Tons of casual and professional FPS players have praised the result of aim training, but not every aim trainer is created equal.
If you’re trying to rank up in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valorant, Fortnite, Rainbow Six Siege, or any competitive shooter, an aim trainer is a great place to start. The two most popular titles are Aim Lab and KovaaK 2.0. These games help players to reach the same goal, but they use very different features and tools in doing so. Both aim trainers also lean heavily into their Steam Workshop communities. Here are the pros and cons of KovaaK 2.0 and Aim Lab, plus which one we think wins out as the best aim trainer.
KovaaK was first released on Steam in 2018 and it’s received a ton of content updates since then. The base KovaaK 2.0 experience includes thousands of premade scenarios that can be tuned to work for any game. The in-game sensitivity converter is also second-to-none. CSGO players will love the flick trainer, while Overwatch and Apex Legends fans will appreciate the verticality of some of the available training courses.
Aim Lab is an early access title that’s much newer than KovaaK. As a result, it has less content to train with. The game does have a built-in aim tracking course, something that KovaaK sells as paid downloadable content. Aim Lab really tries to push its feedback system to help guide a player’s development, which is useful at first but quickly drops off over time. Aim Lab has a cleaner aesthetic and arguably features more user-friendly menus, but it lacks the sheer number of training exercises as base KovaaK. And it’s the training that is most important here.
The Steam Workshop is an invaluable tool for any aim trainer. If developers didn’t create a certain aim training scenario, the community can step in and fill in the gaps. In fact, many players can expect to spend more time in community aim maps rather than in the included content. In that respect, KovaaK’s custom content beats Aim Lab.
The KovaaK 2.0 Steam Workshop page has more than 15,000 courses created by players from around the world. In fact, there are even several aim tracking games on Workshop if you don’t want to pay for tracking DLC. Aim Lab’s only big advantage is that players can post entire playlists rather than just individual scenarios. That’s a nice convenience, but the editing menus in Aim Lab are much more difficult to work with. KovaaK gets the overall edge here.
Aim Lab has one advantage over KovaaK 2.0 in that it’s completely free to play, at least when getting started. Aim Lab makes money by selling cosmetic DLC, some of which is designed in partnership with pro players including AWPer Erik “fl0m” Flom and Fortnite champion Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf. Some may find it silly to have skins in an aim trainer, but the option exists. Aim Lab’s DLC skins range in price from $3.99 to $9.99.
KovaaK 2.0 is available for $9.99, which is a low price considering all of its features and its great amount of content. That does make the aim trainer more expensive than its biggest competition, but as the old saying goes, you tend to get what you pay for. The only KovaaK DLC is the aim tracking lab, which is available for $1.99.
When it comes to picking the best aim trainer, the content comes first. Training and feedback tools like the ones in Aim Lab are useful, but they can’t make up for its lesser amount of content and its fewer features. KovaaK 2.0 wins out as our preferred aim trainer due to its larger pool of base content and its massive Steam Workshop community.
KovaaK has a course for nearly every scenario you can imagine across dozens of competitive shooting titles, and anything that isn’t in the Workshop isn’t too difficult to set up on your own. Experienced FPS players will appreciate KovaaK’s gigantic amount of content that they can tackle at their own pace. Aim Lab isn’t a bad choice if you want to test out aim trainers or absolutely require an easier UI, but Aim Lab still loses to KovaaK’s as our pick for best FPS aim trainer.