Destiny Auto Rifles a little less useful now

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Despite all of the negative press, Destiny still has a surprisingly large active player base. It might not be as high as Bungie would’ve hoped, but their continued support could entice some burned players to return. Especially those who loved their scout rifles, because they’re finally useful.

In a small hot fix that will go live today, Bungie is balancing one of my main issues with Destiny. I loved Scout Rifles, but compared to a nice, equally powerful Auto Rifle it just wasn’t good enough. Auto Rifles were often the go to weapon of choice, making loot drops even more frustrating. That’s changing, if only sightly.

Scout Rifles and Hand Cannons get a little buff, while Auto Rifles and Shotguns suffer a little nerf. It’s tiny, so I’m not sure how effective it’s going to be.

Auto Rifles

  • Base Damage decreased by 2%
  • Reduced Precision Damage multiplier from 1.50 -> 1.25 (head shot bonus)
  • Stability decreased by 4% – 17% (driven by stat value)

Hand Cannons

  • In-air accuracy now increased

Scout Rifles

  • Base damage increased by 6%
  • Damage vs. Combatants increased by 6% – 25% (based on tier)
  • Improved target acquisition, plus additional recoil tuning.

Shotguns

  • Decreased base damage at maximum range (falloff) by 20%
  • Shot Package Perk now has a slightly wider cone of fire
  • The Rangefinder and Shot Package perks are now mutually exclusive
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It’s a tiny fix that may or may not change much. Bungie is busy preparing a larger patch that will address overall class balance and exotic weaponry, which many players have claimed are often worse than their more common weaponry.

It’s good that a month after launch, Bungie is still regularly updating and tweaking Destiny in order to keep their players happy. The only problem is that most of these changes aren’t really encouraging me to return.

Last Updated: October 14, 2014

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • oVg

    All I see is Halo every time I see a Destiny screen.
    I am surprised that Bungie were allowed to keep the ammo count concept as a digital display on the rifle. That was Halos baby. I hope Lindsey Lohan does not sue them πŸ˜›

    • eXpZA

      “ammo count concept as a digital display on the rifle”
      Pretty sure I saw that in Duke Nukem 3D.

      • Admiral Chief 0

        Agreed

      • oVg

        That was on a HUD. But I saw it first in Halo. Thought it was cool.

        • Admiral Chief 0

          Didn’t the chaingun have an ammo display on it?

          • oVg

            I only remember the HUD.
            But I do remember seeing it first in Aliens.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            Man, that gun was/is a thing of beauty

          • oVg

            I can still vividly remember the sound it makes.

          • Guest

            Everyone does.

          • Guest

            I can exactly remember the sound!

          • Hammersteyn

            I’m changing my whatsapp alert to that sound!

          • Skyblue

            Best assault rifle ever.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            Indeed. Reload? No, GRENADE!

          • oVg

            More like a bubblegum counter.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            MIGHTY FOOT ENGAGED

        • Admiral Chief 0

          What about the rifle in Aliens/AvP?

          • oVg

            Another great concept from the mind of James Cameron.
            The radar being his best.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            Aye dude, I’m quite keen on the new Alien game. I remember shooting the snot out of a few pipes/doors/rats/cockroaches in AvP when that motion sensor picked up movement

          • oVg

            That piping radar sound SOLD me out of the box.

      • Dark

        Agreed

      • Sageville

        So to confirm, oVg is wrong?

        • Admiral Chief 0

          He is not wrong, just less-right

          • Sageville

            …and all is right in the world.

        • oVg

          I still cant find a screen grab.

    • Guest

      Never played Halo. not sure if I’m better of for it.

      • Admiral Chief 0

        I only played the first one, on PC. Not a bad game, for its time

      • oVg

        They are all the same. Wait for the AI to bop his head around the corner and shoot. Rince repeat. 3D whack a mole.

        • Hammersteyn

          Oh….. just like Destiny

          • oVg

            But more human A.I. that has more bugs than the programming.

        • Admiral Chief 0

          Is your brother in Halo? Oh, the short ones right?

