I don’t hate the current meta, but it certainly does feel off. When playing with my old gears buddy he was a little confused by the sheer amount of hard crossing going on.
It feels far more effective to just cross players down rather than make a direct move with the gnasher. We’ve noticed the issue seems to come down more to the maps rather than the weapons, although I’m sure the lancer is more effective than it needs to be by itself.
Maps like Exhibit allow for creative play thanks to the limited open space for hard crossing. On the other hand, most other maps have long wide-open spaces you must traverse to get up in someones face (vasgar, icebound, training grounds).
Also, unrelated, but I miss the Hammerburst. Like G4 I can’t equip it, but now in G5 I also don’t seem to be able to find it as a pickup ever.