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What is Sniper Elite 4?

Sniper Elite 4 is a videogame published by Rebellion Digital on February 2017 and developed by Rebellion Developments. It is a tactical third person shooter stealth videogame, and a sequel to the equally popular Sniper Elite 3 title released a couple of years ago. It can be played on the last generation consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well as PCs powered by Windows operating systems.

Key facts about Sniper Elite 4

  • Sniper Elite 4 offers some of the most satisfying animations when performing killing moves.
  • In this game action takes place in Italy, an original scenery for World War II video games.
  • Sniper Elite 4 rewards players who get creative and plan their moves ahead.
  • The videogame offers access to more weapons, which inflated serious damage and are versatile.
  • Sniper Elite 4 multiplayer is slightly disappointing and the AI hurts the single player experience.

Gameplay of Sniper Elite 4

Sniper Elite 4 gameplay bears all the elements of stealth tactical shooters. It is played from the third person perspective and players rely mostly on their snipers to take out opponents. Most of the killing is done from a distance, but the side weapons are useful for close combat and melee attacks. The x-ray kill cam system shines the brightest when players use a sniper rifle and hit the target from a long distance. Camera will follow the trajectory of the bullet and offers gory depictions of the damage it inflicts.

The game mechanics were enhanced by the addition of stealth kills as well as melee and shrapnel takedowns. Since the previous games in the series were criticized for the poor AI, the new installment improved the artificial intelligence. Having said this, opponents are still sometimes clueless and failed to react quickly. This simplifies the players’ mission of getting away from a murder scene, without being affected. Still, it hurts the authenticity of the game and provides fewer incentives to be stealthy.

The Sniper Elite 4 gameplay will encourage players to plan their moves a few steps ahead. When multiple targets are available, it is always recommended to kill the officer as fast as possible. By doing so, you can minimize the risks of soldiers reacting as many choose to retreat or run away.

As stated above, the sniper is the most reliable instrument of killing. However, players have the option of using various contraptions to set up traps and inflict area of effect damage. The maps are larger and the importance of environment is magnified when roaming these areas. Night missions will compel players to remove light sources before acting, to conceal their presence.

Screenshot of Sniper Elite 4 Killing Blow

Plot of Sniper Elite 4

The Sniper Elite 4 story takes place almost exclusively in the Italy of 1943. Action picks up where the sequel left and players assume the role of Karl Fairburne. The agent of the Office of Strategic Services is on a mission to help the Italian resistance against the Fascists. This is the starting point for the game and missions will take players all across the Italian countryside. The maps are larger and provide players with several ways to tackle challenge.

Sticking to the main storyline is a surefire way of completing the single player campaign quickly. There are however plenty of side quests and the game offer collectibles as rewards for those who walk down the less traveled paths. Before assaulting an enemy position, players are advised to explore the area and find the best sniping places. The x-ray kills serve as the ultimate incentive for players to take advantage of terrain, debris and destructible environment.

The difficulty of the missions can be scaled down and up, but the actions performed by players are also affected. For example, if you take out an officer quickly, the mission will be significantly less difficult than if you save him for last. The Sniper Elite 4 plot is quite predictable and times, at the grisly ballistics keep most of the players interested. Since the effort of getting into the best sniping positions is minimal and the rewards significant, players will do them time after time.

Environmental kills are twice as rewarding, since they stimulate creativity and are more difficult to perform. Players have the option of taking the straightforward way and sniping opponents or set up booby-traps. Everything from red barrels to more subtle devices can be set in place to maximize damage.

Screenshot of Sniper Elite 4 Leap of Faith

Development of Sniper Elite 4

Sniper Elite 4 was announced in mid-June 2016 and the release date was set for February 2017. Rebellion Developments did a fine job at creating the game within the announced framework. It was available for preorder and there was no shortage of people willing to pay in advance for an unfinished game. The team working on it chose to expand the size of the maps, to make the most of sniping shots. Those who spend enough time roaming these maps will realize the tremendous potential of taking the long shots.

The animation system was also improved, but most of the changes were incremental, based on the success of Sniper Elite 3. Given all the criticism drawn by the artificial intelligence, a lot of time was spent trying to improve the AI. The enemies are still a far cry from what players were hoping for, but at least they put up a more convincing five. The decision to drop seventh generation consoles, such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 was made during the development cycle.

Rebellion decided to publish the game by itself instead of working with 505 games who published the other two games. The development of Sniper Elite 4 was inadvertently spelled out when a Chinese digital arts company revealed the game accidentally. In the end, it was all for the better because the fans were anxiously waiting for new installment in the series.

Where can I download Sniper Elite 4?

Rebellion is both the publisher and developer of this game, so their website is the obvious place to go for download. Sniper Elite 4 is unique among first-person shooters, since the emphasis is on long-range shots. Melee combat is discouraged and only relied upon when absolutely necessary. The addition of new features and more weapons suitable for close range combat made players revisit this possibility.

Those who want to download the previous two games in the series to get a better feel of the franchise will find them on the website the 505 Games. Meanwhile, if you seek something slightly different while still sticking to shooters, the options are numerous. Counter Strike Global Offensive, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1 and Gears of War 4 are all fine choices.

Screenshot of Sniper Elite 4 Vantage Point

What are others saying about Sniper Elite 4?

Sniper Elite 4 was much anticipated by the fans of the previous two games. In the wake of its release, the game received generally favorable reviews, with better ratings than its predecessors. The game sold nearly 200,000 physical copies the date it was launched and is expected to sell many more. Developers expect it to be the best-selling game of the series, thanks to all the new additions.

Players appreciate the fact that the game has open ended missions and allows them to experiment a little more. For a sniper first-person shooter, it is less restrictive and enables players to try different solutions for every task. The X-ray kills drew significantly more praise and criticism, for being brutal, but also accurate and realistic. There is no shortage of people who went to great lengths to say in their Sniper Elite 4 reviews that developers went too far with the graphic representations.

My rating of Sniper Elite 4

Sniper Elite 4 is better looking and to some extent more exciting in the single player version than the previous game. I still feel that the campaign could’ve been designed better, with a more convincing story and credible characters. It doesn’t hurt to feel overpowered every now and then, but I don’t like it when the game seems too easy. Maybe I have plenty of experience with such games, maybe I take my time and make the right choices. In any case, it took me less than expected to finish the single player.

The AI is better but that’s not much, if you consider the fact that it was rather weak in the previous games. This is probably one of the reasons for why the game feels so simple at times, so I’m counting on better artificial intelligence in the next installment. There are plenty of positive things however, including the amazing maps of unprecedented magnitude. It’s exactly the kind of environment you need to make the best long-range shots as a sniper. All in all, I enjoyed playing Sniper Elite 4 and I’m happy to rate it 8/10.