Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. May 6, 2012
    80
    In closing, Sniper Elite V2 does a lot of things right. The tactical components have been well thought out, despite predictable enemy AI upsetting the balance somewhat. Minor issues aside, headshot enthusiasts and stealth fans will find much to love here.
  2. Jan 8, 2013
    79
    Sniper Elite V2 is a good and solid action sniper game. The story about the V2 scientists is nice, well narrated and motivates to keep playing. The graphics are not good, but ok and if you can manage that, you can give it a try.
  3. Jul 3, 2012
    70
    A ballsy take on the WWII shooter formula. [July 2012, p.65]
  4. 70
    Rebellion studio has returned with Sniper Elite franchise and has proven that there is a place for a game dedicated solely to sniper duty. Target hit effects are great throughout the entire game. [June 2012]
  5. May 23, 2012
    70
    I have to admit that my expectations were much lower, but it's fun to cower in the shadows and work out the perfect way to the target and then get the timing just right.
  6. May 10, 2012
    70
    One of the few games in which ballistics really matter. Long range combat is very rewarding thanks to great X-ray animations depicting deadly shots. Close quarters combat on the other hand is terrible. [June 2012, p.62]
  7. May 8, 2012
    70
    This isn't the kind of game that you'll return to once completed, but as something a little different to the usual shooter formula it offers surprising satisfaction.
  8. Aug 31, 2012
    68
    Many better shooters out there, where you can assume a sniper's role as well. What does V2 have to counter-offer? Had it followed another path, with more emphasis on stealth and the preparation of the shot, it could have made a difference, as a game of another subgenre. [July 2012]
  9. May 6, 2012
    68
    Sniper Elite V2 is very much worth a go. The game as the title implies has plenty of third person action going on here, with a good dose of sniping opportunities. The kill cam with the X-ray twist is novel but used too much can get actually old fast, used as a reward for a well-placed Sniper shot would have been better. This would have given the player that sense of reward and accomplishments. This does not make the game bad or a major let down in anyway. It is just an observation and my humble opinion.
  10. Jun 11, 2012
    67
    Quotation forthcoming.
  11. Jun 5, 2012
    65
    Tactical systems and satisfying ballistics marred by irritating levels and punishing sight-detection by the enemy.
  12. May 12, 2012
    65
    The biggest problem with Sniper Elite V2 is that the game doesn't invite players to actually play like a sniper. The lacking artificial intelligence and the auxiliary instruments at your disposal let you play the game like you're Rambo himself. The shooting is decent enough though, and it offers enough entertainment when actually trying to play it like a sniper. But thoroughness and exra additions would have gone a long way for this game.
  13. May 10, 2012
    65
    Your level of enjoyment will be almost directly mapped to how entertaining you find the visual spectacle to be, and - for me at least - it was perfectly good fun in short bursts.
  14. May 10, 2012
    65
    Sniper Elite V2 is a well-made game that suffers from some flaws. The biggest one: artificial intelligence. It's hard to overlook it's mistakes if they happen almost constantly. But other that that we get a meaty campaign with good co-op and multiplayer modes. Balistics - although a bit limited - gives a lot of satisfaction.
  15. May 7, 2012
    60
    It's too bad that everything outside of the sniping is so mediocre.
  16. May 7, 2012
    60
    Considering the multiplayer aspects are the brightest spots of Sniper, it's asking price of $50 feels about $10 too high, but it's something I'd definitely consider come sale season.
  17. May 4, 2012
    60
    Although snipers could regain a good name thanks to this title, artificial intelligence and level design of some missions along with other flaws knock this game to the ground. If the levels were sufficiently large and open-ended, if artificial intelligence of enemy soldiers was more than just a range from killing machines to incompetent bots, it could be a smash. Unfortunately, in this case it's only a slightly above-average title.
  18. May 3, 2012
    60
    This is not a sophisticated game in ethos or execution: it's a series of environments in which you shoot men's balls off in slow motion. But this singular calling is, on the whole, well served, and Sniper Elite V2's perfunctory ancillary mechanics don't distract from the practice of cinematic Nazi gelding.
  19. May 1, 2012
    60
    Lining up good shots and laying low dozens of foes is a lot of fun, though it can get tiresome to fight your way through yet another area newly populated with thick-headed rifle fodder. Your tolerance for transparently game-y elements will go a long way toward determining how much you enjoy this glorified shooting gallery, but if you relish a good headshot, Sniper Elite V2 has got you covered.
  20. Aug 13, 2012
    59
    Behind the flashy graphics and the brutal depiction of gore, the game is surprisingly mundane, eschewing what made the original work while including no new features of its own.
  21. Jun 28, 2012
    57
    Advanced ballistics system, Sniper Elite's saving grace, does not hide the game's flaws, but rather puts them out for all to see.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 325 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 101
  2. Negative: 19 out of 101
  1. May 8, 2012
    3
    Straight up: this is not a tactical game about sniping, and definitely not realistic. If you want a very arcade-like shooter then maybe go for it based on its one big draw: slow-mo bullet cam. I have played the game for hours just for this feature, but once it wears off you are left with flawed and rough game mechanics and plot. Plot is bad, but not critically so, I've seen worse. The gameplay features firefights mainly at under 200m with very unrealistic features (such as shooting through corners due to bullet tracing form the crosshair rather than the gun, and using 3rd person to peek and scout the area). The actual situations it places you in as a sniper are also poorly chosen, as most snipers excel in situations of patience, strategy and long-range targets. Forget all of that; it is very linear and confined, and you have will be just as good firing quick snapshots between sprints as you would if you crawled to a good spot, steadied your heartbeat, controlled your breathing and took a good shot. Additionally you just shrug off bullets call of duty style. Full Review »
  2. May 4, 2012
    6
    Positives: Sniping is fun, great ballistic physics on hard mode, The graphics are great, killcams are fun and never got old. Negatives: AI is horrendous even on Elite, several bugs, forgettable story, extremely linear leveldesign, very little freedom of choice. Stealth is no option due to Enemy AI. Overall an mediocre game but get's repetive very quickly and again the AI just ruined most fun for me. Full Review »
  3. May 2, 2012
    10
    The graphics are great, shooting mechanics is solid, pretty good sound. The game will intermittently send you in shooting where your shooting prowess will determine your victory. This is the kind of game where you need lots of patience, but the game is stealth shooter. Full Review »