Sniper Elite 3 is a tactical third-person shooter that combines stealth, gameplay choice and genre-defining ballistics with huge, open levels and the exotic terrain of World War 2 North Africa.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,935 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 27, 2014

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"Rebellion learned many lessons from its V2 failures and developed a much more open experience where stealth is a real option."
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October 17

NEW Weapons – U.S. Camouflage Rifle Pack – OUT NOW!



The U.S. Camouflage Rifles pack gives Sniper Elite 3 players access to deadly new variants of three fan-favourite American rifles. Featuring tuned variants of the M1D Garand, M1917 Enfield and Springfield rifle encased in a new camouflage livery.

All three weapons can be used in any multiplayer, singleplayer or co-operative game mode in Sniper Elite 3.

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October 17

FREE Twilight Strike Co-op Mission!



Today’s update includes a FREE new Overwatch Mission for Sniper Elite 3 - “Twilight Strike”.

Team up with a trusted Operative to draw the Germans out of Tobruk and retake the town under the cover of darkness. With more open level design, more choice, optional hidden objectives and new achievements, this could be the best Overwatch mission yet!

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Reviews

“Immensely satisfying ... a smart, unexpectedly memorable experience.”
8.2/10 – IGN

“Polished and refined, this is the best and most satisfying sniping that Rebellion has ever crafted. Sniper Elite 3 is the game I always wanted from this franchise”
8/10 – Strategy Informer

“Sniper Elite 3 is just downright enjoyable.”
4/5 – Digital Spy

FREE new Co-op Mission!

All Sniper Elite 3 players now have access to a brand new co-op mission for Overwatch mode - "Twilight Strike"

Now supports Mantle

We're proud to announce that Sniper Elite 3 now supports AMD's advanced Mantle API!

About This Game

Observe. Plan. Execute. ADAPT.

The latest chapter in the award-winning series, SNIPER ELITE 3 takes players to the unforgiving yet exotic terrain of North Africa in a savage conflict against Germany’s infamous Afrika Korps.

Stalk your targets through the twisting canyons, lush oases and ancient cities of the Western Desert in the deadly rush to sabotage a Nazi super-weapons programme that could end Allied resistance for good.

Use stealth, planning and execution to hunt your targets – whether human or machine. From signature long distance kills, to melee takedowns, distractions and explosive traps, you are as deadly up close as you are from afar.

It must end here. You are the turning point. Because one bullet can change history...

Key Features


  • Award-winning gunplay – Experience celebrated rifle ballistics honed to perfection. Take account of distance, gravity, wind, even your heart rate for intensely satisfying third person combat.
  • Expansive new environments – Stalk huge multi-route levels with multiple primary and secondary objectives than can be tackled in any order. Never play the same way twice.
  • Real tactical choice – Adapt to any situation. Use stealth, distraction, traps and sound masking . If things go hot, use the new Relocate mechanic to slip into the shadows and start the hunt again on your own terms.
  • Revamped human X-Ray Kill cam – The acclaimed X-Ray kill-cam is back and bolder than ever, including a detailed muscle layers, 3D mesh particles and the complete human circulatory system.
  • New X-Ray vehicle takedowns – See vehicles disintegrate in intricate detail with X-Ray vehicle takedowns. Multi-stage destruction allows you to take out armoured cars, trucks and Tiger tanks piece-by-piece.
  • Tense adversarial multiplayer – Five unique modes of online competitive action. Earn Medals and Ribbons as you play. Gain XP across all game modes, customise your character, weapons and loadout. Become a true Sniper Elite!
  • Explosive co-op play – Play the entire campaign in two player online co-op, or put your teamwork to the ultimate test in two dedicated co-op modes, Overwatch and Survival.
  • Customise your experience – Veteran or Rookie, play your way. Turn off all assistance and turn up the AI, or customise the experience to your preferred playstyle. Tweak the regularity of X-Ray kill cams, or turn them off all together.

Extra features

  • Supports Steam Big Picture Mode
  • Supports Stereoscopic 3D + Ultra Widescreen + Eyefinity screens

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® Vista (Service Pack 2) or Windows® 7 (Service Pack 1) or Windows® 8 or Windows 8.1. Windows® XP is NOT supported.
    • Processor: Dual-core CPU with SSE3 (Intel® Pentium® D 3GHz / AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4200) or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Microsoft® DirectX® 10.0 compatible graphics card with 256 MB of memory (NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 series / ATI Radeon™ HD 3870) or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 18 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Microsoft® DirectX® 10.0 compatible sound card or better
    • Additional Notes: Windows® XP is NOT supported. Ensure graphics and audio drivers are up to date.
Helpful customer reviews
2,249 of 2,722 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
4 sniper rifles in a sniper game. Do you want more? Buy the DLCs.
4 pistols. Do you want more? Buy the DLCs.
4 secondary weapons. Do you want more? Buy the DLCs.
2 horde maps. Do you want more? Buy the DLCs.
9 missions. Do you want more? Buy the DLCs.

