Sniper Elite 4 was my first experience with any Sniper Elite game, so there’s not going to be a whole lot (any) comparison done between this game and any of the other games in the franchise. For this review we’re going to be taking a look at Sniper Elite 4 as its own game for someone just looking to get into the series.
It is important to note that if you have played a Sniper Elite game in the past and enjoyed it, then I do highly recommend this game. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Platform Reviewed: PC
Platforms Available: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: February 14th, 2017
This review is based on a review copy provided by the developers/publisher.
Sniper Elite 4 begins where the third game in the series ends, though it’s not necessary to have knowledge of the previous games to enjoy this story on its own.
As elite marksman Karl Fairburne you’ll experience 1943 Italy in missions that range from blowing up bridges to just plain ol’ Nazi killing. Help the resistance in Italy while simultaneously thwarting Nazi plans that could potentially swing the war in their favor.
But, first and foremost.. Kill lots of Nazis.
Probably the definition of a third-person tactical shooter, Sniper Elite 4 does exactly what is expected of it. You’re given the freedom to be as stealthy or as reckless as you want to be, opening up already vast missions to a greater variety of ways to play through them.
There’s also no shortage of ways to creatively dispatch of your Nazi foes. To add a cherry on top, the x-ray killcam will be sure to let you know exactly what parts of your opponent were disintegrated in gory detail.
While I’ve pulled a few enemies through walls and been shot through the ground, there’s not really too many bugs in the game. It’s mostly smooth and when you do encounter a problem it’s so few and far between that’s it’s hardly even an annoyance.
The missions are huge with no set way for you to go about completing the primary or secondary objectives. The landscapes and scenery are always impressive in scale and diversity, but unfortunately that’s where the diversity ends. Each mission has some minor differences in the objectives available, but can start to feel a bit stale and exhausting if you’re not a huge fan of this type of game.
The sound in Sniper Elite 4 is what really puts the player into 1943 occupied Italy. With a good set of headphones it’s easy to find yourself on the edge of your seat waiting quietly for that plane to fly by overhead so you can take out an officer without revealing your location to other enemies.
The guns, vehicles, and other weapons also sound incredibly realistic as someone who has no knowledge whatsoever of World War II weaponry and other technological devices of the time.
Visually speaking, this game is fine. There’s really not much else to say about it. The graphics in general are as good as they need to be, but aren’t impressive by any real standard. The cinematics can have their moments, but for the most part the graphics are just fine.
Sniper Elite 4 offers a lot of replayability for tactical shooter buffs who like to experiment with and test all the different ways they can complete their mission and if you enjoyed the other games in the series, you’ll definitely enjoy this one. There’s also a competitive multiplayer or co-op campaign to experience if capping Nazis alone isn’t your cup of tea.
The one downside I found to the game is how much it dragged on at times. If you’re not a tactical shooter fan then it can definitely start to feel repetitive and boring.
While Sniper Elite 4 may not be a game for every breed of gamer, if you’re a fan of slowly finding ways to efficiently kill Nazis then Sniper Elite 4 might just be the game for you.
A RECOMMENDED GAME, IT’S MISSING A FEW THINGS BUT IT’S A FUN EXPERIENCE FOR PLAYERS.
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