Sniper Elite V2 is a third-person tactical shooter that emphasizes a less direct approach to combat, encouraging the player to use stealth and keep their distance from enemy soldiers. Most of the single player campaign missions provide multiple routes for the player to take, including multi-story buildings and side streets, to get vantage points and to hide from pursuing enemies. Set in World War II, the player character utilises appropriate weapons for the era. The sniper rifle is the primary weapon throughout the game, with a variety of submachine guns and pistols available as side arms. In addition to hand grenades, the player can deploy tripwire booby traps, anti-infantry land mines, and dynamite. Binoculars can be used to tag enemies in view, displaying their position and movements to the player. When using the sniper rifle, certain elements can determine the outcome of a shot, taking realistic ballistics into consideration such as wind direction and strength and bullet drop potentially altering the shot through the scope. Bullets can ricochet off surfaces or targets and strike others. Different postures, including crouching or lying down on the front, can also steady a shot, and the player character also has the ability to take a deep breath which from their perspective appears to slow down time. Another key ability is that when the player character is spotted, their last movements and position to the enemy is shown as a white-outlined figure, potentially allowing the player to escape that area while enemy soldiers fire at the wrong target.
A major feature of V2 is the "X-Ray Kill Cam" where a successful and skilled shot will be followed in slow motion from the bullet shooting out of the sniper rifle to the target where upon impact the player will be shown an anatomically correct X-ray style reveal of the body part being hit and the damage the bullet causes to the target's organs and bones. Sniping can also be used to shoot the enemies' own grenades, killing them and anyone nearby. This method can also be used against military vehicles by targeting fuel tanks and valves, and can even detonate fuel canisters and artillery shells marked with red paint. The game will also measure notable shots by briefly displaying distance and other factors like whether it was a head shot or moving target.
V2 supports online multiplayer where players engage in cooperative play in a series of game modes. Kill Tally is a mode where two players fend off increasingly numerous and difficult waves of enemy soldiers and vehicles in an enclosed environment with an infinite supply point of ammunition and explosives. While players can compete for higher kill counts, both must keep each other alive and work together. Bombing Run is a mission based mode where players must search the environment in order to repair a truck to escape before the entire area is bombed. The third mode is Overwatch, where two players take different roles to complete an objective with one player as the operative who undertakes said objectives and is armed with short range firearms and binoculars that can be used to tag enemies for the second player, who takes the role of a sniper who covers the operative throughout. In addition to these separate game modes, missions from the single player campaign can also be played with two players. The Wii U version of the game, however, omits multiplayer, leaderboard and co-op modes.
The protagonist is U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Karl Fairburne (Tom Clarke-Hill), a German-American OSS operative and skilled sniper who is inserted into Berlin in 1945, during the final days of World War II. The game starts with Fairburne discussing Operation Paperclip and its predecessor, Operation Overcast, as the United States makes an effort to recruit the top scientific personnel of Nazi Germany with offers of employment. Fairburne is tasked with tracking down key individuals involved with the development of the V-2, which pits him against both the fanatical German forces defending Berlin and the invading Soviet forces who are eager to recruit the scientists to their side.
GameSpy writes the AI has some moments of brillance, mixed with complete stupidity, however he admits it allows killing enemies in exciting way. He complains the enemies respawn until the player reaches certain checkpoints, which makes no sense in a game about a sniper.
Sniper Elite V2 Remastered also really likes to spawn snipers into existence based on where you are in the level. I surveyed an area with my binoculars in order to find enemies to mark if they were in vantage points above me, only to find nothing. Once I made my way higher, enemy snipers blinked into existence. Real tactical. The game is just basically a standard cover-based third-person-shooter in linear areas that force you to go one way. It also has invisible walls everywhere.
Originally released in 2012, Sniper Elite V2 was a refreshing step in the right direction for the period shooter. Like its 2005 predecessor, it was part sniping simulator, part stealth experience, and Rebellion managed to take a time period that had largely been played out by more recognisable brands (both Medal of Honor and Call of Duty had long since abandoned WW2 by this time) by taking a more unconventional angle. As a single sniper, you could sow chaos and death into a platoon of infantry. You could destroy tanks with a single hit and engulf entire bases in flames. But you were also extremely vulnerable, and not every level design and structure lent itself to seamless stealth.
