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Should you use the Riot Gun shotgun in Resident Evil 4 remake?

The Riot Gun is a powerful shotgun option that you can use in the Resident Evil 4 remake.

There are multiple weapons that you can use in the Resident Evil 4 remake, and one of the shotguns that you can find later on is the Riot Gun. It’s a semi-automatic shotgun that could be a more worthwhile option for you in combat. You’ll need to choose to use this one, or the W-870, the shotgun you can find later in the game. Here’s what you need to know if you should be using the Riot Gun shotgun in the Resident Evil 4 remake.

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There are some clear differences when comparing the Riot Gun to the W-870. Although the W-870 has a slightly faster reload speed, the Riot Gun overpowers it in several other categories. Only does it have more power, but it has a higher ammo capacity, rate of fire, and it’s far more precise than the W-870. As a result, the Riot Gun is substantially a better option than the starting shotgun, which means when you have the opportunity, we highly recommend that you sell or swap out the W-870 shotgun for the Riot Gun.

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What also makes the Riot Gun a unique weapon is that this weapon has a tighter spread when you open fire. Because it has a tighter spread, it’s a better shotgun for longer distances. You don’t want to treat it like a rifle, but you can feel confident hitting targets further away from you, especially when compared to the W-870.

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Now, things become a bit dicier when you compare the Riot Gun to the other shotgun, the Striker. What makes the Striker unique is that it’s a more compact shotgun, easier to carry, and will deal out more power than the Riot Gun can in a firefight, with a much higher ammo capacity. However, the Riot Gun beats the Striker in terms of reload speed and precision, making the Riot Gun slightly better for long-distance fights.

It all comes down to playstyle, but we feel that the Riot Gun is a slightly better choice than the Striker, but if you’re looking to save space in your inventory, the Striker is a solid choice, especially in raw power.

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Zack Palm
Zack Palm is the Senior Writer of Gamepur and has spent over five years covering video games, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Oregon State University. He spends his free time biking, running tabletop campaigns, and listening to heavy metal. His primary game beats are Pokémon Go, Destiny 2, Final Fantasy XIV, and any newly released title, and he finds it difficult to pull away from any Star Wars game.