This may seem like a rage post, but it isn't. I aim to make all my weapons gold, as i do this on every cod series i play. So far, i have finished LMG, Assault Rifles, marksmans, and I am almost done with the shotguns. Now as a player with over 14 days of gameplay and a 2.4 kd ratio... i can assure you all that the shotgun class is far by the most worst class, due to its short range vs the large maps. All weapons outgun a shotgun in Ghosts and only on a few maps can it be used effectively... Flooded, strikezone, siege, free fall and tremor. Fog from the Onslaught DLC is also a good map for shotguns. back to the main issue... its a common fact that shotguns suck on Ghosts because of the big maps, corner campers, long range weapons,snipers, low health, explosions, etc, although if u use them correctly and in the right situations, then it can be devastating.
The thing is, players don't take shotguns into consideration. Of course, as a shotgun user for the current moment, i have to stick to paths that best satisfy the short range, and at all costs, avoid opened areas. I figured it is so easy to take out players, cause of the lack of capability to react when I encounter them at short range. Many players try to panic knife me when they see me at that range, an easy hip fire shot takes em out and anyone else behind em. other players try to blow explosives, c4s, ieds, or just pull a distance shot that i can't reach to them. For some reason, when u kill a person with a shotgun, one of the two scenarios occur. Scenario no1, he comes back through the same path u killed em over and over... Scenario No2, they come back with a bulldog... through the same path u killed em. The FP6, MTS, and TAC 12 outguns the bulldog as these shotguns only require 1 shot to kill at the same range that the bulldog would probably require 2 or more shots. I easily pull multi-kills cause of the lack of mobility that ARs have over close range battles. anyways, practice using a shotgun and try it for urselves and u would probably see what i am talking about.
The problem... in Black ops 2, so many players, raged about the shotguns, cause, they did so much damage and the maps had so many paths that they were found very effective in. In ghosts, it really feels that u r handicapped by the range, where a noob that stands across 10 metres from u, can easily own. The only thing u got with a shotgun is close range encounters. With other weapons, i can easily pull 30+kills and 0-5 deaths. with a shotgun... on the maps i mentioned above, i can pull a 20+kills to 0-10 deaths. Here is the problem, i am doing less than what i usually do. Less kills, more deaths... but the rage is unbearable... when i kill a person, all i can hear is the dude shouting "Shotgun Noob". after the matches and in the lobby... players that got owned rage about it saying its OP and only noobs use it. I could care less for what they say... but it just doesn't make sense. I can take the HB, pull a gryphon, loki, dog and push over 40 kills, and no one says anything about it or rages. I do a 20-5 match with a shotgun... and I get raged by the lobby, hate spam messages and players not staying for the next match. Players make it too easy to kill with a shotgun and rage harder when they die. Once i finish the last shotgun to gold... i am going to put them away for good... but seriously... players prefer to rage over adapting or using tactics.