t the case then you’ll need to forward the ports that Black Ops 2 uses on your router. (Info on how to do this here)
Fix 4) Make sure your internet connection isn’t being bogged down. By this is mean ensuring that no one else in your home is downloading or uploading content over the internet. Uploading photos or videos online can bring an internet connection to a stand still for all those connected to the same network.
I sure hope some of the fixes above will help you with any lag problems you’ve been experiencing. If you have any other tips about improving your connection speed in Black Ops 2 please share them in the comments below.
More fixes from Activision:
Below is a page from Activision set to help you out if you are experiencing lag problems in Black Ops 2.
“If you are experiencing latency (commonly known as “lag”) while playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II online, there are a number of steps that you can take to improve the quality of your connection, all revolving around these two key components of Call of Duty online gaming:
- Home Network Quality: Improve the integrity and quality of your network by opening your NAT settings, avoiding use of bandwidth-heavy applications such as video streaming, and playing over a wired Ethernet connection.
- Matchmaking: Understand how matchmaking works so that you can use that knowledge to connect to the best games possible
The guide below expands on the steps you can take to improve connection quality in the game.
HOME NETWORK QUALITY
Home network setup:
- Disable any firewall or security features on your router. See your router’s instruction manual for details.
- Enable UPnP on your router. This will automatically route the correct data to the correct ports. If this does not resolve the issue, then try oneof the following two alternatives:
- Set port forwarding on your router to the IP address of your console. This game uses port 3074 UDP (User Datagram Protocol). If there are multiple consoles on your home network, you can also redirect UDP ports 3074, 3075, and 3076 to the console (one port per console).
- Place your console’s IP address into the DMZ of your router.
- Make sure that you are playing the game over a wired Ethernet connection to your console. DO NOT USE A WIFI CONNECTION. This is a very important step, as WIFI has a wide variance in reliability and bandwidth. Online gaming require a consistent level of minimum bandwidth connection to maintain good connection quality. Because modern consoles come with integrated WIFI, it is easy for users to use that connection to play games. Make sure that you configure your console’s settings to use the wired Ethernet network instead of the integrated WIFI network.
If the above steps improve your network connection to the game, you may want to assign your console a static IP address within your home network. This will ensure that the configurations you made do not need to be done again. You can visit PortForward’s Static IP Guide for a detailed guide.
If the above steps do not improve your network connection to the game, run a test by disconnecting your console from your router and reconnecting the console directly to your modem. If the connection quality of the game improves with this test, your router may not be compatible with the specific needs of this game. Check with your router manufacturer and the console manufacturers’ troubleshooting guides for additional information:
Matchmaking is equally as important to the connection quality of your game as home networking. Matchmaking is impacted by all of the following:
- Region – If you live in a remote region, it will be more difficult to find hosted games that match your profile. The best option for those in extremely remote regions is to play during local peak hours in playlists with high player counts.
- Time of day – Since matchmaking works to find the game with the best connection quality, it will have a much easier time finding high quality connections when there are more players online in your area. As a general rule, peak usage occurs during the late afternoon and evening hours in each time zone.
- DLC ownership – DLC map packs divide matchmaking pools into groups of players who have DLC and players who don’t have DLC. The more map packs that are released, the more matchmaking pools there are. Nine months after the initial launch of the game, for example, the highest single population of players is that which owns all map packs.
For most players – i.e., those who live in regions with a high population of players and who play during peak local hours in popular playlists – matchmaking will find the best connection quality games available. For the smaller percentage of players who do not fall within this category, your network connection quality may benefit from adjusting some of your online gameplay patterns.
Additionally, the game provides the option to change your matchmaking search preferences to favor getting into better quality games (which may extend the time it takes to find a match) or getting into games faster (which may result in lower quality network connection with the host). In the “Find Match” playlist selection screen, press the button labeled “Search Preferences” and select your preference of either matchmaking speed or connection quality.”