Sniper Elite III
|a game by||Rebellion|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||7.5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||10.0/10 - 1 vote|
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|See also:||Sniper Elite Series, Third-Person Shooter|
With reference to the FPS genre as a whole, there has always been a romantic relationship with the super soldier capable of storming bases single handedly and winning the war with just a trusty rifle and a handful of grenades. However, only a small selection of titles have focused solely on the soldiers miles from the action picking off targets and defying physics with their feats of accuracy. We are of course talking about Snipers. The Sniper Elite series is one such franchise that casts a spotlight on these soldiers and Sniper Elite 3 was the 2014 title that aimed to raise the stakes again.
This game plays much like any of the games within the Sniper Elite series. However, looking outside the franchise the game plays similarly to titles such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, Sniper Ghost Warrior and Hitman: Sniper to name a few. This game aims to offer stealth based missions in abundance and a much more refined experience than ever before. However, is this game a direct hit, or does this one miss the target entirely. We find out in our review of Sniper Elite 3.
Bone Crunching Bullets
Ok, so let’s deal with what you all came for first. The slow motion X-ray vision makes a return in this game and its as violent and satisfying as ever. Honestly, it’s just about the only thing that makes this game stand out from the pack in terms of visuals and presentation. Otherwise, we would easily mistake it for a bargain bin FPS game. What we are saying is that it bodes well that the bullet time violence looks fantastic, because the other aspects look bang average.
If we were talking about this games predecessor, we would have echoed the above statement. However, we are happy to report that this aspect of the game does get an overhaul. No longer to do muddle through linear and predictable missions and instead, you are presented with a much more open-ended, almost sandbox-like arena to wreak havoc. We aren’t saying that this is Hitman levels of open-ended and emergent gameplay, but it is a vast improvement for sure.
A competent story has never been something that fans of the series have expected. However, this time around, we think that this is almost insulting to fans. The story is a collection of events that lack any sort of cohesion, some dialogue that is bafflingly terrible for a game of this stature and while the areas are rich with environmental details, there simply isn’t any motivation to play from one level to the next aside from the strong gameplay. It’s an aspect of this series that still needs tweaking and this outing is perhaps the most poignant example of this need for change yet.
Overall, Sniper Elite 3 goes all in on fixing the gameplay of it’s predecessor to over more emergent and open gameplay for it’s players. A decision that has paid off for the most part. Yes, the presentation is a little rough around the edges and yes, the storyline is basically non-existent. However, the gameplay carries you through the experience, the content is in great supply and the fun factor is very much present. So if you enjoy stealth, slo-mo kill cams and filling Nazis full of lead, there are few games that can offer more than this one.
- Content is in great supply
- Slo-mo kill cams are still brutal and satisfying
- Gameplay is much more open-ended
- The plot and character development is laughably bad
- Graphics are average at best