gamers (100%) found this review helpful
After numerous other FPS arrivals, and countless WWII era titles, a new look at shooter games has arrived. Sniper Elite does have a few drawbacks, just like every other game created. The graphics aren't spectacular, and the controls take a little getting used too ( although they can be modified to your liking ). What this FPS lacks in graphics, it more than makes up for in gameplay. The game starts off with a short intro to your character, and then introduces you to an entirely new outlook on first person shooters. You are a sniper, brought in to help end the war once and for all. Unlike other FPS you work alone. Your only weapons are your rifle and your mind. This game requires patience, a sharp mind, and a steady trigger. After playing through I found myself more than happy with the overall performance and gameplay. Each stage is open-ended, and you can find multiple paths to your objective. There are borders to each map but they are far and you rarely notice. Each level offers different objectives and more than one option when it comes to accomplishing each mission. You also have the option of playing co-op, having a friend play along side you to watch your back so that you aren't torn to shreds by the opposition. The enemy AI is refreshing as well. Shooting the opposition anywhere other than the head and you can watch them limp away, or drop to the ground, rolling around in pain and shouting for back-up. Enemy characters will take cover behind barriers and other objects, crouch, go prone (lay down), and even fire around corners. You might find yourself shouting at the TV, and throwing your controller. You will find various tools and weapons to help you through the game. Such as dynamite, tripwire grenades, machine guns, time bombs (used for certain objectives) and other useful items. For anyone that is looking for a new type of adventure I strongly recommend renting this game. It is different, but in a good way.
gamers (80%) found this review helpful
Sniper Elite is not for everyone. If you are looking for a "run and gun" style shooter, then this is not the game for you. This, is a thinking man's shooter, which is good and bad.
The thinking part of the game plays out when you have to covertly position yourself (translated: a lot of crawling) in a strategic firing location and then make adjustments to your aim considering factors like gravity (adjust for bullet drop), your heart rate, wind, etc. There is a lot of front work that goes into taking just one shot.
Oh, but what a payoff! If you get all of your calculations right then you will be feasting on a buffet of single, double and even triple headshots! The best part of it is the "bullet cam". When you make an exceptional shot, the camera switches to a bullet cam that follows the bullet from muzzle to point of impact in satisfying albiet grizzly cinematic payoff for your effort.
The AI in the game can prove to add to your frustration as they are pretty good at flanking you after you reveal your location. The ensuing firefight is equally frustrating because as a sniper you are not well equipped for such an engagement and usually killed rather quickly.
Overall this is a solid game that offers something different from the glut of WWII and Vietnam wargames that are availble on the market.