I have been playing all Halo games for a few years now, and i dont know perhaps some people will join me in my request, i would like the 343 team to give up that weapon called "the answer" in Halo Infinite.
This thing is a rage quit machine really.
I just gave up another match facing people over using it, camping/crouching behind walls with it, etc...
I agree with the "1 shot-1 kill weapons" if at least they require the player to go in close combat (like hammers, swords....) but really that weapon called the answer is killing any pleasure i found in playing the Halo games multiplayer modes... I ve seen too many people camping in "crouching mode" waiting to see someone closing in (that 's a huge advantage because people dont see you on radar when crouching and the only thing they need to do is to wait for enemies to appear and it takes less than a couple of seconds to kill you...)
Actually i am even thinking about stopping playing Halo 5 multiplayer because of it. (despites the fact i ve been playing Halo games since 2001...)
Hopefully some people will agree with me...
What kind of mode are you playing it? Super Fiesta? Big Team Battle Super Fiesta? And are you speaking about the SAW or his variant (The Answer)?
If you are refering these battle modes and the Weapon Variant. There another weapons like Incinerator, Energy Sword, Gravity Hammer and some other variants that I think they're too overpowered to counter on. The Answer it's only on in the social modes or some special modes, and you need to be very lucky to get this weapon randomly. If they really will remove this weapon, they should remove others too. When I play these game modes, it's more for enjoyment than competitive against the others. You can't expect much a true balance when you're receiving the weapons randomly for everyone.
If you are referring about the SAW on main competitive mode, I don't think it's too overpowered. Obviously the weapon have impressive range and damage, but it's only avaible like any other special weapons, like the sniper rifle, railgun or plasmacaster. The only weakness of this weapon it's the lack of ammunation to keep it longer. You need a few bullets to kill, but you have a chance to avoid, run away or counter the enemy with grenades or grenade. The weapon can only lock one by one, so two people can work and keep together to defeat it. In Halo 5, you can avoid with spartan abilities too.
I sincerely, I die more for energy sword than any other weapon. In Halo 5, the sword energy had a far more battery than any other plasma weapons. You can sprint and use spartan abilities to avoid and return so fast to get the enemy by surprise. Most 80% are one hit kill: you can lock on and kill in greater distance if the main sight is red. This makes me pissed too much because you die by the same guy by five times in a roll. Even you could defeat it, he could turn back earlier or later to use the same strategy again and again. Even if I keep my attention to the sword energy, some other less skilled player will be the victim. When everytime I'm focused on killing it, he tries to escape, and the other enemy will defend him. The variants of this weapon makes you abuse both sprint and SA. There's another that makes you invisible to the players.
The sniper rifle, when with someone skilled, will could be a serial killer. Can easily fire one shot in their heads or take two shots very fast without missing it. When you have a very skilled team, it will become a true massacre against the less skilled players. There's other variants that's make you too overpowered, like bringing more ammunation to reload, and other that you can get a instant kill (Norfang). The covenants sniper rifles can easily do the job more faster than normal.
We have the incinerator too. I just needed to hold the trigger button to load the weapon, and wait for someone unlucky in my way and drop the shot. I get instant kills easily, altought the weapon doesn't have much energy to kill more.
The Hammer can do more one hit kills than energy swords, but the disvantage you can walk a little slower than carrying a sword. He had one variant make you spread electric mid-range waves, making one of the most powerful broken weapons existing in this game.
I think it's all matter how can you seize the opportunity, or how you can handle the weapon. Dying for SAW it's the last thing I would be worried than dying for the other weapons. Most of majority times I kill him behind or try to avoid from his line of sight jumping around, firing with a needler, noob combo or shooting with DMR or BR in a greater distance.
If you truly want to balance, I think you could ask for 343i for less distance or more spread. This problem could be easily resolved (if they want too).