Or rather: Starship Troopers was right!
So, after playing a lot of NS2, I noticed how incredible ineffective the Frontiersmen Equipment is. Yes, yes, this is clearly for balance, but come on, let's have some fun shall we?
So, the Frontiermen. Mankinds first line of defense against the Mutants from outer space. Appearently they are equipped with advanced tech. Also they are rigorously trained and highly disciplined. So says our glorious Wiki.
So, that leaves me with quite a few questions in that regard...
Sentry Turrets have a tracking system for hostiles. Why did nobody ever install this into Assault Rifles? The Xenos are highly mobile, so any kind of small edge to keep aim on the target would be a question of life and death. Also, appearently in the future we have forgotten that we once installed grenade launchers on our rifles. Not to mention all the other toys we can add to modern weaponry.
Shotguns appearently still work like they did during WW1 and not like they do today, not to mention how much we could have advanced those things after we discovered how to travel in space properly! Shotguns are being loaded by adding a single slug after another. Instead of just hammering in a new magazine like sensible military personal would do, when you fight a race of killers that can speed down a hallway at 300 miles an hour and leap at you. You clearly have time to reload, while those Skunks eat your face off.
So, why is it that we use Flashlights? The most uneffective way to survey darker areas known to mankind. Every Child knows when you finally manage to get your light on the Fade, it will already stand right in front of you. One would think by now we would use at least Infrared goggles, if not a combination goggle of Infrared/Nightvision.
Appearently we forgot about the most basic way to catch birds and fish we have ever invented. Behold the wonder of the NET. Not only would it tangle up Lerks, it could also be shot with a line attached, so we can just electrocute them and pull it back into the netlauncher (which preferably would either be a 2nd barrel of the shotgun or a underslung AR attachment).
Our Grenade Launchers seem to only have one grenade we can use in the future. Maybe we ran out of deadly gas, napalm and stuff. We probably use that to power space travel these days.
What else might we have done with all that free time? ... oh yeah.
We could have made Chainsaw Axes. One would think some weapon nerd somewhere still likes Warhammer 40k in the future. If we can make flying robots, we can probably also make a weapon that cuts up Aliens before they cut you up.
If we have the ability to build Phase Gates, why don't we invent a weapon that distorts the phase of the Aliens in an unstable way, sending half of their ugly faces hurling into some other plane of existance?
I have no idea why anyone even in the future would be insane enough to use Gas for a Flamethrower. They clearly want that tank blowing up their soldiers. Not to mention they don't want them to spray liquid fire all over the Aliens, so they just burn to death.
We also forgot how to weld some steel plates over our vents. Or put mini Phase Gates into them that send the aliens into a giant death trap we brought with us to instantly shred them.
And last but not least my favorite.
We appearently forgot how Doors work. Or that they even exist. Because NO ONE. And I mean NO ONE, has had the common sense to weld most of the doors shut so that the Aliens can't just run into our base of operations and tear the place to shreds.
Oh and we also forgot to bring Tanks. And Nukes. Mostly Nukes.
So ... yeah ... I guess our future is not bright if we meet some agressive Aliens :P