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 (2,306 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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December 11

PC Patch 1.15a

Version 1.15a

Bug Fixes:

  • Players who have used the "ClearCollectables" console command no longer have broken binocular zoom (and binocular upgrades are correctly reset by use of the command).

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November 17

PC Update 1.15 Now Avaliable

Version 1.15

Bug Fixes:

  • Add "ClearCollectables" as a console command to reset all collectables and optional objectives (for those wishing to replay the Campaign).Note:The console can be opened by pressing ctrl+tab.
  • Corrected button prompts for the unlocking action in Overwatch missions in some languages.
  • Various minor tweaks to the launcher to improve DPI scaling, occasional incorrect zooming and localisation.
  • Fix a lighting error with object decals (for both D3D11 and Mantle).
  • Various localisation fixes (amongst others, capture the flag in Polish, and various overlap issues with optional objectives in German and Spanish).

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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 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

    • 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
2,458 of 2,965 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
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.
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1,173 of 1,446 people (81%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
------- 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.
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723 of 932 people (78%) found this review helpful
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
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.

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.
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638 of 852 people (75%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
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 ♥♥♥♥♥♥ 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
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127 of 172 people (74%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I am a HUGE Fan of S.E. V2 and the following zombie games, but this SE3 is just crud. Get it at 10 bucks, not worth more.
-1 why is moving so changed, I mean in V2, where you're mouse moved is where you were pointed, so you could walk sideways and all that, this one, the camera is locked to the mouse while you are not, so Good Luck getting into place to snipe through holes and windows.
-2 Where the hell did 'Q-get into cover' go? Now I have to fight with getting too close to objects and suddenly poping out into plain view when I draw my gun?? I can't even shallow snipe over boxes without standing right up, might as well yell "GO JOE" while I'm at it.
-3 You even ruined stealth kills, I'm all sneak sneak sneak, get into range, press E and I Punch the AI, PUNCH THE AI. where the hell did that come from? and Punching won't even kill them, I'm stuck there in a punch battle, trying to kill him quietly cause I'm out of silencer ammo and he's just yelling away, alerting all the AI and while I await my impending doom to restart a long long save ago, I'm just gonna keep punching the AI and imagining its Rebellion.
-4 we're gonna make it more authentic by removing subtitles but we're gonna put GIANT Yellow and Red Circles over the AI's, What happened to 'flying by the seat of your pants' and wondering if that AI spotted you and is now looking for you or is on his normal random path, Oh wait, they don't have random paths eithers, they just walk back and forth doing Exactly the same thing over and over, Even in V2, they would do unexpected things, get called over by others after so long, Change. I shouldn't beable to leave my player in an area, come back an hour later and it still be the same stuff happening.
-5 I played on Sniper Elite, first thing, so why all the hints and tips and OH theres a grenade right here, hissing just two meters from your foot, be a good lad and Run Away, Come on? seriously? if someones lucky enough to get a grenade in your sniper nest, why are the creators of this game ruining that little bit of fun letting the player notice it coming into the window or not seeing it and dieing.
-6 This was going to be a short list but I'm just too annoyed at buying this crud at even just 30 bucks with the 20% discount, but oh wait, theres' DLC's out right now, and Oh look, better weapons in Multiplayer! Lets throw more money at Rebellion for another BUY TO WIN game. I want to throw up, what happened to Earning your upgrades? unlocking and finding secrets?
-7 Not only is the menu and loadout setup nothing like SE V2, or SE:NZA or SE:NZA2, its utterely confusing, you now have slots and carry limits, Oh I can only have two of these, but they are each one in each slot, so I'll change this to that and now I can only have one of these from loadout? Oh you can have more if you pick it up, but if you don't have it in a slot, then you don't get to have it at all.
-8 Hold your breath is supposed to Stop gun wobbling, NOPE, not here, its worse wobbling than that song.
