Sniper Elite V3
Camping its way onto your current or next gen console in 2014 is Sniper Elite 3, the follow up to 505 games successful 2011 Sniper Elite V2. Grab your rifle, and a sunhat, because you’re going to need it this time around. When a regular Intelligence mission turns into a battle that could change the Allies fortunes, are you ready to dance with the Tigers?
Whilst the first 2 Sniper Elite titles were set in and around Berlin during the closing stages of World War 2, Sniper Elite 3 takes the game to the lesser known setting of North Africa, still in World War 2, with the player taking control of OSS operative Karl Fairburne. This time he’s hunting down the Allies newest nemesis, the fearsome and newly introduced Panzer Mark 6-the infamous Tiger Tank, who’s appearance could well spell disaster for the Allies. He’s also on the prowl for a new German technology which, according to 505 Games themselves, ‘could crush the Allies resistance for good.’ (Miley Cyrus on a wrecking ball perhaps?).
Sniper Elite 3 features many traits that regular fans of the series would be familiar with, with an updated, bone shattering, beautifully gory killcam system that’s sure to upset a few parent groups, realistic bullet drop and wind direction (although you can adjust the difficulty so that these aren’t an issue), and the ability to single out weak points on enemy vehicles, such as fuel tanks and engine components (and, of course, the weakest point of all…the driver), dispatching your foes in fiery and spectacular ends. The game also has a greater focus on the open world, sandbox style of gameplay, giving the player more freedom and control over what they play, and where they do it. Expect to find a few hidden treasures and Intelligence files to scavenge around for as well.
Naturally, being a sniper, the game has the player utilise stealth tactics as they navigate the arid and unforgiving landscape, with plenty of in your face gunfights and action scenes in between to ensure it isn’t all quiet, repetitive sneaking. An impressive arsenal of World War era weapons are also available, including rifles, machine guns, landmines, grenades, and so forth, with the player able to set traps and tripwires using their explosive inventory. Whilst Sniper V2 was simply an updated rehash of the original Sniper Elite, the third game is taking it to a whole new setting with a whole new storyline, and with the sandbox gameplay expanded a great deal you can guarantee a whole tank full of new adventures and gunfights.
Set some traps, pick them off from a distance, charge in with guns blazing, or simply run off into the desert in fear at the mere sight of a Tiger Tank and end up befriending a volleyball named Wilson, the choices are yours. Will you rise to the challenge before you solider? Or will the Germans conquer us all? It’s all on you…so no pressure or anything, right?
Written by Ben Rachow