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 (3,244 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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PC Patch 1.15a

Version 1.15a

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  • 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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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
    • 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
123 of 138 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
646.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
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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177 of 217 people (82%) found this review helpful
69.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
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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93 of 127 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
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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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Note: If you are using a 120hz or 144hz monitor be aware that you may need to add either
"-Hz=120" or "-Hz=144" to launch properties or else you will be stuck at 60hz and it will be noticeable. For the longest time I thought I was just getting low fps and that the game just wasn't running well. It finally dawned on me to check the refresh rate and voila my problem was fixed and the game ran great.

Sniper Elite 3 is a fun game and an improvement on its predecessor in almost every way. Levels are a lot bigger and more open, campaign is longer, graphics are better, stealth is improved and feels more viable, rifle customization has been added, and everything you do gives you xp so that you gain ranks regardless of if you touch multiplayer or not.

If you're looking for an amazing story with great writing and voice acting you will want to look elsewhere. Enemy AI can be questionable as well. I never had a problem with bugs and glitches, but people have reported them so that may be something to keep in mind. There is a lack of weapons in this one compared to the previous entry, but especially with the addition of weapon customization that isn't something that bothered me much. These games have never really been about weapon variety anyway.

Ranking up gives you unlocks and basically just adds a sense of progression beyond that of completing a mission. This is not some earth-shattering addition, but it is welcomed.

The new difficulty, Authentic, is highly punishing. Not only is it very hard, but if you die, you restart the level from the beginning. And these levels are not short. If you crave a challenge, you will not be disappointed.
On the other end of the spectrum you have Cadet difficulty which is almost too easy. Bullet drop and wind is removed and enemy AI is considerably dumbed down. If you feel like Call of Duty-ing your way through the game then this is the difficulty for you.

The game is optimized well and the controls are pretty much unchanged from Elite V2, which is not a bad thing. This is definitely not some lame console port.

The abundant dlc is something to be aware of as well. The game felt fine enough to me without any of it, but it is there.

I don't know that the game is worth paying full price for, but if you can get it on sale for a good price I doubt you will regret it.
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35 of 52 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
126.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
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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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Much easier to hunt testicles in this than in the previous games!
Relocation mechanic allows for more stealth when hunting testicles.
CQC good for when you get caught hunting testicles.
Did I mention you could hunt the mighty testicles?

10/10 would hunt testicles again.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
181.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Sniper Elite 3 Full Review

Sniper Elite 3 is a rich, deeply entertaining third-person shooter that is sure to please even the most demanding gamers. Unlike many franchises, Sniper Elite continues to get better with each sequel while expanding on its original recipe for success. Naturally the graphics are much improved, but overall gameplay and concepts core to the game have also received major upgrades.

The much-loved "Kill Cam" is back and better than ever, giving gamers a rush of adrenaline and satisfaction after a successful target elimination in true sniper fashion. The stealth component of the game is also better than either of its predecessors and can play a vital role in a mission's success depending on the gamer's style of play. Replay value is extremely high for this game with the inclusion of steam achievements, co-op play and several options for multiplayer.

I thoroughly enjoyed this game personally and while I do recommend this game to those who enjoy action/adventure games, I feel it is important to inform you that the game is not without its flaws and let-downs. as well. The awesome graphics come at a price. Those who are running older systems may experience lag or crashes due to the high CPU and RAM usage. I would strongly suggest passing on this game if your system does not meet the minimum system requirements listed by the publisher. Also, expect a few minor bugs, typically associated with troop ai and steam achievements. And most disappointing of all, while claiming to be a "sniper" game and containing some aspects that suggest that it is, most often you will find yourself armed with a silenced pistol or sneaking up behind enemies for hand-to-hand kills if you choose to play missions in a stealthy manner.

Overall, this is a very fun game and will give you many hours of enjoyment, especially if you pick up the extra DLC missions as well. However, I would only recommend picking this game up when it is on sale due to the reasons listed above and knowing that the base game only comes with eight missions for the single player campaign. In my opinion it is way over-priced ($49.99 USD) for a game that is over 8 months old on Steam and is also available on XBox 360, PS3, and PS4 which means finding a used copy for a console at a much cheaper price can easily be done.