And so on, i guess you get it, right? Buy at your own risk. It lacks A LOT of content. In fact for 40 bucks it has a very low value.

Just feel free to join our discussion on the comments section. There you can see different points of view from various people.

Edit 2.0 aka "short story long" :)

SE3 cuts both ways, it is pretty much SE V2 with bigger maps (don't expect more than 2 multiple paths per map though), they got rid off cheap mechanics like health regeneration but broken stealth mechanics, a few missions, not even more than 2 horde maps to expand the duration of the game (or any kind of content, it has 0 replayability), irregular AI, mediocre/unnecessary MP and details like historical inaccuracy make this game the worse of the series by far imo.

I'm not saying that SE1 or 2 are more replayable or have better AI, but at least from SE1 to SE2 we saw a change, and felt like a new game for good or bad. In other words, it was a step in a different direction in some features and in others a step forward or backwards but a step nonetheless. Here it's a lazy move. This is the best they could come up with after 2 years? Pathetic.

Not just that but it doesn't offer enough content to justify full price, and overall feels more like an expansion/dlc for SE V2. And of course this "game" already has 12 DLCs which add what Rebellion cut off the final game to be sold separately for extra cash. The perfect money grab.

The game is a shell of its former self. If you still interested i would recommend you to wait till sales and get the complete package cheap as chips. After all, is your choice.
Posted: June 29
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1,082 of 1,340 people (81%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
------- Its not that I dont recommend it , its that it is not finished --------

What I mean by what I said above , is that its disgraceful to release day 1 DLCs with so little content inside of the actual game. This is Rebellion wanting to be EA , which makes me sad beyond words. Let me elaborate :

Pros :
- Bigger Maps , 3 - 4 levels of elevation making for some interesting gameplay.
- Kill Cam , Graphics and Game Overall looking and feeling better
- Hardest difficulty AI is really insane , making it immence pleasure at least to me to fail against it.

Cons :
- Overall 4 Sniper rifles and 4 Subguns with 3 Pistols , and some rather lazy customisation options.
- Day 1 DLCs which hold the weapons that could have been placed in the game, if they werent so ♥♥♥♥ing greedy.
- Lack of maps is honestly horrible. There are like 6 maps overall , only 2 you can do in Challenges ( Co-op ).
- Lack of multyplayer modes , being only Distance King and Deathmach , and their Team equivalents.

Overall , I enjoy playing the game , but in less then 2 hours I`ve played every map and tried out every weapon , which made it just ... a horrible dissapointment to me. If DLCs get on Sales , or they decide we are ,,Customers`` and not sheep , this game might become something.
Posted: June 28
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663 of 862 people (77%) found this review helpful
25.2 hrs on record
Though the developer's promised to have 'learned from the mistakes in Sniper Elite 2, this is sadly not the case. Actually the game is very much like the 2nd part has been. There is no sand-box-like environment, though in theory the levels are huge and feature long distances, one cannot make use of it. The level design restricts the player's movement in mutliple ways. Not being able to step over he smalles stone in your path means that one need to stick to the few predetermined paths. The enemies are popping up in a certain distance. For example one can observe a tower on the other side of a lake, seeing no enemies at it - when moving closer the enemies are created there out fo nothingness. The average distance of a firefight is about 30-80 meters, to get a long shot you need to crawl to the target to make it appear, then crawl all the way back to give it a shot. Even worse, at long ranges the collision is not working correctly. Though the target is presented in clear view the tactical assistance shows the target as 'obscured' effectively the shot is blocked by something invisible. Longest shot i did take in the normal game was at 130 meters. Same goes for corners, windows and doors. Often your shots will hit the frame, though your crosshair is dead on target. If you like the sniper series stick to the 2nd part, this one is just a bit more flashy. Oh and the customizing is utterly useless.

