Release Date: Out Now
It’s a good job that weapons like the .50 BMG MCMillan (apparently it’s a gun) are not easily obtainable on the streets. Its bad enough trying to get home at night avoiding the problems you can see, but imagine what it would be like having to avoid an attacker who is over a mile and a half away. You see apparently the longest recorded kill by a sniper is from a range of 2430 Meters!
Sniper Elite does its best to try and recreate that feeling of the long range kill. It’s a third-person game in which you are an American soldier, disguised as a German trying to stop the Russians - how’s that for confusing? You are no normal soldier though, as you will have guessed, you are a Sniper and range is your friend.
This achievement is made all the better by cut scenes and statistics that would be more at home in a golf game. A real good kill is rewarded by slow motion bullet cam. The bullet is followed from the gun to its target, up to and including it coming out the other side – blood, guts, brains and all. The game then tells you how far away that target was and rewards bonus points if it was moving. Perhaps it shouldn’t be, but I found it a real buzz.
Ok – they saw their friend drop and heard the rifle – but surely they should at least look for me first? – And why are they so accurate with their burst fire? It would be fine if I was up against another Sniper, but that’s not the case. I have yet to be able to take out one target and then line up and kill another as he looked for me – they ALWAYS seem to know where I am.
Graphics-wise the game looks fine, the levels are well designed and seem to recreate what I have seen of war torn cities. However, your soldier’s inability to climb up small steps seems a bit strange – After all the complaints about the Ghost Recons you’d have thought Rebellion would have made sure their game didn’t suffer from the same niggles.
- The hunt of the target
- Sniping mechanics are very well done
- Atmospheric graphics and sound
- It’s ‘campers’ heaven
- The “superhuman” ability of the targets
- Too slow for most gamers