-9 I could play V2 for days, no end, it was pure fun, can't really think of any complaints other than odd AI's, WHY on gods green earth would you 'improve' Everything, If it ain't broke, DON"T FIX IT. This game I could only stand a few hours before I was too ticked off and plant leaves deflecting my bullets and bullets hitting on the right side of my scope when E-hold your breath was putting the little red dot on the left side of my scope, Oh and don't scope snipe while too close to a box, even though you're standing up in plain view, you're gonna shoot the box thats only two feet high.
-10 I don't know if I can stand this game long enough to finish it, going by reviews, thats just a few hours if that, worth of 8 maps, I'm pretty sure they are adding in all the 'chapters' too, Like in V2, you'd get to have like four 'chapters' per map, where places you just cleared would get new inforcements placed back so you'd have to fight your way back through alerted AI cause we all know, even though you cleared all the dead, a whole platoon can't just disappear and not get noticed.
-11 If someone asks me if I want to play SE3 or SEV2, I'm gonna play SE:V2 Everytime, sequels in games are supposed to be better than the ones before, unlike movies, though with all the money put into the films, Oh wait, they just used blurred drawings for that, guess they broke the budget on making A&P science class worthy bones and guts, Oh wait, those look worse than they do in V2.
-12 Random AI-"Hmm, that generator sounds like gun shots now, and this car just blew up beside me, Oh well, I guess that sun is pretty hot, it must be 2789 bazillion degrees or -15q, I think my code will break If I try to think about that too much, maybe I'll rank up, imagine me *code broken, game crashed, you saved over an hour ago without running into any autosave events even though you killed an entire platoon, 20 trucks and 2 generators*
-13 it was much better when you marked someone in V2 where they'd just get a white or red V overhead, now you get glowing white shadows showing you Exactly what someone is doing behind a wall, why not just let someone shoot them in the eye through a flag, drapes, and while they are standing infront of another guy you can't see and alert the whole town, Oh wait, that happened too, Tanks mister gen for masking my sound, even though the guy saw his friends head explode, he knows Exactly where I am cause he was out of range of the sound of the gen, but somehow heard my gun go off and pin pointed my location??
-14 If I bought this for a gamestation of any type, I'd be at the store returning this right now. I really dont' know if I can stand to put another hour of fighting to stay behind a box and wondering how they saw me when theres a low brick missing from the middle of the wall and they saw my foots shadow and come running, even though I can throw a grenade infront of them under a truck, blow everything to heck and they won't even go on the alert. Whose got two thumbs and isn't buying anything early from Rebellion again? This Guy!
-15 If I want to walk sideways while keeping my eye on this guy, then I want to Walk Sideways and not have my player turn his back to the guy so that when I draw my gun I have to find the Guy in question Again, by which time he's already alerted the town cause he saw my shadow in the shadow I was in.
-16 When you pick up a body and run to hide it, thats right, You Run, slowly, but Loudly, so you alert EVERYONE, Unless you hold down the Walk button, L alt for me, but theres no hint or guide for that, You just have to figure out you're running slowing and wondering why everyone can hear you Walk Hard.
-17 When you find two AI's in each others body, no not that way. Don't shoot them in the head, my bullet headshoted one, but completely missed the other, even though their heads took up the Exact same space! no two for one here, Like shooting fish in a barrel but noone said the barrel was a bottomless well.
-18 I really dislike this game, I'm only writing all this out Because of how Great SE:V2 is and will always be, Reb didn't even try to stick to what worked in V2, I can only guess that some new guys were at the water hole and were all "Dude, lets change EVERYTHING so peps know this game is fresh and hip and made by different peps that know the public are just sheep that'll buy anything with a following", I seriously hope this was a different team than SE:V2, I'll be seriously disappoint if its the same team.
-19 Daylight Happens, its a new challenge to work with, but why not have spent a little and made options for day and/or night maps, Have trucks running in and out during the day and heavy patrols at night? why was 'fixing' V2 or 'starting anew' even considered? Halo and Soul Reaver went 3+ games and each better than the last, because they listened to the public, found and fixed bugs, and made more and more story with each one while keeping to the lore they started.
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94 of 126 people (75%) found this review helpful
177.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
This version is very poor in terms of maps and weapons!
in terms of graphs is not too bad but not worth 39.99 pounds
and I think you are thinking of doing more DLC for this game and
REBILLION will then try to cash out more money from customers
this is very sad on your part to fool customers and say (we sry for fake serials keys) lool

