Sniper Elite V2 Review

 

The game has also made headlines for it’s gory “X-Ray Kill Cam,” which depicts the bullet as it passes through an enemy’s internal organs. Not caring for this level of pornographic violence, I was happy to see that it could be adjusted in the options menu, and I opted for the lowest setting, which only triggered slow-motion and X-Ray gore for certain special kills: German rocket scientists and enemy armored vehicles (dispatched by firing a bullet at the caps on their fuel tanks).

Not being an experienced sniper, I struggled to adapt myself to the chaotic influence of bullet drop and wind direction — many successful shots were the result of trial-and-error. Still, it was a nice contrast to the unrealistic sniping in other shooter games, and even the introduction of a triggerable “bullet time” function didn’t spoil the fun. Waiting for two enemies to line up and dispatching them with a single bullet was particularly satisfying.

The game keeps careful track of the distance of your shots, assigning each a point value. In fact, everything you do in the game is scored and tabulated, from a silenced-pistol headshot to a successful land mine trap. This arcade-style overlay felt more at home in multiplayer, and while it may be intended to provide replay value, it was a jarring contrast to the seriousness of the subject matter.

Also jarring was the extreme accuracy of the enemies in the game, who can pick you off from seemingly any distance. This is particularly true of enemy snipers, who need only two shots to put you down. Though this challenge isn’t a problem in and of itself, it’s toxic in combination with the game’s frustrating checkpoint save system. One mistake — alerting a guard in a stealth sequence, or not noticing a hidden sniper in the distance — can require repeating long sections of content. Frequently, the experience of Sniper Elite V2 is doing the same thing over and over until you get it right.

 

Competitive multiplayer is similarly unforgiving. Players wait patiently in cover, scanning the environments obsessively in the hopes of catching someone in the open. If a target appears, careful aim and calm under pressure are the keys to success. It’s not a model that will appeal to everyone, but I can imagine enthusiastic snipers getting hooked. The server browser works well, if a little bit slowly. Cooperative multiplayer is also available, although I didn’t manage to find a partner using the automated matchmaking during the time I was reviewing the game.

The mulitplayer is indicative of the game in general. If you have a particularly affinity for sniping people from afar, Snipter Elite V2 probably a good buy — if not, you’re left with a decent if forgettable World War II game without a lot of real ambition. Playing on the highest difficulty, it will provide around 15 hours of content — long for a shooter these days, although, again, much of that time will be spent repeating content. Rebellion deserves credit for delivering a solid experience, but censure for the game’s conspicuous flaws.

Pros

  • Realistic sniping is well-designed
  • Striking, varied environments
  • Made WWII feel fun and almost fresh

Cons

  • Underdeveloped story
  • Bad voice acting
  • Frustrating checkpoint saves
  • Repetitive gameplay

Final Score: 60/100

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4 Comments on Sniper Elite V2 Review

Critique

On May 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I don’t understand from this review how you can claim that this game has any realistic sniping whatsoever. The only good thing about this game is the graphics.

This game came out this year, and having an AI this bad kills the mood right away. The AI is so bad, I don’t quite think the reviewer actually played through most of the game.

There is one section of a level where you have to take out a sniper team. If you are playing this game on Elite, then you won’t be going against snipers; you’ll be going against bots with an aim that is only supposed to kill you after 2 hits (they don’t get headshots, but they wont graze you so you can survive a bit longer).

What’s worse is the level design in this game is so very bad, that it makes it impossible in some situations to actually get past certain points without getting infront of enemies. THIS IS NOT A Realistic Situation. A sniper will never run and gun people. This is not call of duty.

Back to the Sniper team example, a lot of the times you will die because 2 different snipers are located in such a way that they will both hit you and kill you (even if you are sprinting from cover to cover) This is horrid.

The game’s AI aimbot system that is implemented in this game is designed to artifically make the game last longer. Here’s another example where I think they really let the AI in the game down. If you as a player make a noise, even if there is a noise around and what not, “OH MY GOD IT’S A SNIPER. GET HIM!”.

First of all, I would understand that the AI figures out I’m a sniper if I shot my sniper at someone, but walking and making noise just as much as the AI all of a sudden gives me away as a sniper? Do my shoes hit the ground in a way that gives me off as a sniper? Why am I not just “Someone there?” or “I heard something”? Why Am I always assumed to be a sniper? “Oh we’re going to find you, sniper” ” How the hell do you even know I’m a sniper?” This killed the immersion right away.

Game was uninstalled. Garbage. If you played the demo, trust me, you really don’t want to play more than that.

Horrible game design, Horrible maps, Horrible music, Horrible historical accuracy, Horrible story, Horrible gameplay, Ok graphics

fahim

On May 21, 2012 at 12:01 am

played one level trading it in soon its bad

Baker

On May 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I played the demo and I wanted to play more….

Maybe if I bought it used, though, since it only got a 6/10.

Sniping mechanic was really fun to use, even if the controls were clunky and the AI sucked.

Rob

On June 6, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Game is terrible. No online multiplayer. Co-op campaign, yes. Head shots are cool and all but your better off saving the 50$ in your wallet. This game gets a 3 out of 10 stars in my opinion. Any legit player that games often will beat this game in an hour, its waaaaaaay too short and simple. Highly disappointed with “505 Games”. Take my word, this game is not with it. When your’re done I promise you will be saying to yourself, “that’s it?!”.