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 (4,628 reviews) - 82% of the 4,628 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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September 30

Sniper Elite hits 10 Million Sales on its 10th birthday!

On Sniper Elite's 10th birthday, Rebellion Co-founder Jason Kingsley has a special message for fans to thank them for supporting independent UK games development and helping the Sniper Elite series hit a huge milestone - 10 MILLION SALES! Thank you for supporting Sniper Elite so much!
Got a burning question you’ve always wanted to ask about Sniper Elite or game development? Let us know before Wednesday 30 September and we’ll do our best to answer it in the livestream.

Want to get your hands on some cool Sniper Elite prizes? Join us for the stream tonight for your chance to win.

Livestream starts at 6pm (UK)/1pm (ET)/7pm (CEST) on the Rebellion Twitch channel:

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September 24

Sniper Elite's 10th Birthday Live AMA

It’s Sniper Elite’s 10th birthday next week, and we’ve got a whole month of content ready to show you – kicking off with an AMA with Sniper Elite devs next Wednesday!

Got a burning question you’ve always wanted to ask about Sniper Elite or game development? Let us know before Wednesday 30 September and we’ll do our best to answer it in the livestream.

See you there!

Livestream starts at 6pm (UK)/1pm (ET)/7pm (CEST) on the Rebellion Twitch channel:

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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
422 of 566 people (75%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
This game fell far from what made Sniper Elite V2 fun, while at the same time fixing a lot on Sniper Elite V2's problems.
How does that work? Well in my normal, befuddled, complicated review style I'll do my best to explain.

The whole Sniper Elite series revolves around popping a bullet from your rifle of choice into the head of filthy degenerate Nazis (sometimes Russians), hey that's fun right? Yea it is!

Except in Sniper Elite 3 you're more likely to be using the Welrod than you are sniping, also likewise using new silent close combat kills which actually do have some pretty wicked kill animations, and while nothings wrong with using CQC executions and the welrod to get into position for sniping, the problem is you're gonna be mostly using the Welrod and CQC to get through the level, there's rarely a place to get into position for sniping effectively making that sniper rifle of your choice on your back more of an optional weapon of choice in a game where the name happens to be SNIPER Elite.

Normally in Sniper Elite V2 and Sniper Elite you got from point A to point B, point B being the place where you pull off a sniper shot and take out the target, throughout the game you can find areas where the noise blocks out your shots and you can pick off any soldier with a bit of patience.
Now that returns in Sniper Elite 3, but my one big problem is that it feels...placed. Whereas in V2 something like mortars hitting the ground were a boon for pulling off a shot, the fact you use what feels like conveniently placed generators or noise making sources to mask your shot just feels off. It feels less like a perfect chance and more like a part of the game where you just sit, wait for the generator to make noise and pick off the enemy until everything is swiss cheese.

Now that's not the ENTIRE case, of course sound masking sources like planes flying overhead return, as do artillery shots of course, but these are strung out so that it feels like you either use the generator or you don't, and if you don't and pull a sick headshot off in total silence then instead of everyone in a 5 mile radius combing the entire place for you you just gotta relocate.

Relocting! Making the consequences of pulling off an unmasked shot null and void. Honestly its not that bad (in the context of Sniper Elite 3), in a game where you can't snipe anything and you gotta get around with the Welrod or the pay2win silenced semi auto; there has to be some kind of leeway that lets you wipe the dust off your rifle and tell someone they can heil Hitler in Hell.

So why does it feel so bad to me at least? Simple: Shoot someone, relocate, rinse and repeat.

And speaking of getting from Point A to Point B, lets talk about the maps! Now, these maps are more open world, meaning you can persue any objective in total silence or loud as ♥♥♥♥, nothing wrong with that, I like open maps! Except for the bit where at the end of each level in V2, Point B was the place you gunned down your target, in Sniper Elite 3 you can go through most of the level or the entire level without firing a shot from your rifle. Hell you can take down most of your targets through means that don't involve sniping, that makes the game feel less like Sniper Elite 3, and more of a Stealth Elite 3.

But I think the thing that bites me the most is that rifles that were originally part of the base game in V2 are being sold as DLC, I mean yea it's odd to find a Mosin Nagant in Africa, but getting a KAR 98 wouldn't be difficult, instead you get that from DLC as well. It feels like Sniper Elite 3 has fallen to one of the biggest pitfalls the gaming industry is doing nowadays cutting out parts of the game, reselling as DLC.

