As World War II draws to a close, the first covert battles of the Cold War begin. Caught in the life and death struggle between Soviets and Germans in war-torn Berlin, you control the fate of a lone American OSS Sniper.
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Release Date: Oct 18, 2005

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March 7

Sniper Elite 4 launches this year!



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

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

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

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

For more info head to www.sniperelite4.com

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About This Game

As World War II draws to a close, the first covert battles of the Cold War begin. Caught in the life and death struggle between Soviets and Germans in war-torn Berlin, you control the fate of a lone American OSS Sniper. Disguised as a German and working deep behind enemy lines you must stop Stalin's forces from gaining control of Germany's nuclear secrets. Prepare to alter the course of history.


Authentic World War II sniper simulation featuring realistic weapons, bullet ballistics and sniping skills

  • Massive single player game with 28 heart-pounding missions
  • Intense 8-player LAN sniper battles including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Assassination game modes
  • 3rd person view for close quarter action and movement - 1st view person for sniping
  • Options to take account of gravity, wind, posture, heart-rate and breathing to execute the perfect shot
  • Multi-angle 'Bullet Cam' for kill confirmation
  • Non linear game play provides unique action each time a mission is played

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP / Vista
    • Processor: 1GHz Pentium CPU or equivalent
    • Memory: 256Mb RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce2 32Mb or equivalent
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4Gb free hard disk space
    • Sound: Windows compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
43 of 47 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
Review for Sniper Elite

Story [7/10]
You play as an american elitesniperwarrior in the time of the 2nd WW in Germany (Mainly in Berlin) and you have to complete several missions. The storyline is not bad and most of you should like it.

Graphics [6/10]
As this game is a little bit older already you might find the graphics a little bit old fashioned but as longer as you play the game the more you don't even realize anymore.

Atmosphere [7/10]
There is a good atmosphere in the game. There is also music in some sceneries. If you don't like long crouching sessions this might be not the right game for you as it is sometime a bit monotonous.

Customizability [6/10]
You sometime get a new sniperrifle but that is all. Nothing really to customize at all.

Game mechanics [8/10]
The game mechanics were pretty good for the game when this game was made. You are able to play it in a nice way!

Multiplayer [0/0]
There was a multiplayermode implemented into the game but it doesn't work anymore as the game is very old already.

Price-performance [6/10]
10 hours of fun for 10€. If you are a fan of this game then go ahead. But if you can wait then put it on your wishlist and wait for the steam sale. So you get it for the perfect price!

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Average [7/10] ~ For one it is awesome for the other just ok!

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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
While for whatever reason the tutorial video may mislead you into thinking this is some sort of realistic war simulator such as Arma, this is a pretty standard action game for its time.

Gameplay:

The game has you going around the ruins of Berlin completing objectives, which can vary from getting from Point A to Point B, sabotage, and assassination mainly. Some missions require stealthing with your silenced pistol, some may recommend stealth, but can end up being exponentially easier if you decide to go guns ablaze. In general, the stealth element is more or less half-baked.

As for difficulty, it is very forgiving. I played through the game once on Sniper Elite and hardly found any troubles. Actually, I lied. I really began the game on Marksman difficulty, yet by the next level the game automatically increased my difficulty to Sniper Elite due to my high score. This difficulty adjustment component is a cool, subtle feature that encourages players to take on a greater challenge when showing capability to do so; however, since the game is hardly challenging at all, it didn’t really matter.

This lack of challenge comes from the previously mentioned ability to just blast through certain stealth sections, along with the surplus of ammunition that your current sniper rifle is constantly stocked with. It is also very easy to replenish health, as medkits are common and can instantly heal you to max health. Though there is a heart-rate feature that kicks in after strenuous activity on the protagonist (i.e. running for long periods), making it harder to aim when scoped, yet it can be sidestepped with some skill. You are simply too powerful. And because of this low difficulty, the game is quite a bit less memorable, but that doesn’t necessarily make it completely boring.

