When you say “Like Reach” I’m glad you only mean in terms of diversity. But in Halo CE there were no 2 weapons that were “Alike”. I’d like a blend of Halo CE and Reach, but with modification so Covy weapons are actually GOOD and compete with human counterparts.
List of good/bad counterpart comparisons:
The Plasma Rifle was a mid-range weapon, accurate and stunning. The AR was restricted to close range, sprayed everywhere, but melted anyone standing in front of you. So it was much better a “Rifle” equivalent than the Plasma Repeater, which is basically a projectile AR with a different reload mechanism.
Plasma Pistols/Needlers and Magnums are all different, and awesome. Along with the Mauler.
The BR and Carbine were similar, but VERY different. The “3 shot burst vs Semi-Auto” played out really well. The DMR and NR are basically the same thing in Vanilla Reach, and only play differently in TU, the choice of control = power on the DMR, or automatic = consistency on the NR. But they AREN’T DIFFERENT ENOUGH.
Grenade Launchers and Concussion Rifles are VERY diverse. I would like to see the Halo 2 Brute Shot in the mix as well, but the Halo 3 BS and CR are practically the same.
The Sniper/Focus Rifle problem is entirely because the focus rifle was designed too weak. What it SHOULD do is massive damage, but overheats VERY rapidly, punishing players who miss too much alot more, and making it harder to control your “heat” with bursts. I also think once an enemy’s shield is down, the Focus Rifle should be able to perform “instant kills” by hitting the head with the beam, giving a Sniper Headshot medal.
CQC Power Weapons
The Shotgun and Sword are PERFECT examples of “similar but different”
Rockets and Fuel Rod were the most different in Halo CE. Rockets were straight-firing projectiles, Fuel Rods were heavily arcing Artillery. Similar to the Wraith and the Scorpion, if the Scorpion’s projectiles moved slower.
Laser/Plasma Launcher are both awesome and different. The Plasma Launcher should get more bang for it’s buck, a full volley of 4 rounds should do twice as much damage as 1 laser shot.