Sniper Elite V2 is the eagerly-awaited sequel to the highly-acclaimed Sniper Elite, giving gamers the most authentic World War II sniping experience available. You are elite US sniper Karl Fairburne.
GAME NAME: Sniper Elite V2
PLATFORM(S): PC, Xbox 360, PS3
GENRE(S): Action, Shooter
RELEASE DATE(S): 3 May 2012 (Steam)
Sniper Elite V2 is the eagerly-awaited sequel to the highly-acclaimed Sniper Elite, giving gamers the most authentic World War II sniping experience available. You are elite US sniper Karl Fairburne. Parachuted into Berlin amidst the Germans’ final stand, your mission is to prevent Nazi V2 rocket program technology from falling into the hands of the besieging Red Army. You must aid key scientists keen to defect to the US, and terminate those who would help the Russians.
Take advantage of authentic weaponry, learn how to stalk your targets, fortify your position, set up the shot, use your skill, patience and cunning to achieve your mission. Stealth gameplay is the key as you find yourself trapped between two desperate armies in a race against time. Watch as the celebrated ‘bullet cam’ from Sniper Elite returns, bloodier and more gruesome than ever – skilful shots are rewarded with a slow-motion flight of the bullet, then targets are graphically rendered in X-Ray as the bullet enters and destroys your victim. Organs shred, bones splinter, teeth shatter, as the true impact of the sniper’s bullet is brought to life. – Quoted from the Steam Store page for the game
After seeing some of the teaser trailers for this game I was determined to try out the demo when it arrived on PC and when it did I played it over and over again and I instantly pre-ordered the game and now that the game has been released I’ve played around 5 hours of it, I’m quite a way through the singleplayer campaign, I’ve played the Kill Hitler DLC and I’ve been playing a lot of co-op so I’ll be giving my thoughts on the game so far.
Before talking about anything else I want to mention the graphics, the visuals on this game are really very pretty, when I was playing the demo I found that the anti-aliasing didn’t seem to work too well but it seems that this has been addressed for the final release as the game really does look quite nice and the bullet-time camera is very brutal.
Speaking of the bullet-time camera, this feature is where the game stands out, this game is extremely violent and it feels like you’re pulling off a finisher in a Mortal Kombat game every single time you pop someone off and you really can mix your kills up, for example: You can hide behind a wall, pop-up with your binoculars and check out the two guards chatting to each other in the distance, once one of the guards decides to walk in front of another you whip out your sniper rifle and fire, the bullet glides straight through the first guards head and the shrapnel from the bullet then embeds itself into the second guard, killing him. Satisfaction guaranteed!
You can also use various different explosives to go about your business and you can use these tools in various ways, for example: Placing down trip mines and leading unsuspecting guards to their demise by throwing rocks around to grab their attention, attaching land mines to dead guards so that they detonate when another guard approaches and you can also shoot guards’ grenades and cause them to explode, taking the guard out with them.
This is all good fun but it kind of takes the whole sniping aspect away from the game, it’s a very odd one to describe but I don’t feel that the weapons and the enemy placement have been planned out very well as the sniper rifle is your only choice if you want to take out enemies with one shot (sure the pistols can do it but they’re close range) but as soon as you approach a crowd of people then you’re pretty much screwed, take out the first guy and every other guard within a 2-mile radius will know exactly where you are.
On some of the later levels there are recurring noises that mask the sound of your shots but this is an inconvenience as you have to plan your shots around this loud noise and have no freedom to do your own thing, additionally the machine guns in this game are useless so it’s best to avoid any close-range combat situations with multiple enemies.
A plus side is that the bullet-time camera itself never gets old, no matter how many times you see it you will always feel a sense of satisfaction from watching your bullet slowly shatter someone’s skull or slowly pop their testicles.
I could easily wrap this review up here but I’d like to talk about the singleplayer a bit more and the storyline; each mission feels the same as the last, you’ve got to get from point A to point B and take out guards, that’s it. There are a few variations to this formula, like in one level you have to protect some chap with a pistol but that mission is even more tedious than just running from point A to point B. On the gameplay front there really is little variation between missions and the further on you get into the game, the less the game feels like a sneaky-sniper game and the more it feels like a third-person Call of Duty clone.
As for the story there isn’t really much I can say about it as I haven’t been paying attention to it, during the loading screens you have to listen to your character (who talks in a slower, more monotonous voice than Max Payne) explain the story behind each mission but because I can read the text on screen before the guy finishes his first sentence I just end up hitting continue and playing, often without even bothering to read the story at all; I’m sure if you could be bothered to sit through the loadscreen dialogue instead of actually playing the game then you might get an insight into the story a bit more but I wanted to just dive in and play really.
Overall I’d say this is a fantastic game and definitely worth a purchase but it’s not really what I expected and it’s more of a run-and-gun with a unique bullet-time mechanic rather than a real sniping game but I’d definitely urge anyone who hasn’t played the game yet to try out the demo, it’s worth a go.
– detailed and open environments
– Unique and gory bullet-time feature
– Explosives can offer some hilarious kills
– Dull and boring missions
– No real challenge
– Predictable and boring enemy placement
Thanks for reading and good gaming.