What? That's exactly how Halo 2 works with the Battle Rifle. Whoever fires first is going to win 80% of the time, everytime. In Halo 1, a skilled player could strafe, dodge, dip, dive, duck, or dodge and then three-shot kill you before you have a chance to hit him a third time.
Ido, read the avatar rules.
As a matter of fact, I'm going to suggest that the BR is even worse for balance than the Halo 1 pistol. You don't notice it because of the importance of super weapons in H2, but anyway...
I can't explain why but I have an absolutely terrible time with BR. I'm too twitchy or something, but it is damn near impossible for me to get 4 head shots while the other person is strafing or moving. I just can't do it. On the other hand, certain players like Gamble are extremely good at it. So there's a lot of situations where I will get the first shot off, but I miss one of them, and I get hit 4 times in a row; then I'm dead. I didn't have these problems with the Halo 1 pistol. I only had to make the shot 3 times; and it leveled out the playing field for me.
So you end up in a situation where the BR only compounds the issue with skilled players even more than the pistol did, and it isn't even a satisfying weapon to use; it feels relatively weak. Essentially you have a watered down weapon (the BR) that Bungie inserted to make the game slightly easier, and it only has made things worse.
But again, most people don't notice this so much because the real difference between Halo 1 and Halo 2 is that in H2 the power weapons are a lot more powerful than they were in Halo 1. So people get tagged by sniper, rockets, and sword, and don't realize that the BR is just a lamer pistol.
The pistol was just such a satisfying weapon. It sat in the middle of the screen, it had that perfect recoil action after each shot, just enough knockdown power. I don't care if it wasn't realistic that a pistol was so that powerful; Halo is a sci-fi game anyway. Now we have the BR which has that dumb buzzing sound, doesn't feel like a rifle should, and is overall pretty boring. Woo.
Edited by jesusphreak, 02 May 2007 - 03:18 PM.