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BF3: Has DICE made the right move in allowing one-shot kill for snipers?

If you have been using the recon class regularly in Battlefield 3, you may have noticed one major change in the game following on from various significant patch updates made to the game. One shot kills were previously only possible with a headshot, but it’s now been confirmed that bolt-action rifles now have the ability to one shot kill an enemy at close range.

You may not be a fan of this move by DICE, but we’re here to remind you that it has now been put in place on the PC version of the game, and will see players able to kill an enemy using a bolt-action sniper in one single hit to the chest. It now means that players can choose to equip their rifle in close quarter battles and start learning how to take down an enemy effectively with one hit, as perhaps before recon players were reduced to either using a shotgun or a pistol.

One of the lead designers for the game has already spoken briefly about the changes to bolt-action rifles in the game, adding that the range of these weapons as a one-hit kill will now be similar to the 870MCS shotgun. Alan Kertz revealed on Twitter that the move was made to help keep all weapons balanced, and adding one hit kills to bolt-action rifles at close range will help recon players to level the playing field a little bit when coming up against close quarter fire.

To give you an idea of how the changes look in-game, we’ve found a very useful video which tells you all you need to know. Basically this is a major change to the recon class as players will now be more adventurous with their tactics as you can see in the video, with the player easily acquiring a few close range one shot kills with the SV98 rifle and ACOG scope attached.

Obviously there’s going to be a few of you who are not happy of this as there is perhaps a hint of ‘COD-esque’ gameplay creeping into BF3 here. DICE can’t please everyone though and we have a feeling that most of you will feel this is a pretty fair change in the overall balance of the game. Check out the video below and us if you agree with the move or not. No word on if these changes will be coming to console, but we expect they will sooner rather than later.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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