I think it is the exact opposite. You have more tools at your disposal, more than ever before. That means new options that people have never considered before. New ways to tackle challenges.
You have more tools, but so do the other players, and some of those tools are just plain better than other, so you actually end up with about the same amount of tools.
Here's an example: DMR > Carbine & BR
Thus you have 3 marksman rifles boiled down to one because that one is better than the other two, making them largely irrelevant.
Here's another example:
Incineration Cannon on Solace. You can move across the entire map without ever getting spotted or shot by another player due to the high cover on the map and the separation of levels. Thus you can grab the incineration cannon, sprint across the map unmolested, and then be within "auto-win" range with your cannon. That may seem like the incineration guy simply made the smarter play, but I hope you'll agree that "grab launcher and run toward enemy" isn't really a very smart
play even if it IS the smartER play.
In this scenario your teamshot and callouts did you very little good, calling the guy out was unlikely since he can move across the map w/o camo unseen, he can sprint, and you couldn't have shot him anyway.
I don't have any problem with the incineration cannon on Solace, I'm just illustrating how the winning play isn't always the most intellectual or strategically complex.
Lets continue with the examples:
Now you have camo as part of your loadout, you get some assists in Big Team, and now you gain the same incineration cannon from ordnance. Or a sniper rifle. Who knows? Or you just have your DMR, and the other guy gets the free sniper rifle.
Let's say you and I are on opposite teams, you score 70 points by jumping for the hill on Ragnarok and beating back my teammates with mad DMR skills. Your ordnance: Gravity Hammer, Speed Boost, Frag Grenades. You won't get another ordnance until 90 points I think.
I hang back in my base, preferring not to expose myself too much because I'm a coward with a miserable strafe and DMR skills that only exist when I keep absolutely still and aim through my scope. I don't get as many points as fast as you do because I'm not very good, but I get a lucky break or two and kill a guy while reloading, and only slightly later in the game I have a beam rifle from my ordnance.
Not only that, but some of my guys have been picking up kills from a distance with THEIR DMRs too, and they have sniper rifles and beam rifles too. They were luckier than you, so was I. Your teammates got roughly the same ordnance quality you did. We got it later because we're not quite as awesome, but from a distance we find our sniper weapons very easy to use with our camo, and suddenly your team has lost the lead and has to push to gain points, because we sure as hell aren't pushing anymore.
Some more examples:
You are an excellent ghost pilot, an even better banshee pilot, and generally a well-rounded vehicle operator. You aren't the best by any means and you're OK with that, because you know your team can count on you to stay solid in whatever vehicle you get.
However those vehicles are very easy to spot and can be quickly sniped apart by people DMRing you at a safe distance, and this is what happens much of the time in fact. Life tends to be over within a minute or two in most vehicles, often before you've made a run worth your while, and life is even shorter when people use something other than DMRs.
You have just out-DMRed me very handily on Haven. You recognize you have to take cover to get your shields back, and you avoid combat because you know better than to go for a fight while weakened. Luckily for me, I spawned behind you and headshot you freely before your shields even begin to return.
You and your team are killing your way through my team, and you killed me twice already. For some reason though I spawn in the midst of the brawl and 5-shot you before you can say "WTF." I then die too, but you can't help but wonder why I spawned in the middle of a fight like that.
You are excellent with the BR. Top notch, very proud of your skills that you've developed over a long period of hard-earned experience. I however brought a DMR to this fight, and I kill you some tenth of a second before you kill me, even though your shots were perfect.
You are much better than me at BTB, an astounding Gauss Gunner, a game-changing Scorpion Operator, and a terrifying Banshee pilot. However you spawned Red
, and I spawned Blue
. On your way to Scorpion I
To conclude, the massive variety of tools at your disposal are designed to perform very similarly to each other or to nullify each other.
Got Promethean Vision? I got Stealth.
Got Grenadier? I got Resupply, and on average they're probably identical.
Got a bigger motion tracker? I have one that I can see while I'm looking through a scope.
Got Marksman Rifle? Got Automatics?
They're all designed to either look like each other or to get nullified.
Nice short run to the Scorpion, I have a long run to it but I also have a Gauss Hog. Nah this one doesn't belong here, because having a Gauss Hog is much much MUCH better than having a shorter run to the Scorpion, and any idiot could have told you that.
Nice DMR skills, you can kill me but I'll just let you die of old age while you wait for your shield to begin recharging.
Got a full party? I got better ordnance. No I didn't work harder for it.
Got Halo skills? I got Halo 4.