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 (6,077 reviews) - 81% of the 6,077 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 27, 2014

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“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

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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

    • 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
    • Storage: 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
167 of 213 people (78%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2015
Sniper Elite 3 is a third person tactical shooter developed by Rebellion Developments and published by 505 Games. This game was released on PC, PS3, PS4, 360 and Xbox One in June 2014. It is a prequel to Sniper Elite V2 and the third game in the sniper series.

The gameplay in Sniper 3 is based heavily on being slow and steady with your approach to completing objectives, with an also strong focus on sniper gun play much like the previous games. What I really liked about Sniper 3 is that the stealthy approach is pretty much the only viable way to go on most missions otherwise you'll just be pinned down in a firefight and outnumbered. The stealth aspect of the game is done extremely well, you probably will be detected by the enemies whilst taking down the guards, but it is all about cleaning up after yourself by dragging bodies to the long grass, or how you escape and hide away until the enemies give up searching for you. You can use various methods to distract enemies such as throwing rocks and laying traps. Before each level you get to choose your load out, you get the choice of a sniper rifle, a secondary weapon, side arm, and various other items such as grenades, medi-packs and traps. As you level up between stages you also unlock further rewards and items.

Of course, a Sniper game wouldn't be complete without the stunning slow motion graphics of your bullet soaring through the air and them piercing through your foes scrotum, this my friends is the pinnacle of slow motion gaming. Granted after a while you'll be skipping them because they will grow tiresome as they play after every kill with your sniper, but still, this gives you a chance to get some brilliant cinematic screenshots to show off your sniping skills.

Graphically, Sniper Elite 3 is gorgeous, I wasn't able to push out full graphic settings on 4k resolution, but even on the lower resolutions (1080p), it still looks stunning. There is a wide array of setting to choose from which is always good to see. The visuals are amazing though, the night time levels really show of the games truly stunning lighting effects as well. I was a little disappointed to see the lens flare effect being used a bit too much, but everything else is truly stellar.

The game is fully voice acted, with the enemy soldiers speaking in German too, so subtitles are recommended for that. The sound effects really add an extra level of immersion to the gameplay. A nice feature which is added is that you can disguise your bullet shots underneath the sound of loud sounds in game too, which really helps you in your efforts to complete levels as stealthy as possible.

I have to admit, this game is quite difficult, even on the easiest settings; you really do need to take each level with a sense of slow and steady. There is really no point in running in all guns blazing because you will just get gunned down within seconds of being spotted. You will need to backtrack plenty of times in order to escape being detected, you'll be needing to hide in rooms, crawl under buildings, anything which you can imagine you doing in the situation you are in, you can do. The latter levels of the game also ramp up the difficulty significantly as well, as each level slowly introduces more and more enemies for you to deal with.

Each level in Sniper Elite 3 is massive. Each level will have its own main objective, but as you progress and reach new areas of the zone, you'll also unlock optional objectives, which can be things such as destroying some trucks, cutting off communication or something searching for secret plans. These optional objectives reward you with additional experience at the end of the level and also add an extra element of immersion to the game as well. The size of each level really means that you can get stuck in, and explore to your hearts content. There are countless amounts of collectable items for you to find if that is your thing too. Each of the games objectives, whether it be main or optional, will have more than one way of you being able to complete them, which will really add some replay ability to the game on your second run through.

I was a little let down by the fact that I finished the game's single player in about five hours, granted I was playing on the easiest difficulty, but for a big release like this, I was expecting something more to be honest. I can see there being an essence of replay ability due to the nature of the levels being able to be completed in more ways than one, but I would say that there is no real need for playing through the game more than twice at least. There is a multiplayer side to the game, which I tried out, but it seems to be a little on the low side of players, and struggled to actually get into any proper gameplay, because given that it is a sniper based game, most people are camping in well-hidden places just picking people off when they try and complete objectives, for me I didn't really enjoy the multiplayer.

Technically, I had a one major problem with Sniper Elite 3, and that was that the game kept crashing on launching the title, it would reach the title screen, but then just crash to desktop. This actually turned out to be an issue with Malwarebytes closing it, so it would be highly recommended that you add the Sniper Elite 3 folder into the exception settings for Malwarebytes if you run that AV. Granted that it wasn't actually Sniper Elite causing the crash, you would still expect the game to have been tested with various popular AVs like this to see if they caused any compatibility problems.

