To begin with, I feel like the BR tuning was pretty good. It effectively made the BR a mid-range weapon instead of a mid-long range weapon. I have, however, experienced some problems with BR/magnum confrontations. It feels like the magnum can out-duel a BR at any range, especially long range. It is definitely frustrating to face a magnum user with my BR because it feels like 8/10 encounters end in my death. It also seems like, in fewer cases, the Magnum can out-duel a DMR.I feel like an appropriate magnum tuning should go as follows:Absolutely no to nerfing the Magnum. It is perfect the way it is and it stands as the baseline weapon for the sandbox. The other weapons should be tailored around it. This is not to suggest that the BR, Carbine, DMR, and SMG couldn't use some further adjustments to better align their performance around the Magnum.
Out of these four suggestions, I believe the last two are the most important. In short, I want the magnum to have more of a Halo: Reach feel with a little less range and spread. What do you all think of this?
- Reduce damage, making it a 5 body 1 headshot kill.
- Slightly increase fire rate to make up for that loss of damage
- Increase spread for a slightly less consistent shot
- Reduce red reticle range to effectively shorten the magnum's range
FML, I had a nice little post going in response to you eLantern
, and I accidentally erased it! I won't go into all that again, but just say this. I really don't believe that the Carbine, SMG, and DMR need to align with the Magnum. I am appreciating each weapon's role that they now play, although that DMR's RoF...damn it feels slow.
The BR, I will admit, I am still slightly on the fence about. I need more time with this. I will be picking it up whenever I can, and I encourage others to do the same. Even though we may be having trouble with the change, and don't like it. What better way to help 343 make a decision and change that RRR a bit than to give them the data that they need? Yes, posting here does the trick as well, but those guys love their numbers.
It's only been a day guys. Be patient, and keep playing.