Weapon Customization Limitations
Ok, so there are three preset weapons combinations... but depending on the one you pick, your possible upgrades are limited/locked. As an example, you pick the first OC SMG for Recon. Why can't you change to the medium barrel that the third one has, and go with the muzzle brake instead of the suppressor?
Suggestion: Have the first weapon be the base weapon that you can trick out as you see fit. Weapons two and three have presets, but you can change parts out after purchase.
Pick the gun that suits how you want to build it. Then, add mods that fit your style. Not every model supports every mod, so you have to pick the base model carefully.
Most guns have a base version, a distance variant, and a stealth/close range variant. The two variant models have fewer upgrades because they get longer or shorter barrels and other fun stuff. The base variant will usually have every upgrade slot open, granted some base models still have some options locked out, but that is for balance purposes.
Originally Posted by Creepermoss
So, if you want more customization, grab a base model.
I haven't seen a smg base model that has had the barrel customization slot open, or a sniper base model, so far, for that matter. and i've gone through 4 tiers. I'd understand it not being an issue early on, but i'm hoping by the time i get the MSR, its base model will be more customizable so i can make it exactly how i want it that means barrel and stock. c:
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Most guns are separated into 3 base types at the store: short, medium, and long range (at least from what I can tell). Longer barrel -> longer range.
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Its so every weapon cant be modded to be good at everything. The CQB version is more close quarters and free shooting but will lose out in ranged fights. The Balanced version is the most adaptable but doesnt excel in one component so will lose out to the other two in there respective ranges. The SV/Long version is more for covered/supported shooting and long range fights but due to its low handling it performs terribly in CQB environments.
I tried the base OC SMG with the muzzle brake added last night. Ended up going back to the medium barreled suppressed variant after a brief test run.