My conclusion of Sniper Elite 3 would be that I would only recommend the game as a single player title; because the multiplayer just didn't do it for me. Given that the single player side of the game can be completed in almost five hours, the full price tag of £39, 99 is absolutely absurd, and is actually fairly offensive that they can charge that amount of money for such little content. I would only say this game is worth picking up when it is below the £10 mark, yes the gameplay is top class, and the graphics are stunning, but you can pick up any of the other Sniper games for the same experience in both of those departments for cheaper. Actually saying that, it looks like all of the games in this series are expensive. Definitely wait for sale season to start before adding Sniper Elite 3 to your library.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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71 of 91 people (78%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
Sniper Elite III is one of the most controversial games I've played in a past few years. With some people glorifying it's sniping mechanics and the others saying that the game is totally boring. To be honest, I don't know to which side I belong.
So let's begin!

The story (Spoiler-free)

The game is a prequel to Rebellion's 2012 game Sniper Elite V2, and is the third installment in the Sniper Elite series. Sniper Elite III is set several years prior to the events of V2, following the exploits of Office of Strategic Services officer Karl Fairburne as he participates in the North African conflict during World War II, in which he learns of a secret wonder weapon programmed by the Nazi forces. Our main objective is to destory the Nazi super-weapon known as the Ratte and kill the General Franz Vahlen. This surely doesn't sound too interesting, does it? If your answer is yes then you'll be majorly disappointed with storyline of this game as the game's ending leaves no feel of satisfaction or that you've achieved something. The plot is simply not interesting to follow and it's just there to set different locations that you'll travel to.
Also the game is only 6 hours long if you try to sneak and play smart (as I did) but if you're going for a fast playthrough than you're risking to spend money on a 4 hour shooting range, rather than a sniper game.

The gameplay

The game retains and builds on the mechanics of Sniper Elite V2. Players go through large battlefield maps based on the North African conflict.
The sniper rifle is the player's primary weapon, though additional side arms including submachine guns and pistols, silenced or not depending on the situation, are available. In addition to hand grenades, the player can deploy tripwire booby traps, land mines and dynamite. Binoculars can be used to tag enemies in view, displaying their position and movements. The player-character must hold their breath to properly line up the shot. A red icon appears in the scope, marking the projected point of impact (Not always though, it just depends on your difficulty). There are weapon parts spread out all over the game, found when looting dead enemies, allowing players to customize their weapons in the predeployment menu; the menu also allows equipment loadouts.
Stealth mechanics have been reworked. An eye icon squints or opens to denote the player's level of detection by the enemy. Enemy soldiers will also have a circle meter over their heads to indicate alert status. Players are also forced to relocate periodically to prevent detection with a white ghost image to mark their last known position and the enemy will search a wider area. As in the previous game, loud sounds may be used to mask sniper shots. Though devs claimed that this new stealth is a much more acceptable to stealthy players - it really is not. It still feels clumsy and rushed, just to be there. You'll find yourself shooting your way through most of the game rather than sneaking.
A points system is instituted for actions such as stealth close-combat or sniper kills, with the points accumulating towards promotion to higher ranks. Players can go around the map to collect special reward items such as collectors' cards and unlock sniper nests. Journal pages also provide further backstory into the events of the game.
V2‍ '​s X-Ray kill cam system is retained as well. Where the previous game only shows the body's internal structure at point of impact, the new game expands to visualize the rest of the cardiovascular, skeletal, and muscular systems. The player can still target vehicles, but now has a chance to shoot the engines and disable the vehicle.


An important point to all of us PC gamers. I'm happy to report - this game is optimized very well and runs extremely smoothly. I had only two major FPS drops through the game which is a great result. The textures look great and the sound quality is really good, I can give only a big thumbs up to Rebellion for their work on the PC version.

The verdict
Though a lot of negative things have been said - I really liked this game and enjoyed every bit of it, the gameplay and it's variety of approaches to a single objetive and the ability of playing together with a friend only rises the score for me. This game has one of the best sniping mechanics in combination with one of the most boring storylines in the video game industry. Is this 4-6 hours of pure sniping worth it? It's only up to you and your taste if all you care is gameplay - yes, it's gonna be loads of fun (also, you can play with a friend !) . But if you're here for a dramatical and epic World War II story full of historical events, then you're better off with other WW2 games, as I've mentioned - the writing is really boring and not interesting.

I rate this game 6/10 - a worthy 10$ pick up, but nothing more.

