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With gameplay that can shock, amuse and satisfy in the same slowed heartbeat, Sniper Elite 4 is the best game in the series. While it graphics, story and characters can feel a little flat, the gameplay has always been the focus, and is so perfectly tuned to make the rest seem inconsequential.
Rebellion Development took the groundwork laid by Sniper Elite 3 and improved upon nearly every aspect. Its large-scale environments feature an intelligent layout of objectives and abundance of sniper-aiding verticality. While Sniper Elite 4’s music and story aren’t going to win any awards, they aren’t enough to take away from the respectable amount of content and addictive, strategy-based gameplay.
Sniper Elite 4 is far and away the best game in the series so far. Mind-bogglingly complex levels, improvements to the series’ storytelling, and some of the most fun cooperative play I’ve enjoyed in a long time make it both the essential Sniper Elite experience, and a grand ol’ time for anyone who fancies taking the hurt to a few Nazis.
Overall, Sniper Elite 4 has so much to offer its players and successfully caters to a wide variety of people. The fact that the Campaign can be played solo or entirely co-op is awesome, making it easy for players and their friends to jump in and out of the story as often as they please. Experiencing each mission for the first time is just the beginning of an on-going learning experience and the more familiar you become with the maps, the better sniper you’ll become.
A hearty improvement on Sniper Elite 3 that embraces freeform play, gets better in co-op, and most importantly lets us shoot things from very far away.
Great sniper game that shines especially with its huge areas, tactical possibilities and fantastic stealth gameplay.
Sniper Elite 4 is great when it comes to the quality of the missions. We can’t think of many better shooter simulations. The game is good in many ways, but it would have been better with a great story.
Sniper Elite 4 is a very safe sequel – it doesn’t introduce revolutionary changes but expands and improves on the things that are well known. If something isn’t broken don’t fix it – that’s a good approach. At the same time this game quite often looks like a copy of its predecessor – the same issues are mixed with some cool improvements. All in all, fans should be really happy.
Sniper Elite 4 doesn’t wholly shed its grindhouse, B-game origins, but it’s definitely an ambitious step forward for a stealth series that used to rely more on gimmickry.
Sniper Elite 4 is a good game by many metrics, and is the best in the series so far. It’s a good shooter, a good stealth game and has exceptional shooting mechanics, but as a whole it’s rarely exceptional. It’s one of the better stealth games of the last few years, with several distinctive ideas combined to create a tense game that, while not all that much bigger in scope than its predecessor, feels bolder and more interesting. The generously sized levels and varied objectives offer a unique experience. The slow-motion carnage of the kill cam, in the era of Twitch and YouTube, will undoubtedly remain a big draw, but look away from the skeleton crushing rifle rounds for a minute and there’s an intelligent stealth game with tons of content and plenty of replayability.
Its stealth and action mechanics may be simplistic, but they’re functional and regularly enjoyable. And the maps–with their impressive scale, open-ended objectives, and clever level design–coalesce these disparate systems into a creative and fulfilling whole. There are still some issues with AI inconsistency, a bland story, and some dull competitive multiplayer, but it finally feels like this series is living up to its long-standing potential.
Sniper Elite 4 is the best in the series, even if familiar flaws are still there, namely dumb AI, trashy story and low fidelity graphics. Yet all this is easily forgotten when on the prowl in one of the gigantic levels, looking for targets, using stealth to kill them and watching through the x-ray camera, as their balls explode in gory detail.
With the fourth entry of Sniper Elite, a franchise built on delivering on that feeling, developer Rebellion has created a well-rounded and empowering sandbox shooter.
It executes its executions exquisitely, and I’m not yet at the point where I’m getting tired of it.
A scrappy, unpolished stealth shooter that nevertheless snipes at the heartstrings through its slapstick thirst for gory kills and open-ended maps.
It really is testament to the gruesome enjoyability of those hyper gory killcams that, even after four games, the sniping continues to be satisfying enough to warrant a look in. Sniper Elite 4 doesn’t miss its target, then, but it plays things safe enough to guarantee the kill without any undue risks.
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What we’ve got here is a solid stealth-action core with some lovely level design – both visually and in terms of the vast array of possible ways to accomplish your objectives – wrapped up in something equal parts drab and cynical. The gore, the Farmvilleish reward system: these are there as contrived hooks for the less discerning man-shooter enthusiast. It’s highly telling that the rest of the game would be barely effected if these were removed…I do like that core, though.