So in my opinion I see only one thing you REBILLION will lose customers!
If you do not have customers do not have profits!
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108 of 151 people (72%) found this review helpful
86.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
My game is broken. My bullets come from my forehead, knees and just about eveywhere else except the barrel. The kill cam also seems broken - glitchy and just plain borked. The game is also lacking in content - 4 rifles? 2 coop maps? Stuff that should have been included is now DLC. This whole DLC thing is getting out of control. Pretty soon games will come with one gun, one map and everything else will be DLC. I'm taking a stand from this point forward and not supporting this kind of development process any longer.
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85 of 120 people (71%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Six DLCs for sale as of right now (July 17th, 2014.) Game is 3 weeks old; been in development for the better part of 2 years. See, all of this DLC content could have been included in the actual game without us having to pay $80 for the full experience.

I now see who the real Nazis are. And the Jews.
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72 of 106 people (68%) found this review helpful
311.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Buy Sniper Elite 3
$49.99 + DLC

Sniper Elite 3 - Camouflage Weapons Pack
Sniper Elite 3 - Hunter Weapons Pack
Sniper Elite 3 - Patriot Weapons Pack
Sniper Elite 3 - Sniper Rifles Pack
Sniper Elite 3 - Axis Weapons Pack
Sniper Elite 3 - Eastern Front Weapons Pack
Sniper Elite 3 - Allied Reinforcements Outfit Pack
Sniper Elite 3 - Target Hitler: Hunt the Grey Wolf
Sniper Elite 3 - Save Churchill Part 1: In Shadows
Sniper Elite 3 - Save Churchill Part 2: Belly of the Beast
Sniper Elite 3 - Save Churchill Part 3: Confrontation
Sniper Elite 3 - U.S. Camouflage Rifles Pack
Sniper Elite 3 - International Camouflage Rifles Pack

Total cost = $120.86
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37 of 47 people (79%) found this review helpful
57.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Excellent game I played the other 2, the game gets better and better with each new version. V3 being the most fun I had in a game in a long time. Played on realistic mode you have to pay attention to wind and bullet drop. Stealth is a must in certain areas, while accuracy is a must every shot. Taking out tanks by shooting the gas tank is far from realistic. All in all the game is far from realistic, but a very enjoyable play none the less. Multiplayer is very fun especially with a group of guys/gals you know. In multiplayer some maps have a CoD feel while others are strickly for sniping. If I was you I wouldn't pass this one up
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69 of 104 people (66%) found this review helpful
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
And extremely laughable game. Not only is the storyline about as cliche as you can get, the protagonist is the same old husk of a personality. The gruff speaking, cheesy-line spouting simpleton. And speaking of cheese, this game reeks of it. The developers give you a very small amount of content (seems to be the philosophy nowadays - full price for less content) and by the time you've seen 3 x-ray camera kills, you've pretty much seen them all.

The "stealth" is stealth in name only, using such simple mechanics as crouch > get behind > instant-kill > repeat. The AI runs the gamut of "idiot, standing facing one direction indefinitely, ready to die at a moment's notice, to uncanny crackshot and god knowledge (knowing where you are at all times) once they know your position.

The storyline would make Velveeta ashamed. A sporadic array of documents and papers spread through out the level, all talking about how mean and bad the main villian is, but nothing really backs that up; you just have to take it on credit. And, spoilers here, what's the ultimate show down? A super big tank built into the side of a cliff, with no forethought as to how you're going to get it out of there (I'm sure we can just wait until the Nazis build a just-as-ridiculously-oversized helicopter transport). The antagonist is shallow, boring and absolutely no sense of justice, achievement or relief comes from his demise.

