Ground combat was clunky enough before this was removed. This only makes it more irritating. It might be ok if there were more powers to use but it's really spamming the '1' key and waiting for cooldowns.
No idea why they removed it, no response from Cryptic, no answer to the many people asking about more autofire for space weapons either. And this was brought up during betas. Come on Cryptic! this will not go away by just ignoring it!
Lock yourself in zoom mode and bind the first hotbar slot to mouse click?
I don't even know if that's possible but as soon as the server comes back up I'm trying it :p
So instead of mashing a key on the keyboard, we mash a button on the mouse... Not much improvement. This game is going back to 1994 with Diablo... Major clickfest, so what did they do for Diablo 2? yup... autoattack. Come on Cryptic, games are supposed to move forward, not backwards.
my personal opinion, auto-fire is meant for space not ground. because there are systems for that in a ship, but not on a person. honestly we're playing a game, auto fire is like saying u instead of you. plus if you want to use another ability that may be crucial to your survival at times, its annoying to have your primary '1' attack get in the way.