11. November 2010 15:14
Unless you’ve been trapped in a cave for the last few years, with only Quake 2 to sate your gaming hunger, you might have noticed that keyboard commands for most modern FPS (not to mention MMO) games are increasing. As a result our hand movements have to get faster and more complex. Furthermore, most modern gamesmiths expect us to now press G for grenade, which is a full two keys away from WASD, but I digress.
Why not take the strain off your keyboard hand and keep it fixed firmly to the main movement controls, to maximize those bullet dodging skills?
The number and positioning of programmable buttons on the R.A.T allows you to do this, leaving your trusty rodent sidekick to take care of other functions. In my opinion, games like Bad Company 2 get approximately 5 times more satisfying when the pistol, grenade, rifle and noob tube commands are set to the R.A.T controls. I am so used to it; my hand rejects all other alternatives.
If I am preaching to the converted, rejoice in those high scores! If you aren’t using your R.A.T to its full potential then I hope these profiles give you that extra edge.
P.S. Everyone is different, so if you don’t like my key mappings, I have included a short readme file for swapping them round.
Download the Profiles Here
The Profile pack includes the following game profiles
- ARMA2: Arrowhead
- Bloody Good Time
- Civ V
- Counter Strike
- DA: Origins
- Dead Rising 2
- Global Agenda
- Just Cause 2
- Lost Planet 2
- Mafia 2
- Mass Effect 2
- Mount & Blade
- Napoleon: TW
- Shattered Horizon
- Starcraft 2
These profiles include all the keyboard commands for the game.
This means we’ve done most of the leg work for you. If you want to change the profile layout, all you need to do is choose which button on your R.A.T that you want to carry out a particular command.
1. Deposit the profile in your profile folder. On XP this is located in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents. On Vista, it’s C:\Users\Public\Documents, and Windows 7 the folder is located in your Documents Library.
2. Open your profile editor, and then using the open function, load up a profile.
3. To assign a function to a button, right click the button cell in the editor. The menu will show all the commands saved to the profile document. Left click the command name and it will be assigned to that button.
4. Repeat this process for any other commands you want to add.
5. Once you are happy with your setup, click the Save As button and give your new profile a name. You can save over the existing one if you want, but it may be best to keep this one unchanged as a template for new profiles.
You can then activate the profile by clicking the profile button (blue target reticule) in the editor window. Alternatively, once saved, the profile will appear in your Cyborg icon menu from the system tray. Left click on the profile name to activate, and click clear profile to deactivate the profile.