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Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 review

To be a Sniper, you need the patience of a saint, finding a great location to scope out your environment, spotting enemies and setting up to take out your target. Then you have to consider the weather conditions, how will the wind affect the flight of the bullet?  Is the sun in my eyes? (Actually maybe not that one).

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, developed by CI Games will certainly test your patience and that’s just in getting the game to load. Having to wait for 4-6 minutes for the game to load is frankly a joke and makes me wonder why the game got released with such a significant issue, it’s a shame more than anything because, in reality, the game isn’t that bad.

You play as Jon North and alongside his brother, Robert, you infiltrate a military base to destroy some nuclear weapons to stop them from being sold around the world, it’s not long before things go wrong. The game fast forwards in time and Jon has been sent to help break-up a separatist movement in Georgia. The story is pretty clichéd and I really didn’t care for the characters.

CI Games have clearly listened to feedback from the fans and moved away from the linear gameplay to bring you the world that you can explore. What I did like was the fact that you don’t have to explore at all if you don’t want to, I could just stick to the main storyline. Of course, exploring gives you the option to discover new parts of the environment, unlock extra weapons and spare parts to craft ammo at your hideouts. Unfortunately driving around in the beat-up jeep was tedious. Despite there being various other vehicles in the game, they were all locked. The map is a pain to use too, for some reason the GPS doesn’t work very well and I often ended up on the wrong road despite being told to travel that way. Thankfully there are plenty of fast travel points to discover meaning you could move around a bit quicker.

Gameplay wise CI Games did a good job. The missions actually felt quite varied, and depending on your style of play you could approach most missions how you felt best, except for the odd occasion where you weren’t able to alert anyone otherwise you would fail the mission. There are three skill trees, Sniper, Ghost and Warrior that you can work up as you play, depending on your style of play will determine which skill point within the three will unlock. For example, the more measured your are in your gameplay will see you earning skill points in the ‘Sniper’ tree allowing you to unlock perks such as being able to hold your breath for longer, therefore having longer to take out your target. The run and gun approach, however, would boost your ‘Warrior’ tree by boosting your stamina and health stats.

I was expecting to find the sniping most difficult than it actually was, during the tutorials you were shown how to adjust your elevation to ensure you would get the best shot possible but ultimately when you hold your breath to take a shot a small marker appears on your target and you have a small amount of time to make sure you press the trigger at the right time. Either way, it’s still satisfying as the bullet flies through the air in slow motion before taking out the enemy. I was impressed with the gunplay throughout, although I often found myself scrambling around for ammo because I had forgotten to replenish my stocks at the start of the mission.

The more you explore, the more weapons you will come across and as you collect more resources you can build attachments and gadgets to customise them on your workbench in the safe houses. The vast amount of weapons, modifications and gadgets are excellent and really allow you to approach every mission multiple ways, if the game didn’t take so long to load all the time I would have quite enjoyed the experimentation.

Visually the game is pretty good, the whole environment screams of Far Cry, of course all of the weapons have amazing detail on them, but then t lets itself down with some poor character models and some areas just feel unimaginative.

Having seen other reviews of the game I noticed a lot of complaints about the fact that multiplayer won’t be getting added to the game until later on in the year, I’ll be honest, I don’t really care. My main concern is the fact that the game got released in the state it did. It’s a shame because of the good points I have already mentioned, if they can get the load time issues sorted out, I’d be more inclined to get back to playing it again. I’d recommend waiting for that to improve before taking the plunge on this one.

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 gets a ‘Dangerous’ new trailer

So, it turns out that if you are a sniper then you can be pretty dangerous, how dangerous you ask? Well take a look at the latest trailer to see.

As you can see Jon North is wickedly effective at taking out the enemy in Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. Not only is he pretty useful with a rifle but there are also stabbings, explosions (with red barrels nonetheless), knees to the face, and vehicular manslaughter.

In case you weren’t aware of the game, here is a little synopsis:

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 tells the story of brotherhood, faith and betrayal in the most complete sniper experience ever. Take the role of an American sniper named Jonathan North, who is dropped into enemy territory in northern Georgia, nearby Russian borders. Explore large open-world maps with dynamic weather and a day and night cycle that actually impacts play and decisions. Customize weapon equipment, accessories, vehicles and a drone, and utilize the three pillars of gameplay to your liking: Sniper, Ghost and Warrior.

It’s a pretty cool trailer and I’m quite tempted by this, what are your thoughts? Let us know below.

That’s how dangerous a they can be. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 launches on the PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One and Windows PC on April 25, 2017

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 experiences delays

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Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 has been in Beta for a number of weeks on PC now. Developer, CI Games have been listening intently, waiting for the optimum moment to strike and as the release date looms for this third in the series of Sniper titles, they’ve taken a big decision on it’s release.

