Sniper Elite 4: This is a Long Shot

I creep along the grassy terrain taking care not to move too quickly and keep my eyes peeled for any sign of movement. I take up the binoculars to scan the horizon and see two tangos conversing about how bored they are. I swap out the binoculars for my Mosin Nagant rifle, take a deep breath and fire one single bullet. The camera pans away and follows the bullet’s trajectory and at it’s destination a ray image of the bullet piercing both skulls one after the other. I swear at myself for not equipping the silenced bullets as other guards are made aware. I change to a sub machine gun and take on the world.

Stunning Enviroments

Premise & Gameplay

You are an American Sniper lieutenant Karl Fairburne, on a mission to attack high profile targets to disrupt the Nazi advances in World War 2. Using everything in your arsenal and the environment to complete your objectives as cleanly as possible. Your main weapon in this fight is your trusty sniper which includes the following:

  • M1903 Springfield
  • Gewehr 43
  • Kar98k
  • Lee-Enfield No.4
  • Carcano
  • Mosin-Nagant M91/30
  • Steyr-Mannlicher M1895

You transverse huge levels, and try to navigate to your various objectives with as little trouble as possible. Starting from Normal difficulty your bullets do not go in a complete straight line, as they travel further and further they lose altitude and knowing this you have to take this into account. Luckily there is help at hand, called empty lung, which, slows time and provides a new reticle that shows where the bullet will go. Now if this makes it too easy for you, then you can not use it. However for the true realistic version select Authentic difficulty where there is no assists.

When you are overrun things get interesting

Graphics and Sound

The graphic are pretty good, nothing ground breaking but there is also nothing wrong with it. Where this game really shines is during the kill cams, where the visuals change to X-ray showing bullets or explosions destroying the skeletal structure of the enemies, seeing bone fragments flying and the eyes popping, this is then partnered with great sound effects which I imagine are very close to the real thing.

The background tracks are there, but do not distract you from the experience. However, one thing that does distract from the game is that soldiers sound far closer than they are. There have been times where I’ve been extra cautious when there was no need. But once you’ve got a few hours in that becomes less of an issue but it is always there.

This a long shot

Multiplayer

The game consists of multiple different modes of multiplayer, ranging from cooperative to competitive. It has the standard deathmatch, team deathmatch and capture the flag. As well as a mode where the highest distanced kill gains you more points which is a really clever mode especially if you are better at taking your time.

Final Thoughts

This is a brilliant sniping simulator, the difficulty levels are perfect all levels of gamer. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as I hadn’t heard much about it, but it is amazing to witness the level of detail that goes into this game and how intelligent the AI are.

For that reason I will be given this a four star rating, a game you should definitely rent and if you enjoy, buy.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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