Gauss Compact S: Premier NC carbine

Discussion in 'Light Assault' started by Corezer, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. Corezer

    So I've been using the GCS for a good deal of time now, and these are a couple of noteworthy observations I have come up with.

    These comparisons are from the standpoint of an empire, not an individual.

    I am going to explain why I do not compare the weapon to the Solstice SF later on, but for now suffice to say that the Solstice is irrelevant in the areas of comparison for traditional carbines due to it's poor performance.
    • The GCS maintains par up close and at mid range
    Due to the low horizontal recoil of the weapon (averaging at .1875 and peaking less than its main competitors .225 constant) with high velocity among carbines (500 base) and the lowest first shot recoil multiplier of any carbine in game, you keep up at ranges where the TRAC-5s has to burst by being able to go full auto out to a further distance, limiting the mid range advantages of the TRAC-5s to the closer half of that where it can go full auto with reasonable accuracy.
    Due to soft point ammo being accessible on both weapons, the close range advantage is minimized, since the same advantage provided across the board brings the GCS closer in performance relatively.
    This leaves the TRAC-5s with a .005 second TTK advantage up close, and an advantage of actual note from 16-30~ meters where it can fire full auto with reasonable accuracy in the hands of the average player, and the added shots to kill across the board widens the small gap in TTK a bit in favor of the faster firing TRAC-5s. Still, the significantly lower 1st shot recoil does well to mitigate this.
    The other advantage of the TRAC-5s, lower negative effects from nanoweave, (again, due to the same number of shots added across the board) is not as common as infiltrators would lead one to believe, I have determined this with my low failure rate at this next advantage
    • The GCS is the best at extreme ranges
    The GCS has the ability, even at max range, to 4 shot kill to the head, a feat very achievable due to the low first shot recoil multiplier. I live in Florida and play on waterson, an east coast server, and I have a pretty good internet connection. This gives me minimal ping and in this along with reaction times, I am able to achieve success in 4 tapping unaware opponents about 90% of the time, with half of the failures being due to me out tapping the settle and missing shots.
    Due to the high velocity, I can even engage targets out at longer ranges with SPA, keeping me prepared for close range encounters of the unexpected kind. The compensator greatly improves this "sniping" tactic.
    • The GCS is the easiest to control
    You have already read over why the GCS maintains viability when competing against the TRAC-5s, now I will explain why it is the best for the average players which make up the bulk of any given empire. It again comes down to that low first shot multiplier, but the high subsequent recoil also helps to make this so. You see when you take a very low recoil weapon, and give it a very high first shot multiplier, you have to adjust your counter lever on the mouse to control the weapon. with a very high recoil on average, and a low first shot multiplier, your counter lever will be the same all the way through. This, along with no angle and minimal wobble from the low horizontal recoil, make for a very easy to use carbine with the capacity to equip some easy kills.

    Where would I recommend this weapon? anywhere you can think to use the Mercenary! the SPA does more for your game overall than 23 rpm, and a compensator brings the vertical recoil back to being almost the same!

    Only time I feel the merc does better is 0-10m, where you would be better served by a Cyclone anyway if we are going to talk about specializing into close range.

    There are some faults with the weapon that I feel could use polishing, such as the 31.4% increase in your short reload time vs the merc, where the TRAC-5s gets only a 4.4% increase. This brings the S variant carbines a lot closer in short reload than the defaults, meanwhile the magazine advantage, which is the reason for the disparity between their short reloads, does not change. also the GCS has more horizontal recoil than the merc where the T5s stays the same. If the short reload were buffed to 2.15 seconds or so, there would still be a much bigger jump in performance for the reload than on the TR, but not so huge (19.4%) and this would be made up for by other traits.

    There are specialized circumstances where I will drop this beast of a weapon for a cyclone, but in most cases I am using the GCS and loving it! The Razor has a slight advantage at range, but I would definitely take the utility moving up and just be a little more selective of my fights at long distances.

    I don't talk about the SF cause it's a crap gun, only a platform for the grenade launcher. Sorry if you don't agree, no one likes owning their own faults, but it is.

    The Solstice trades an acceptable amount of performance in TTK for enhancements in controllability. The SF trades away those enhancements for even more poor performance beyond an acceptable drop. It is an AMC -10 bullets, +.8 first shot recoil multiplier, -55m/s velocity, and with an inconsistent recoil angle (.14-.17 vs .20 all the time) all for .02 vertical recoil and a slight buff to reload.

