The pulse rifles I found were terrible they did okay dmg but the recoil was crazy. I thought the point of burst fire was to reduce recoil. For the most part the pulse rifles were basically unusable. I think they should have the recoil toned down a lot and depending on how much better that makes them pull back the dmg a bit as well
Yeah the recoil is its main prob made it only useable in close combat situations and therefore you can have better primary weapons like handcannon which let enemys struggle when u hit them so u can use a melee attack without beeing attacked yourself. For the crucible it is even worse as the firespeed is ok but the aiming is extremly terrible because of the strong recoil so automatic rifle allways win.