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 (1,941 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 23

FREE Multiplayer Map – Fracture! Update v1.13 is now LIVE! International Camouflage Rifles!

Version 1.13

FREE Multiplayer Map – Fracture!

Today’s update includes our sixth FREE Multiplayer Map available in No Cross mode for Sniper Elite 3!

This secret weapons factory built across a jungle chasm has been deserted for some time, abandoned to the snipers. Each team occupies an area on each side of the chasm – push up to the bunkers for a closer fight, or pull right back to the bridge for the longest shots.

NEW Weapons – International Camouflage Rifles Pack – Out Now!

The International Camouflage Rifles pack gives Sniper Elite 3 players access to deadly new variants of three fan-favourite rifles from around the globe. Featuring specially tuned variants of the Lee Enfield Mk. III, Karabiner 98k and the SVT-40 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.

New Content
  • "Fracture" - A new No-Cross multiplayer map, free to all owners of the game.

Bug Fixes
  • Improve reliability of "longest shot" and "player X winning" notifications which occasionally failed to appear.
  • Stop benchmark level occasionally failing due to prior co-op game.

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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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“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 Multiplayer Map!

All Sniper Elite 3 players now have access to a brand new map for No Cross multiplayer mode - “Fracture”

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"

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
    • 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
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Sniper Elite 3 continues the story of Allied sharpshooter Karl Fairburne, but switches the action from Nazi-occupied cities to the hostile terrain of war-torn North Africa.Setting the game against dusty backdrops with rocky vantage points and scattered patches of foliage gives it a different flavour to its forebears and is almost enough to differentiate the experience alone.Sniper Elite III is a big improvement over 2012's Sniper Elite V2. Its predecessor's stiff, linear gameplay has been swapped out for a more open-ended, creativity-enabling approach to stealth-shooting. But the real draw is the same - violent X-ray-vision carnage that erupts whenever your bullets meet their targets.Developer Rebellion prides itself on attention to detail. Everything from Fairburne's breathing rate to the wind resistance must be taken into account before you reel off a shot, and pulling that trigger is rarely without consequence.The amount of pre-planning that goes into each mission gives Sniper Elite 3 a measure of depth, as players are required to scope out the area using their binoculars, lay traps and map out their escape route before the shooting begins.Features like this have always given Sniper Elite a tactical edge over some of the other military shooters out there.Sadly, the artificial intelligence still doesn't feel like the finished article, so expect to encounter a few quirks here and there.The relocate system is another new addition that helps tip the odds in the player's favour when the chips are down by allowing them to give encroaching foes the slip and find another weakness in the enemy lines.Each level is a multi-route affair littered with a choice of vantage points and scenery for covering your advance; and this variety ensures subsequent playthroughs are never the same as before.However, the level design is not without its flaws as alluring waypoints occasionally usher players into perilous dead-ends.The replay value of this game is rather high, as Sniper Elite 3 is just downright enjoyable.Sniper Elite 3 treads that fine line between realism and fun, but it comes together well, providing cheap kicks for those who enjoy over-the-top sniper kills, and a modicum of tactical depth for players looking for something more substantial.Overall 8/10.
Posted: October 2
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.6 hrs on record
My first Sniper Elite game and the experience was pretty good.

Thanks to the bullet cam the sniping feels really satisfying, even if, looking at it from the outside, it's a pretty gruesome part of the game.

There are "only" 8 missions in the game but completing them all while looking for every War diary, Cards and secondary objectives took me 48 hours. Now, I did go a bit too far at times, reloading over and over when something didn't play out exactly like I wanted it to, like that time I wanted to kill 4 circling soldiers back to back with the silenced gun without getting found out or the corpses spotted, but I found that part of the game satisfying as well, since it helped teaching things about the enemies' behavior and the game's behavior.

I spent the whole game either sniping, or using the silenced gun/backstab kills so I don't really know how the gunblazing approach works, but I never felt the need to go in gun blazing as crouching down, sniping some and moving out to relocate somewhere else in case a corpse was found/my gunshot was heard was the most enjoyable part of the game.

Another nice aspect about Sniper Elite 3 is in the looks department. I found the game to look really well and perform just as well, even on my old 570 and on my 970 now it looks even better.
I played it with the Italian VA and I thought it was pretty good, both in the acting part as well as the sound of the voice.

All in all, a great sniping game that feels enjoyable where it counts and looks/performs well.
Posted: September 27
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
35.6 hrs on record
Some maps of this game are quite good design. A good sniper game, but far from the best.
Posted: October 3
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
272.0 hrs on record
The one of series 3rd person shooter games you don't miss !
Posted: October 21
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Awesome Co-Op experience!

Posted: October 12
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Another entry in the Sniper Elite franchise. And boy, it's a great one.

Story: The story might not feel very deep, but it works.

