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.
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Release Date: Jun 27, 2014

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June 14

Why we’re launching Sniper Elite 4 in Feb 2017



Dear Sniper Elite fans past, present and future!

We hope that you’re all enjoying the sights, sounds and megatonnes of E3! Of course we’re going to be in Los Angeles too with Sniper Elite 4 and Battlezone, so expect to see lots of live footage, gameplay clips and more over the next week, but we also have some more news too that we want to talk about...

Today we’re announcing that Sniper Elite 4 is launching February 14th, 2017.

When we originally revealed the game back in March, our plan was to release this year, and this was only reinforced when our pre-Alpha build was received incredibly well by those who got to see it at GDC in San Francisco.
Was it nerve-wracking showing the game for the first time, and quite a lot earlier in production than we normally do? Absolutely, but in the end we felt confident the game was where we wanted it to be. I’d go as far as saying the demo had some of the best preview feedback we’ve ever had.

So when we sat down recently to decide a launch date, we had a decision to make. Do we stick to 2016 as planned many moons ago, or do we give the team just a little more time to help them deliver beyond the promise that the game has already shown, to hone the game’s best features, or even add new ones that previously might have been left on the cutting-room floor?

It wasn’t an easy decision but for us it seems like a win-win for both Rebellion and Sniper Elite fans.

This is why we’re proud to be completely independent. Being independent means you can make changes when things are going really well, rather than just reacting when things don’t go to plan.

We know a lot of you will be disappointed that you won’t get to play Sniper Elite 4 this year, but we hope you understand our decision and enjoy all the new footage and details from our beautiful “Viaduct” level this week.

We’re also heading to some public shows in the UK and Europe in the near future, so look out for us there and make sure to say hello!

Thank you as ever, for supporting independent UK games development.

Chris and Jason Kingsley, Rebellion Co-Founders

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March 7

Sniper Elite 4 launches this year!



We’re delighted to announce the next game in the 10 million selling Sniper Elite series is launching this year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

https://youtu.be/yxcBxyt1r-I
Set in the immediate aftermath of its award-winning predecessor, Sniper Elite 4 continues the series’ World War Two heritage by transporting players to the beautiful and diverse environments of Italy in 1943.

Covert agent and elite marksman Karl Fairburne must fight alongside the brave men and women of the Italian Resistance to help free their country from the yoke of Fascism, and defeat a terrifying new threat with the potential to halt the Allied fightback in Europe before it’s even begun.

If his mission fails, there will be no Operation Overlord, no D-Day landings, and no Victory in Europe.

For more info head to www.sniperelite4.com

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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 Singleplayer Mode!

All Sniper Elite 3 players now have access to a brand new singleplayer mode - “The Shooting Range”

FREE new Multiplayer Map!

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

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
    • 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.
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Literally Who
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I haven't had a bad time playing this game, and If you can grab it on sale I'd definitly say go for it