And to say it falls apart in the bits where you break cover and have to use other weapons: well, doh. That's not what the game is about. You're supposed to do your utmost to do everything in sniper mode.
Sniper Elite creator Rebellion Developments is on a bit of a spree right now on the lead-up to its next mainline game in the series, and Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is the first offering in this lineup that fans can get a hold of. A reboot of the original game that started it all, 2012's Sniper Elite V2 saw players aim down the sights as Lieutenant Karl Fairburne, an elite OSS operative tasked with assassinating German officers and scientists before they can defect to the Soviet Union at the close of WWII.
It's only been seven years since the original Sniper Elite V2 released, but quite a lot has changed since then in terms of game design. Surprisingly, that doesn't stop the game's remaster from still holding up relatively well when revisited in 2019. Despite being set in the all too familiar era of WWII, the premise of playing as a cold, calculating sniper behind German and Soviet lines as part of the intriguing Project Paperclip is still novel today. The series' trademark Bullet Cam is still as much morbid fun as ever, and the option to turn the feature up, down, or off is a thoughtful inclusion. Looking back, it's also clear that the game's HUD was ahead of its time with its refreshingly minimal presence - something even its sequels could stand to learn from.
This is made worse by the fact that Sniper Elite V2 falls victim to the usual stealth game trappings: the AI is dumber than a box of rocks, the player can be detected without clear cause, and enemies stop searching for the sniper that's murdering their friends at the drop of a helmet. On its own, this would be mostly forgivable in an actual stealth shooter, but for some inexplicable reason this particular game was primarily designed as a traditional shooter. And even that would be fine if it weren't for the fact that traditional firefights in Sniper Elite V2 just aren't any fun, and its lack of sufficient aiming and cover systems prevents it from being any good at its apparent true ambition.
After reaching the destination and triggering a cutscene, however, enemies are suddenly swarming the player - even if they weren't alerted prior to the cutscene. In the exact space in which players were given the conditions to live out the sniper fantasy that the game outwardly purports, suddenly and without explanation the carefully crafted area is misused as yet another boring killing field, requiring little to no stealth or strategy to bypass. When considered alongside the story's lackadaisical anticlimax, Sniper Elite V2 warps itself entirely into something players just want to be over and done with already before the end is even quite in sight.
All of the open-ended maps are able to not only guide less experienced players through a specific route, but also have enough depth for more experienced players to do their own thing. Conversely, Sniper Elite V2 Remastered shows its age in some of the levels that are more compactly designed. While these are great levels to play on the go, they can often devolve into shooting galleries where the sniper rifle isn't as useful and players must rely on the other weapons that don't feel as good to use.
SNIPER ELITE V2 REMASTERED is a visually updated version of a 2012 sneaky shooter where you, as an American sniper, have to help cripple the German's rocket program during World War II. To do so, you have to eliminate high-value targets -- including scientists and enemy officers -- as well as anyone who gets in your way, and then escape without being killed. All of this is done with a mix of stealth, long- and short-range guns, and explosives, and a lot of luck. Included in the remastered version of the game is all of the previously released downloadable content, including the "Assassinate the Fuhrer" mission to eliminate Hitler before he can leave Salzburg.
For those who missed it the first time, this visually updated version of the 2012 World War II stealth action shooter is a sneaky good time. Like the original, Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is a third-person shooter that tasks you with taking out high-value targets working on Germany's rocket program. To do so, you must use stealth, a variety of guns and explosives, and a lot of luck to infiltrate an area, locate the target, eliminate it, and get out without being shot yourself. Good thing you have a sniper rifle, a machine gun, a silenced pistol, and a lot of rocks you can toss to distract your enemies. Along with a story-driven campaign you can play solo or with friends, this also boasts some online multiplayer modes (unless you play on Switch, in which case you can only play solo). 2b1af7f3a8