The new weapon in Battlefield 3, the XBOW is a waste of time. I will admit it looks good and is nice having a novelty weapon. But in a game that tries to take it self seriously you have to ask why? What modern day army, Special Forces or anywhere use a crossbow over normal ballistics’? Please to tell me so I can laugh and shot them with my 900rpm gun while there arrows won’t pierce my Kevlar body armour.
Anything within 15 ish meters is a one hit kill, that’s one of the few good things about it. Outside of that’s its hit marker central unless you manage a headshot. The reload time is laughable in any fast paced game. I can’t find any details on the reload times, so I can only guess anyone who has gone to time it has fallen asleep and drowned in their own urine. So basally if you miss with your bolt, you’re DEAD.
A handy feature is having various types of bolt at your disposal without having to commit suicide and change your kit. The High explosive is as much use as the original bolt against infantry, only direct hits will kill. Okay, so it’s designed for armour. BUT it still takes 4 or 5 bolts to destroy a tank at THE BACK. Between having to reload every bolt the driver has got out, smoked a fag, danced to Gangham style and buggered off.! That’s if you can reach the tank in the first place. The range of the explosive bolts is rubbish, you could throw C4 further.
The Scan bolts are handy, fire them at a MCON or flag and instantly know where the enemy is camped. Like the sensor ball in Bad Company2. Just it will do ONE scan, that’s it. So if the target has moved, well you’re screwed. The balanced bolt is perhaps its only saving grace. There is virtually NO drop. Like how a real sniper rifle would fire at the ranges you play on battlefield, with the added advantage of not appearing on the mini-map.
In short, the XBOW is not worth giving up your M302s, Claymores, RPGs or MAVs it replaces. You already have better and faster reloading weapons in your armoury. Unless you’re a 8 year old kid with super-fast internet connection and love trolling the people who play the game properly, but then you should be playing Call of Duty any way, they have a crossbow and its better!