Yes, we know - it's just a sniper rifle. But when was the last time you saw a long-range precision instrument create this much mess? Ancient standbys of the shooter genre, these types of guns are supposed to be quick, silent and efficient. A muffled pop and then a lifeless crumple to the ground.
The longshot is different. Like several gallons of flying hemoglobin different.
In fact, a bullet from this baby creates such a copious display of blood loss that you'll be shocked when the recipient gets back to his feet a half minute later. What the hell? Should've aimed a little higher...
Strategy: Head shots = instant kills
Again, we know - this advice should be obvious. But practicing and perfecting the art of distant decapitation is absolutely crucial to success in Gears of War multiplayer. In other games, a few body shots would suffice; in the popular Execution mode, however, those hits will just take an enemy down temporarily. You've got to run over there to finish the job, but as a sniper, you're most likely halfway across the map. Good luck getting there before his teammates.
And no, you can't shoot him again while he's down. Not with the longshot and not from far away.
Trust us, there's nothing more frustrating than lining up a beautiful kill and having it stolen right before your eyes. So pop that head like a balloon and leave no room for recovery.