From their ads:
-Expansive new environments – Stalk huge multi-route levels with multiple primary and secondary objectives than can be tackled in any order. Never play the same way twice. -> Though there is no order given, the level design claerly dictates a certain order, 2nd part is true, one surly will not play a level a second time as it's just to boring.
-Real tactical choice – Adapt to any situation. Use stealth, distraction, traps and sound masking . If things go hot, use the new Relocate mechanic to slip into the shadows and start the hunt again on your own terms. --> means that one can get away with the most stupid moves, as long as one is fast enuff with relocating, this takes the edge off totally.
-Revamped human X-Ray Kill cam – The acclaimed X-Ray kill-cam is back and bolder than ever, including a detailed muscle layers, 3D mesh particles and the complete human circulatory system. -->probably the only thing that works, bloody, gruesome and detailed. Not much different from the old bulet cam though
-New X-Ray vehicle takedowns – See vehicles disintegrate in intricate detail with X-Ray vehicle takedowns. Multi-stage destruction allows you to take out armoured cars, trucks and Tiger tanks piece-by-piece.--> exaggerated, basically a bullet cam for vehicles, nothing we haven't seen here before
I recommend to get the 2nd part of the series for little money, Sniper Elite 3 is not worth the amount of money as it's not delivering on the developers promises. If you like CoD-style shooters with some sneaking and sniping this here might be for you. If you like tactical choices and a sandbox-level design with you deciding the course of action and real tactical posibilities stay away from this one.

Addendum:
Now i have been playing some more hours, I admit there are some levels that are better then others - so one get'S a glimpse of what the game could be! Those rare levels are really nice, maybe they will deliver some better DLC. I'd change my recommendation in sofar, that I would give it a try when it's been out some time, has received maybe some DLCs and is available for a reduced price.
Posted: June 29
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584 of 786 people (74%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Sniper Elite 3? More like Sniper Elite 2.01. Seriously 8 missions for the campaign Rebellion?! Ultra short game, no way that's worth the asking price.

The same stuff that's wrong with Sniper Elite 2 is pretty much also wrong in this game.

Enemies still have magic bullets with super killer sniper aim. Come on Rebellion the AI is just as bad as Sniper Elite 1! You've done nothing to improve the ♥♥♥♥ty AI.

And DLC already ? That stuff should be in the release. I'd expect this from someone like EA, but you guys really topped it this time. Sorry but I cannot recommend this game.

Conclusion: DO NOT BUY
Posted: June 28
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279 of 396 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Horrible stealth gameplay...

Not a very good start when the majority of the game is based around being quiet...
Let's start with some examples.

I threw a rock in a canyon to distract someone.
Krauts for miles heard the rock hitting the ground and went to high alert.

Welrod rounds can bounce off of garrison/field caps.
This will get you killed quite a few times.

[At this point, I should mention that you can't save on the hardest difficulty]

.30-06 rounds also bounce off soft caps and helments...
Nice.

Germans drink a lot of milk, that's why they don't go down when I shoot them in the spine with the aught-six. Most of the time it takes 2-3 rounds to the chest to kill someone with it. (When in actual combat, not "sniping")
^extremely realistic

Monty fed the commonwealth fruit-gushers, that's why their teeth are purple.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=277146819
Tropical.

The multiplayer coop syncing is horrible, germans will slide around and go into t-pose trying to load the correct animations.

Your character gives wonderful clues as to when the Korps are going to act on you.
"Hmmm...I think I better lay some traps here..." he blurts out while sneaking down a path.

When the ♥♥♥♥ does hit the fan, don't try using the melee feature. 100% death. The player's animation goes too long, giving the enemy time to clear leather and kill you before you regain control.

I don't know how many of you are big into history...but in all the books I've read and all the documentaries I've watched...Never seen a "German" officer's cap like this. I know it's an Italian cap, but I have no idea why it has two stars on it and is being worn by a German.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=277188690


Go buy some army men from the store and play with them at the beach...It's a better North Africa experience...
Monty and Rommel frown at this game.

Video of the "great stealth gameplay" can be found here.
http://youtu.be/4qAUhKT0uI8

To the gentleman in the comments.

Let's be realistic here, the game gave me an M1 Garand (A weapon with heavy and slow rounds) to be used for sniping. If the developers wanted me to sit there and "snipe" they'd have given me something that wasn't semi-automatic and held 8 rounds. They also wouldn't have given me an SMG or grenades. You can hear the character mention that I should lay traps, the player is CLEARLY meant to proceed that way. Sorry that I don't like going to the "Sniper Nests" the game marks on my map and attempt to play the game in a sandbox style, like the store page highlights.

Furthermore, regardless of how I play the game, the bullet damage still remains the same. In the video you can see me empty rounds into enemies at close range and nothing happens.

Perhaps you were distracted by some of the related videos, I'll provide you with a still frame of where I shoot the enemy.
http://i.imgur.com/SzW7U4j.png

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that getting a rifle round through the chest is going to kill you, especially if it's lined up at your spine.

I'm curious if you've even played the game. At that part in the level, I am required to go and "search" the bodies of the officers I kill. What is the point of me climbing up to some pre-made "nest" to kill the officers if I only have to go down there and rub my fingers on their uniforms? It's pointless and a waste of time. The main appeal to the game is a "sandbox" approach the missions...
Posted: June 27
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