5 Reasons Sniper Elite 4 Could Be The Best In The Series Yet
It's disgusting. In a good way.
Sniper Elite is back! And for the latest entry in the third person, sniping-focused (obvs) shooter, you're blowing 1940s Nazi brains out. Lovely!
You play as Karl Fairburne, an elite US sniper in Italy, tasked with assisting the Italian resistance as they fight back against fascists. In the grossest way. This is *not* one for the squeamish!
What’s new and improved about Sniper Elite 4? Should you spend actual money on this thing? We’ve got the answers...
More X-Ray Slow-Mo Kills Than Ever
Sniper Elite’s trademark, fan-favourite feature is its GRUESOME X-ray kill cam. Time your shot right, and you’ll be shown how your bullet shreds through human bodies. It’s disgusting. But in a good way.
Previously, only well-timed sniper shots would activate the kill cam. In Sniper Elite 4, that’s changed. Now melee attacks, stealth kills, traps, environmental kills and more can trigger it.
The AI aren’t a bunch of bloody idiots
You’ll need to ramp up the difficulty to properly test the AI, but it’s worth it. If you do so, the AI will investigate areas, detect corpses, attempt to heal and revive one another, and just generally do their best to be the evil fascists that they were born (AKA made by Oxford-based game developer Rebellion) to be.
Massive new environments
Sniper Elite 4 boasts the largest environments seen in the franchise to date. This improved size allows players to tackle objectives in any way they want, be it stealth, all-guns-blazing or anything in-between.
World War Two has been done to death in video games. We all know this. In an attempt to keep the setting interesting for players, Rebellion has set the game in Italy during 1943. Instead of sneaking around muddy fields or crumbling towns, you’ll be prowling through sunny, colourful, pristine locales yet to feel the effects of the war – bar the armada of armed fascists hanging out everywhere.
Every campaign map now packs in a tonne of collectibles alongside a series of secondary objectives that players can complete. Plus there's a horde-style co-op mode, and a multiplayer component to boot.
Also, once you’ve completed a level, the game challenges you to head back in later under new stipulations, such as completing a mission by only taking out 10 people (particularly difficult considering maps can play host to hundreds of enemies), to add some extra variety to the mission.
Beefed up graphics
Sniper Elite 4 represents the first game in the series to be made from the ground-up for next gen consoles. This is the best-looking Sniper Elite game to date. More attractive games are available, but never before has a shredded testicle looked so good. In a way. Kinda. OH what am I saying, this game can be so disgusting.
You’re not forced to snipe all the time
Sniping is the core of the Sniper Elite 4 experience. (Obviously. We’ve all seen the title.) Sniper Elite’s ballistic systems are still there, with bullets being affected by wind, gravity, breath control and heart rate.
But to add an extra layer of spice and variety to the game, Rebellion have now devoted some tender love and care to the game’s other weapons.
With new and improved pistols and other sidearms, you can run-and-gun more freely, should you choose. It all depends on how you want to play. Melee attacks have been given slow-motion, brutal kill cam treatment. You’ve also got an assortment of grenades and mines at your disposal. The latter can even be attached to dead Nazi bodies, if you want. (We did.)
- Sniper Elite 4 is out on February 14, on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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