          • oVg

            I forgot what they are called. I found the Halo lore confusing and I finished 4 not knowing what the hell was going on. I remember Elders, Halo ring attacking Earth and some evil dude locked away in a planet with a roof.
            Cortana was like every other chick with crazy mood swings πŸ˜›

  • Sean Carbutt

    Just read this on their site. What is happening is that Bunged Gee, are turning destiny into a COD vs BF scenario. The more that they listen to the 12 year old shotgun sniper noobs the more they will fawk this game up. The point is to keep upgrading your gear and weapons until you find the one that you are happy with, but to just nerf all of them from the start because some wankers are moaning, well this does not make sense to me.

  • Admiral Chief 0

    Tell me, do these “auto rifles” auto aim?

  • Jonah Cash

    Still playing daily and still loving it!!! I don’t know what it is but this game just plays so well!!

    On other news, I hear that Fifa 15 PC version got it’s first patch which means that Fifa 15 on PS4 should have a patch almost ready…. Will be buying Fifa 15 today if time permits me to!!

    • Hammersteyn

      I’m hopelessly addicted. There is no hope for me.

      • Jonah Cash

        I am also lost to Destiny!!! The game is just fun….

    • Splooshypooh

      I was so bummed when i got it for pc πŸ™ Wont pre-order from EA again. Just had some screen glitches, nothing major. But it doesn’t feel like the game it was hyped up to be. Maybe i should start thinking about getting a PS4 as it looks far better on that. But that controller πŸ™

      • Jonah Cash

        I am on my third controller and it is actually taking the punch like you would expect it to!! I’m apparently rough on them so for this one to hold up it must mean that they have sorted out their crap!!
        And yes Fifa looks awesome on the PS4 it is really a game that is helped a lot by the new gen consoles…. Much better than on the PS3!!!

        • Sageville

          I’m still using my first 2 PS4 controllers, the rubber did wear off, so I bought these aluminium thumb joysticks parts and rubber covers for the joysticks. The replacement process was easy, and only cost about R300. I now have 2 awesome and solid controllers, and the whole thing saved me a stack.

          • Jonah Cash

            My first one also only did the rubber thing!! But the second one broke the R2 and R1 buttons….

          • Sageville

            Did you open them up or was it a straight plastic failure?

          • Jonah Cash

            Straight plastic failure on both of them!! They just broke off!! Very weird…..

          • Guest

            Eish, unlucky.

            Still love the feel of the controller vs PS3

          • Jonah Cash

            100% improvement!!! But the PS3 remote was as tough as a diamond!! Mine went through a window into a wall and I am still gaming with it…. My PS4 remotes are treated like children in my house and they keep on breaking… Bastards!!!

          • Hammersteyn

            Both of mine works fine, what the hell are you guys doing with the controllers?

          • Jonah Cash

            Eating the rubber at night and stepping on the triggers πŸ™‚

          • CAE9872

            I agree with Hammer – you MUST be doing something weird with them because mine, touch wood, are both working well with no signs of wear.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            Dude, if you get home and the dog ate it or something, the amount of irony will be immense!

          • CAE9872

            This would be true but games room is like Fort Knox, and no pets! I do have kids…so there is that I suppose… I also try and not throw them at the telly when ref makes a bad call in FIFA which is what Jonah must be doing!!!

          • Jonah Cash

            Oh I am unlucky like that!! My very first car had 46km on it when the bonnet flew open and smashed the windscreen and roof… And ever since then I have found factory faults with pretty much everything I buy!!

          • Hammersteyn

            Don’t buy local, try importing? πŸ˜›

          • Hammersteyn

            hahaha

          • CAE9872

            THIS^

          • Sageville

            Some of us have manly-fingers, not delicate petal-fingers.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            I’ve seen Hammersteyn, he has big ogre hands, (no offense hammer)

          • Hammersteyn

            Hey I could have been a hand model for all you know.

          • Sageville

            You look weird with the fake beard…

          • Hammersteyn

            πŸ˜€

  • Admiral Chief 0
    • Hammersteyn

      Could have used a pic of C4 as well.

