Black Ops 3: FFAR Assault Rifle Review

The new Supply Drop Assault Rifle in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is underwhelming at best.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has new Supply Drop weapons in the Black Market, including the FFAR Assault Rifle. With Assault Rifles being the premier weapon class in Call of Duty, the FFAR has some lofty expectations to live up to as the most desired Supply Drop weapon in the recent update. How does the FFAR hold up against its competition in Black Ops 3? Read on to find out.

FFAR Design

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The FFAR is an updated version of the FAMAS from Modern Warfare 2 and the original Black Ops, similar to how the HG40 modernized (futurized?) the ever popular MP40 from previous Call of Duty titles. It has a sleek black design and clean iron sights; this gun looks awesome.

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FFAR Stats

Fire Rate

The FFAR is the fastest firing Assault Rifle with a staggering 800 RPM; for comparison, the HVK30 is at 722 RPM. But the FFAR doesn’t just have a fast fire rate when compared to other ARs, it even beats out SMG’s like the Kuda, Weevil and Razorback!

Range

The FFAR shares the same damage profile as the ICR-1 and HVK-30, killing in 4 bullets out to around 50 meters, then 5 bullets for anything beyond that. With a faster rate of fire than the other weapons it shares a damage profile with, the FFAR has some impressive time to kill potential.

Handling

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Unfortunately, the FFAR is the slowest reloading Assault Rifle with an empty mag reloading at a  snail’s pace of 3.2 seconds. That is slower than the Sheiva! This is extremely noticeable too, because the fast fire rate will have you burning through your mags and constantly reloading.

ADS speed also leaves something to be desired, with an underwhelming 0.3 seconds. That is slower than every SMG and AR except for the Man-O-War. If you were hoping for a fast handling run and gun machine, this is not the weapon you are looking for.

FFAR Review

Now that we have established the wonderful damage fall off and fire rate of the FFAR, it is time to rain on the parade. The FFAR’s recoil is unmanagable at range, even with the Grip attachment, as it kicks wildly from side to side while climbing up. For medium to long range engagements, this weapon has to be burst fired to stand any chance. Now this is not necessarily a problem since the FFAR is uniquely qualified for close range combat, right? Wrong. The slow handling stats and wide hip fire spread will have you losing all close quarter engagements to SMGs.

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So the FFAR is not accurate enough to compete at mid or long range against all other ARs and not quick enough to compete at close range with all other SMGs. Does it serve any purpose at all? The short answer is no. The HVK-30 is superior in almost every aspect, the extra 80 bullets per minute of fire rate from the FFAR are not enough to make up the difference. However you were planning on using the FFAR, forget it and use the HVK instead.

If you got your FFAR from a hard-earned Weapon Bribe, and you feel it is absolutely necessary to make this weapon work, use High Caliber and a Laser Sight. The only advantage the FFAR has over the SMGs is its ability to attach High Caliber, and the Laser Sight will give it a fighting chance while hip firing. The HVK-30 is a better option for the High Caliber/ Laser Sight combo, but you didn’t unlock the HVK-30 with a 75 win weapon bribe!

Simply put, the FFAR is the worst AR in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and should be avoided at all costs. If you are a masochist and must use it, burst fire it at range and throw on High Caliber.

Get a rundown of the other new Supply Drop weapons in the latest Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 update for info on what weapons you actually need! If you don't have any of them unlocked, you can't go wrong with the VMP.

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