The Good:
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+ Quality base campaign with an interesting storyline
+ Smooth controls and mechanics/Controller compatible
+ Multiplayer and Co-op missions
+ Detailed maps and graphics
+ Blood and gore
+ Versatile gameplay
+ Quality DLC content
+ Steam achievements
+ High replay value


The Bad:
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+ Bugs and glitches (minor & not game-breaking)
+ Too expensive at full price
+ Single player campaign is short
+ While much-improved, some elements still need work (ie. stealth, sniper, camoflauge, etc)


Final Thoughts:
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The Sniper Elite series continues to improve and its success and popularity are growing. This is definitely one to keep an eye on and I hope to see a Sniper Elite 4 in the near future> For an action/stealth war game it is still only average in my opinion. It is dressed up nicely and a lot of fun but let's face it, there is still a lot that can be done to enrich the quality of this game. Camoflauge serves absolutely no purpose, enemies all have eagle eyes and can instantly spot you from several hundred yards away when even slightly out of cover, and for a game who's own namesake emphasizes the "sniper" concept, this game falls way short in actually delivering upon that in much of the mission objectives. It plays out as more of a commando or special forces type of game than an actual sniper game. All of that being said, I still recommend this game to all those who enjoy third-person shooters. Its that good!
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25 of 39 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
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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26 of 41 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
If you hate Nazis, but love blowing their brains out, then this game is for you
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33 of 54 people (61%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
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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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Controls are very loose. It feels like you're 90 and are trying to control your bowel.
Sounds assets are poor. You somehow make less noise while sprinting. And your rifle shots sound like you're firing pak 88.
Models of some walls and fences are bigger than the actual textures therefore you sometimes shoot and think you should hit the target but the bullet goes into the wall in front of you.
Camera is simply horrible and often won't allow you to shoot not to mention that it's behind your right shoulder which means that you can't peek corner left without taking damage.
Cooperative is unstable - you suffer from desync, delay and disconnects.
Buying a game without season pass means that you'll be stuck with a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ rifle during the whole campaign and chances are - even after finishing it still won't have anything decent.
Campaign missions are poorly made and you will suffer from enemies spawning right in front of you and behind your back. Allied AI in the one of the missions literally makes you wait three times for several minutes just standing still and not progressing while nothing happens.
Every single SMG in the game is a piece of ♥♥♥♥ with insane spread and non existing damage rendering a secondary weapon effectively useless and turning it into just a decoration on your back. SMG spread in this game is so huge, you need to name it Dumbo.
Apparently shooting someone in the balls is a good thing in this game. You get an achievement for that. That's just not cool. It's simply wrong.

Don't buy it. Just don't. You'll be happier without it.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Nazi Ballz Hunting Simulator 2014!
11/10 would shoot some more Nazi ballz and see them falling apart again :P
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Sniper Elite 3 Review
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Sniper Elite 3 has great graphics and mechanics.
It has great features as the slow motion + X-ray when killing a enemy with a sniper, these features makes the game addicting and make you want to kill more enemies.
The story is great and the missions takes alot of time to finish, and every missions map is huge.
In Sniper Elite 3 you can choose the way you want to complete every mission so you can your own plans in the game, and in co-op you can plan ambushes and stuff like that.
I don't like the multiplayer deathmatch but it doesn't bothers me.
RATING: 9/10.
I took one point off because of the price, but if you are a Sniper Elite fans / get it free with AMD graphics cards you should take it.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
109.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
Much better than V2, especially the multiplayer!
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
51.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
100 % recommend !!!!
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21 of 34 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
89.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Incredible game, played 3 times already, hope there is a Sniper Elite 4..
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
A joyous PC port that runs at a stable framerate with all the options you would want. The game turns sniping from the chore it is in most games into a kickass good time with a few great mechanics and that amazing bullet cam to let you know EXACTLY where you hit your targer. A steal at $15, worth full price easily.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
119.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
What's not to like . Enjoyed all 119 hours of game play from the missions ,multiplayer ,Co-Op ,weapons upgrades and storyline . Everything I thought it would be for stealth and sniping .Bought it on sale for $24.00 including all DLC's and worth very dollar . From the time I started playing never stopped and put all my Steam time into this game to reach 100% completion. I consider myself a sniper in battle games by trade and would recommend this to anyone who is fanatic about stealth, sniping and sniper rifles. The X-ray cam is awesome and settings can be adjusted to limit the amount of gore you want to see to none if desired. Four skill levels makes it nice for the novice to expert.The 'Authentic' skill will be challenging as there are no save points ,saving games, loading or checkpoints. So any time you die you start the mission over from the beginning no matter how close to the end you are. Did I mention how much I loved playing this game !!?
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this game. It has some nice bells and whistles (bullet cam, stunning graphics) but there are more important components to a shooter than fancy graphics. First of all, the multiplayer is a wreck. Talk about counter-intuitive. There is no standard for anything and so few people play it that I ended up on wierd, primary-only servers. Then add in a dull campaign and you get nothing for your money except pretty graphics. This game seems great on paper, but in real life it is nothing!
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Awesome Co-Op experience!

9/10
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