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POSTED 8/3/17


SNIPER ELITE 4

Rebellion



Don’t mention the war!

Umm, well what the fuck are we going to write about then?

Welcome to Italy, 1943.

That’s a verbatim grab from the press release, but we can’t do it any better so, well, whatever.

As we can’t mention the ‘w’ word, you’re crack chef Karl Fairburne, cooking up a storm as you knock Nazis dead with your incredible culinary exploits. You’re so good they don’t even see you coming!

OK, enough silliness. This fourth iteration of third person sneak ’em up Sniper Elite continues the story directly from the third, as following a boat-go-glub-now introduction you traverse everything from gorgeous coastal Mediterranean towns to German army megastructures, killing as many Nazis as you can along the way. We hate Mediterranean Nazis.

Rather than taking your typical gung-ho, all-weapons-blazing assault, like its predecessors this one’s about sticking to the shadows, hiding in grass and basically being as invisibly sneaky as possible as you tick off objectives. These range from general Nazi endeadening to taking out strategic machinery and locations, all to quell the spread of fascism through Europe. Help from the the Italian Resistance is anything but futile.

Actually, you can go in all guns blazing should you wish, but you’ll likely end up the meaty bit in a Nazi’s après dinner toastie quick smart.

Once again you’ve the option of switching on “X-ray kill cams”. Imagine taking Call of Duty then injecting it with Mortal Kombat’s fatality DNA. Often nauseatingly forensic examinations of the destruction caused by a sniper bullet are presented in all their slow-mo, gore-oozing detail. You also have the option of turning it off...

An incredibly slick, stalwartly engaging challenge, even if the more ‘RAH-RAH! KILL! KILL! KILL!’ army games out there leave you colder than an ice block up a penguin’s clacker, the thoughtful strategy required here might suck you in. MMMmmm... just-a like-a nice string of spaghetti!

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