The BF Diaries: Are DART rounds the new USAS?
The intrepid Triggywiggy over at BATTLEFIELDO is reporting that the M26 Dart is the new USAS Frag Round post patch. According to Triggy there is a glitch in the code. When you attach the M26 with an underslung rail and add a heavy barrel while using dart rounds, the damage of the darts increases by a huge margin and is quite effective at long distances. DICE has confirmed they are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming patch.
I’ve been using the G3A3 with dart rounds since well before the patch and while I believe my fellow gamers when they say there is a problem, I’m not convinced that it’s the new USAS.
I will admit that my first game post patch was with the G3A3 and underslung M26 with dart rounds and I went 21 and 6. 16 of those kills were attributed to the dart. But this had to do with the fact that the other team was entirely preoccupied with shooting down our air support with the newly adjusted Stingers thus allowing me to flank and come up behind them far too easily during the match. Because of the 20 round capacity of the G3 and my tendency to go through the clip quickly I’ve always liked using the underslung M26 on the G3A3 and I started using the dart rounds when it was suggested by 1WINDSHEAR, long before the patch. I like to use the G3A3 on large maps that feature quite a bit of close quarter combat as well. It’s not instinctual for me to use the M26 at range so I have no knowledge as to its effectiveness over long distances and I honestly can’t recall a time when I’ve been killed by one over a long distance. Unless I get a head shot it takes me two shots of dart to put most people down and the M26 has a painfully slow rate of fire. So I have to respectfully disagree with Triggerwigger, while the dart round glitch is an issue that needs to be fixed it is simply not as gamebreaking as the USAS with frag rounds combo was.
This hasn’t stopped the forum trolls from blaming BATTLEFIELDO and various game commentators for this glitch’s proliferation throughout the community. Blaming BATTLEFIELDO for promoting this glitch is ludicrous. It’s like Romney blaming Obama for an Ohio drywall factory closing down under the Bush presidency. Knowledge of these type of glitches spread much like the common cold throughout the community. Once you get nailed by a dart for the sixteenth time you try the loadout yourself and Bob’s your Uncle. I remember getting killed relentlessly for about a week by the USAS frag round combo before I saw mention of it on the internet.
Regardless of this current meme in the BF3 community I will continue to use my G3A3 with underslung M26. Though I have recently traded in the heavy barrel for a flash suppressor and will probably switch back to buckshot in anticipation of the over-nerf the dart round will probably get. I find the flash suppressor makes the G3A3 much more effective in my hands and an underslung M26 always comes to my aid in a pinch, along with my trusty sidearm (currently the .44 Magnum.)
Posted on May 9, 2012, in Battlefield, Gaming, Shooters, The Battlefield Diaries, Xbox 360 and tagged Battlefield, Battlefield 3, Battlefield 3 tactics, Battlefiled 3 Tactics, DART. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.