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5 ways Sniper Elite V2 will make you feel like a real sniper

The target lines up in the crosshairs then drops with a single shot to the spinal column. A second shot punctures the lung of target number two, alerting the squad of Germans to the shooter’s location. The enemy tries to flank but gets caught in the explosion of the tripwire grenade at the back door. A tank rolls in to reinforce, but drives right by the bundle of TNT already in his sights. Gotcha!

Forget what you learned in shooters where quick-scoping and 360 degree spins reign supreme – in Sniper Elite V2 that stuff will only get you shipped home in a box. Karl Fairburne, a WWII American sniper is behind enemy lines in war-torn Germany alone, surrounded by both German and Russian soldiers on a mission to keep the war’s weapon research and scientific minds from falling in the wrong hands. Preparation and patience are the keys to accomplishing Karl’s mission, and in order to survive, players will have to move, think and shoot like a sniper.

Running and gunning is out of the question

Being one man against an army of foot soldiers, tanks, and enemy snipers makes stealth your best friend. Running out in the open will just get you killed. To get from one vantage point to another, players must take a crouched position to silence footfalls while navigating blown out apartment buildings, lean on walls to peek around corners, snap the necks of unsuspecting lookouts and use silenced pistols to quietly take out targets from a distance. The slow and silent strategy is a realistic approach to being outnumbered and ensures prospective vantage points won’t be lit up by enemy gunfire, but sneaking past enemy lines also means you’ll have the chance to take a peep at enemy activity.

Look before you snipe

Getting a good overview of the battlefield is just as important as pulling the trigger in V2. Binoculars may be one of the most useful items in the game besides the cranium busting high-caliber bullets. While looking through the binoculars players can “tag” soldiers standing out in the open, placing a red arrow on top of their head, and analyze the threat each enemy poses based on their loadout, rank, and position which players can use to prioritize who gets dropped first. But what’s immediately seen isn’t always the only threat. Enemy snipers are often overlooking the battlefield from rooftops and bombed out buildings making finding these camouflaged shooters will take a keen eye and maybe a little extra zoom. Meticulously searching for hidden enemies reduce surprises during an attack, and even provide some chances to score extra-long range headshots.

Always be one step ahead

After doing a little recon, players will have to predict the enemy’s reaction to an attack, plan accordingly, and cover their own back. Traps, TNT, trip-mines, and all manner of explosives can be used to disrupt the enemy advance. Trip-mines, in particular, are planted and explode when enemies cross over a thin wire that can be strung across doorways and narrow paths. TNT can be placed on or near roads to destroy enemy vehicles. We saw how a few carefully placed explosives and pinpoint accuracy was able to disable an entire enemy convoy in a matter of seconds, leaving the sniper free to mop up the remaining troops.

A decision comes with every bullet

One shot – one kill isn’t always the case. There is an elaborate system that goes into calculating bullet drop, time to target, wind speed and direction, and angle of the vantage point that affect a shot, but there are other, more brutal, considerations the player must keep in mind before pulling the trigger. Prioritizing targets, enemy proximity to environmental hazards and even the bullet’s contact zone on the body can affect your strategy. For instance, hitting a soldier in the abdomen has the chance to immobilize and leave him screaming, effectively making him bait to draw out remaining enemies who try to drag their wounded friend to cover. Once those enemies are out in the open, they’re easy pickins.

Players taking the time to line up the perfect shot are treated to intense kill-cams depending on difficulty. Kill-shots automatically activate a slow-motion view that follows the bullet to its target, giving players an up close and personal view of the damage. High scoring headshots, moving targets and bullets to vital organs will result in a dynamic x-ray view of the wound as the projectile breaks bone, ruptures tissue, and pierces eye sockets – making every calculated kill a reward.

You have to use the environment to your advantage

A single bullet can often take out multiple enemies at once if the player pays attention to the environment, and other elements can leave the sniper undetectable. Gas tanks and pressurized canisters cause huge explosions that will take out groups. Enemies might take cover behind thin boards or sheet metal that can easily be penetrated. The most impressive is the ability to use ambient sounds to your advantage. WWII Europe was full of artillery strikes, storms, and even tolling church bells. All of these can be used to mask the sound of a gunshot.  Lightning will light up the night sky, giving a few seconds to line up the sights before the booming thunder. You could shoot a dozen soldiers before anyone knows the wiser.

