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  • Summary: In Sniper Elite, players assume the role of an American sniper, disguised as a German soldier and dropped into war torn 1945 Berlin by the American OSS to gather intelligence on the top-secret German Atomic research. If his mission fails, control of the world's Atomic technology will fall into the hands of Stalin and the Soviet Army, throwing the world's political climate into chaos. In the undercover mission, players utilize their sniper training to gain access to key positions by taking out machine guns, armored vehicles, guard posts and sentries through stealth and pinpoint accuracy. Like a true sniper, players must follow their wits and instincts and utilize both first and third-person perspectives to negotiate through 28 open-ended levels in war-torn Berlin. In taking aim at enemy soldiers, players need to consider gravity, wind speed, heart rate, breathing and posture to successfully hit their target in one of the most authentic sniping mechanics ever devised. Players can even take up the fight or go head-to-head with a friend in the cooperative or competitive offline play modes, or even engage in a game of worldwide cat-and-mouse with up to eight players online. [Namco] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Only the best of the best will see the final missions in Sniper Elite mode, but for the rest of us, Rebellion has created a remarkable, beautifully brutal WWII game that’s smarter than the usual fodder lining game store shelves.
  2. Headshot heaven for FPS addicts. [Dec 2005, p.92]
  3. Its setting and antagonists are among the most frequently-used in the genre today, and frankly, neither of them add so much to the game that they couldn't've been removed. This could've easily been set in Baghdad or Somalia or some future city without compromising its gameplay.
  4. The realism may turn off some run and gun gamers, but even those fans will have a hard time not appreciating what Sniper Elite brings to the table in terms of great and entertaining game play.
  5. 75
    Though Sniper Elite doesn't do anything revolutionary, it’s still a fun game. But what happened to the cooperative mode?
  6. A tense, sweaty-palmed experience that will appeal to your inner sniper. [Feb 2006, p.39]
  7. As it stands it's just a good game with a few very awkward parts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. FirstPerson
    Mar 25, 2010
    10
    Highly underrated game. This is a first class shooter and probably the most realistic one ever. Tired of walking godlike through though other games with all your armor/shields/suits providing you with all but immunity while your single shots take out legions of super cool but super weak opponents? Well in Sniper Elite a bullet will kill you and opponents won't just stand there waiting to be fragged. In this game you better keep your head down, move carefully, and make sure that your shots are carefully aimed, or you're toast and quickly so. Most of the bad reviews here are from kids who are used to blasting there way through hordes of 100 foot aliens without getting scratched. For them it is very frustrating when an enemy who you can see perfectly can also see you and who can fire their weapon just as accurately as you. And yes, if you fire a rifle, it can actually be heard from a mile away. And yes, you will be hunted down and killed if they can find you. The idea that a single soldier should easily be able to wade through a few dozen enemy soldiers every time is just a joke. Snipers in war have some of the highest casualty rates and so will you when you play this game, which I think is a good thing. The situation with some of the complainers here reminds me of paintball, where all the kiddies come out thinking they will be Rambo and then get pissy when they get taken out quickly over and over again. Anyway, this is a great game, I rank it right up there with Crysis as one of the best FPS sniper games ever. Highly recommended for those willing to face the realistically bad odds of a war zone. Expand
  2. JorgeN.
    May 4, 2006
    10
    This is the only game that i have been realy addicted to, is great and those head shots are priceless and can't get enough of them. and im expecting more from sniper elite 2 great job "REBELLION' keep making them and i will keep buying them. Expand
  3. nianyut
    Nov 17, 2008
    10
    i had finished play it.. i like, as if i was a real sniper.. the graphic is outstanding, especially the slow motion effect, it;s kind a realistic plot, so it make you can wait to move to next mission.. Expand
  4. Jun 12, 2012
    9
    I bought this game, thinking that it would be as good as Sniper: Ghost Warrior. I wasn't disappointed. In fact, the story was much better in Sniper Elite. My only problem was that changing weapons was sort of cumbersome, especially when trying to move from the Sniper mode to close combat with machine guns. Also, the age of the game showed. Things have come a long way in the last two years (not always for the better). Expand
  5. SamA.
    Jul 7, 2006
    9
    Not many games can compare with Sniper Elite, and I personaly cant wait for Sniper Elite 2 to come out on my new 360. Nothing in this game is as pricless as the sespense in waiting for the one perfict shot. The one that no one hears, but still hits the mark. The one that you shake your fist and yell "YES!" the secont you know you made it. The one that you know your friends cant make. The only reason this is not a 10 is because some things could have had more time spent on them. A little more ragdall, not to much, but just enough to make you chuckle when you pick that guy off at 250 yards at a dead sprint, and you watch as his body slams into the earth with all his momentum and weight behind him. Some more sniping locations would be nice, and the lines in the crosshairs of the snipers are helpfull...but they are too helpfull. Every shot should be a challeng. Either you can make the shot of you cant, you dont get two guesses at different notches, you have one shot, and where you place it is depends of your instinct. Cant wait for #2, its going to be breathtaking. Expand
  6. Aug 5, 2013
    8
    After having so much fun playing V2, I thought I would give this a try. I downloaded it for $9.99 on Steam, and downloaded xpadder 5-3 so I could map my xbox 360 controller. I have a decent PC with AMD 7950 3GB graphics card. I max it all out and it is very playable. I have only played a few levels so far.It does have a more open feel from what I have seen so far.
    I like to be able to save when you want, although it is limited before it affects your score (Which I do not care about). I heard on the harder levels it may only let you 7 saves or something. I believe there are 4 levels of difficulty and I started with easiest to learn the controls and moved up one level. I assume it can get pretty darn hard as even on the 2nd level, you have to manage your ammo and bad guys sometimes do not appear until you have been shot. They will sneak around behind you and nail you or pop up on building roofs you already walked by. Some good sound effects of people screaming etc. All versions of this game need to have a scarier feel. I have seen some big rats and birds, etc. These games need civilians, injured and wanting of help. Would be good side mission stuff. I do get killed a fair amount, I need to learn to play slower. You do not just gain health in 3 secs like V2, you have a gauge that you can fill back up using med kits (which I like). Tanks are there with there caps (some of them). It still is sometimes confusing on exactly what it is the game wants you to do. I found the pistal not very usable at a distance I did find usable in V2. Sniping is still very fun, and has the slow mo bullet and pretty good reactions of baddie being hit. Over all, I would think if you liked V2, you would like this one. It is fun.
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  7. walterh
    Sep 7, 2009
    2
    My rating is strictly regarding the online games rooms, that suck out loud, because there are some gamers that make a game out of remote game cheats etc...... Expand

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