im gonna copypaste what i wrote in another similar thread regarding shooting mechanics in valorant:
1.6 is better than all in terms of shooting mechanics, non of the current games makes u feel like 1.6 did. that fluid movement and juicy spraying and tapping, u felt the impact better, todays shooters look like cardboard dogshit, especially valorant, it actually is so bad in it's basic shooting mechanics that i cant even add anything to make it worse, incredible talant of the developers/shitty engine.
edit: the bottom line is no matter what the other side says u always say it's just nostalgia, honestly idc, i just would like games to be better than 1.6 in all regards not worse and sadly it's not the case, i wanted valorant to be that game with ex 1.6 players on the dev team, hype etc. but looking back i dont think it was even possible to achieve on the unreal engine, maybe some newer quake engine would have been a better choice, idk.