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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

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

88 Comments

  1. 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˜›

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    • eXpZA

      October 14, 2014 at 08:46

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

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief 0

        October 14, 2014 at 08:48

        Agreed

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      • oVg

        October 14, 2014 at 08:48

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

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        • Admiral Chief 0

          October 14, 2014 at 08:58

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

          Reply

          • oVg

            October 14, 2014 at 09:01

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

          • Admiral Chief 0

            October 14, 2014 at 09:02

            Man, that gun was/is a thing of beauty

          • oVg

            October 14, 2014 at 09:03

            I can still vividly remember the sound it makes.

          • Guest

            October 14, 2014 at 09:04

            Everyone does.

          • Guest

            October 14, 2014 at 09:04

            I can exactly remember the sound!

          • Hammersteyn

            October 14, 2014 at 09:05

            I’m changing my whatsapp alert to that sound!

          • Skyblue

            October 14, 2014 at 09:20

            Best assault rifle ever.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            October 14, 2014 at 09:20

            Indeed. Reload? No, GRENADE!

          • oVg

            October 14, 2014 at 09:05

            More like a bubblegum counter.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            October 14, 2014 at 09:06

            MIGHTY FOOT ENGAGED

        • Admiral Chief 0

          October 14, 2014 at 09:01

          What about the rifle in Aliens/AvP?

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          • oVg

            October 14, 2014 at 09:02

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

          • Admiral Chief 0

            October 14, 2014 at 09:03

            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

            October 14, 2014 at 09:03

            That piping radar sound SOLD me out of the box.

      • Dark

        October 14, 2014 at 09:28

        Agreed

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      • Sageville

        October 14, 2014 at 09:30

        So to confirm, oVg is wrong?

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        • Admiral Chief 0

          October 14, 2014 at 09:38

          He is not wrong, just less-right

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          • Sageville

            October 14, 2014 at 09:46

            …and all is right in the world.

        • oVg

          October 14, 2014 at 10:10

          I still cant find a screen grab.

          Reply

    • Guest

      October 14, 2014 at 09:04

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

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      • Admiral Chief 0

        October 14, 2014 at 09:07

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

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      • oVg

        October 14, 2014 at 09:07

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

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        • Hammersteyn

          October 14, 2014 at 09:07

          Oh….. just like Destiny

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          • oVg

            October 14, 2014 at 09:08

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

        • Admiral Chief 0

          October 14, 2014 at 09:08

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

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          • oVg

            October 14, 2014 at 09:10

            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˜›

  2. Sean Carbutt

    October 14, 2014 at 08:45

    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.

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  3. Admiral Chief 0

    October 14, 2014 at 08:48

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

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  4. Jonah Cash

    October 14, 2014 at 08:53

    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!!

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 14, 2014 at 09:03

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

      Reply

      • Jonah Cash

        October 14, 2014 at 09:05

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

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    • Splooshypooh

      October 14, 2014 at 09:11

      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™

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      • Jonah Cash

        October 14, 2014 at 09:18

        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!!!

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        • Sageville

          October 14, 2014 at 09:23

          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.

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          • Jonah Cash

            October 14, 2014 at 09:24

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

          • Sageville

            October 14, 2014 at 09:25

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

          • Jonah Cash

            October 14, 2014 at 09:33

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

          • Guest

            October 14, 2014 at 09:37

            Eish, unlucky.

            Still love the feel of the controller vs PS3

          • Jonah Cash

            October 14, 2014 at 09:41

            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

            October 14, 2014 at 09:38

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

          • Jonah Cash

            October 14, 2014 at 09:42

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

          • CAE9872

            October 14, 2014 at 09:43

            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

            October 14, 2014 at 09:48

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

          • CAE9872

            October 14, 2014 at 11:02

            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

            October 14, 2014 at 10:11

            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

            October 14, 2014 at 13:41

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

          • Hammersteyn

            October 14, 2014 at 10:11

            hahaha

          • CAE9872

            October 14, 2014 at 09:42

            THIS^

          • Sageville

            October 14, 2014 at 09:51

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

          • Admiral Chief 0

            October 14, 2014 at 09:59

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

          • Hammersteyn

            October 14, 2014 at 10:11

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

          • Sageville

            October 14, 2014 at 12:01

            You look weird with the fake beard…

          • Hammersteyn

            October 14, 2014 at 12:04

            πŸ˜€

  5. Admiral Chief 0

    October 14, 2014 at 09:00

    • Hammersteyn

      October 14, 2014 at 09:03

      Could have used a pic of C4 as well.

      Reply

    • oVg

      October 14, 2014 at 09:19

      • Admiral Chief 0

        October 14, 2014 at 09:20

        VRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRVRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRVVRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

        (strangely enough I was thinking of this scene)

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        • oVg

          October 14, 2014 at 09:22

          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.

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          • Admiral Chief 0

            October 14, 2014 at 09:23

            Preach it brudda.

            We need more BRO movies from those days!

          • oVg

            October 14, 2014 at 09:27

            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

            October 14, 2014 at 09:58

            LOL, f’ing classic!

      • Admiral Chief 0

        October 14, 2014 at 09:20

        …if it bleeds…

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      • Sageville

        October 14, 2014 at 09:23

        Ol’ painless!

        Reply

        • oVg

          October 14, 2014 at 09:30

          VRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

          Reply

  6. Hammersteyn

    October 14, 2014 at 09:02

    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

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    • Jonah Cash

      October 14, 2014 at 09:05

      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

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        October 14, 2014 at 09:07

        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.

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        • Jonah Cash

          October 14, 2014 at 09:09

          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!!

          Reply

        • Sageville

          October 14, 2014 at 09:27

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

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief 0

            October 14, 2014 at 09:38

            warakaTHWAP

        • SHOWT1ME 316

          October 15, 2014 at 21:21

          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.

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          • Hammersteyn

            October 16, 2014 at 08:01

            One two combo πŸ˜€

  7. Jim Peterson

    October 14, 2014 at 09:39

    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.

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    • Jonah Cash

      October 14, 2014 at 09:43

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

      Reply

    • Sageville

      October 14, 2014 at 09:45

      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

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    • SHOWT1ME 316

      October 15, 2014 at 21:23

      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.

      Reply

  8. Mark Treloar

    October 14, 2014 at 10:26

    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?

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 14, 2014 at 10:31

      Peter Dinklage asked for $100 000 per sentence?

      Reply

      • Mark Treloar

        October 14, 2014 at 12:55

        Sounds about right.

        Reply

  9. Trebzz

    October 14, 2014 at 13:50

    This game needs to die so badly

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    • Devon Stanton

      October 14, 2014 at 14:40

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

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      • Trebzz

        October 14, 2014 at 15:54

        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˜€

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        • Devon Stanton

          October 14, 2014 at 16:10

          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.

          Reply

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