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.
User reviews: Very Positive (294 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 18, 2005

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October 7

New Steam Trading Cards, Profile Backgrounds and more!

Snipers! We’d like to thank you all for your support of the Sniper Elite series over the years, what better way than adding new community items! Play the original Sniper Elite today to collect 6 Trading Cards, 5 Profile backgrounds, 5 Emoticons and a Badge! We’ll see you on the battlefield!

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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
22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Played this so many times on the PS2 I know all the locations of the enemies. This is really a great sniping simulator and WW2 shooter.

+ Realisitic
+ 4 difficulty settings including Custom
+ Many missions that you can do different way
+ 3 different snipers and a few other weapons
+ Bullet cams
+ Better graphics than PS2

9/10 - Played this way to much, recommend.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
The 1st game were i had to play slow and it was worth it god this game change my look on games forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
one of my favorites. Was one of the first games to include a bullet ballistics system which can make for some really satisfying shots.

If your looking for an older game to play this is one not to be missed.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25
Some missions seem almost impossible. Unless youre an actual sniper, this game most likely is not the game for you.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
This game was my COD back when i was about 7 years old, Except no one was playing the multiplayer. Overall if you want to experience how sniping was a major part of a conflict during the Second World War, pick it up right now for 9 dollars. you will be glad that you spent 9 dollars on this magnificant art of a game

And Plus, You get to shoot Commies and Nazis :D

How ♥♥♥♥ING WONDERFUL IS THAT?

10/10
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87 of 97 people (90%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
A stealth title more than 3rd person war time shooter though when you pull out your sniper rifle you're in 1st person. While sniping, you will have to take into account wind, gravity, your heartbeat as well as the air in your lungs, the latter of which you will be unable to exhaust with an elevated heart rate.

The strategic element is important as the AI will investigate noises as well as fallen comrades and quickly gift you a bullet hole too many if you're not mobile enough. The experience of pulling off difficult shots on moving targets is very satisfying. The game employs a bullet cam and provides a stupendously graphic visualization of that soldier's jugular you just punctured complete with blood spurt.

You're scored on your abilities as well and the game recognizes the type of shot in terms of distance, moving targets and parts of the body. The save system is liberal enough so that you can save anytime, though the game will eventually inform you that you have saved too many times and thereby dock your score.

Sniper Elite adds additional realism and tension by allowing you to comprehensively search the dead, many times under threat, for survival necessities as opposed to a brusque pat down which might just yield a couple of bullets, though the ability to move the cadaver to a safer area for inspection is available.

While the visuals are indeed dated, the whole package creates an atmospheric stage consistent with bombed out Dresden and I would like to emphasize this accomplishment given the age of the engine. Once you have created a profile, 1080P is supported. Sniper Elite is the definition of a war time classic.
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40 of 45 people (89%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
Old and a bit wonky but its pretty in depth and fun. You can set the difficulty to whatever you want from pretty easy to super ♥♥♥♥♥ snipering with wind and everything else. There was a sequel that just came out thats pretty fun but seems to sacrifice a bit of depth in favor of high def testicle blasting. I would kill for an open world version of that game.
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
Very nice game for its time, this game is not ment for the run and gun type of people. This game requires a lot of stealth in order to get through most missions. Only some times you will have to shoot your way out of a situation. Overall, this is a very nice game, and I recommend this game.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
So i played this game for ~10 hours and i can say, it has great & interesting storyline, good physics, and also this game is attractive and if you whant try this experience than buy it! 8 of 10!
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40 of 56 people (71%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Amazing i enjoy playing this game. I think it's better then Sniper Elite V2!
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30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
A truly classic and personal game of mine. Oh? Why personal? Well...

Go back to a time when the 360 was just out and the next gen of gaming consoles started. I never got a 360 untill about two years after it's release. So i was still playing my good ol' XBOX (my favourite console of all time).

I had a few favourite games, but a few stood out. My mother's boyfriend at the time got a game when i had newly got my xbox around 2 years before that, and he played it alot and i watched and had a go every once in a while. That game was noen other than SNIPER ELITE.

