The series "13 Ways to Die" just took up the subject of Sniper Elite v2 and, though we've seen exploding testicles and other grisly slow-motion demises already, they weren't presented in the form of a propaganda film from dubya-dubya-eye-eye, with a jaunty ragtime accompaniment. It's a cracking good morale booster for our boys over there. Pip pip.

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Product Update - Valve
The latest patch is now available, featuring two brand new multiplayer maps for Team Death Match – Opernplatz and Black Market! The patch also addresses a number of known performance issues

SEv2 Update 1.03: 10th May 2012

- Fixed failure to progress beyond the lobby in peer games after playing a dedicated server game.
- Player names in lobby chat are no longer coloured according to the player's current team.
- Player HUD now hidden on death.
- Dedicated server - max players can now be set before adding any maps to the rotation.
- Kill notifications should no longer occasionally show the wrong victim or killer.
- Wind now correctly disabled when set to None in the server settings.
- A new best shot score or best shot distance in an individual session will no longer overwrite the best for all sessions (unless it is the best overall).
- When dead in multiplayer, input in the game menu will no longer be used to respawn the player.
- Multiplayer server list now populates while searching, instead of only when the search completes.
- Multiplayer game time now only starts when the warmup time has elapsed.
- Fixed player getting stuck in the carrying pose if a body is dropped while falling.
- Fixed corruption of player stats after multiple leaderboard updates.
- Attempting to join a passworded server through the Steam overlay or friend invites will now bring up the password entry box.
- Player connection and disconnection notices now shown in the chatbox.
- Various optimisations for people experiencing lower framerates in the full game than in the demo.
- Distance King kill notifications now show the correct score for the game mode instead of the single player score.
- Fire in the Church map will no longer cause instant death on one-hit-kill servers.
- Improved performance/FPS across "Church" multiplayer map.
- Added "-60Hz" command line option to force a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz, for users who find the game always boots into an unsupported resolution in fullscreen mode.
- All unlocked levels are now available in the co-op lobby screen, to resolve progression blocker after Flak Tower.

If you encounter problems, please contact us on: Sev2_support@rebellion.co.uk

Backhanded Box Quotes: 'A Steaming Pile of Mundanity'Welcome to "Backhanded Box Quotes," a collection of super pissed-off user reviews from people just like you! Whoa, whoa, don't take that personal.

This week's review of measured disappointment and constructive criticism includes condemnation for a widely admired brand in independent games development, and sympathy for Hitler.

Minecraft Xbox 350

Released: May 9
Critic: ChodeyMitchell

"The only way you would ever enjoy this is if you have never played Minecraft in your life."

Score: 2.

Sniper Elite V2

Released: May 2
Critic: ApocalypseBrown
"Since my last review was deleted due to childish sensitivities and melodramatic over-reactions from amateur reviewers who either can't score games properly using decimal points or believe this game A.I is the second coming, to those professional reviewers who disgracefully rewarded this game a 4 when awarding Ridge Racer Unbounded a 9!"

"[T]his is a rental at best though you're welcome to believe the sheep and waste your hard earned!"
Score: 6.

Critic: ShootTheZombie
"I loved shooting a Russian sniper 200ft away from me in the eye."

Score: 6.

Fable Heroes

Released: May 2
Critic: S_Jake (Metacritic).

"Six words: Like Castle Crashers minus the fun."

"If you haven't played Castle Crashers, then download that instead of this steaming pile of mundanity." [Editor's note: That's actually a word.]

"If you have, then go and play it again rather than waste you time with this."
Score: 4.

Backhanded Box Quotes will be an occasional feature of Kotaku's Anger Management hour, unless it isn't.

When I posted a clip from Sniper Elite V2 the other day, I was focused on one thing: killing Germans. So I shot for the head, and I shot for the heart. Both were poor choices.

Turns out I should have instead aimed a little lower. It's funnier that way.

WARNING: Video contains exploding balls. Potentially NSFW.


The recently-released Sniper Elite V2 is, for want of a more in-depth review, a pretty lacklustre third-person stealth/action game punctuated by moments of extreme excitement.

