The Heavy Machine Gun is one of the many BLADE modes the ARS can use. It appears with a red outline and deep red colouring in the game, and is one of the easier weapons to upgrade due to being more common.
The Heavy Machine Gun starts out in Sam's arsenal at the beginning of the game, alongside the Assault Rifle and Shotgun. It is more powerful than the Assault Rifle but less accurate, making it better to use at close range or against bigger enemies. An overall versatile medium/close range weapon, but often requires more precision or EMP emitters to achieve the desired result. An excellent weapon to destroy beefy enemies, such as Argus robots, saw-tanks, or MOAs.
While fully upgraded, it gets a new scope, a longer barrel and a wider magazine.
Its melee attack is a powerful backflip kick, which can be used in tandem with AR mode to efficiently target enemies from behind cover.
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