In the end Sniper Elite 3 feels weird, off, it's not what I expected, despite some of the highpoints, honestly I had fun for the first few hours, then the whole DLC bits happened and I noticed this game wasn't as good as I thought it to be, in fact I'd go as far to say that Sniper Elite V2 is the better game, the fact you can actually stealth for once is really nice but the fact that it takes away from sniping hurts on more deeper level, if you really want Sniper Elite 3 I'd recommend waiting for a sale or a price drop.
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67 of 83 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
70.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
A solid entry into the Sniper Elite franchise, Sniper Elite 3 takes the mechanics from Sniper Elite V2 and uses them in better ways. You play the role of a sniper working with the British military in North Africa during the Second World War. Really, you're equal parts sniper and spy as your missions have you single-handedly infiltrating enemy camps and bases as you try to find an infamous German general and piece together a plot involving Nazi superweapons.

Unlike Sniper Elite V2, the maps in SE3 are much more open and this benefits the game immensely. Where, in V2, I often felt as though I spent half the game playing run 'n gun with my submachine gun, in SE3 I probably used my SMG less than five times. Your silenced pistol will still get a firm workout as you move into positions unseen where you can begin to death upon your foes with your rifle. This isn't a modern era setting shooter though with super-scopes and giant silencers to turn your shots into whispers. If you want to avoid a straight up firefight, you'll need to time your shots against background noise from low-flying aircraft or sabotaged generators to prevent the enemy from knowing where you're at. The game manages a good balance by forcing you to be patient as you line up your shots without making the whole ordeal tedious. There are some stealth mechanics as well including sight indicators, the ability to hide in shadows, guards locating you via sound, etc. Much of the game is spent creeping around and avoiding conflict until you're ready to bring swift vengeance from your perch. The famous Sniper Elite X-Ray Kill Cam makes its return, now updated to show your bullet tearing into muscle and severing arteries as well as bone and organs. Curiously, for all the effort into showing me in graphic detail the damage I'm inflicting, every hit in SE3 is a fatal blow. Shooting someone in the foot was as fatal as expertly putting a round through an enemy sniper's scope and into his brain [Edit: Higher levels introduce much more frequent "incapacitating" or wounding shots versus clean kills]. For those feeling squeamish or just bored watching bullet cams, this feature can be easily adjusted or turned off.

I only played through the campaign on the default difficulty which used light ballistics modeling but my understanding is that ballistics on the higher levels remain well done, requiring players to account for bullet drop and wind direction and making rifle characteristics such as scope sway and bullet velocity more important. It is unfortunate that there are only four weapons in each class (pistol, rifle, SMG) included in the base game. A wealth of others are available via DLC which, while something of a cash grab, the game redeems itself slightly by including a firing range where you can test fire all the available guns and see which you like before purchasing a weapons pack.

The story is nothing special and you won't feel invested in the plot or making sure that you succeed. The end in particular felt very weak. However, from a mechanics point of view the game shines and the story is just a contrivance to line up 200m shots and put a bullet through someone's temple as artillery fires in the distance, hiding your presence. If you enjoyed V2 (or disliked it mainly for its enclosed maps) or if you find yourself playing the sniper in shooters, you'll probably enjoy your run through this title.
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36 of 44 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
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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47 of 66 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,735.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Fantastic, best game, can't wait for number 4. More maps would be good with the ability to change the time of day and weather conditions.
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32 of 43 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
This game just didnt quite do it for me. I enjoyed Sniper Elite 2 but this game almost felt like a step backwards. For one the game tries to push you towards a stealthy approach a lot of the time and sniping takes a backseat. Given sniping is the main draw of this game its an odd development. Another feature is relocating after taking a shot which involves moving a certain distance from where you took your last shot. But its a very exploitable mechanic because you can just shoot an enemy, move away till the rest stop searching and then return to that spot to shoot again. The AI is also really dumb as you can shoot one of them and as long as they dont find you for a couple of minutes will go back to patrolling normally again as if nothing happened. All these negatives add up to a pretty disappointing game.

Good Points:
- when you are sniping its the most enjoyable part of the game with slow-mo killcams that show the damage your bullet does on an x-ray view of the enemy. It's the most satisfying killcam of any game out there.
- Levels are more open now giving you more options in how you approach the level

Bad points:
- being almost pushed towards stealth instead of going all out with your sniper rifle especially when non-sniping combat in this game is terrible
- terrible AI with enemies who'll resuming walking around normally even though there mate was shot through the head before their eyes just a few minutes before
- dull story and predictable levels.
-relocation mechanic is a nice idea but can be exploited too easily

Overall i can't really recommend this game. Play the better Sniper Elite 2 instead if you want a sniping fix and which will be cheaper as well.
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