Those are the times you actually get to do some proper sniping. And, as you can see in this video (be sure to click the "HD" button first to see it as nature intended), they're also some of the most excruciatingly uncomfortable killings you've ever seen in a game so otherwise serious in tone.

They're so extreme, so celebrated (that's real-time damage being shown, not a cutscene) that they can, as they did for me, quickly turn comedic. Which probably makes it even worse. Unless that doesn't bother you, in which case, this might well be the game for you.

WARNING: This is pretty graphic stuff. Don't watch if you're at work or there are kids around.

Product Release - Valve
Sniper Elite V2 is now available on Steam!

You are elite US sniper Karl Fairburne. Parachuted into Berlin amidst the Germans’ final stand, your mission is to prevent Nazi V2 rocket program technology from falling into the hands of the besieging Red Army. You must aid key scientists keen to defect to the US, and terminate those who would help the Russians.

In the dark days of the end of World War Two amidst the ruins of Berlin, one bullet can change history…


If you're the kind of person who gets grossed out easily, you might want to plan on ignoring Sniper Elite 2. That's because the World War II shooter shows you exactly what it looks when a bullet enters a skull. Or a heart. Or male reproductive organs.

We captured some of the disturbingly detailed kills—except for the testicle snippet, which comes courtesy of YouTube user krazyeexx—in the video above, in which a series of hapless German soldiers being lethally shot from very far away. The only thing worse than dying from getting shot in the balls is not knowing who did the deed. If you want to pull some of this insane marksmanship off, there's a Sniper Elite 2 demo out now on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.


UK developer Rebellion desperately wants to make Sniper Elite 3.

With work on Sniper Elite 2 complete and the game due out in May, the veteran UK studio, maker of Aliens vs. Predator and NeverDead, has turned its attention to the future - and in it it sees a return to its hardcore, tactical shooter series.

"Obviously we're very keen to do a sequel, very very keen to do Sniper Elite 3," Rebellion boss Jason Kingsley told Eurogamer in a wide ranging interview, published below. "We've got some early plans for that and the team's very keen to move on, which is great. We haven't got any more details we're willing to share at this stage on that, apart from the massive enthusiasm for it."

Sniper Elite 2 sees players assume the role of a US soldier operating in Berlin during World War 2. The game demands careful planning before engaging the enemy - indeed it's designed to punish players who attempt to run and gun.

Publisher 505 Games has pumped its cash into distributing the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, but Rebellion is self-funding the PC version, which it pledged to support with post-launch content for as long as is possible.

For the third game, Rebellion would like to work with 505 again. "They're very keen to work with us," Kingsley revealed. "We're very keen to work with them. But nothing is decided. We haven't even decided when the game's going to be set. What we have decided is we really want to come back to Sniper Elite."

With both Microsoft and Sony rumoured to be preparing their next generation home consoles for release in time for Christmas 2013, will Sniper Elite 3 launch on the PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox?

"Don't know," Kingsley said. "Definitely PC. We've always tried to do PC versions and PC specific games. I love the PC, so PC will definitely feature in there. What other formats we use? It'll be based on timing at the end of the day. It'll come down to practicalities. What dev kits are available? What's the scale of development availability? The market share?

"At the end of the day once we're creating commercial products we've got to sell enough to keep everybody making cool games."

The interview with Kingsley and Sniper Elite 2 lead producer Steve Hart, in which the pair discuss the development of the game, is below.


Preorder This Game and Adolf Hitler Dies In April of 1945 the dictator of Nazi Germany took his own life in order to avoid capture by the Red Army during the Battle of Berlin. The move left millions feeling as if they were cheated out of an opportunity. The preorder bonus for Rebellion's Sniper Elite V2 gives customers a chance to make up for unspent bullets.

Putting five dollars down on the World War II sniping simulation at participating retailers earns players what 505 Games is calling "the ultimate mission". Intel has the Führer returning from Berchtesgaden to Berlin via his personal train. The player must meet the train at the station, find some cover, and place a substantial amount of metal into the head-meats of one of the most hated men in history. You've got one bullet; one chance to change history.

Of course you won't be changing anything in the game proper. It's not as if the entire course of the narrative will suddenly shift to accommodate for the fact that the villain checked out early. It's all about catharsis.

Sniper Elite V2 is due out in May for the Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3.

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