[Shotgun] Damage: 35 x 6 Rate of Fire: 160 rpm Clip Size: 8 Max Ammo: 112 + 8 Primary Fire: Single shot Secondary Fire: Double shot First Acquired: Level 1: Arrival DESCRIPTION: The ShatterGun is essentially a combat shotgun that fires a tight spread of 6 pellets with each shot. It has a good rate of fire and packs a powerful punch, and can kill most enemies with a single blast at close range, or 2 or 3 well-aimed shots at medium range. It's a fairly common firearm, and you acquire one very early in the game. WEAPON ATTRIBUTES: Because of its high stopping power, the ShatterGun is excellent for close-quarters fighting, and is your preferred weapon for in-door levels early in the game. At close range you can quickly blast through several enemy soldiers with this weapon, especially in combination with your Time Slow or Time Stop powers. Although the ShatterGun is less powerful at medium range due to the dispersal of the pellets, you can still kill enemies at 20 to 30 feet with 2 or 3 shots by zooming in for a more accurate blast. The ShatterGun's secondary fire shoots 2 shells at once, doing double damage. However, this results in a somewhat slower rate of fire than the primary fire. The secondary fire is useful if you want to make absolutely sure you kill an enemy in one shot. The ShatterGun is often carried by enemy soldiers or found in weapon crates, so ammo for it is reasonably common. EVALUATION: Overall, the ShatterGun makes an excellent early-to-mid game weapon for mowing through enemies at close range. However, you might consider trading it for a higher-powered weapon like the E.M.F. Cannon or the Surge Gun later in the game when better guns become available. ENEMY USAGE: Many enemy soldiers are equipped with Shatterguns, especially in the earlier stages of the game, as well as in indoor levels. Enemies with shatterguns are murderous, and can kill you in just 4 shots on Skilled (Normal) difficulty. You really must kill them as quickly as possible, preferably using Time Slow to increase your reflexes and kill them before they can shoot you.