Speaking as one of the few Halo fans that doesn’t think the BR is the best thing since sliced bread, I was really hyped for the Commando and after playing for this last week I can say that in terms of game feel and sound design it’s really good. However, after that week of playing this game the Commando feels weak compared to it’s contemporaries. Namely the AR and BR.
The game presents the AR, BR, and Commando as weapons specialized in three ranges. AR is short to medium, BR is Medium, and Commando is Medium to Long. In regards to the Commando this is almost completely untrue. Almost because there is a point at a ridiculously long range where the BR cannot land all three shots on a standing Spartan at that range the Commando can be handily said to be better. At all other ranges the Commando looses out because it is an inherently inconsistent weapon. Even without the damage-nerf the commando has handicap after handicap placed upon it.
The commando has Bloom and so at mid range and beyond has to deal with feathering the trigger to keep the bullets landing on target. The Commando has Recoil so the player has to even at close range put some effort into keeping the gun under control and level. The Commando has ADS throttling so when not scoped in the bloom is even worse. The Commando has a relatively low fire rate so even a single miss can loose a significant fraction of a second often leading to death. The Commando has functionally no bullet magnetism so what would be a headshot with most other weapons is just a miss with this one. The BR on the other hand has none of these, and let’s be clear it shouldn’t. If the Commando had the damage it had before, these handicaps would be quite fair. With the nerf it makes it the worst of the three rifles, only good in the hands of aim-bots and the absolute best.
Small disclaimer: I enjoy the BR, the game proudly Labels the AR as the most consistent weapon in the game, and while there are few weapons more consistent than the AR there are no weapons more consistent than the BR. I’ve gotten more perfects with the BR than with any other weapon.