Hello, It's been a while since I haven't posted here...
Anyway, as a longtime bow-user I have to say that the bow is one of the best weapons in the game when handled correctly. It's a lone-wolf type of weapon. But even then you still need a good team to win the game.
Gameplay-wise it couldn't be more balanced, no changes are needed. However, they could lower the parts needed for upgrades. 800 for the last upgrade is too much honestly, especially when you look at other weapons that need less parts to upgrade...
So no, the bow is still a good weapon and you should always watch out for experienced bow-users...
I know you guys are real good bowmen, but don't you do better with another weapon? My question is: Is the bow your main weapon? I mean, if you were in a world tlou contest, would you pick bow?
Overall, my best weapons in the game are (and have always been) the Bow, HR and Sniper Rifle... the revolver and regular shotgun are the only other weapons I've ever managed to use decently well.
As I am better with accuracy-based weapons, rather than "spread-fire" type weapons, I personally am better with the bow than others... though, if I start getting shot by a full-auto or assault rifle, then I'm pretty much done for (the only chance I normally have is if I manage to get a shot in before said annihilation commences).
If I go into a match with anything besides just a bow, I go in with the bow/sniper combo... the HR works well (as does the sniper)... but the scope zoom in time pretty much leads to death in a close combat situation for me... the bow/sniper gives the balance of that. Ironically, I find I do worse with the bow when I use the sniper (I focus on sniper ammo/tactics moreso in those matches), so my overall performance suffers sometimes... Plus, it gives away my position.
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