You knew this was coming. You know you knew. Don’t breathe. Don’t look back.
I’ve successfully brainwashed all of you into believing the Tidal Wave was Top Gear.
I’ve successfully brainwashed all of you into believing the Florentine was poo.
…at least I’ve convinced myself that I’ve been successful - kindly refrain from shattering my fragile ego.
Now the time has come to discuss the dishonour The Twister brings to the hallowed Jakobs name.
“We at the Jakobs corporation have held to certain values through the years. Simple things, like family. Honor. Always aiming for the head. A Jakobs man ignores the mockin’ words of the ignorant. Yer gun’s too slow, they say. Yer accuracy ain’t nothin’ to write home about. And the Jakobs man nods. Walks away. Decapitates 'em with a single shot. Jakobs: a family company.”
For my money, Jakobs is the epitome of precision one-shot kills. How exactly do they accomplish this?
- High damage per shot. Well sure, Torgue does this too but he’s a protein-guzzling buffoon with questionable taste in design aesthetic.
- High recoil - ensures that you cannot spam lest your accuracy go to hell and you’re just wasting bullets.
- Slow fire rate (for some) and reload speed and small magazine size - ensures you take care with each shot. Also semi-automatic which requires at least a modicum of attention.
- High critical hit multiplier – since they are non-elemental (barring certain abominations), this is essentially how they compete with elemental boosts such as splash and relics.
- High accuracy.
What this basically means is : aim for the head, target dead ; you may not get a second chance.
The entire line of guns is built around critical hits - with the exception of the Cannon (and Stinkpot - 'nuff said) and Quad which use Torgue barrels (see note above regarding protein).
“eye sartain - finger lightning - aim, death - great warrior soon.”
Which brings us to our little identity crisis, The Twister.
Now to be fair :
- high damage high recoil slow reload small mag .
- the penetration gimmick seems like it should be a Jakobs trait (Godfinger and Bekah do this).
On the other hand :
- it has the worst accuracy of any shotgun in the game (although matched by Jakobs’ own Hydra), which makes its crit potential negligible.
- it also has splash which sounds suspiciously like something those pretentious war-hippies at Maliwan would manufacture.
Ergo identity crisis : Maliwan had this great idea but is not tooled to make shotguns, so enlisted the services of some distant Jakobs cousin who, rather than hand-crafting firearms from wood and steel, probably instead made his living from making custom Technicals and Outrunners for douchey ECHOcast stars and thought that sunglasses with flames on them made him look cool.
“Bolt actions speak louder than words.”
As a tie-in : The Cobra was a Torgue sniper in Borderlands, but since Mr. Torgue sold the intellectual property rights to his proprietary firearms designs for twelve dollars and a high-five, the Torgue Corporation likely deemed snipers to be not financially viable and shut down the relevant factories ; but would have no qualms outsourcing manufacture to an independent – one who probably wears leather pants and had all his tattoos done at the same time.
The Greed however gets a thumbs up – Hot Lead!
“Guns don’t kill people. I do.”
Now why am I picking on The Twister, you ask?
Well, it’s a truly fine gun but it does not fit in with the Jakobs way. Jakobs builds focus on accuracy, precision, patience, simplicity. The Twister tests my patience, so there’s that.
“ If it took more than one shot, you weren’t using a Jakobs.”
Tip o’ the cap to @Kurtdawg13, who enjoys nothing more than to disagree with me about the Twister, except when it’s compared to the Orphan Maker.