However, unless you really have a hard-on for WWII games, or the cute little bullet cam in this game I'd just say get MGSV. Both offer a very similar expierience, but Metal Gear has much more polish and a much more open gameplay exprience. Notice how I only have about 3 hours. Well in those 3 hours I've come across more glithces, awkward controls, and restrictions then I have in all my time in Metal Gear Solid V. Not that I'm saying MGSV is a perfect game. That game had plenty of flaws, but Sniper Elite III and Metal Gear Solid V are very comparable in my opinion and Metal Gear is just better.
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GuyOnAChair
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
It's a bit too unstable and buggy for my taste and the stealth needs serious improvement but it's fun enough in COOP and has enough potential for a sequal to be interesting if done right. It's not bad, it's not mediocre and it's not good it's just pretty hard to describe. Voice acting for everyone but the main character sucks and the story and writing aren't much better. The environments aren't memorable but the allow for enough fun to be serviceable/passable. Good ideas and only decent execution. The gunplay in particular for every weapon that isn't a sniper rifle is just awful. The weapons suck far too much for me to believe it was done intentionally to benefit the stealth game mechanics which have seen some improvements since V2 (which had one of the best demos I've played). A better less zoomed in and more free thirdperson camera and less trundle like movement would be nice too. If you are going to buy this you should only do it to play COOP with your buddy. The AI aren't smart and go between aimbot and bugging out when you are detected. The saving grace is it's COOP and not just because playing a game with another person can make it more interesting. You can play through every story mode level with a buddy and thats pretty awesome. There are not enough proper slighly non linear stealth focused COOP games and most of the ones that exist suck like Splinter Cell: Conviction. If there weren't just the thumbs up or thumbs down I would pick mixed because if you aren't able to play COOP with a buddy Sniper Elite 3 might just suck. Here's hoping Sniper Elite 4 is the Hitman: Bloodmoney of the series AND that it has COOP.
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Pure
( 31.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
best game ever 10/10
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Hawktopus
( 22.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Great game. fun and interesting but im having some problems since windows 10.
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lito.onion
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Product received for free
Day after I bought it, won't work anymore. Boots to the setup screen, then when I click play it seems to just close it entirely. Tried verifying game cache, nothing.
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Black
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Best Sniper Elite Yet
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Sofia Matata
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Coop is broken and that's the reason I bought this. After spending over an hour in a single level, you die and checkpoints don't work. Start the whole level over. In other ways it feels very rushed. Several bugs bother you from the start. Authentic ballistics is a joke, 50 yards from muzzle and the bullet has dropped a couple of feet. Enemies are dummkopfs who forget about you if you bother to move a bit, and don't care about their dead friends after that point. The whole game leaves you to wonder why did they make such a bad sequel to a somewhat good V2.
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Balki_Bartokomous
( 27.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
2 years old and this game is still broken. Anytime a player dies during the co-op campaign you've got a 50/50 chance of getting a server error which will result in loss of level progress. Given that it may take an hour or more to beat a level - it's a blast to get to nearly reach the end, then be forced to start all over.
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Slightly Blue Fox
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I've played all the other Sniper Elite games, but this one is for me the most challenging, but not because of good design or a relentless AI. This game is built around shooting people in the face from a distance. It is what this game is good at. Seeing the brutal X-Ray killcams is quite satisfying, but all the three maps i've played so far have been small encampents with lots of hiding spots (for enemy soldiers) and no real high ground. The stealth is frustrating at best, forcing you to move from place to place with every two shots with your rifle, or force you to use the Welrod, which in game has about 10 meters range. On higher difficulties the enemy can spot you through tiny cracks in sandbags. The movement in the game is pretty clunky, and your camera seems to be stuck on your right shoulder, making peeking around the left side of a corner very difficult. The game is about sniping, and that part is well put together, but the moving around and the stealth elements are not very well made, and it makes it a chore to get through the missions, because i want to snipe, but unlike in Sniper Elite V2, i have yet to be instructed to climb something tall and shoot someone important in the face. The sneaking around and running away from alerted guards makes up for about 70% of my play-time. The rest is shooting people in the face in slow motion.


Pros:
  • Fun sniping
  • X-ray killcams
  • Shooting grenades on soldiers and other explosives

    Cons:
  • Bad stealth
  • Clunky movement
  • Mediocre AI
  • No real way to calculate your shots on the highest difficulty
  • Insane bullet drop
  • "Sprint-to-this-place-to-get-out-of-sight" mechanics that function weirdly

    If you like sniping, and only sniping, don't buy this.
    If you can deal with the crazy bullet drop, (far more than what seems realistic) the clunky movement and the weird mechanics, you could consider buying it when the price drops (like i did).

    TL;DR: Fun obliterating skulls, but bad stealth, bad AI, cramped mission areas (even though the maps are big there is a lot of ♥♥♥♥ in your way constantly)
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Paladin™
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Snek snek snek kill snek snek snek
nobody found me
snek snek
keep sneking
win life
kill
snek snek
10/10 would snek again


Snek means Sneak for all you un-interentified people
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56 of 65 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Main game
✓ Good story
✓ Sound effects are good.
✓ Great graphics especially X Ray Cam .
✓ Gameplay is great when shooting with a sniper in distance will never get you borring.
✓ Co op is fun , the whole single player Campaign can be played with a friend and apart from that there are others missions to play with friends too. This is great!
✓ Game set location is great(Africa), Large maps and side missions within the map
✓ Multiplayer is hard , but as you get used to it is fun.

✖ Short game play time compared to Sniper Elite 2. It feels like the game is smaller that Sniper elite 2. How ever its only a small flaw since the maps are big and side missions are fun.

DLC
  • Target Hitler: Hunt the Grey Wolf :
    Its short but in a large map there are several sub missions and there are several ways you can kill Hitler. This DLC is not bad for the price. Plus if you are achievement hunter you should buy.

  • Save Churchill Part 1
  • Save Churchill Part 2
  • Save Churchill Part 3
    The story continues in 3 DLC. For part 2 and 3 there is a new map. Price is high compared to the play time but if you are achievement hunter its for you.

