In 1943 one of the most feared combatants on any battlefield was the sniper. Able to kill targets with deadly precision from concealed positions or long range, and notoriously difficult to find, a sniper could reduce the moral of a military unit to zero in a matter of days.
Sniper Elite 4 lets you fight alongside the brave men and women of the Italian Resistance as they fight to free their country from the grip of fascism and Nazi Germany. You control Karl Faiburne an elite sniper from the Office of Strategic Services or OSS, you can play Sniper Elite 4 solo or with a friend in the co-op mode. You enter the fray on San Celini Island and fight your way across the Italian Peninsula, from the sun-drenched Mediterranean coastal towns to colossal Nazi megastructures, daunting fortresses and giddying mountain monastery’s inspired by the battle of Monte Cassino.
If the unthinkable happens and your mission fails, there will be NO Operation Overlord, NO D-Day Landings and NO Victory in Europe.
This is the first Sniper Elite game in the series to be built from the ground up for next-generation hardware, and runs in full 1080p on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4, bringing the player an amazing image and stunning graphic representation of the combat environment. With Sniper Elite’s hallmark Kill Camera, which gives you an x-ray vision of the bullet damage to bone and internal organs Sniper Elite 4 is not for the faint-hearted.
The sound in Sniper Elite 4 is excellent, each weapon like the real world has a slightly different sound, one thing you will notice very quickly in the sound when using suppressed weapons. In 1943 suppressors were not as good as they are now, and Rebellion has done a fantastic job of recreating the sound accurately. Run and your footsteps are heard, make contact with objects and the sound will be heard, crouch and move slowly and you can move with near silence in the game, ‘Softly, softly’ is definitely the order of the day in Sniper Elite.
Sniper Elite 4 can be played on 4 difficulties, Cadet (Easy), Marksman (Normal), Sniper Elite (Hard) and Authentic (Hardcore). In Cadet setting the game is very much an arcade game, however, from Marksman onwards, you do have to consider bullet drop and ballistics when shooting. The game can be played as a stealth shooter as it has been designed, or it can be played as a standard shooter if you prefer, but keep in mind that ammunition is limited. There are few things more satisfying for the Sniper Elite veteran than the perfect long range headshot, followed by the x-ray kill cam, so for me slow and sneaky is by far the best way to go.
Sniper Elite 4 can be played with friends or on your own, the campaign can be done in solo or co-op mode with a friend, or 4 players multiplayer survival, there is a multitude of choices for every player. You can set up 4 different load outs, each with 3 weapons, a Sniper Rifle, a submachine gun and a pistol and up to 6 slots for Medical-Packs, Bandages, and Equipment. As you progress through the game you unlock new weapons and equipment that you can add to your loadout, there are also skills that you acquire and can change throughout the game.
Equipped with a set of zoom binoculars you can scan the battlefield and tag soldiers, officers, vehicles, and explosives, where they stay tagged until you kill them or blow them up. Killing the officers early reduce the desire of the soldiers to fight, while killing the officer late significantly increases the difficulty of the combat. Also, you can’t just pick a good vantage point and shoot, the enemy will start looking for you as soon as they hear a shot or find a body, you can mask your shots by using noise such as generators or aircraft, but this does require good timing and patience, not always possible in the game. You should also scout the entire area, as this will help you find replacement ammo and explosives, and to find the collectible objects such as letters, sniper reports, duty rosters, documents, and eagles, on each part of the map. There are 10 maps in the game at launch, so with 30+ things to collect on each map, there is plenty to keep the kit hunters happy for hours.
On each map, along with the collectibles, there are several challenges for you to complete and one ultimate shot, this is the longest possible shot on that map, some of the challenges are straightforward, while some are difficult, to say the least. No matter how you want to play the game, there is something for everyone.
In the game when you hold your breath you zoom in slightly and your aim is more stable, allowing you to hit the target with more accuracy. One feature of Sniper Elite 4 that stands out for me personally is when you run, your heart rate increases, and when you stop running it takes time for your heart rate to return to normal, so you can’t run halfway across the map then stop and deliver a perfect shot.
Sniper elite 4 was reviewed on Xbox One but is also available on PS4 and Windows PC.
Special thanks to Rebellion for providing us with early access to play this quality game.
Check out our stream from the 13th February 2017 1st play through of Sniper Elite 4