The star of the show here is the well-known bullet-cam feature that was popular at the time in games and film. It is still quite satisfying to activate it when getting a long range head shot on an enemy sniper. One great thing is that it does not trigger too often, and still requires a decent shot to activate. This prevents the feature from growing stale, which if it did, I may have dropped the game altogether.

One attempt to mediate a lack of replayability is a scoring system, as mentioned previously. At the end of each level, you are given a score based off of your kills, headshots, difficulty, etc. However, since there were no leaderboards or an additional medal/reward system, I had no idea how high of a score should be considered “good” or why I should care.

The game is also marketed with supposed “Non-linear game play”, which is referencing the open-ish design of the maps, which are fairly large, considering its release date. Some missions may have alternative routes or methods of completion, though I found these to be a bit few and far between in my playthrough. This also means that you must constantly stop to check your map to make sure you won’t run into a dead end. I cannot say that the maps are worth a retread because of this element.

There is also a multiplayer component, though I can’t comment on it due it being dead as a doornail.

Graphics:

For the time, the graphics are adequate. The models and textures are generally decent, and some of the skyboxes look rather nice. The animation quality when characters are talking is somewhat laughable, but the animation on the player character’s movement and enemies are passable. A problem I found is that I could hardly tell the difference between my allies and the enemies, as well as the enemy Germans and Russians. Luckily I never killed one of my allies because of this, though it was just annoying to have to wait a few moments to see if the soldiers would take a shot at me or not.

One issue I have is that in some of the daytime city environments are drenched in this urine-colored hue, as you can probably see by the screenshots. Now I myself was never around to see war-torn Berlin to debunk their historical representation of it, however I can’t see much reason to depict it in this relatively unpleasant manner. Though not all maps have this yellow-ish filter place on them, some take place outside of the city and at different times of day, which somewhat helps the immersion factor.

A few other aspects of the presentation I generally liked, particularly the war film-esque introductory video that really got me psyched to play the game. Yet while the tutorial video carried this aesthetic, it was arguably very misleading of how the game should be optimally played.

A strange issue I ran into is that when you launch the game, for your previously selected graphics settings to take effect, you must load your profile first. I don’t really understand why graphics settings were decided to be tied to the save file, but it never really hindered the experience.

Music:

The game features a standard, forgettable orchestral soundtrack that fits the WWII-Cold War era quite well. When the missions are stealth focused, the music complements it with a quieter, tenser track. When you’re placed in the middle of the action, the music complements it was a fast-paced, booming tune. Standard stuff. I found that that only marginally stand-out track was the main theme.

Story:

The game also features a standard, forgettable war-hero storyline that centers on an American OSS Sniper, Karl Fairburne, in his mission to uncover nuclear secrets and eliminate German/Russian resistance during the post-WWII and pre-Cold War era. Nothing of the story really stood out to me, besides the mediocre voice acting, and the jarringly high-pitched voice of Karl, which was not particularly distracting, but just an odd choice of casting for the role. You would think a graduate of West Point Military Academy would have a deeper voice than a high school male who just hit puberty.

Final Thoughts:

While I purchased the game for only one dollar and got roughly nine hours of gameplay, I can safely say it was worth the money. However, whether the game is worth your time or not is subjective to you. I found the game to be overall pretty forgettable, besides those fun moments where the bullet-cam kicked in. This is a budget action game and it shows. I can see why Rebellion decided to develop a remake/sequel to this title, because there is potential in this game to become something greater. The problem is that the developer was just not as steady with their aim as they could’ve been.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Sniper Elite * 7/10

I've decided to start the Sniper Elite Franchise as well, as it was on heavy sale. I've missed the WWII settings, it's been a while since I've played a game set in those times.

