They really wanted to nerf the whole sneaky silent kill cheese a bit, what with the crappy “three shots and it’s on fire” suppressor deterioration. OTOH, the auto-target throwing knives (with the right gear) are nice for silent headshot kills up close.
For me, though, poking around at level 8 or whatever maybe mid way through, the SVD has been the best thing I’ve found. Very good sniper rifle, better than the only “unique” one I have for sure.
I didn’t even realize until a while ago though that the bad guys do not drop any guns. Every weapon is either a purchase, or found in crates or as rewards for Bandidos ops or whatever. No drops per se. Not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, it means a lot less frantic looting of stuff for little gain. OTOH, I always like finding the weapon on the bad guy that the bad guy was using on me.