  • Rifles DLC are okay it will come in handy in single player , co op and multiplayer.
  • Skin DLC is only useful in multiplayer. If you are not looking forward to play multiplayer much no use of buying .

    If you like stealth games its a great game for you.
    8/10
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
116.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
So, after completing the story over 40 times (atleast), reaching lvl50 ingame and getting every single achievement on the game I can savely say that this game is probably the best follow up after Sniper Elite 2 that a gamer could've hoped for. Although the game has some issues of it's own, which haven't been fixed even though the game has been "live" for almost 2 years now. The controls are smooth and easy to understand and remember and the story gives you a good allround vision on where the story is leading to. I sincerely do think the ending was superb and interesting, since well let's be honest... no one expected the Ratte to be real right?

Also a plus was the co-op options for both co-op missions and campain itself, this makes for a very fun time with friends and ads to the game value. Although I do think the game is slightly overpriced at the moment (€45,99) I would say buy it if you can. But remember you need to have the season pass to have the full experience. Otherwise you'll struggle alot stealthing the game on higher difficulties. Beside that the season pass offers you extra missions and alot of new weapons. Which is totally worth it.

Well that's it I guess, I recommend this game for any lover of 3th person shooters with awesome bullet mechanics (slow-motion) and great overall gameplay & experience.

I'm sorry if my english isn't perfect, I'm not a native english speaker.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This review is limited to the single-player campaign. There isn't much of a multiplayer community left.

I enjoyed Sniper Elite 3. The game looks great and it's fun sneaking around and sniping people. There are only 8 missions in the single-player campaign, but each map is very large and will take a while to complete. I wouldn't pay the full $50 sticker price for just 8 missions, but if you buy the game on sale it's fine. The level design is a bit uneven. Maps 1-5 are ok, 6-7 are very good, and the final map is awesome. The game also gets more fun as you go along. At first you're just dealing with rifleman, but by the final mission there are enemies wileding rocket launchers, enemies riding tanks, and enemy snipers in ghilli suits. SE3 is more limited than other war-themed shooters like Call of Duty and Battlefield. There are no vehicles to ride and every stage is set in North Africa, but with only 8 missions it doesn't overstay it's welcome.

In terms of DLC, definitely buy Saving Churchill. The Hunt for the Gray Wolf is not nearly as fun and can be skipped. Weapons packs aren't really necessary (in fact they kind of detract from the fun of earning the non-DLC weapons during the campaign, as whatever DLC weapons you buy become available immediately). But if you must, the best packs are the Axis weapons (which gives the Type 99 sniper rifle) and the Camo weapons pack (which gives a semi-automatic suppressed pistol).

8/10
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
I do like the game but you're kinda forced to buy the season pass. You don't get much when you just buy the game. You get like 4 snipers by default, 4 secondaries and a short campain. Unless this game is on sale which it probably is in the summer sale, Do not waste you're money on this. Buy Sniper Elite V2 instead.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Stealth, long range precision distance kills and deadly melee takedowns. A major improvement from the 1st and 2nd iterations of the series. This truly defines what a stealth sniping game is all about.

Graphics: 10/10
Outstanding by any means. The level of detail is something to behold, I have not seen this much level in detail in a game for so long. This one looks absolutely gorgeous even at low-medium settings. There are also a lot of graphics options to choose from to suit your needs and to maximise your experience.

Storyline: 7/10
You have to stop Germany from building a Super Tank that could potentially be used to change the tide of war. Other than that, that is the only ‘story’ you will get from this game as it isn’t really a story heavy game and it wasn’t made to be one. You’re buying this for the sniping experience, not much for the story.

Sound: 9/10
They nailed it. The sound of the rifle, the enemies around you and even your own footsteps can be heard in great detail. Nothing more can be said of how this game sounds. You hear what you’re supposed to hear, nothing else.

Gameplay: 9/10
This goes without saying but, you can snipe your enemies with skill and precision from a distance or get up close and personal and perform melee takedowns. Setting up traps and distractions can also be very fun if carefully planned and laid out. Oh, and I almost forgot...there are “sounds” in the game which can mask rifle shots which makes for quiet long distance shots; pretty impressive if you ask me. The overall game performed nice and smooth with no significant frame drops to report.