After some internal discussions with the development team, a decision has been made to delay the final release by three more weeks. This is to complete some final implementations, based on feedback sent in to CI Games from that all-important Beta.

Marek Tyminski, CEO of CI Games;

We’ve worked tirelessly creating a whole new Sniper Ghost Warrior experience set in an ambitiously crafted open world new to the series. While it’s an unfortunate decision to delay the game one last time, we believe these final changes will result in a better experience for players worldwide on day one. Thank you for your patience – we know the wait will be worth it.

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, set in nothern Georgia, is an open-world first-person tactical shooter. Take on the role of Jonathan North as he’s dropped in behind enemy lines. Caught in the middle of a proxy war and a civil war, North must find and eliminate its intruder, a man with whom he shares a dark past. Explore large open-world maps with dynamic weather with a day and night cycle that actually impacts play and affects your decisions. Customise weapons, equipment, accessories, vehicles and a drone. How you approach the game is up to you and how you utilise the three main pillars of gameplay in Sniper Ghost Warrior 3; Sniper, Ghost or Warrior, the choice is yours.

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 now has a new release date of the 25th of April.

In the meantime, you’ll have to content yourself with some gameplay footage from CI Games.

Meet the characters of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

CI Games are going all out for Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, hoping to produce a deeper more immersive story experience thanks to it’s diverse cast of characters.

Jon North is dropped into a hot conflict zone in the Republic of Georgia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia is of critical strategic importance and is sliding into the chaos and slaughter of civil war.  Jon’s JSOC mission is to neutralize the Separatist Leaders who are destabilizing the country.

Personally, Jon is coming to grips with the capture and presumed death of his younger brother, Robert, nearly two years ago. Jon was present at the attack and was unable to save Robert. Recent intelligence chatter puts a very much alive Robert in Georgia, in an area controlled by Separatists. Jon believes he has a second chance to do right by his brother.

Jon is a Marine first, and deeply committed to the relentless pursuit of his professional mission. Frank Simms, Jon’s long-time JSOC handler, is sympathetic to Jon’s personal goal, as long as Jon completes his official assignment. Jon chooses a team who will help him accomplish both.

His first pick is Lydia Jorjadze, an ex-Georgian SFB and mercenary. Lydia is a battle-tested veteran who fought bravely at Jon’s side in Afghanistan. Their passionate affair ended when Jon abruptly disappeared after emerging from a deadly firefight. Lydia agrees to help Jon, with a personal agenda of finding out what really happened in Afghanistan.

Raquel Shein, a deadly MOSSAD agent, also agrees to help if Jon will help her find Sergei Flostov. Flostov is a brilliant rogue scientist conducting forbidden experiments. The Israelis want to find him and shut him down.

As the team eliminates Separatist Leaders, and teams with the Georgian Resistance, a mysterious high tech sniper, named Amazi, both thwarts and assists them.  Jon fights through a treacherous web of criminal, military, and shadowy terrorist forces only to find the violence keeps leading back to Robert.  Eventually, both brothers must face the deadly truth. Only one brother can survive.

Jonathan North | Codename: Lodestar | Age: 38

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Jon grew up on a sprawling ranch at the foot of the Colorado Rockies.  His best friend and greatest rival was his younger brother, Robert.  His family always considered military service the highest form of patriotism.  Both brothers enlisted when they came of age.

Jon quickly climbed the ranks of the US Marine Corps and was selected to join a prestigious scout sniper platoon. His spotless record, combat prowess, and exemplary self-discipline brought him to the attention of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).  He completed multiple successful black ops for JSOC and was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism during a mission in Afghanistan.

At the start of the Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, Jon arrives in the Republic of Georgia, a strategically important country at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Rouge Separatist groups are destabilizing the country and pushing Georgia toward a bloody chaotic civil war.

Jon’s task is to sabotage Separatist operations and neutralize key Separatist leaders. He is perfectly suited to wage the deadly war of attrition needed to stop the ruthless Georgian traitors and rescue innocent civilians.

Personally, Jon has never given up hope his captured brother is somehow still alive. Two years of following every lead and tracking down every stray bit of intel leads Jon to believe his brother, Robert, is in Georgia. Jon volunteered for the present mission immediately.

In Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 Jon is driven by the conflict between his sense of duty to his country and his loyalty to his brother. He must walk a fine line, balancing both patriotic and personal goals. What is his higher duty? The player will help him decide.

Jon is supported in his professional and personal quests by his former lover and comrade-in-arms, Lydia Jorjadze.  The two share a deeply troubled past and their intense feelings for each other both help and hinder their mission.  In Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 characters battle not only exterior obstacles but their inner demons as well.

