[QUOTE=tokamak;379949]Naturally it’s hard to beat a tormentor with a knife as well.
We’re talking infantry here, more specifically niches within infantry fights. A shotgun is supposed to hold the close combat niche and even that weapon can’t kill in one shot.[/QUOTE]
That’s a problem with the shotgun, then; the shotgun is extremely weak in ETQW and is kind of a joke weapon. That doesn’t mean, however, that it should be the only thing to be useful in close combat. You also don’t have a lot of risk with a normal shotgun (one that isn’t ET:QW’s, think Q3 or TF2); you have a big spread, pretty good damage, and a pretty easy to learn weapon. That shotgun gives an okay/good reward for it’s little risk. There’s a lot of risk associated with using the sniper rifle in close quarters, therefore you get a lot bigger reward. To me, it’s nothing more than risk-reward.
Also I’ve played vs INF3RN0 and his quickscoping, and it isn’t a one sided confrontation. It’s completely dependent on how well I shoot and move just as much as how well he shoots and moves. If he shoots and misses then, yes, I should most likely kill him but I can still screw up and miss a lot of my shots and he could get that second chance and kill me.
INF3RN0 brought up CS a few posts up; how are your feelings on quickscoping/noscoping in CS (just using this game as a way to see if you hate it in all games or just ET:QW as I’m truly curious)? You still have a 1 shot kill sniper rifle at any range, but you also have almost every other weapon that can potentially 1 hit kill at all distances too. I’ve been in situations where someone 1 shots me with a scout as I walk around a corner and he quickscopes, but I’ve also been able to 1 hit people far, far away with nothing more than an AK/M16 and heck even a pistol. Do you think that’s fair? It’s the same principle. It all comes down to how well the other player moves and fights back and how well the sniper can react and move. That’s a lot of things that sniper has to account for.