Price: 5/10
Priced at £39.99 for the base game, it is a little too much for the amount of gameplay hours you’re probably going to have. So, I suggest waiting until it goes on sale to pick it up.
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
If you have a thing for watching people getting shot in slow motion ans x-ray vision, this is a good alternative to doing it in real life.
X-rays and slow motion cameras cost a lot.
Oh, and it's illegal.
That too.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Snek snek snek kill snek snek snek
nobody found me
snek snek
keep sneking
win life
kill
snek snek
10/10 would snek again


Snek means Sneak for all you un-interentified people
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
41.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Sniper Elite is a fantastic WW2 stealth shooter, where you play as OSS officer Karl Fairburne (known from the previous SE games) set on a special mission to hunt down the German general Vahlen. The game takes place on the North African front. You fight both Italian and German armed forces. As you progress trough eight missions, you gradually reveal Vahlen's plans to build a superweapon and, of course, face himself at the end of the game.

Sniper Elite is also a tactical shooter, which means that, first, you explore your surroundings, and then you plan your attack. You can play stealthy or just rush through the maps. Stealthy gameplay is recommended. Not only it's safer, but it's where this game shines the most.

You can sneak behind enemies and take down them with a knife, you can set traps, you can distract and isolate enemies to kill them in a quiet spot, you can blow a vehicle or explosives near the enemies, you can set up a chain reaction, you can snipe them both with and without sound masking, you can shoot them with a silenced pistol - the options are, indeed, many and all of them are fun.

As to the weapons, it's almost all WW2 arsenal (American, Brittish, Soviet, Polish, Japanese. German, Italian), including Panzerfaust, a special rocket launcher in the DLC mission "Belly of the Beast", dynamites, trip-mines, s-mines, hand grenades and land-mines. Not all weapons are available in the base version of the game, though. And, you'll need to unlock some weapons and weapon parts, as you progress through the campaign and ranks. The equipement consists of a sniper rifle, an assault rifle/shotgun/panzerfaust, a pistol and 5 items (explosives/anti-armor ammo or medkits).

Each mission is unique, each level is unique, it's really fun to explore the surrounding, not knowing what's behind the corner, when you play for the first time. The level design is one of the greatest that I have seen. I don't know who is the senior level designer, but, apparently, Rebellion has the right team for the job, because the level design is always excellent in the SE games.

The graphics are beautiful, as well. I did find the colours a bit too saturated, but, nevertheless, graphic quality is high and you do need a pretty solid system to run this game on highest settings. Also, the fact that North Africa is not that common setting in videogames makes SE3 to stand out. It adds a bit of extra fun.

Finally, this game has a CoOp mode and it's a "real" CoOp, you can play all campaign missions with your friends.

The other modes are survival challenges (solo or MP) and PvP. I did not try PvP, but I tried 10 waves in the Survival mode. I found it boring. Luckily, with the campaign and DLCs missions, there is enough content, so that you don't feel like you've wasted money on nothing.

The DLC packs Target Hitler: Hunt the Gray Wolf and Save Churchill are highly recommended. As to the weapon packs, see for yourself, how much money you want to spend. The default M1 Garand + Welrod are pretty much the only weapons you need. I also used: Lee Enfield, T99 (Axis Weapon Pack) and Springfield rifles (Patriot Weapon Pack). But, if you play stealthy and aim for the head, there is not much difference, which sniper rifle you use. I got all the DLC packs with the Season Pass. From secondary weapons, I also recommend: Panzerfaust and Semi-Auto HDM. MP40 comes handy, if you don't choose to play stealthy, as MP40 magazines are always available behind the enemy lines.

My overall rating: 9/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Starts game
Fires sniper rifle
Bullet travels in slow motion, smashes a soldiers entire row of teeth to pieces, travels down his throat and smashes through his upper spine with gargling noises filling the air and blood playing everywhere.

10/10
Would study human anotomy again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Sniper £lite 3 is a very good game, but is not perfect. In my opinion, Sniper Elite V2 has the better story.
I have finished this game inside 5hrs, and had fun with the DLC.

Cons:
Invisible Walls & Barriers - I can aim at an enemy and it will hit a wall when the top of the head is on the Red Reticle.
Being Seen & Shot at in a building from the outside, what I mean is....they can see you and shoot you but you can not shoot them unless you are within range or sight.
Short story and not very ideal for an avid sniper game who like to shoot above 300m.....there are only 1 or 2 LONG shots you can make.

**Hitler DLC was better on Sniper Elite V2**

Pro's
GFX & More choice of Snipers (when you have the DLC)
Exploding Testies'
Multiplayer seems more stable the previous game.
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