tl;dr at the bottom if you don't want to read me bi*ching and complaining.
Why have I been seeing this everywhere? I'm not saying it is, and I'm not saying it isn't. Not too long ago, all of the shotguns were considered underpowered. The last week or two, I've seen about a dozen people asking to nerf the Striker so I guess something's surfaced.
Got it golden last prestige and with Damage, Extended Mags (which is getting fixed) and Steady Aim Pro, I'm lucky to kill someone in the same room as me. I have to spray the Striker (which has a very low fire rate cap) to kill someone with an AR. Their gun takes about 2-4 bullets to kill up-close and it's fully automatic. The only way to do better than that is if the Striker 1-hit or at least consistently 2-hit at close range. I've got a 1.83 K/D with it but that's being tactical, sticking to close quarters and using C4 when necessary.
Now they're fixing the Extended Mags glitch, making all shotguns weaker with it (granted, that's what their power should have been). IMO, that glitch was the only thing making shotguns useful.
I even googled "Are shotguns overpowered in MW3". All 3 main video results were Youtube videos by the names of
"Shotguns are overpowered !"
"The shotguns in MW3 are overpowered! PROOF!"
and "Shotguns are seriously overpowered!".
I thought I must be missing something. Then I watched all 3 and realised it was all sarcasm and was footage of ridiculous shotgun weaknesses, such as the Spas-12 taking 3 hits to the head to kill within 5 feet.
Perhaps the Striker is OP compared to the other weak shotguns, because you can keep firing if it doesn't kill them at close range with 2-3 shots.
If you don't 1-hit with the Spas or Model, you're going to have to run or pray that the enemy did. If not, they'll kill you before you can fire another shot. If anything, the other shotguns need a buff. There needs to be something to make up for the fact that they're pump (lever) actions. Striker is semi-automatic and pretty much has the same range/power. So can someone tell me the point in using anything else? Perhaps that's why it's considered OP. But I digress.
The Striker is the only viable shotgun. Without the Ext. Mags glitch, you're firing 8 pellets at close range and it sometimes takes 2 shots. So firing 16 pellets and it will still occasionally not kill them. They can kill you with about 3-4 bullets of a machine pistol. I don't believe it's OP at all. Perhaps useful at best, though I'm open to discussion on why it is or isn't OP, so long as it remains civil.
Again, sorry for my bi*ching, but with the Ext. Mags glitch being taken out, people are still calling for a nerf. IMO both will render shotguns very useless and I'll understand why people use Snipers at close range now.