First Impressions – Sniper Elite 4
How many of you lean towards playing a sniper class whenever you play a shooting game? I know I do. I love having the ability to change the outcome of a battle by causing long distance mayhem. I think that is why the Sniper Elite series has found a home with many fans. Sniper Elite 4, the newest addition from Rebellion Developments, looks to improve on the series while making it accessible for new players.
In the E3 demo, I played at the main character Karl Fairburne. My task was to blow up bridge with anti-aircraft weaponry. One of the first things I noticed is the openness of the map. It is huge! This vast map allows players to pick different ways to get to your target. I decided to first snipe from afar before moving through some buildings on my way to the bridge. I liked the target icon when you are sniping. As you hold your breath, the target will get smaller as it narrows in on your target and adjusts for wind and bullet drop. I am happy to say that the x-ray kill cams are as brutal as ever. You can see where your bullet enters and exits in brutal detail. A nice touch is the added kill cams for melee attacks. I have a feeling that there will be trophies/achievements for getting specific types of kill cams.
There is more to the game than sniping. You have other weapons at your disposal if you are in close quarters combat. You can crouch and go prone if necessary. You can also climb on the outside of structures to get to your destination. When you are hurt, you will have a few different types of aid to help heal you. Some will help you improve your meter so you can hold your breath for a longer period of time. You will need all the help you can get with this AI. They will find you if you are not careful. A red mark indicates your last known position and it takes a while for them to forget about you. I liked the challenging AI in the demo that I played.
Right now, Rebellion is looking at a February 14th, 2017 release date for Sniper Elite 4. It will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Besides the single player campaign, there will be co-op (YES!!!!!!) and multiplayer modes available. The demo was a blast to play and looked beautiful. GameOctane will be following Sniper Elite 4 as it continues its development, so stay tuned for more news and updates as it comes out!