Smash rifle is a shooting/spray gun introduced in Patch 9, and is the only weapon so far to have both melee and ranged abilities (Nope, I am not gonna take lag into consideration haha!). This weapon is a small shield looking gun, it is not to parry hits or bullets, but to slap the fluff out of people, hence the name, I bet you weren’t expected that one. Killing with this feature feels awesome! Manly ! …while getting killed by it feels like quite bad lol.
But rare are the people who even use it. Simply because when compared to the shooting itself, the slap feature is a tiny and almost negligible cherry on the top of the smashcake. People deem this rifle “imbalanced” “overpowered” or “cheap”. But why? Are they overacting crybabies like most of the time, or are their complaints justified by the way too powerful nature of this wanpan?
Let’s take a tiny look at this controversial weapon:
- Damage: According to old numbers it is between the semi rifle and submachine guns (if i am correct semi rifle has 10 damage, smash has 11 and submachines 12, if not, correcting me would be appreciated, thanks)
- Bullet capacity : 50 (2nd highest bullet capacity after HMG’s 100.)
- FireRate : about the same as submachines as far as I know.
- Reload time: 3secs.
- Bullet pattern: Random T-shaped 4 bullets pattern.
For now, it looks normal, not really like the mythic fearsome weapon that threatens the peace of our world and that looks set to cause a mundicide. What makes it so effective then?
Because its bullets are GREEEEEEEEEEEN. No.
Because of 2 things : its bullet pattern, and its range of action.
- Bullet Pattern
As mentioned above, its bullet pattern is T shaped, and in a random sequence. However, the spread is tight which makes it accurate. The T shape also helps landing bullets on targets that are dodging laterally, as your crosshair could be totally off the target you still can land bullets (very useful against people dodging very fast). And thus, a higher probability of landing critical hits without having a very decent aim. This could lead to think that smash is easier to use than other spray guns. Indeed, smash is easier to use than SubMachine Guns and Semi-Rifle. Though, as you aren’t aiming as much as with traditional rifles with a fixed bullet pattern, your aim may decrease, and this may affect your aim with other rifles/guns (personally this happens to me).
- Its range of action :
Once again, the smash rifle is between semi and SMG’s in terms of range, as it is a mid-range. Of course it could be used in close range but SMG’s get the job done faster at this range. It could also be used in long-range gunfights, but, obviously Semi has the upper hand in this kind of battles. So why is it good? Because most of the gunfights happen in mid-range. Face a target from too close : you may get melee’d. Too far? Takes a bit longer and while your focus is on that far-away target, some other sneaky enemy rat may get very close to you, which leads people to get closer to kill faster with shooting weapons. Jack of all trade but master of mid-range? Not master but more effective than other rifles at this range (Yes, I know, player’s skill makes this statement kind of flawed but then it creates flaws in all weapon comparisons).
Conclusion : Smash is a versatile mid-range rifle that fits in almost all weapon sets, easy to use and effective for most of the gunfights. Is it OP? Effective is a more appropriate word. Our S4 community loves to deem almost everything “overpowered”, so this word doesn’t really mean anything anymore. Is it getting so much attention because it wasn’t one of the very first weapons Might be possible but not likely. It can possibly replace both SMG’s and Semi. But I highly believe that SMG’s and Semi are more rewarding your aim than a smash could actually do.
What about you?
“OHHHHH SMASH RIFLESSSS !!!”
~ Kokocyon +
PS: this entry was definitely not inspired by smashplaya. And this post is totally open to criticism. Thank you for your time.