I had the game in retail. I've never played it. I don't know what I did with that copy. And Sniper Elite V2 was free I think for one day. Well, since then, I've acquired DLC, Nazi Zombies trilogy and Sniper Elite 3. With the summer sale, I treated myself a favor: acquiring again Sniper Elite.
And what a difference! I prefer largely V2 for cover thingy and for better use of commands. Because in Sniper Elite, you have to access the inventory THEN only you can use an item... and you have to exit the inventory if you want to shoot. The radar isn't really as efficient as for V2 as you don't know if you're in the view of the enemy or not. Besides, here, you're dressed up like a German, yet, Germans shoot at you. Only the Resistance is on your side. And if I can add something else, the menu itself isn't so intuitive.
Besides, sometimes, you're kinda lost at where you should go. The graphics are representative of back then... If I can tell that it was like that back then. Even Half-Life or Doom 3 had better graphics and they were released earlier than Sniper Elite. The soundtrack is the same as in V2 or Nazi Zombies.
Sniper Elite isn't so hard itself. But when you have the V2, go for it. You don't need Sniper Elite at all as the storyline is more or less the same as in V2. Still, I can't tell NO to Do you recommend this game? Because yes, it's still a good game.