    Crap DPS up close, the first shot multiplier makes it crap at range, and those 2 things come together with the inconsistent angle to make it crap everywhere in between. It is a specialist weapon that specializes in getting a grenade launcher at all costs, unlike the GCS which is a mid-long range weapon with soft points to help it hold its ground as an all purpose weapon that gets a grenade launcher just because it wants to rock harder.
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  2. Flashtirade

    You don't hear much discussions about the Merc or the Compact S because there's not much to discuss: they're both solid weapons for any occasion.
    The reasons you listed above are why I love the Gauss Rifle S. Handles like a dream for a 167-damage weapon, plus it has loads of attachments.
  3. Nakar

    The Solstice SF is the most controllable of the three -S carbines by quite a bit. Its first-shot recoil is about the same as the Compact S (yes, the latter has a lower FSRM, but that's a multiplier; the total is pretty similar on the first shot), and it has much lower sustained recoil generally, which among other things makes both SPA and HVA viable choices. It has by far the fastest reload, which can make a lot of difference and the lower DPM is less of an issue when you're finishing someone off. It has extremely controllable pull, the lowest COF bloom, and the best ADS accuracy while moving.

    I get the sense you've not actually used it much. It's competitive with the NS-11C except it exchanges 0.75x ADS for UBGL. It's more than capable of burst headshotting and emergency work, failing only in the same areas any of the -S carbines would fail. A great many Vanu swear by it (I don't really, but only because I don't care for carbine classes). Choosing not to include it in comparison is silly.

    All that said, I do think the Compact S is probably the best overall.
  4. pnkdth

    Used to be one of those who swore by the SF but really, like the OP says, it is a T5 AMC with 10 less bullets and worse stats. It may have a fast reload but you won't kill anyone with a quick reload, indeed, Having a UBGL is not worth it compared to the standard Solstice. However, when you fit a Solstice SF with compensator, grip, and HVA it becomes extremely accurate but even so, it is just an inferior T5 AMC.

    So yeah, as far as S/SF variants, the Solstice SF is pretty underwhelming. Not that I'm complaining, the different factions has theirs ups and downs(and for me that's what makes the factions interesting). A part of me wish the game had a bit higher TTK to allow more faction specific traits to be more prominent(I know, I know, bit late to rebalance the entire game lol).
  5. Nakar

    Except for the part where the SF is more accurate than the AMC, so it's actually an AMC with better stats except velocity.
  6. DeadliestMoon

    Wouldn't it just be better to get rid of the default equipment and replace it with the Select fire variants. You know, seeing as how those are the most versatile.
  7. Corezer

    How is this? the less consistent recoil angle? higher first shot recoil?

    I get the sense you've not actually used it much either, seeing as you have 24 hours total playtime on either class that can use it.

    I also sense that you don't have much experience with PS2, seeing as you still have an antiquated textbook ideology as to the effects of first shot recoil. It isn't about the total recoil generated, it is about how different that recoil is from the rest of your burst. In the case of the GCS it isn't much of a factor at all, even if I didn't account for it at all 40% of one bullet probably wont pull my sights off of a head sized target at any range where I would use automatic or burst fire. In the case of the SF you have to drag your mouse at an unknown angle 250% harder on that first shot, and then in less than a tenth of a second reduce that velocity to the normal amount to get all shots on target. Good luck.

    The more I read your posts, the more it reminds me of myself when I talk football, I swear by the Browns' defense, and after I got done ranting up and down to a co-worker about it, he just looked up at me and said "You sound like a fan."

    He's probably right about me, and the same applies to you here.
  8. pnkdth

    The high first shot recoil and wonky recoil makes the SF worse. I'd grant you that SF has 0.02(yay!) less vertical recoil though... But such an insignificant difference is not even worth mentioning as I'd wager there is no player in the game who'd be able to notice the difference here.
  9. Unclematos7

    S carbines are the domain of the engineer.
    You know why.:D
  10. Corezer

    While I always give the benefit of the doubt, in most cases the reason for such a closed mindset is the lack of a mind capable of expansion.
  11. Iridar51

    That belongs in Warhammer 40k quotes

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