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Sniper Elite V2 was given away free for a day by Steam a while back, and it went into my backlog because I usually prefer shooters over stealth games. Fortunately, Sniper V2 blends the two genres together successfully and most of the stealth sections are where you’re trying to get to a good enough position to headshot your targets. The game’s difficulty is more customizable than most shooters, so whether you want to casually murder some people from long range, or sneak around silently lining up the perfect muffled shot, it’s up to you.
The game takes place during the latter days of World War 2, with you playing the part of an American sniper behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany picking off high value targets as well as trying to get your hands on certain German scientists. The race is on between the US and Soviet Union to grab up all the best Nazi scientists before the other side gets their paws on them. In this case, you’re looking for the scientists who worked on the Nazi V2 rocket program (long range missiles).
The gameplay for Sniper Elite V2 is third person shooter except when using the sniper rifle scope, which is first person. The game is broken up into distinct missions, each being about half an hour long, and you start with all your equipment right from the start of each mission. You have your trusty sniper rifle, a Thompson machine gun, and a silenced pistol, as well as a couple of explosive items such as land mines and trip mines. You can switch out your machine gun with weapons from fallen enemies, but it’s generally a bad idea because the guns you find on the ground have like 5 bullets left in them. Besides, you shouldn’t be using the machine gun much anyways if you’re sneaking around as much as you ought to be.
Despite how important being sneaky is, the stealth system in Sniper Elite V2 is not heavily developed. You just crouch down and you’ll be walking silently. There is a colored arrow indicator when enemies are close to spotting you (kind of like Far Cry 3) except it usually happens so fast that as soon as you see it, you’re probably going to be caught. When you get spotted, an alarm goes up and all the nearby enemies will start gunning for you at your last known location. The game uses a regenerating health system so as long as you don’t take damage for a few seconds, you survive. Of course you shouldn’t really be getting shot much anyways since the highlight of the game is long range sniping.
When looking through the scope you have the ability to hold your breath and focus in (steady your aim) on targets as long as you have enough stamina. If you manage a long range shot to an enemy’s vital organs (brain, liver, heart, etc.) the game will do a slow motion kill cam where you see the enemy in x-ray with the bullet piercing through and busting stuff up. It’s pretty cool in the beginning, especially if you just made a really long range shot. The game’s ballistics options let you decide if you want realistic sniper shooting with bullet travel time, bullet drop over distance, and wind trajectory, if you enjoy missing a lot.
+A fun game if you like sniper action. You vs a bunch of soldiers firing at each over long distances. Boom Headsot! If there are bombs dropping the background, you can use the sound of the explosions to cover the sound of your rifle shots. The bad guys won’t even know they’re being picked off one at a time as long as they don’t see bodies. Once the alarm is raised though, just kill everyone.
+The stealth sections are fun for the most part when you sneak around with your silenced pistol. The game uses checkpoint saving, so you may end up replaying some sections over and over trying not to get spotted. There’s a Steam achievement for getting through a particular area without being caught and I must have played that section a dozen times before I made it through.
+Some multiplayer options are available and there seem to still be people playing the game online. In one multiplayer mode, you can co-op with a friend as your spotter who tags enemies for you to snipe.
-You really do spend a lot of time crouched down trying to be sneaky, which greatly slows your movement speed. So many times I just want to run from point A to B, but I know if I don’t sneak I’ll probably be heard and need to restart the checkpoint. It can be frustrating for someone used to moving fast because unlike some other stealth games, you have no way of knowing whether or not there’s an enemy nearby unless you can directly see him (you don’t have an enemy radar).
-There’s not too much variety in gameplay/weapons. You get maybe 3 different types of sniper rifle found through the story, but really they’re pretty much the same. I think the better ones just have larger clips or an additional level of zoom.
Overall the game is fun if you just want to get some sniper action and kill a bunch of Nazis. And as a bonus, you may already have this game for free.