Sniper Elite V2 is aiming for an early May release for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

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15 comments

  • fault3 - February 1, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    i played the first game this autumn.i hated it in the beginning.but then WOW what a good game! that game is one of those "good games",the kind of game that is like the first kane and lynch,desert storm elite or whatever it was called,etc. a "true game"
  • Hobogonigal - January 14, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    Never heard of this game or its predecessor before however I am now instantly interested. Finally, a stealthy realistic sniper sim! I think I will look into it a bit more now, find out when it's meant to be released.
  • trojan12kelley - January 13, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    This game is the antithesis to all of those silly sniper montages and top 5 videos out there. Bought the original on Steam during the sale, waiting for a good chance to play it
  • bebl09 - January 13, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    I have to ask, is this basically the same as the original PS2 game but with this-gen graphics? Or is it a completely different game? I'm pretty sure the protagonist from the original was called Karl Fairburne so I just wanted to know if it was a different game or not. I love the hell out of the original so I'd buy it either way, I'm just curious.
  • TheMasterJeef - January 13, 2012 5:27 a.m.

    Wow... This is the sniper game i have been waiting for. I somehow missed the original sniper elite, but heard how great it was. Heres hoping the finished product will not meet, but surpass my expectations!
  • doomfather - January 13, 2012 4:44 a.m.

    This game sounds sweet. Can't wait to find out more about it.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - January 12, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    Never heard of this game, just thought it was coming out on PC, saw in the last part of that video it was coming out for 360!!! I have tears in my eyes I'm so happy right now! Can you believe it?!? An actual good sniping game, plus it's WWII!!!
  • onetimebuster - January 12, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    Bang head shot.
  • ThatGamerDude - January 12, 2012 4:13 p.m.

    I saw this game on Gamestop's website for preorder but didn't know what it was about. Now that I've seen this, I want this game pretty badly. Im getting pretty tired of Cod and Battlefield and just want a nice, stealthy shooter to play in the meantime. The suspense is killing me.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 12, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    These aren't cheats, Lorenzo! Back into the dark cave with thee! Michael shall have an ADDITIONAL 3 grimm lashings for you!
  • Turboash - January 12, 2012 3:49 p.m.

    DO WANT! This sounds like the perfect game for me!
  • ScaryEric - January 12, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    The original was actually my favorite xbox multiplayer game. There weren't many of us playing it but it was great. Very different. When I heard this was coming out awhile ago I was really excited because I assumed that the original didn't do very well. I'm so pumped. I was sad when they shut down the origonal xbox support for online play because I thought there would never be a sequel! Then I thought sniper ghost warrior would have the same sneaky multiplayer but was wrong. Yay sniper elite!
  • TheShostopper - January 12, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    I used to have the Sniper Elite for playstation 2 and played the heck out of it, I sucked at it though. This game is gonna be a sweet trip down memory lane once i get it. Can't wait!!
  • LuketheJuke24 - January 12, 2012 2:30 p.m.

    This sounds really promising. I love when shooters actually take some strategy. My favorite part of any COD game was the stealth mission with Price, but this sounds like it takes that type of thing to a whole new level.
  • BladedFalcon - January 12, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    Wow... Up until this article, I didn't even knew this game existed, and a I follow game news an sites regularly. Which kinda tells you how poorly marketed it has been >>; And well, I need to watch some gameplay first to see how good it actually looks and plays. But from the points Lorenzo made, it really sounds like this game has a lot of cool ideas that could make this a much more cerebral, calculated experience. I like the idea of taking shots when a bell or lightning strikes to avoid getting detected, and prioritizing which targets to hit first and where to hit them. But all of this only matters if the game really makes it so that if you don't plan things right, you CAN get easily killed. No amount of strategy matters if when soldiers come looking for you, you can take them on close range. Ideally, this game should make it so even one single well armed soldier can rip you to shreds with a machine gun if they find you.

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