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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 Elite 4 ‘Timing is Everything’ launch trailer revealed

Sniper Elite 4 is literally just around the corner. Most people would have made their mind up by now about pre-ordering etc but if you need that extra little nudge then the new launch trailer should sweeten the deal.

1943, Outnumbered and deep behind enemy lines, an elite specialist hunts a Nazi Officer through the streets of Southern Italy.

There’s a time to be stealthy and a time to be lethal. A time to go low and a time to go high. A time to strike and a time to move … TIMING IS EVERYTHING!

SNIPER ELITE 4’s launch trailer shows agent Karl Fairburne use all of his cunning, adaptability and ruthless precision, just as players can when SNIPER ELITE 4 launches on February 14th for Xbox One and PC!

Look out for TiX’s review of Sniper Elite 4 coming soon.

 

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.

Sniper Elite 4 Target: Führer DLC announced

Last week I posted that Rebellion had announced details for the up and coming Sniper Elite 4. Well as promised the next lot of DLC has been announced and it’s titled Target: Führer.

Target: Führer will be a pre-order bonus and will include the campaign mission and 7 rifle skins. The video shows a glimpse of a massive World War 2 U-Boat facility and the ultimate objective is to kill Hitler himself. The DLC will be for 1-2 players who have to act as a team and use their wit and creativity to take down the Nazi leader. Rebellion have said that the DLC offers great replayability and has it’s own dedicated achievement points.

Target: Führer is included FREE with ALL retail and digital pre-order editions of Sniper Elite 4 and will also be available to purchase when the game launches worldwide on February 14th, 2017 for Xbox One and PC.

Sniper Elite 4 details released

The 4th installment in Rebellion’s Sniper Elite series continues with the World War 2 theme. A video has been released entitled “Italy 1943” and shows previously unseen concept arts, environments and story details. The video is the first part of a series of new story related trailers put out ahead of it’s 2017 release.

Narrative Designer Colin Harvey sets the scene for the game’s thrilling World War 2 campaign

“In SNIPER ELITE 4, Karl is plunged into a country that’s been under the yoke of Mussolini’s Fascism for over two decades. Political opposition to the regime was either crushed early on or escaped abroad. Now, though, discontent is growing…”

The E3 2016 gameplay footage certainly had fans of the series excited, including me. If you have yet to see the gameplay footage go HERE.

SNIPER ELITE 4 launches February 14, 2017 on Xbox One and PC