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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: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. With four skill levels, awesome co-op multiplay, online play, and a ton of game-modifying options, Sniper Elite belongs on your hit list. [Nov 2005, p.80]
  2. It's SOCOM meets Hitman and it makes lying in the rubble of a blown-out rathaus a tense, exciting and deeply satisfying pastime.
  3. There is a little bit of “Medal of Honor” here and some “SOCOM” as well, but really this game has an identity all its own with a unique mood and feel. It isn’t the most challenging war title I’ve ever played but it is one of the grittiest.
  4. 76
    Though Sniper Elite doesn't do anything revolutionary, it's a fun game greatly aided by its expanded gameplay options.
  5. 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.
  6. There's not quite enough freedom in the levels to find that perfect shot, but this is still a rewarding and enjoyably fresh sniper sim. [Nov 2006, p.135]
  7. So while Sniper Elite is tense and fairly riveting, it's never exciting or completely satisfying. The game feels like a chore to play through and the concept is just too limited to be truly enjoyable. [PSW]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. ShveyLien
    Sep 12, 2005
    I've been waiting for a sniper simulation game as life-like as this, and now namco and rebellion have hit the mark with this one. I've pre-ordered my copy and am waiting for release on sept 28th. Video's and Screens show a very promising game to say the least. Definately going to prove different for the better on FPS Sniper games. Expand
  2. Jimbob
    Aug 7, 2006
    Best Coop i've played on a console. The game offers an endless supply of missions, granted a bit 'samey', in which 2 people can easily progress through. Expand
  3. JamieC.
    Oct 17, 2005
    Is has to be one of the best games i've seen for a whlie. Not many games out there play on the sniper aspect of war they mainly go on the "Grunt". This game is going to give the sniper a name unlike another which i not gonna *cough* slient scope *cough cough*. Sniper Elite is gonna be at the top of my hit list of games to buy. Expand
  4. Chris
    Nov 20, 2005
    This game is not for those with ADD. However if like something with a little more tactics and strategy rather than a typical run and gun FPS then this is for you. There are enough FPS out there for those who want action, but there should be more games like this one that require steath, tactics and skill. It rocks! Expand
  5. ChadK.
    Jul 11, 2006
    This game rock very reallistic I love hitting the gernades on ther uniform and watching them blow up .I had some of the best and funny things happen in this game it is one of those hidden gem games that you haer nothing about and turns out to be one of the best great job waiting for #2. Expand
  6. AL
    Dec 29, 2005
    This is a Silent Hunter III of the FPS games. Great story by the developer puts you in the uniform of a NAZI sniper without being on the wrong "side". Graphics and enviroment setting are great. Camo feature is a bit disapointing. Sometimes you expect to be 75% stelthy, but you are only 0% ;(, but once you find the right concelment spot with 75% no enemy can see you even at 20 m (game "meters"). However, enemy can still hear your shots and they will run towad you or fire and trow granades randomly. Improvments: 1)Even at the hardest setting, the enemy snipers are good but their aim sucks. If you dont move, it will take them several shots before they can even scratch you. This makes the game less intense. Also, there are only few of them in each map. What a waste of the rooftops. 2) The lines on the crosshairs are not accurate, and you will not be able to estimate the elevation by measuring the target hight. 3) If your presence is noticed, enemy can hear your steps no matter how silently you move. Other then those few remarks, the game is the best efort so far. I hope that devs. see the opportunity in this market and come up to something even something better. Expand
  7. DonH.
    Oct 3, 2005
    I did not play this game all the way through, as I didn't find it enjoyable enough to warrant spending the time required to do so. Player movement feels strange, and weapons other than the sniper rifle seem badly implemented. Given that the camoflage system is unclear at best, the lack of useable automatic weapons is a problem. The graphics are nothing special, often look very bland, and bear very little resemblance to Berlin, with the exception of a few set piece levels based on landmarks such as the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate. I certainly doubt that a resident of pre-war Berlin would be able to find his or her way around this recreation, as the developers claimed in several interviews. If you have a PC, then you are much better off with something like Hidden and Dengerous 2. Expand

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