Truly a repetitious and boring game. 45/100
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36 of 51 people (71%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Perfect optimalisation, option to complete almost whole game on stealth with melee-only, and satisfying ballistics.
They finally added a levelling system with unlocks, 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.
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28 of 38 people (74%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
This game is freaking awesome. Stealth, sniping, shooting, all the s-es. lovely controls. Enemies are sometimes glitchy though. But overall, I would rate trhis game 9/10! amazing
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Just got this game and I love it. It urges you to act covertly rather than the run and gun style of most games today. I also quite enjoy the xray cam whenever you fire a kill shot. The only two complaints I have is a couple of times I have had shots miss their target for reasons I can't figure out and how the "upgrades" affect the performance of the weapon makes no sense and seem to provide no real advantage.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
114.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Well what can i say ive bought the rifles and bought the DLCs and at the moment away to buy more sniper rifles,i love this game i like everything about it only if i had some friends who play it to would be better for the co-op levels not tryed them yet.So the game well if you just want to have fun play it on easy half time you can just take them out with hand to hand combat and a knife.You see am a gamer i dont moan about the normal things.

I like a game for its fun and enjoyment and that i get lots of in this game.

Survival mode is just fun,but like any game if you want to ramp up the levels and make it harder and believe me it does get harder then your levels take longer to play and you have to use more stealth and tactics.On a closing note i bought this game when it first came out 30 odd pound for it,if you want this game and you get it on STEAM sale grab it.

Ive found nothing on this game that makes me think god that rubbish or OH YEY I DONT THINK SO,some of the sniper shots you make during the game you will think are awesum and ive not seen so much blood for a long time,shoot the grenade on there waist belts and watch then exsplode,or exsplosives and take out a group of soldiers.

If this is a game you want and watch gameplay and video of it and think god i so want this game,you will not be dissapointed.

90 hours gameplay on this game and still going.
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51 of 80 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
DLC is a cancer of gaming.
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
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.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
432.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Realistic physics with wind and gravity turned on in the more challenging modes. Once you get to know your rifle you will be able to shoot accurately. Unlike most games, you do not run endlessly. You character gets tired at 80bpm and your shots become less accurate. Move slowly, crouch, and stay prone to keep your heart rate low.

In single player mode you can be a silent assassin with your knife. Hit multiple targets from the snipers nests throughout the map. Opportunities to hit targets at long distances. Setup mines for vehicles and enemies. Or blow up explosives to tear them to pieces.

In multiplayer mode you get lots of free maps. Many different modes are possible (co-op, team games, and deathmatches). Stay hidden as much as you can, in the shadows and away from trigger happy team mates.

Overall, it is an impressive game. The graphics are spectacular. High definition textures, human-like characters, and particles such as dust and bugs make it all the more realistic.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
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.
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38 of 59 people (64%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I was so ready to love Rebellions sequel to what was possibly the greatest underdog of the decade. More than just an unexpected success, Sniper Elite V2 was a game that promised to really blossom and overcome its kinks the second time around.

Instead what I'm left with is a game that apparently got so drunk on victory champagne it ended up vomiting all over the lessons it should've learned about itself and its audience after that initial success.

From the start of the game you have charts popping up left and right, telling you absolutely nothing the interface hasn't already spelled out for you with caps lock clarity, and that is not a compliment. The interface, once subtle and functional, is now glaring and overreaching, robbing you of any immersion in a game world so many decades from producing its first tamagochi, let alone its first hamfisted digital overlay.

Deserts are quite possibly the worst place to set your game if you're building a corridor shooter, and Rebellion does it with all the psychopathic unease of a neatly composed Ikea sales display. It won't take René Magritte to tell you that you aren't looking at a desert, though I'm amazed the game didn't have a chart spelling that out for you.

Of course the self-inflicted wounds don't stop there.

The killcam has devolved from a rewarding, finely tuned mechanic to a creepy disruptive anatomy class, and removing the previous games awkward cover function would be a great decision if only the game allowed you to shoot over low walls while crouched. A much needed save function inexplicably extends into Sniper Elite difficulty offering unlimited saves, eliminating any real tension lest you sabotage yourself, which won't ever be a realistic expectation on a player.

But that is Sniper Elite III in a nutshell. A game that caters to everyone, equally poorly.

More than an evolution, it's a flashy overproduced lobotomy of the original. It's an empty ghillie suit that has had its brain as well as its heart gouged from it in slow motion with a .308 caliber spoon, leaving the rest of the world to wonder why something that was rough but in no way broken had to be so violently and carelessly "fixed".
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