i would say, its an upgraded version.
remember inferno mark iii; 65 heat damage; not mythical(just one to say; there are others like shotgun,apocalypse,heat penetrator etc)
but 2-3 of those can really fry you combined with heat harpoon
constraints i mentioned only makes thing harder ; so this is no downgrading; its forcing players to strategise
rather than add superweapons
[have you played 'mass effect 1,2,3'; there is a dialogue where a character says that no intelligent strategy is good against the 'reapers' because they are unimaginably big and almost indestructibe; applicable here too]