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In ME2, the Geth Pulse Rifle can do especially well against shields shields as per the wiki:

The Pulse Rifle rips through shields, so Disruptor Ammo is redundant against weaker enemies.

Does it retain this effect in ME3? Should I be preferring this weapon over others when I'm expecting to face lots of shielded enemies?

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The general consensus on the Bioware forum seems to be that this weapon is not worth too much of your attention. There stands to be someone out there who will make a good build around it by using it as a sniper rifle and taking headshot bonuses with an upgrade ammo power (incendiary with headshot bonus perhaps) though.

It does still rip through shields but is highly ineffective against health and armour comparably speaking. Since there are a good deal fewer shielded enemies in ME3 than ME2, the bonus isn't considered to be particularly useful.

There are suggestions that it might be more effective when used in conjunction with ammo upgrades, but overall it's still not the best choice (actually some commenters refer to it as the worst weapon in the game).

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that's a shame that its so useless –  z - Mar 12 '12 at 21:15
    
Actually the gun's pretty amazing with the Explosive Burst from level 6 incendiary ammo. Nothing seems to do better DPS vs health, good armor damage. In fact it does by far less shield damage than anything else. –  Prinny Brocka Mar 31 '12 at 1:58
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