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 (4,057 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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“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
241 of 380 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
83.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Game does not live up to the hype, the price, or the title. Should be called "Pistol Elite III", because you are going to spend most of your time with that beautifully modelled sniper rifle slung on your back, while you sneak around with a silenced pistol shooting drone AI in the back of the head from 20 feet. Alternately, you can have even less fun with the "takedown" mechanic, aka sneak up on the guy and stab him. How sneaking around head-shotting people with a pistol and stabbing guys in the back came to be the dominant mechanics in a "sniper" game is rather beyond my ability to comprehend, but there it is, for what it's worth, which is approximately nothing.
I've only played on authentic level so I don't know about all the aids, but I will say that the developers have made a decent attempt at recreating real-world ballistic physics. It is not perfect, by any means, and seems to incorporate some random elements that are difficult to explain and rather puzzling. I can see that weapon ranges, bullet drop etc have had to be scaled to fit the rather puny maps, because consoles could never handle the size of maps that would be necessary in order to accomodate realistic weapon ranges.
Yes, it's very DLC heavy. I bought it on some super sale and got the whole works relatively cheaply, and still feel ripped off. Either way, you shouldnt be paying extra to get a few decent rifles in what is trying to pass itself off as a sniper game. Smells like a money grab when content that should have shipped with the game comes out as day one DLC.
There are other oddities that make this game much less than it appears to be. I've often shot guys square in the chest with a high-powered sniper rifle, seen the blood fly, and a few seconds later, they shake it off like a wet dog and they are good to go. I'm not sure what that's all about, but you'd think getting shot in the chest would actually hurt at least a little bit, or at least knock the wind out of a guy. Also questionable are such things as knocking out a Tiger tank by shooting it in the muffler with a rifle, but whatever.
The developer appears to have abandoned this game already, probably out of embarrassment, so don't count on any tech support or answers to your emails. ( see forum post Random Crashing)

In summary, it's a great looking game, the weapons are beautifully modelled, the story and main character are bland, generic, uninspired and totally cheesy, the "open-world" consists of two-or-three rails instead of just one, the maps are tiny and constricted, I could go on. The bottom line is that this game fails absolutely in delivering the goods as far as being a sniper game. It's a generic rail stealth shooter where you get to use a sniper rifle once in a while, and then run away, oh I mean "relocate". Entirely underwhelming game experience, major disappointment, regret buying.
I give it one star, based on the very detailed graphics. If ReBillion would like more stars for this game additonal stars can be purchased on my store page for $9.99 each.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Arcade. Don´t buy this game if you expect some realism. Examples: I shot PzKpfw III with Panzerschreck to its back armor, and i only destroyed its tracks. Another thing is that African campaign ended 13. 5. 1943 and here every fifth guy uses fraking Panzerschreck (it was introduced in 1943, but here it look like they bought them in humblebundle. And they all use updated version introduced in october 1943). Best part was when we (in coop campaign) saw position with flak 36 guarded by only 2 men, and you guessed it, they both had Panzerschrecks. And they won´t hesitate, and will use HEAT round against single man. Bullet drop is awful (but Panzerschreck flies completely straight), and you cant hit anything with submachinegun,if it is more than 10 m away. And you have problem to hit person 5 m away with longer burst. Even MG 42 on tripod has bigger reticle than Opel blitz (truck) 20 m away, no joke, i tested it. In mission where you have to destroy that PZ III it has normal coaxial 2x mg 34, but when they hit something, there are bigger explosions than from 20 cannon. And you can run thru entire levels only with mp 40 on a highest difficulty.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
I did apreciate the gameplay and for other players will certainly enjoy it too. But for my concern, I find the game not really challenging even at high difficulty and since I do real long range shooting in real I find the (shooting system) quite poorly made. And you dont get much for your money on game content so I do suggest to wait for a deal to buy this game.
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Sniper elite? More like Sneak around with your silenced pistol elite in my opinion... It's extremely slow paced and there are stupid bugs like for example when you go prone near the edge of a cliff to snipe, you will slowly slide foward and you will fall down, which will kill you or at least leave you exposed. This game felt like I was playing the older Splinter Cell games but without the fun gadgets, the good story and Sam's personality. Do not buy this game full price, wait for a steam sale and buy it for 5$ or 10$ at most.
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