Due to each player has his/her own feelings and sensations while playing this game and these are not universal, it can lead to discussions and debates about the effectiveness of a weapon and can be very difficult to consider.
This is the list of the terms standardized by this wiki to give a better comparison and point of view between the weapons in-game. Most of the pages in this wiki already use this standard to describe the use and compare between the weapon in game. Nevertheless, this list has some limit, such as if a game mechanism changes, the term must also change to adapt with.
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About the Weapon
- Damage drop off range: is the static range in the description table of the weapon. This, however, does not determine the effectiveness of a weapon at that certain range or beyond. As every guns can reach any range, or a M9 can kill a enemy at 1000 studs in theory, then it doesn't make much sense to use the damage drop off range to describe the effective range.
- Bullet drop: the bullet drop is the trajectory of a bullet fired by a weapon. For now, it's irrelevant to the public. However, it can be estimated or with some information sourced by the developers. Please that some important note:
- The bullet drop is relative with the muzzle velocity of the weapon. The higher velocity is, the straighter the trajectory is. In other words, the faster the bullet travels, the less it falls.
- The term high bullet drop describes the flatter bullet drop. (see the image)
- Effective range: is the practical in use range of a weapon. To determine the this we need to follow several conditions:
- The target must be standing, uncovered, full heath and immobilized (a moving, hiding, prone, or damaged target is another story).
- The range that the weapon can effectively kill an enemy without, or not much of, compensating the bullet drop. For fully automatic weapons, it must have a limit of bullets to kill at their highest rate of fire because burning a magazine to kill an enemy at 300 studs isn't effective, about 10 shots is tolerable and average to most of the weapons and players.
- Effective range can be dependent to the fire modes as some guns are more or less effective in different range with different fire modes, like the battle rifles and a burst weapon such as the M16A4.
- Comparing to the other weapon to weapon in general, as most AR can be useful for both CQC and long range, but like they are out classed by PDWs in CQC or DMRs in long range, and vice-versa, outclass the PDWs and DMRs in medium range. Therefore, their effective range will be medium range.
- Purpose vs Usage: Some guns are classed in a long range weapon categories, like DMRs or BRs, but they can be more useful in a close ranges, like the VSS Vintorez, which is a DMR but is most effective in CQC, or the UMP which can excel to the medium and even long range.
- Some guns can be effective in every range, they are called an all-round weapon. Weapons like these include the AUG A1.
- Effective range classification: This must follow the condition of the effective range above.
- Point blank range: 0 - 20 studs. Where you can pray with any weapon or easily knife them.
- Close range: 20 - 100 studs. Where the most of the PDWs excel and the shotguns can guaranty a 1-shot-kill with a standard load and the one burst range of some weapons.
- Medium range: 100 - 250 studs. The range of most gunfights.
- Long range: 250 - 400 studs. The range for the DMRs, Battle rifles (including by switching the fire modes) and sniper rifles.
- Very long range (Sniping range): >400 studs. The range where the player must precisely aim and compensate the bullet drop to hit the target. Sniping is not exclusive to the sniper rifles, but they are the most convenient and efficient.
- Statistic damage: is the damage written in the in-game information table. These are the base damage of the weapon. However, it's not very useful to pick it as a direct comparison because a weapon with 25 damages and a weapon with 33 damage will both need 4 hits to eliminate a full heath target. So, yes, the weapon has a statistical advantage, but not a practical advantage.
- However, the base damage can decide the effectiveness of a weapon equipped with a suppressor. For example, between a weapon with a minimum of 24 damage and a weapon with a minimum of 20 damage, both do 5 shots to kill. However, the one with 24 damage will remain 5 shots to kill with any suppressor while the one with 20 damage will become a 6 shot to kill as the suppressors reduce the minimum damage of the weapons (but never maximum damage)
-Damage multiplier: It's the "hidden" statistics of weapons in-game, though it's confirmed that it will be included in the in-game information table with the UI update. Some guns can have a low base damage, but they may have a different multipliers. In the end, they are eventually more powerful than the other weapon with a high base damage.
- In Phantom Forces, the limbs (hands or legs) always has a x1 multiplier, no matter the weapon, means the base damage. However, some weapons will also have a torso multiplier, such as all the sniepr rifles and a headshot always does more damage than a limbshot. However, headshot multipliers also differ between weapons. For example, most weapons have a headshot multiplier of 1.4x. But sniper rifles have a 3x headshot multiplier.
- For more detail, check the "Advanced Stat" in the weapon info table in each page of this wiki.
- Hits-to-kill or Shots-to-kill: Are the amount of hits/shots to kill an enemy. This is a good statistic to make a comparison in practice as explained in the Statistic damage section above. As describing the usage of a weapon, it would mean the practical usage. By comparing the hit(s)-to-kill, the damage multipliers must also take in consideration. So, the hits-to-kill make a more direct comparison between the weapons. The higher hits-to-kill is, the less effective the weapon is.
While comparing the weapons, there are also some conditions:
- Shooting at a full heath enemy.
- The hits-to-kill are different at range due to the damage drop off. It's commonly referenced as minimum hit-to-kill and maximum hit-to-kill. Like: HTK is X to Y, where X is the minimal and Y is the maximal.
- Though they are different, they are associated to each other as: A gun needs X hit to kill from this A range to this B range and Y hit to kill from that C range to that D range. X and Y are the hit-to-kill, A, B, C and D are the ranges.
- Headshot kill capacity. Some gun can one-headshot-kill at a certain range (not including the sniper rifles).
- The suppressors can affect the hits-to-kill of a weapon
- The hits-to-kill does not always show the effectiveness of a weapon.
As most players describe the power of a weapon with their sensation. So to standardize this, for each category, we will take the hits-to-kill of the majority of the weapons to make it as standard. The standard hits-to-kill needs to describe with both the minimum and maximum hits-to-kill. If it's lower than the standard, it will be called low damage, yet, if it's higher than the standard, it's be called high damage. So, standards for every class:
- For the assault rifles: 4 to 5 hits
- For the PDWs: 4 to 6 hits
- For the light machine guns: 3 to 4 hits
- For the sniper rifles: 1 to 2 hits
- For the shotguns: It's inconsistent, so it's better to go with the effective range only
- For the carbines: Can also be regrouped with the assault rifles due to the similar characteristics. If not, it will be 4 to 6 hits.
- For the DMRs: The minimal is between 2 and 3 hits. However, comparing to the other weapons, the advantage they have and the huge gaps between 3, 2 and 1 hits-to-kill, 3 is considered the standard and 2 is considered high. For the maximal hit to kill, 3 is also the standard. So, 3 hits at range.
- For the "battle rifles": Due to the lack of weapons in this category, it will be rather judged by their purpose. If they are used like an assault rifle, then it can be considered high damage, but if they are used like the DMRs, they are average or less powerful (in the case of the maximal HTK of the SCAR-H).
For now, due to the lack of secondary weapons, the players can make a direct judgement.