There has always been a weird suspicion in the back of my mind that saw this day coming. With all of the great shooters out there, it was just a matter of time before we saw more and more games specifically look at one area of shooters that most people usually enjoying, and that is snipping. Today we are going to talk about a game that focuses 100% of its attention on this beloved task, and puts you in the role of a sniper. So does this have the depth to make for a great game? Read our full review of Sniper Elite for the Xbox to find out!
If I was a gambling man, I would bet before even sitting down to look at this game I would bet that if it was a war game it would be set in WWII. Well nine out of ten times that answer would be right, and for Sniper Elite’s case I would have been correct. Sniper Elite is set in of course the ever-famous WWII, where you are the best sniper in the world and have to go out and stop the end of the world. The story is interesting, and without getting into the interesting details, I have to say that I was glad to see the developers try and take this game in a direction that is not normally used in WWII shooters.
So let’s not waste any more time with the story and just jump into the actual gameplay, which of course will have you sniping the living daylights out of everyone within your vicinity. What is really neat about this game is that you can really play it in any way that you want. You can breeze through the game sniping away, or just take your sweet time aiming up every shot with the precision and savoring every kill, the snipers’ way.
The game is setup in a typical mission’s format that works exactly like you would expect it to. Here you will find that the missions in which you are given to complete do have some variation, but most of them tend to be not all that exciting. In fact when playing Sniper Elite I found that some of the missions are just a little too tedious and therefore your experience isn’t as enjoyable. To make sense of it all I will just say that there were some missions where you had a distinct idea of what to do and were excited to do it, but then on the other end of the spectrum there were those missions which just seemed tedious and weren’t all that much fun.
Like I was saying earlier in the game this is one of those style of games that allows you to decide how you want to play this game. This game is at its best when you play it like a stealth game, lurking around corners and going for the ultimate sniping experience. The only real problem I had was that this game required a little too much trial and error. I say that because you will literally play the same mission over and over again, which really tests your patients and impacts the overall enjoyment of it all.
The game does try to make headshots a big ordeal by giving a slow motion replay of the action, which is a nice little touch for those who just can’t get enough of the sniping action. This is a nice feature if you are really into the whole sniping scene, as there are a lot of games that have sniping, but of course this game truly does specialize in it.
The game does also have some multiplayer features to speak of as well which is an eight player Deathmatch that I found to be rather enjoyable. The game unfortunately doesn’t move at the quickest pace, so therefore the online action isn’t the most exciting stuff in the world, but it does work nonetheless. The overall feel of Sniper Elite is what you expect from a sniper game, but unfortunately never goes more than that.
Visually Sniper Elite is really a mixed bag of good, bad and indifferent. Starting off with the negative side you will see that there is a true lack of detail found in this game. The environments and character models both unfortunately lack detail. On the good side the game does a very nice with the sniping portions of the game, and you can see the presentation is at its top during these sequences. And finally the indifferent aspects of Sniper Elite are the rest of the game, which are good, but nothing that will blow your socks off. The visuals in the end are average through and through, and just manage to keep things at a consistent level.
Sniper Elite is a game that is obviously going after a specific group of people who just love sniping. I mean if you are one of those people that no matter what game it is you want to take the role of a sniper, then you are going to enjoy this game. Sniper Elite does some nice things in both the story and gameplay department bringing both a very smooth feel. The game like I mentioned earlier however you will end up having to play the same missions over and over and over again.
In the end, Sniper Elite is exactly how it sounds on the box; it’s a Sniper game that places you as, you guessed it, a sniper. I have to say that I enjoyed this game. It wasn’t perfect, and the visuals had plenty of room for improvement, but it still was a good game. If you like sniping and want a game that focuses almost all of its attention on that, then check this game out as a rental you will find a lot of things to enjoy.
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