Here's what I can gather from the video:
- PPC blast is blindingly bright
- Stream is thicker than lasers
- PPC causes both some knockback and flash (obscuring vision of victim for milliseconds) upon impact
What I'd be most interested to know (hopefully in the coming weeks) is how much heat this weapon generates, and how long is the cycle time before you can fire again. And more importantly, whether there's any charge-up time in order to fire the PPC. I believe there has been references in the novels about this, but there never really was a consistent definition of how it operates in the books. In the TT, it operated essentially like a really big laser, with the added disadvantage of a minimum range.
And THAT's another thing I'd like to get clarification on... how would PPC minimum range work in MWO.
My own opinion is that I would like to see some real differentiation from lasers in the way it's handled (particularly with regards to charging-up time). I've always felt that the PPC should be a weapon that's difficult to use, but rewards skilled players greatly.
Additionally, I think it'll be great if the impact of a PPC could cause some electrical damage to the target. Perhaps if the HUD shorts out for a couple of seconds? That would really make the weapon quite a devastating one to use.
Any thoughts on what we've seen so far, and what else you'd like to see this weapon do?