Sniper Elite III is an uneven experience that dabbles in excellence. There are moments of pure joy that are immediately weighed down by a laughable script and poor voice acting. All in all you get what's on the cover with this game.
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The Sniper Elite series originates with the company Rebellion Developments. Throughout the first three games of the series they have released their product for just about every major market console around, including the Xbox One and PS4 with their most recent release, Sniper Elite III. The third installment of the Sniper Elite series is set several years prior to the exploits of the second game. We get to follow our man, Karl Fairburne, as he does the work that only he can do in World War II. The story isn't particularly invigorating, rehashing several common World War II tropes that we've seen before, but it does appropriately set the mood. Sniper Elite III does a ton of stuff right but there are still some problems with this new shiny package. Let's take a look at what you need to know about Sniper Elite III.
If you spent much time playing Sniper Elite II then you know that there were some major problems with the core of the game. The linear story telling felt restrictive and the stiffness of the gameplay often overshadowed some of the really cool elements at play. Elite V3 immediately sought to change the tenor of the series by creating a big spectacled, free reign sort of war game. Don't get us wrong though, even with improvements to certain 'shiny' aspects of the game the core still resides between the cross hairs of our hero.
When your game is based on a single gameplay mechanic rather than any other overarching element you need to make sure that you do things right. The core element of Sniper Elite III is the dramatic, almost pornographic nature of the sniper kills. In V3 you can slow down time in order to properly aim your rifle. Following your special aiming capabilities is a slowed down bullet tracking system that allows you to experience the thrill of your kill in first person. The bullet flies, your enemy seems trapped, and in a moment it all ends for them. Why would you ever use another gun with this at your disposal?
While your objectives rarely change throughout the game the way in which you do them is much more entertaining than in past passages. Your trip through South Africa is less constrictive than you might think. Players are given a relatively free rein to explore the world and take out zombies in any which way that they feel like. This is a part of war that is rarely ever touched upon in other games detailing the era and, because of that, it feels refreshing and new--even if the story that goes underneath it seems laughable due to cliches and cheesy writing. Part of the appeal is just how large each level is that you will experience. You no longer see clearly delineated paths to follow and each level is big enough to keep you on the edge of your toes. You never know when you'll turn a corner in the bush only to be brought face to face with a German motor pool.
The campaign of Sniper Elite III consists of eight different levels with each level lasting around an hour or two of total play time. The investment in this play time includes the numerous re-starts that you will be forced to undertake thanks to the sheer difficulty of your tasks at hand. Whether you have to destroy motorized vehicles or go all tactical by steeling secret documents, your job will always be hard. Accidents happen and you won't always have the drop on your enemy. So get used to optimizing your playing abilities in order to get the most out of your fresh spawns, you'll definitely need them.
The AI that you will experience in Elite III ranges on the scale of 'Lazy' all the way to 'Way too competent'. In fact enemy guards are so adept at spotting your soldier that you are forced to take things slow. This is also encouraged by your style of fighting: with a sniper rifle. The stealth element never takes center stage, not completely anyway, but it does add some much needed gravitas to the game.
Sniper Elite III is an uneven experience that dabbles in excellence. There are moments of pure joy that are immediately weighed down by a laughable script and poor voice acting. All in all you get what's on the cover with this game and that's all you can ask for.