Sniper Elite is a Third Person Shooter, with sniping sessions obviously in First person. You can approach your missions any way you like but the action-assault approach is very heavily penalized, if not almost prohibited sometimes. Stealth approach is often the most advisable, you can get behind enemies, distract them with diversive noises, hide in shadows or ruins, or even shooting while there are some bombings to prevent enemies soldiers from spotting you. Soldiers have a really good sight and an incredible hearing... Maybe excessive. Still more realistic than the classic metal gears view cones... XD
Your arsenal includes your main weapon, the sniper rifle, a silenced gun and various rifles or machine guns. In your inventory you can count on some dynamite, time bombs, wire traps and a rock... A simple stone to create a diversion and distract enemies. XD
Your missions vary from assaults, taking contacts, rescuing prisoners, ambushes and so on, and the settings are quite nice, ranging from bombed cities, trenched parks, factories and so on, and the single playr campaign is quite long, so it will keep you busy for a while.
The soundtrack is not exactly outstanding but is a pleasant background, with some dynamic interactions when approaching an enemy or when approaching more enemies, or when you're being spotted.
The game is quite old but the graphics is not that bad considering its release date. What I don't like are the characters movements, they're quite rigid and kind of... confused, I can't tell when he's crouched or standing, nor it doesn't crawl naturally as he keeps on turning when you move the mouse. Still it's a clever system, where you can increase or decrease its movement speed to also reduce the noise produced while moving.
There is also a difficulty system which allows you to set your games in many details, beside the AI such as gravity (for long distance sniping), explosion radius and so on.
Even considering the campaign and the story behind the missions, Sniper Elite isn't an outstanding title as there's no particular innovation, no involvement in the story nor any outstanding visual or musical parts. BUT it still is a nice title as, besides some very minor graphic glitches, there's nothing really wrong about it.

+++PROs+++
  • SETTINGS. Some might say it's quite boring but I like the WWII games. The world is nicely built and visually satisfying.
  • GAMEPLAY. This is not a common shooter as it focus mostly on sniping or stealth sections.
---CONs---
  • POV. As a Third Person Shooter focused on sniping it might seem inappropriate as maybe a First person View would have fit better.
  • MINOR BUGS. Nothing compromising the game of course, but there are some minor bugs as floating rocks, bad syncronized throwing system for the rock (inverted buttons and sometimes when you aim it simply goes on the wall next to you, or on the pole next to you, even though the aiming trajectory isn't showing anything), and the AI isn't particularly impressive, but you know, considering this was the first title of this franchise...
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
This game literally broke my computer because it keeps changing my setting for the GPU. Had to use an external Monitor instead of my Laptop Monitor, because the changes caused a black screen right after Windows had started. Happened now two times, always after I played Sniper Elite.
Only possible solution was to reinstall the driver.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the Sniper Elite Francaise, but this first part has simply too many huge bugs.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Here is the biggest problem with the game.
None of the mechanics that the game advertises actually work!

The game bills itself as a stealth game where you sneak around from cover to cover, completing your objectives, while occasionally taking a stealth shot at an enemy.

In reality, your camoflage system is worthless. In the first mission you are decked out in a German forest commando pattern. Unfortunately the mission takes place in a generic war-torn eastern european city. Essentially you are a giant green tree in a sea of brown. Good luck getting your "hidden" over 50%.

The game tutorial gos on and on about using your binoculars to scout for enemies before moving out of cover and advancing. Seems good in theory, but in practive all the enemies stay hidden around corners until they are scripted to pop out of their hiding places once you get within spitting distance. And when they do so they come out guns blazing like a wall-hacker in an FPS! What is the point of playing a sniper who has to scout out the enemy and take them out from a distance when the game mechanics actively make that impossible?

The game even acknowledges that it failed at it's objective when during the later part of the first mission it litteraly tells you to pick up a sub-machine gun and start blasting waves of enemies about to come at you. Yep, that's exactly what I want out of my SNIPING GAME!

The only good thing I can say is the actual sniping mechanics of wind and gravity affecting the shot work pretty well! Now if only you were given a chance to properly use them.

If you want a stealth game with a decent sniping mecahnic you would be bettter off playing and of the first 4 Hitman games or even their middle-market counterparts Death to Spies.
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