Chaos Theory – The Sniper Rifle Doesn't Make Sense

I dunno, maybe I just don’t have enough knowledge with modern/modular firearms designs, but I can never make sense of the sniper attachment to your main assault carbine in Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.

(Being the ass that I am, I’m trying to put working on my 3 projects as far back as possible – maybe sometime tonight – so I played a bit of Chaos Theory to waste time)

To those who haven’t played SCCT before, I’ll explain. Your primary weapon, the SC-20k, is a modular assault rifle/carbine that can be fitted with a number of underbarrel attachments. The 2 default ones are the foregrip – lets you keep a firmer grip on your weapon, so automatic fire is more stable – and the launcher – basically a nonlethal pneumatic shotgun that fires a variety of gadgets, including mini-cams and tasers.

The other two attachments are mutually exclusive, and choosing either one of them will result in you losing the foregrip attachment for that mission (you can only have 2 attachments during a mission). One of the attachments – the one that makes sense – is an underbarrel shotgun. Basically, it’s a short shotgun attached underneath your rifle’s barrel. It functions exactly like the launcher, except it’s lethal, and mainly for close-combat work when the enemy clearly knows you’re there. Personally, I have only used it once, just to see how useful it is, but seeing as I’m a stealthy player, I would of course pick the other attachment.

The problem is with the second attachment – the sniper attachment. Since SCCT took away the sniper scope from the default SC-20k (you used to be able to zoom up to 4x with the scope on the 20k in previous Splinter Cell games) you now have to actually pick up this attachment to properly snipe long-distance enemies. Adding a scope on is fine and all, but the problem is with the concept of it.

Basically, you can only fire the ‘sniper attachment’ (14mm I think) while zoomed in. However, you can fire the regular carbine (with the 5.56mm rounds) while zoomed out. That would indicate some kind of dual trigger, if that’s possible. The problem is that the sniping equipment is attached underneath the barrel, so unless they made a really short carbine into an effective sniping weapon, the SC-20k should be twice its usual length with the sniper attachment on. The attachment does add a bit of stuff that covers the muzzle of the actual carbine barrel, but all that means is that the suppressor is disabled.

The correct way for this to work would be that you swap out the 5.56 magazine for a 14mm magazine, then the attachment extends the barrel so that it becomes an effective – and loud – marksman rifle. This method would effective disable the regular carbine – since no 5.56 rounds are loaded – but that is not the case in the game.

Yeah…I’m really bored (and lazy with my schoolwork).


As it turns out, the two extra attachments are NOT mutually exclusive. While playing through the Bathhouse stage, I found out that choosing the Assault kit will give you both the shotgun and sniper attachment, but obviously you lose both the foregrip and launcher. But irregardless, being able to fire both the carbine and the sniper attachment doesn’t make sense.


  1. #1 by Sniper 25 on March 25, 2008 - 9:31 pm

    You are a D-bag

  2. #2 by Jackal126 on August 17, 2008 - 9:10 am

    Actually it makes absolute sense. It’s a 20mm which technicly makes it a cannon since anything 15mm and up is classified as a cannon. Because of the size of the shell, the amount of powder behind the projectile would actually be very affective at the ranges you encounter in the game. In short being a 20mm cannaon it doesn’t need barral length to be acurate. That being siad the only thing you siad that was somewhat correct was the trigger, I didn’t see any kind of trigger but it may work like the 40mm grenade launcher trigger. which is also entirely possible. forgive my spelling I was in a hurry.

  3. #3 by Phridum on April 5, 2009 - 8:00 pm

    “Irregardless” isn’t a word. It’s a double negative.

  4. #4 by Jin on April 5, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    I know, but it’s a fun word to use, so I use it in real life as well.

    …Did you really feel the need to comment on one word’s usage in a rant written back in 2007?

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