let me preface this by saying that I've been playing sense the beginning of gears of war 1 and am perfectly capable of wall bouncing with the best of them, and i LOVE my Gnasher
***** I DID NOT PLAY BETA*****
But this isn't really about Beta, its about long term retail viabality
Heck i even think a Gnashers only play list would be okay to have, id even play it occasionally ,
As we all know in gears 1 and gears 2, unless to were roadie running instead of wall bouncing as intended, gnashers players were practically immune to rifle rounds, i mean seriously if a 1v1 rifle man downed you as a gnasher players, KILL YOURSELF i seriously don't think that has even happened to me in my entire gears of war 2 career, if it has its extraordinarily rare, that's because...
Point Blank- Gnasher wins point blank every time as a butterfly could land on you with your chainsaw out and not only does it lower BUT YOU STUMBLE TWICE, seriously Epic? oh and you don't even have to have a chainsaw out, if your holding a lancer and you get hit with any damage no matter how small, not even bullets necessarily, and you just start randomly stumbling if you try and chainsaw, its flat out ridiculous. its like epic is terrified that if anything even remotely competes with the Gnasher, Gears of War is dead.
Close Range- obviously the Gnasher is king, as it should be no problems
Medium Range- this is the seriously flat out retard aspect of the Game design but never the less is true. Shot guns are WAY better fighting cover to cover, even when its pretty spaced out. Only at the longest ranges is the lancer/hammer is worth equipping and even still only as a support role to your teams Gnasher Bouncers
Now i know epic said that this time it would be different BUT, even in the beta, with Gnashers outweighing ALL other weapon related kills combined, They are already on the Nerf train. and the game isn't even out yet. my guess after patch 3.2 all other weapons will have been slowly but surely nerfed into oblivion, And by the sounds of it, you all want epic to do that, and make sure that the player has to REALLY give an honest effort to be killed as a Gnasher player by a non-gnasher starter weapon,
WHY? i know the Gnasher is fun but come on, just go play gears 1 or gears 2 if you want to click right on the D-pad the second the game starts and never look back
What i really hope is the Epic doesn't cave and re-Nerf in chainsaw back into oblivion, make the rifles shoot rubber bullets, and totally phase out the S/O to the point where it no longer should be in the game. Because invariable in both Gnashers 1 and 2. Every title update was a progressive Nerf on all weapons save the Gnasher,