Don’t Buy The New GTA Online Precision Rifle, It Sucks

A large rifle sits on an orange background with a red x in front of it.

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Earlier this week, Rockstar Games launched the most recent, large replace for Grand Theft Auto Online, its tremendous standard open-world MMO. The new replace introduced some much-needed modifications and options to the practically decade-old sport. It additionally added a brand new semi-auto rifle to the digital streets of Los Santos that price practically half one million {dollars} and… it sucks utterly. It’s so unhealthy, that many are confused as to why it was even added.

The free Criminal Enterprises replace for GTA Online launched on July 26 and it introduced with it lots of enhancements and new options to the sport, a lot of which had been requested by followers for years. The replace consists of stuff like the power to do promote missions in a non-public session and the power to lastly run across the on line casino or inside nightclubs. It additionally added new monitor creator options and simplified consuming snacks and utilizing armor. All and all, not an excellent flashy or attractive replace, however a wise one that may assist hold the getting older sport playable and enjoyable.

The replace additionally added a brand new weapon that simply actually sucks.

The Precision Rifle is, in concept, alleged to be a semi-auto sniper rifle that’s extremely exact and can be utilized in mid-range to long-range gunfights. And for an eye-watering excessive worth of $450,000 (with out reductions) lots of gamers would possibly count on some first rate bang for his or her buck. I do know I did after I picked up the gun the second I logged in after the replace was reside. What I and different gamers truly received for that prime price ticket was fairly horrible.

The first crimson flag appeared earlier than I even fired the gun. After shopping for it, I went to spend some more money on upgrading it and including some equipment, like a scope or silencer. This is a fairly widespread a part of GTA Online and mainly, all of my different weapons have comparable choices. But the Precision Rifle would not have any of this. All you are able to do is swap out the colours on it. There’s no scope, prolonged magazine, flashlights, or something. This made me nervous, however I figured on the time that maybe it was so good it did not want that stuff. You learn the headline and made it this far so I haven’t got to let you know—however I’ll anyway—I used to be mistaken. So mistaken.

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In the very first firefight towards some random police who began attacking me for no cause in any respect (do not take a look at all of the useless our bodies round me) I shortly found this rifle has a really sluggish firing charge. It additionally would not appear any extra exact or correct than most of my different rifles and pistols. Against different gamers it additionally would not appear to do a lot harm, taking three or 4 physique pictures to kill a troll making an attempt to bother you. While it does sound cool, that is about all this costly firearm has going for it.

Within the GTA Online neighborhood, the suggestions from gamers is generally detrimental. The overwhelming majority of gamers on-line really feel the gun is a ripoff and a waste of cash, evaluating it to cheaper rifles which have comparable and even superior stats. I noticed one participant evaluate it to a Nerf blaster. Not an ideal assessment of a factor that’s alleged to be a lethal weapon.

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Adding to the detrimental response is that gamers had been anticipating one other, totally different weapon to even be part of this new replace. That gun is the M16-like Service Rifle, a gun that Rockstar teased in screenshots launched earlier than Criminal Enterprises was launched. But after the replace hit, the gun was nowhere to be discovered. It seems, by way of dataminers, that the Service Rifle is coming and will likely be a reward for finishing a scavenger hunt.

Oddly, some gamers are reporting that once they loaded up the sport after the replace they discovered the Service Rifle of their stock already. This model of the gun appears bugged and it is all probably an unintended mistake. But at the least it is laborious to complain a couple of crappy, bugged gun when it is “free”.

Kotaku has reached out to Rockstar in regards to the Service Rifle and if there are any plans to replace or change the poorly-received Precision Rifle. Until one thing modifications, I’d counsel you save your cash and purchase one thing else. And hey, at the least Rockstar nerfed the horrible OP jetbike!

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