So, as of the bomcast, Patrick and Brad agreed that you have to use the shotgun or you're wrong.
Now since Patrick and Brad are wrong, as usual, what is your version of this statememt?
For me, I finished the game on impossible, first run, using nothing but the plasma cutter (and the ripper for when completely surrounded, but rarely)
"If you don't use a wide beam plasma cutter with suspended ripper, you're an idiot"
Elite compact, Plasma Core, Rip Core, The wide tip baby (can't remember the name), Default tip on the ripper, Stasis Support, Stasis Bullets, +2 Clip/Damage for all 8 slots.