I liked the inclusion of the needle rifle as a replacement of sorts for the carbine rifle but the plasma repeater's inclusion just felt unnecessary, like why was it there along with the plasma rifle? Always seemed stupid and I notice that it barely gets touched (by anyone) in most online matches I play (mostly gets picked up if someone is trying to respawn a weapon) and I think I used it like a couple of times whenever playing the campaign.Yeah, I find the weapon an odd inclusion. If the game had dual-wielding it would have made sense. Difference from the Plasma Rifle is that it does more damage and doesn't overheat, but the fire rate decreases when fired for too long.
Actually, the fire rate decrease of the Plasma Repeater is
the weapon overheating; you have to wait for the gun to cool down again or press X to vent before you can fire it again ;)
I find the Plasma Repeater to be an enjoyable weapon, particularly in Firefight Score Attack, where it downs hordes of Grunts with ease, and its more rapid firing is useful against Brutes and Elites, particularly if the Brutes are using Spikers or Plasma Rifles themselves, and if the Elites are dual-wielding Plasma Rifles.
It's one of the sorts of weapons that you have to learn how to use it in the right way that best suits the gameplay, or else yeah, you're gonna find that it sucks XD
As for the Needle Rifle, same sorta thing. You need to work out where it fits best into the gameplay, because you're not gonna have the best time at using it
I find it works well for headshotting troublesome Jackals, and you can take out Grunts a lot faster than if you have a Needler (not that Needlers aren't handy, of course, but their range makes it suitable for close-quarters). I've found myself time and again making great use of the Needle Rifle, pinging Covie after Covie from far away, although the Brutes do
tend to dive to one side, which can be frustrating (pinging them with the DMR from far away works better, I have found)
This is just my opinion, coming from a gamer who has played one too many hours of Score Attack Firefight because it's a whole lot more fun, and it's not quite as broken
as most of the Matchmade games are.... :P