    • oVg
      • Admiral Chief 0

        VRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRVRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRVVRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

        (strangely enough I was thinking of this scene)

        • oVg

          Reminds me how Hollywood only gave a shit for the MAN target MARKET back in the day. Now all these new age 90s men think The Hangover is the best man film ever πŸ™
          Panzie white picket fence handbag carriers.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            Preach it brudda.

            We need more BRO movies from those days!

          • oVg

            The Expendables is kind of there but that is more for comedy fan service.
            This new Conan film better kick ass. I want rape, murder, REVENGE, genocide like the films we grew up with as kids in the 70s.

            The Dear Hunter being the best FILM that I watched in the 70s. Parental control was unheard of back in the day when we would buy candy cigarettes and tomb thumbs from the corner shop.

          • Skoobaz

            LOL, f’ing classic!

      • Admiral Chief 0

        …if it bleeds…

      • Sageville

        Ol’ painless!

        • oVg

          VRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  • Hammersteyn

    One thing I think would be nice is if they made switching weapons a bit easier. Having to go to options to switch primary weapons in a fire fight can be problematic

    • Jonah Cash

      I love getting to a guy who is changing his guns and is oblivious of me sneaking up on him….. I change to that brute shotgun of mine and put it in his face and booooooom!!!!! Hahahahahaha

      • Hammersteyn

        Shotgun FTW. A heart stopping moment is when you round a corner and an enemy misses his first shot with a shotgun and you blow him away. Also I’ve seen people do a shotgun melee combo if the first shot doesn’t kill the player. The punch lands almost immediately after the first shot.

        • Jonah Cash

          That is exactly how my tank takes out people!! I give a shot and land a fist in your face and you are definitely dead!!

        • Sageville

          Yeah you can’t beat the softening up with bullets and finished off with a PK.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            warakaTHWAP

        • SHOWT1ME 316

          That is my automatic reaction whenever I use a shotgun. Often times I can be seen killing a guy with one shotgun shot and then chucking a knife into his now dead, falling corpse because its just part of using the shotgun for me. Right trigger then right bumper.

          • Hammersteyn

            One two combo πŸ˜€

  • Jim Peterson

    Wtf? I use auto rifle in PvP I’m constantly getting killed by people with charge rifles etc because it takes so long to bring someone down with the auto rifle, and usually not before having to reload, and now it’s going to be even worse? Awesome.

    • Jonah Cash

      Time to migrate to another gun me thinks!! Also use the Auto but have a Scout Rifle lying around somewhere!!

    • Sageville

      You see how the Fusion rifle gets used in PVP, you basically continuously keep charging/recharging the gun when running round and then one-shot baddies.

      Peeps be sneaky

    • SHOWT1ME 316

      Strafe, my brother. Strafe. I haven’t been killed by a fusion rifle head-on in quite a while. It glows pretty bright right before its going to shoot so I automatically jerk right or left once I see that and they almost always miss. Then you have a good 3 seconds of defenseless enemy to have your way with.

  • Mark Treloar

    So i watched the Star Citizen demo from yesterday and i have to ask. $56 million and the level of detail planetside is insane. Destiny $500 Million WTF?

    • Hammersteyn

      Peter Dinklage asked for $100 000 per sentence?

      • Mark Treloar

        Sounds about right.

  • Trebzz

    This game needs to die so badly

    • Harsh πŸ˜› I can never tell if you actually like games anymore you keep changing your mind

      • Trebzz

        It was so much fun for the first 40 hours but then it started being the same thing over and over and over again πŸ˜› being stuck on level 24 for 2 weeks and still getting common items from Master Rahool was annoying as well. I played FC4 and AC at your guys amazing stand btw and thanks for running away as I was coming to say hello lol. I am gonna enjoy the hell out of those 2 games come next month πŸ˜€

        • hahaha sorry man, you got to run faster to keep up with me πŸ˜› and yeah I’m stuck on 25, you need to upgrade your gear man that’s one of the best ways to get higher levels.

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