Monday, June 27, 2011

Submission by Anonymous, 8th Cadians (Barricade)

<This is a submission from a fan, and is a review of the REV-10 Barricade. If you want you submission to be displayed on this website, email me at brienchia@yahoo.com>



Barricade RV-10

There is a need for an introduction to the Barricade RV-10, I believe, as it seems to be a popular blaster within the NERFers community. One of the most used side arm in NERFTOUR, the Barricade is simply a must for revolver masters.

Whilst this blaster is not the most accurate of all blasters, it is, in fact, very reliable. Its rate of fire exceeds even that of a Vulcan, as it is capable of firing 5-6 darts per second depending on the user’s trigger pulling speed. However, doing so will considerably weaken the blaster’s range and thus, for maximum performance, a short pause must be given after every shot.

Now why is it such a reliable blaster?

Well first of all, as written above, the Barricade’s high rate of fire is one of the most priceless features of the blaster, and thus can be used to keep opponents in cover. This was proven in a test where the Barricade faced off with the Raider, and was firing at practically the same speed as the latter blaster, albeit slightly slower. Other than that, this blaster’s accuracy is rather close to that of the Maverick and thus can be used for sniping the enemy almost as good as the Maverick itself. 

Finally, its light weight allows for high mobility and thus allows for users to run quickly without being dragged down by the weight. But that’s not the ONLY upside to its light weight, as it, along with the fact that it’s a semi-automatic blaster, allows for it to be dual wielded without the worry of being dragged by the weight as applies to dual wielding Stampedes. Dual Wielding the Barricade allows for a higher rate of fire, approximately twice as fast, and thus makes a deadly combination, as shown by the fight between Commandos and 8th Cadians, where the 8th Cadians were being held back by the dual barricader’s mortar fire. Barricaders must also note that they should bring quite a number of darts, and that wearing the Bandolier Kit along with the Ammo Pouch assists it greatly.

Now as with every blaster, the Barricade has its downsides as well. The first and most vital downside is its reload speed. Being a revolver, it is quite hard to reload this blaster in a matter of seconds, and in an event like NERFTOUR, a few seconds can mean a difference between life and “death”. This often leaves barricaders unable to go solo as they would need a lot of covering fire to reload. This however, can be counter-acted by modding the blaster and turning it into a clip system weapon. Its second weakness is its dual wielding capabilities, as it requires the user to be extremely ambidextrous to use two Barricades effectively, but is crossed out if the user is ambidextrous and can control and aim where the shots should be placed. And finally, its last weakness is its firing mechanism, as with all battery powered blasters, it depends on the battery life. Equip the barricade with a weak battery and there’s a 90% probability that it will not fire, and even if it does fire, it will not fire the needed distance.

A typical revolver, users should focus on using the rushing tactic, as its rate of fire is high enough to ensure a high probability of succeeding, even though it is the heaviest of all revolver blasters.

This blaster is a Tier 2, if not Tier 3 blaster, with its main weakness being the reload speed.

The Barricade is a very reliable side arm to keep in company, and will be able to keep the user alive if used properly. My recommendation though, is to dual wield and rush.

-Anonymous, 8th Cadians-

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