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First look at Sniper Elite

It’s not easy, but if you’re a good enough shot then you’ll be rewarded with a special camera angle that circles around the bullet in flight, before ending in a fatal expulsion of brain matter from the unfortunate victim’s head.

The visual effect is cheap and a little sickening at times, but is also satisfyingly final. This isn’t one of those games where you shoot somebody in the face and he just flinches a bit as though a fly had buzzed in front of his eye. There’s a splatter of red and white pieces, and you know for sure that he isn’t going to be getting up again. Mission accomplished.

Unless, however, you happened to shoot the wrong person at the wrong time, or did something to alert one of the supernaturally aware soldiers guarding the main target. There’s no room for error here, and the slightest mistake means that all your careful work in planning the hit will have been for nothing.

The artificial intelligence of the bad guys is strong enough for them to split into groups and flank you if you’re spotted. Obviously this isn’t what you want to happen while you’re staring down a rifle scope, focusing on a spot half a mile away, and restarts are a frequent part of the game.

The Wii version is basically identical to the 2005 editions in terms of content, with the addition of one new level at the end of the whole thing. The controls are the only real difference. We haven’t got our hands on it yet, but since Sniper Elite has the same pedigree as the decent Wii conversion of Rogue Trooper, we’re confident it’ll be handled professionally.

Will pointing a Wii remote at the screen for hours on end, waiting for that one perfect shot, prove punishing on the old wrist muscles? The UK will find out soon enough, as it’s due a ‘Q2’ (i.e., imminent) release, although a US release is currently uncertain – possibly sometime this year. Perhaps this will be one game where we’re actually glad the developers are including a special Wii Zapper control scheme. Not very sniper-ish, though…

Apr 29, 2010

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7 comments

  • Darkhawk - November 21, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    Review!
  • Metroidhunter32 - May 1, 2010 12:59 a.m.

    Graphics look bad, but the game looks good. Depending on price it might end up on my list.
  • grappler51 - April 29, 2010 7:06 p.m.

    I wonder if anyone will actually buy this... My brother got it on steam and it seems pretty good, but the graphics are a little dated.
  • Apollomon - April 29, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    I bought this on steam when it was less than £2, its fun but sometimes i just wanna snipe people already dammit lol...does take time and patience for certain... Dunno if i would like it on Wii...could be more realistic and harder having to hold gun up but oww on your arms
  • crumbdunky - April 29, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    Wouldn't the zapper, at least, be more "sniperish" than just a wiimote?You could always gaffer tape it to one of those kiddie rifles for more of a real feel anyway!
  • Evilsafetyboy - April 29, 2010 3:38 p.m.

    I have this for the PS2 and it is really good game, if you have patience. I agree that this isn't a run-n-gun and that the AI seemed to have ESP, but it was really satisfying to get the slow-mo bullet kill. A sequel based in Vietnam on current-gen would be awesome.
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - April 29, 2010 12:51 p.m.

    I think this game is like 3$ on Steam its actually pretty fun

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