I’ve been reading nonstop complaints about the Magnum being perceived as “overpowered”. It isn’t, for a multitude of reasons.
The small clip only enables you to kill 1 fully shielded player before reloading, rendering it almost ineffective in a situation with more than 2 enemy players.
There is very little ammunition, which means camping is out, because you can only kill 3 or 4 people from a distance before going out to scavenge more ammo from corpses, which puts you in danger of being killed.
A skilled DMR user can still easily kill a Magnum user at medium to long range; and that’s what the DMR is for. The Magnum is for close to medium range, and that’s where it is mostly superior.
The power, accuracy, and rate of fire make the Magnum a useful weapon in its own right, finally worth keeping and not trading off for something else.
Boost the damage of the other weapons (especially the Assault Rifle), remove every Armor Ability except possibly Sprint and Evade, increase movement speed and jump height, couple that with melee bleedthrough and you’ve got yourself a fast-paced, real Halo game. The great thing is, Vanilla Reach is and will always be there if you prefer it.