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How often do you use the BFG?

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DuckReconMajor said:

I think you mean 40 and 80.


"Half as effecient" would imply that it is twice as inefficient - or uses twice as much ammo. So whatever the BFG pulls off in its 40-cell shot, the plasma rifle would do in 20.

I think Maes has covered the various ways that I'm right.

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Perhaps skib meant that the BFG is more "wasteful" than the PL(which is surely true if you just want to kill a zombie or an imp) and may even still be true if we are talking of a group of 5-6 weak monsters (up to a pinky). I concede that it's also "wasteful" up to killing a single Knight or Mancubus, if you can consistently down it with less than 40 cells using the PL.

Yeah, in those terms, you may save a couple of cells by using the PL instead of the BFG and still get the job done. For anything stronger than that and for groups of mid-tier monsters, there's no question that you should use the BFG.

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Phobus said:

It's not. Try killing a Spider Mastermind in 20 plasma bolts. Or 40, whilst we're at it.

I calculated (one year ago)
11.25 BFG
22.5 Plasma

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That calculation doesn't mean a lot to me but it doesn't seem to have any correlation with reality. It also seems to me that you're saying the BFG is twice as effecient as a plasma rifle in terms of shots... but I'm not sure at what. Damage? Greeness?

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Phobus said:

That calculation doesn't mean a lot to me but it doesn't seem to have any correlation with reality. It also seems to me that you're saying the BFG is twice as effecient as a plasma rifle in terms of shots... but I'm not sure at what. Damage? Greeness?


Weight(in pounds). It means the Plasma Rifle weighs a whopping 22.5 pounds, while the Big Fucking Gun weighs merely 11.25 pounds. Through tireless research and development, the Union Aerospace Corporation was able to make a gun that was much more powerful and dangerous than the Plasma Rifle while simultaneously making it lighter using space-age polymers. In the field, a heavier gun will tire a soldier out faster than a lighter one, hence the BFG is the obvious choice to issue to infantry. The only problem - cost. The Plasma Rifle costs $7800 to manufacture(which isn't cheap), but the BFG costs an estimated $36000 per gun to build.

So yeah, try not to drop it on the ground and stuff.

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Vordakk said:

Weight(in pounds). It means the Plasma Rifle weighs a whopping 22.5 pounds, while the Big Fucking Gun weighs merely 11.25 pounds. Through tireless research and development, the Union Aerospace Corporation was able to make a gun that was much more powerful and dangerous than the Plasma Rifle while simultaneously making it lighter using space-age polymers. In the field, a heavier gun will tire a soldier out faster than a lighter one, hence the BFG is the obvious choice to issue to infantry. The only problem - cost. The Plasma Rifle costs $7800 to manufacture(which isn't cheap), but the BFG costs an estimated $36000 per gun to build.

So yeah, try not to drop it on the ground and stuff.

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I don't use it excessively, since it takes 15 shots out of a full magazine. If the Imps are OVER 9000!!!!11ONE!!!, then I use it if I'm given the chance. If there is a 4+ group of Barons, there I go, same for the 8+ amount of Revs, 6+ of Cacos and HK's, 5+ of Arachnotrons and Mancubi, 3+ of Archviles and 1+ of Cyberdemons and Spider Masterminds.

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Cell said:

3+ of Archviles

Actually, given the fact that archviles are very dangerous, I find it wise to BFG even lone ones (if there are bodies around or I feel there's not enough room). BFG-ing groups of 2+ already comes ammo effective, so you should always do that.

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I almost never use it. It takes me too long to switch to it and for it to charge and fire. I should probably practice that.

The only time I use it is in wads where I know where everything is and I want to take down an Arch-vile quickly, or the occasional horde. When playing new wads, the only time I use it is when I find a good situation for it but also have enough time and room to run around like an idiot fumbling with the keys...

Ugh, I suck.

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I rarerly use the BFG in SinglePlayer, i prefer the rocket instead, might be good use if you are playing a hard map and u face a horde of LostSouls or PainElemental *The only use i can think of right now*

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I usually only use the BFG on bosses; especially Cyberdemons. I'm not afraid to admit that I suck. My first (and only so far) level was originally supposed to end with a cyberdemon, but because I couldn't kill it in the tight space of my level's final room, I changed it to a Spider Mastermind. That's how bad I suck. With standard enemies, I generally stick with the Plasma Rifle.

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