Lydia Jorjadze | Codename: Dael / Lynx | Age: 32

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Lydia became an expert marksman as soon as she was able to physically lift a rifle. In rural Georgia, being a skilled hunter was often the difference between living to see another winter or slow freezing starvation.

A military career seemed the obvious choice in a country with limited opportunities for women. Lydia immediately made a name for herself and her skill and fearlessness outshone most of the men around her. She applied to the Special Forces Brigade and engendered the disapproval of General Boris Rokva. He blocked her career and attempted to trade continued promotion for sexual favours. Lydia steadfastly refused.

When General Rokva finally tried to force himself on her, Lydia reacted with characteristic decisiveness. She shattered his orbital bone, blinding him, and threw him out a window breaking his spine. Lydia fled the country with help from her grandfather’s Georgian Mafia connections.

Lydia started a lucrative new career as a mercenary. She has since honed her skills in almost every military hellhole across the globe. Her reputation and her ability are unmatched.
Her warmth and loyalty to those she respects and admires is unparalleled. Beautiful and deadly, she is an iron fist in lovely deerskin glove.

Lydia met Jon North during a JSOC black-ops mission in Afghanistan about three years before our story starts. They had the kind of intense love affair that only equal partners and true soul mates share. It was a glorious first for both of them.

She was shattered when Jon disappeared without a word of goodbye.  It was particularly bitter since he barely survived a firefight that took out his whole unit. He lived and his response was
to leave her.

Despite the years and distance between them, she could not say no when Jon asked her to join him again in their most dangerous campaign yet. Lydia wants things finally resolved even if it’s likely one of them will die this time around.

Robert North | Codename: Kestrel | Age: 28

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Robert is Jon’s younger brother. He is married to Milla, a smart gutsy war correspondent. He has been Missing In Action for two years, and is presumed dead. Robert’s wife disappeared shortly after enemy agents captured him.

Whereas his brother, Jon, is a resolutely “old school” and “follow the book” kind of Marine, Robert is more rebellious and skeptical of authority.  He is clever, quick to improvise, and has exceptional proficiency in high tech weaponry. Robert can build or fix anything. He slow to trust and sees himself as a “lone wolf”.

Robert began his career in the US Navy, rising quickly up the ranks despite his sometimes unorthodox methods. Soon after he completed his Navy Seals Sniper training, Joint Special Operations Command recruited him. Robert has successfully accomplished several key black ops for JSOC.

Robert is fundamentally a suspicious, sometimes reckless, but extremely brave and ingenious Seal. He deeply loves his older brother, but he has dedicated his life to besting him. Robert also believes warfare has moved on to a new era which will leave his brother hopelessly behind. Robert wants to lead the way forward and will not let Jon stop him, even at the cost of war between them.

And that’s the cast. You’ll get to meet them all when Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 releases on 4th April this year.

Look down the sights of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3

Sniper Ghost Warrior is sneaking up on Xbox One for a 27 January 2017 release. The third game in the series is set near the Russian border in the north of Georgia. As an American sniper, you are dropped into the open world of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, which is in the midst of civil war. You decide how to tackle each scenario as you fight not just the enemy but also the dynamic weather and day/night cycle.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Sniper Ghost Warrior 2, particularly the DLC, so this will be top of my post Christmas wish list.

CI Games unveils secret presentation for Sniper Ghost Warrior 3

In Warsaw, Poland, on July 22, 2015, a select group of press and industry members were treated to a 24 minute play through of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, at a special “behind closed doors” E3 presentation of their first triple-A production in the series.

With commentary from Lead Narrative Designer, Jess Lebow, it provides an extended look into the next big step for the Poland-based studio.

After an enthusiastic reception of the demo at E3, CI Games are now gearing up for this year’s Gamescom, and will be presenting a completely new hands-off demo of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 in private, as well as a hands-on demo for the public.

The Sniper Ghost Warrior franchise is CI Games’ most popular, and has sold over 5.5 million copies to date, with the third entry being their first fully fledged triple-A title Featuring open-ended wartime environments, and a non-linear narrative to give snipers the freedom to choose how they execute the advanced missions.

For more on Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, visit the CI Games website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior returns in 2016

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The Sniper: Ghost Warrior series is set to continue on Xbox One in early 2016. CI Games is once again at the helm and they’ve recruited the talent of Steve Hart, the Senior Producer of Sniper Elite V2 and combat veteran and former Marine Paul B. Robinson.

The Sniper: Ghost Warrior franchise is one of the most popular in the CI Games portfolio with over 5.5 million copies sold, so we’re investing a significant amount of effort into the third installment,

said Marek Tyminski, CEO, CI Games.

We’re fully committed to creating a AAA franchise that gamers can rely on for the ultimate first-person sniper experience.