Well, the Jones secret magnum enhance being a brilliant move is a matter of opinion. Do I use the magnum over almost all others? Yes. Should the starting side arm be more powerful than most other primaries? In my opinion, no. I believe a side arm should be that. The use of a side arm in my opinion should be if you dont have a primary, or your primary goes dry and switching to side arm for a finish is quicker than reloading.
Well by that logic, halo 2 was a fiasco too. The whole game was scrapped and redone in crunch mode. Halo CE wasn't a fiasco per se. Jason Jones tweaked some stuff right before launch (the pistol in particular) and it turned out to be a brilliant move.
BR hands down, it just looks right for the part, and it's iconic.Absolutely. Halo CE magnum made a name for itself, but that was due to a developer fiasco. Once they fixed that in H2, the BR has become an icon to the game. It also makes sense to be the primary for an elite naval warfare team to use with its versatile options.
There is no such thing as a "sidearm" in a game where you can only hold two weapons at any given time regardless of size. Your "Primary" and "Secondary" is decided by your playstyle, not arbitrary designations.
Also, the CE is better balanced relative to the CE sandbox than pretty much any comparable weapon in a later Halo game, all weapons aside from the Needler are viable. A smart player CE will drop their Pistol when the situation calls for it while in later games there is no reason to drop your BR/DMR unless you are doing something goofy.