The game was fu**ing amazing to my little eyes. The bullet cam blew my mind, and when i got one it was like opening a Kinder Surprise and getting a new epic little piece of plastic to play with. I loved it.

He lost interest in the game because he was a sports person so it was mine. I played the first two levels every once in a while because they were my favourites, the first i loved so much because something odd happened, a plane crashed right in front of me. No joke. My little mind went nuts, And i didn't want to quit the game because of such a sight. I thought: "Where is the pilot?" So i picked up a wounded enemy or ally (i can't remember now) and placed him next to the plane and did a little role playing. I had to quit eventually, and ever since i tried to re create that experience and only got the plane to spawn when i wasn't around to see it crash.

Cut to years after that, i got my 360 and loved the ♥♥♥♥ out of it. I would still play my original XBOX, but the 360 was the console at that time for me. The sniper elite disc disappears, i can't remember how, but i was sad to see a game go. Early 2011 My 360 days were over, Microsft fu**ed me oever so i stopped playing my 360. I had nothing, but my laptop....

I didn't have steam then, but i was recomemded to try it and my PC days went off (Fu*k consoles). My xbox was never collecting dust because i once again, still played it. But at this time i wanted to build my collection for it up again, so i started to buy more and more games for it. around 2012 I went to my local video shop who were clearing all their now 'retro' last-gen games, so my mum purchased as many original XBOX games as she could. One of them was Sniper Elite.

I played the absolute sh*t out of it! And remembered the plane.....

So by trying to trigger it be playing the level and restarting it over and over, only getting the plane to spawn when im not around, it finally happened.

The plane crashed, infront of me. My heart stopped and my childhood memory was revived. True story.

10/10 Best Sniper Elite ever.

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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
I got this game only a little while after multiplayer was disabled, so that saddens me.

But, I still manage to have 27 hours in this game. It just has so much singleplayer content!
If you're someone who likes story-driven games and/or singleplayer games, then definitely get this.
But, if you're not a patient person, you will throw your mouse at your monitor, so avoid it.

The controls are somewhat awkward, but you'll get used to it after around 20 minutes.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
The realism may turn off some run and gun gamers, but even those fans will have a hard time not appreciating what Sniper Elite brings to the table in terms of great and entertaining game play. 7/10
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47 of 78 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Shot a guys balls off.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
a good sniper shooter game, maybe a little outdated but it gives you a bunch of hours of pure headshooting fun.
go for it if you find it on sale!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2012
This game is really great for people that like snipers and thinking what to do.
The game is old so don't expect beautifull graphics but the game is fun.
For example, you spot an armored convoy with a tank, you need to decide how to go through it, should you shoot them one by one with a sniper, sneak past, or shoot the fuel cap on the tank taking them all down (which is hard sometimes).
The controls are alright, the sounds are also great.
The difficulty is really thought of, everything is well made, so it wouldn't be too easy nor too hard unless you want it to be.
Oh yeah, when you shoot someone in the head, you can see the bullet going in slow-motion which is fun to whatch.
All in all, i recommend it, get it.
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16 of 29 people (55%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
ENG:

Best sniper game series, this is first one... :3

FIN:

Paras sniper pelisarja, tässä ensimmäinen... :3
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Good old game. I use even now as a "trainer"!
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Controls are a little bit messed up. But oh well. Good story, but if you are wanting to get this, if you can, get the 2nd Sniper Elite. Its much better. 7/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2010
Great sniping game that strives for accuracy (ha!). Though they're on difficulty settings, bullets are affected by windage, posture, & gravity. Running and gunning CAN work on low difficulty settings, but crawling & selecting sniping spots = most fun. Furthermore, noise plays a role - when emplaced enemies are within earshot but not line-of-sight, masking one's rifle shot with the sound of mortar fire (very common: it's May 1945 in Berlin) is wise and does work.

The kill cam is pretty fun but gruesome: most headshots will trigger a slo-mo, bullet-follow cam that'll show your shot. The game also tracks relevant stats (farthest shot, stealthy shots, head shots, etc).

Missions, when played stealthily, are long: I sunk 2 hours into the first one.

Awesome game. It requires the right mindset, but it's not overly hard if you really get into it.
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