It's also like, 5 times weaker. I'd much rather fight someone with the sniper than the railgun.
Well the reload of the explosive sniper is about as long as the railgun reload and that thing has a 4 bullet mag compared to the 1bullet in the railgun.
Its not really weaker. For both weapons 1 shot destroys every regular car and heli, 2 destroy stuff like the armored schafter. And even if the explosive sniper is weaker, the higher mag size makes them about equal.
I personally would rather fight someone with a railgun because it has no zoom and is unable to do quick followupshots.
I'm sorry, but this is fake news. The explosive sniper does not destroy a heli in one hit. For most, one will make it smoke, then it'll still take another, and the third will destroy it.
Savage takes 4 to explode. Havok takes 5, and sometimes it even won't smoke at the first hit.
The Hunter and Cargobob - those take a decent amount of hits too.
All of these would be reduced to one, or at best maybe two for the Hunter/Savage/'Bob.
It's similar with land vehicles. Armoured ones can soak up a lot of explosive sniper hits, as they're weaker (similar to the Valkyrie). Wouldn't be the case with the railgun.
Also, needing a reload after each shot is in many ways a large bonus over the sniper. A sniper will lose 4 shots for each death, whereas with this you'd lose one. Think of it like the grenade launcher vs RPG, where you just can't die holding the grenade launcher or you'll lose your ammo.
Too OP, IMO. Would ruin free mode.
Edit: MK II Sniper already ruined heavy sniper PvP, so this would just make it worse.
Can't ruin ruined though surely.
Things can always get worse. Just because some don't care for the game anymore, doesn't mean it should be ruined for those still trying to hang on despite its problems.
This would be another 20 explosive rounds for people, with no risks when it comes to dying while holding it, no reason not to spam it, possibly the ability to buy ammo from the interaction menu, the power of an RPG or so, auto aim ... God, it'd be a terrible move. Without severe nerfing anyway, and there's not guarantee at all they'd do that.