Graphics: The graphics are absolutely fantastic. Look at the beautiful enviroments of North Africa. Definatively Scenery Porn (look it up on Tv tropes). The character models also look very good. Even on low settings it's impressive.

Gameplay: The gameplay is in my opinion, improved a bit from V2. While regenerating health still exists, now it will only fill up to a certain point of your lifebar, anymore injuries than that will require bandages or medpacks to heal. The shooting still works very nice. One flaw though is that they removed the cover system from V2 (press Q), but so far it hasn't been affecting me that much. The A.I shows some improvement from V2, they will now react more to suspicious stuff, like gunfire and dead bodies. If you kill a soldier, they will start searching for you, and will find you eventually unless you relocate. You can also occasionally find weapon parts or upgrades for your weapons which can be used to modify your weapons.

Music: The music is, like V2, epic and well made. You can even occasionally hear songs from V2 on the radios in some missions.

Overall, Sniper Elite 3 is worth the money. If you liked V2, you will enjoy 3 as well.

Also for the last, it has trading cards, and the X-Ray killcams are just absolutely AWESOME (shooting an enemy in some parts of the head will even DESTROY parts of the cranium).

Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
149.8 hrs on record
This game is so good for gamers who like sniping and shooting
But there' should be M1 Carbine rifle
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Great game, graphics are awesome and gameplay is fun yet challenging. There are many different ways to play each mission which gives hours of replayability
Posted: October 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Very good game. I recommend it.
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
77.8 hrs on record
Much better than V2. Especially the multiplayer.
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
191.8 hrs on record
I like this game plenty, but the latest update is horrible! Now my graphics constantly freeze when I am under attack, making it impossible to return fire. Whatever they "fixed", needs unfixed! Otherwise, a great game, and one of the more realistic ones when played in authentic mode.
Posted: October 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Sniper Elite game series brings the same formula as V2, But this time Sniper Elite 3 only to go all on graphics instead of story.

Far exceeds V2
Everywhere you go there is never a empty room/place

Same as V2
Sniping is more realistic

The Bad:
Lack of detail background (sky and far sandy hills}
Lip movement is unrealistic
Not enough Stealthy missions
Story is Weak
Leveling System? {what for?}

Sniper Elite 3 is one for the graphic lovers, but for the history buffs.
Still it is one of the best 3rd person sniping games to date {2014)
Posted: October 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
In a game where all the other screen shots are of nut shots... Sniper Elite III is more. Best damn .66 cents I ever spent.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
very good overall, i like the slow motion effect wen you kill some one which is pretty fun.
Posted: October 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
the first game i bought immediately after it became available in steam. for full price.
and i was wrong buying it AFTER release, because with pre-order i would have got Save Churchill :)
still had no doubt in buying it after i played v2 and both nazis add ons, and bought every dlc for sniper elite v2.
game became more beautiful, more interesting, but, it seems to me - shorter. i understand rebellion is interested in selling additional levels in dlc, but still i think they could have included at least couple of levels more.
good job, rebellion, you've got my money after you have presented me Sniper Elite V2 for free - i just didn't know about the game, and would not have known if not that giveaway, and I think now you will earn even more
Posted: October 24
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Perfect optimalisation, option to complete almost whole game on stealth with melee-only, and satisfying ballistics.
They finally added a levelling system with unlock, and tons of collectibles.
The maps are HUGE, and there are lots of hidden passages and intel pieces, also side-missions.

The whole game can be played on CO-OP.

It's better than SE V2 in every aspect, especially stealth and level design, so if you liked SE V2 there is no reason not to play this game too, unless you hate deserts.

If you like stealth games OR sharpshooting games, get this immidiatelly.
Posted: October 19
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Sniper Elite III appears to be a very realistic game and is very good aesthetically. It includes long range combat where the protagonist is deployed into different missions which all contribute to one main objective. This game is simply amazing with cooperative, multiplayer and single player gameplay. The player can gather new parts for their weapons from dead enemy bodies and also can adapt abilities of stealth or just simply go in loud.
Posted: October 9
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Shot a man in the balls and got promoted
10/10 would shoot again
Posted: October 2
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Great Campainge horrible multiplayer, one sided as hell who ever gets to a spot first has the win, its a third person game so you can peek over cover and not revel yourself, this game is about snipers so i would assume maybe they fixed this from the prior game but no, its a ♥♥♥♥ty Call of Duty it truley is, it pretty much took sniping out of sniping theres no skill or tact to it if you can look around while in cover and not be surpreseed by people's fire and while your being shot at being able to see whoes shooting aim behind cover at the wall stand up and shoot and instantly it them because you no lifed this so long you have perfect judgement, i promptly returned to ARMA to fill my sniping needs, if your someone who enjoys a sniper game i would wait for a sale the campainge is fun but honestly this is not worth full price!
Posted: September 28
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