Sniper Elite V2

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It’s the end of the Second World War and both the Soviet and Allied Forces are making a final push towards Berlin. As the German forces make a final stand it’s your job as an elite sniper to help secure the services of the German scientists who helped create the feared V2 rocket for Hitler.

Some scientists have chosen to defect to Russia, while others are trying to be saved by the good ol’ US of A. The missions tend to follow a pattern that involves initially creeping into an area and covertly taking out targets from a distance, then comes the firefight once you are discovered. Finally you either save or assassinate a scientist before skipping off to your next mission. While the pattern remains that same, the variety of battlefield landscapes is sufficiently varied – from dingy weapons facilities to the war-torn streets of Berlin – to keep things tense and interesting.

When using your sniper rifle the bullets use real ballistics, meaning that gravity pulls the bullet down over distance and wind will also affect the trajectory. This attention to detail is what really makes the game. Patience and holding your breath allow greater accuracy, but over time you also learn how high you need to aim to get a headshot. Good shots are rewarded with a rather grizzly slow motion replay of the bullet going through your foe complete with internal organs and bones being shredded by the bullet’s impact. The graphics aren’t going to win any awards, but the gameplay is great. Fans of the sniper missions in both Call of Duty and Battlefield will find a lot to like in this stealthy shooter that pitches its difficulty just right to be a genuine challenge for those who believe they have the guile and patience of a killer.

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Publisher: 505 Games
Platform: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC
Age: 15+
Price: £24.99-£34.99

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