Laser Rifle vs Gauss Rifle
Again, another step back. While the Laser Rifle was one of the best weapons in the game, the Gauss Rifle can't even hope to close in on that title. Firing costs are up in all modes, and the limited ammo makes this weapon less useful. Accuracy may be up in Auto mode, but all other accuracies are the same. The loss of unlimited ammo is another major minus. While it keeps the same power as the Laser Rifle, that and the slight accuracy boost in Auto mode can't hope to save this weapon from its weak points. Worse, many aliens have significant resistance to Gauss damage. Notably, Tasoths take only 70% damage and Lobstermen take 30%. All alien units in the first game took full damage from Laser weapons and Sectopods took 150%.