PS: A big shout out to Chef José, a friend of mine for pointing out a big flaw of this review!
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87 of 138 people (63%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2015
I don't support Rebellion studios anymore for what they are to trying to do to the studio which created Sins of a Solar Empire:Rebellion. Go read about it. Their monsters, basically known as trademark hawking

*Edit* I've been getting some comments about them just trying to protect their trademark. Let me clarify: This is not what their doing. Their trying to trademark the english WORD rebellion, and then going out of their way to sue any other company using the word rebellion in their game title. So with sins of a solar empire:rebellion, Rebellion studios ordered the studio who created(SINS) to retract all sold copies and rectify them/change the lore, based on the fact that the smaller studio was trying to trick customers into buying their product by welching off the name of a bigger company (short and sweet). Rebellion studios and the two brothers who own it knew full well (as became apparent in the ensuing court case) that this was simply not true, and Ironclad tried to civilly sort things out at first, but Rebellion went ahead and immediately sued, with the goal of sinking Ironclad into bankruptcy. Ironclad managed to win the case (And Rebellion had to recompense Ironclad for the legal costs of a clearly ridiculous case) and in a good spirit did not publicly ostracize Rebellion for it. But now Rebellion are launching new cases against Ironclad the world over, despite there being no threat on their trademark, and making their intentions clear...*deep breath* All I can say is, do some research into trademark hawking, what it is, clear cut cases of it, and what it's doing to the games industry (Particularly indy developers)...otherwise:

Haters gonna hate.

As for this game, well, let me put it this way...

You won't be doing a whole lotta sniping. The best part of the game is the multiplayer, but here goes:

The sniping (and ballistics): Roughly 3/4 of the game you will spend in close quarter combat (within 30m), and most of your kills will be with your smg. You can take the initiative to locate a good sniping spot, but to get there usually requires eliminating most of the guards (or spending a good half hour 'sneaking around', which sounds fun and tactiful, but becomes incredibly monotonous and repetitive. As for the actual shooting, it's almost laughable. Even firing at a target 50m away can be difficult, as a moderate wind can displace the bullet by up to half a metre (Note I said moderate wind, not even strong. But apparently they think moderate winds are so powerful they'd blow you off a CLIFF, which is how strong they'd have to be to affect a bullet like they do in this game), leading to some incredibly frustrating moments when you miss a perfectly easy shot (To anyone whose fired a gun before, you know just how stupid the shooting mechanic is). Long story short, I was hoping for an excellent sniping shooter with the as-advertised highly advanced, realistic bullet mechanics.

This is not what Sniper Elite is.

Instead, you have a mediocre shooter which has a majority of close quarter combat and some ranged, incredibly exaggerated bullet balistics. Upping the difficulty doesn't make the a.i. more intelligent, or change the scenarios or patrols. Rebellion were lazy and rather than making more difficult scenarios simply changed the 'wind' factor to ridiculous levels...

Once you fire, most enemies within several hundred metres instantly know where you are and swarm to your location, nullifying all your hard work anyway.

At which point, the game stagnates into a run-and-gun, duck and cover shooter, like for example, Gears of War. It's at this point most players figure out the best thing to do is ditch your sniper and just start shooting everything that moves with your smg. And it's a much more consistent shooter (Also, turns out a full auto smg hits stuff better than the rifles at 50m, who knew, eh?)

Stealth is an option, it's just not fun to play (Even with the traps), or tactfully sound. It's just plain frustrating because of the BAD game mechanics.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2015
Great game.

Goes from the simple nice graphics blastathon of SEV2 to having to be more like a real sniper, I like the fact you have to move postition to stop becomming comprimised by staying in one place and blasting away like SEV2. Still has the awesome bullet cam, which I recommend to have on reduced mode, then only really satisfying shots go bullet cam. Has great graphics and game play, it's fun to replay levels to get better shots.

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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2015
I was hoping that this game would be similar to the Sniper Elite V2 but it ended up being a disappointment. At least for me, it seemed to be Sneaker Elite Welrod Edition rather than Sniper Elite because of the relocate indicator and I didn't feel like running trough half of the map in order to make another shot undetected. And when you actually had a chance to make silent shots, you didn't really want to use them because they felt so scripted. For instance, in V2 you shot during mortars to hide your shots but in Sniper Elite 3 you masked them by breaking a conviently placed generator. It felt rather strange that they made it be a stealthier game without adding more effective ways of doing it that way.

And this gets me to the second point which is that the atmosphere was flat. Nothing really seemed to matter and surroundings didn't feel like they belonged in a Sniper Elite game. Also the story was extremely vague and the ending was anticlimatic. You were just given some orders and then you went on to complete them. It actually seemed more like a group of separate missions than a game with a story. Then there were a lot of issues while playing the campaign with a friend. It kept on disconnecting from the game even though both had no connection issues whatsoever. And what's worse, it made you go through the same mission from the start everytime it did this.

Also the price of 45,99 € is waaaay too much for this game, I wouldn't buy it for more than 10 € especially since it takes you about 7-8 hours to finish the game. All in all, I can't recommend this game.
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