The Cerberus was clearly designed with the intent to echo the design language of the New Conglomerate, with the pistol specifically appearing very similar to the LA8 Rebel. With a high caliber round affording it the highest damage-per-shot of any faction specific sidearm, shared with the Rebel, the Cerberus is excellent at quickly ending engagements in the hands of a precise marksman.
However, the Cerberus struggles with a relatively small magazine and, though faster than the Rebel's, a nonetheless low fire rate, making it unforgiving in prolonged engagements and perhaps more difficult to use, with an extremely harsh damage drop-off hindering the weapon at range. The pistol's excellent aimed accuracy, workable hip cone-of-fire values, and incredibly high damage do allow the weapon a chance to shine at close range in the hands of a skilled user, however.
The weapon's muzzle flash and noise generation is reduced, and the player no longer appears on the minimap when firing. In exchange, the weapon's damage falls off 20 meters sooner, and bullet velocity is reduced by 15%.
It is possible to earn both Ribbons and Medals while using the Cerberus. Each ribbon is a standard reward for achieving a set amount of kills with the pistol. Medals are awarded upon reaching kill milestones with the weapon.