Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. May 24, 2012
    While the ground combat and close-up encounters aren't as tight as you'd expect from a common shooter, the sniper gameplay is front-and-center here, and it's delivered with top-notch class and authenticity.
  2. May 13, 2012
    Often in spite of itself, SEV2 is a really fun and captivating experience whether played solo or with a friend.
  3. May 11, 2012
    Overall, it's a fun game that I would play again just because it's exciting and offers a sniping experience that can't be found anywhere else.
  4. May 1, 2012
    I went into Sniper Elite V2 with one desire: Disfigure Nazis from hundreds of meters away. The game delivers on this core mechanic beautifully. While I would have preferred enemies with less superhuman vision and better stealth options, at the end of the game I couldn't recall a scenario I didn't enjoy. Sniper Elite V2 is a must for anyone interested in a smart shooter with an emphasis on gore.
  5. Jun 4, 2012
    Great sniping and robust multiplayer do a lot to offset the awful non-sniping sequences which there are far too many of. Rebellion and 505 should stick to the rooftops if they revisit this series.
  6. Jun 1, 2012
    It's hard to be definitive with SEV2 because it does fall victim to its own unique premise and gameplay speciality. It's somewhat limited, but adding more whiz-bang and flashiness would only dilute its core sniping gameplay, which is exactly what makes it stand out from the crowd.
  7. May 28, 2012
    Sniper Elite V2 is a disappointing sniper game that doesn't stimulate you to act like a real sniper. The level design is poor and the enemies lack intelligence. Even the nice kill cam couldn't save the game from a poor rating.
  8. May 22, 2012
    Sniper Elite holds just as many pleasant surprises as it does disappointments. Despite the well-done gunplay and unique aesthetic flares, there are simply too many areas in which the game feels underdeveloped.
  9. May 21, 2012
    You really feel like a sniper in this game... that is, if you overlook the visual mediocrity, a weak story and the incredibly dumb AI. Overall, Sniper Elite V2 is a major disappointment.
  10. May 15, 2012
    Sniper Elite V2 pins almost all of its hopes on its sniping mechanic, and it enjoys some success as a result. The game's disappointing presentation and lack of variety prevent it from providing much more than disposable entertainment, but with engaging gunplay and some decent replayability options, it's an enjoyable distraction when experienced in small chunks.
  11. 80
    While the inconsistent A.I. can be distracting, and the occasional problem with hit detection can be frustrating, it's a game that rewards patience well and there's nothing more satisfying then clearing an area of a dozen enemies with a round of carefully-placed headshots.
  12. May 4, 2012
    Despite some graphical and AI issues, Sniper Elite V2 is a good game. Rebellion revamped some of the original charchteristics, adding totally new and realistic ballistics.
  13. May 3, 2012
    It's a bit of a shoddy finish that doesn't marry up to the realistic bullet physics of the hardest setting, but this is still a sniper's Mecca, perfect for those that like to do their shooting from as far away as possible.
  14. 60
    Its dedication to the nuances of sniping is interesting, but that's unfortunately all it has going for it. Unfortunately, a game that only does sniping well really feels like only half of a game. In fact, it feels like the designers spent more time designing the gruesome kill cam than the non-sniping portions of the game.
  15. May 2, 2012
    Sniper Elite V2 is an original third person shooter with some good ideas. A poor story and some gameplay glitches spoil an interesting experience.
  16. 60
    There are moments of brilliance, but also frustrating inconsistencies and technical limitations that ruin what could have been the ultimate sniper game.
  17. An atmospheric and compulsive experience. It's only taken three versions of the same game for you to notice it exists, and if you can ignore the clunky controls and concentrate on aiming that gun, there's much to enjoy.
  18. Never before has a game so gruesomely represented the impact that 9.3 grams of lead travelling at almost one kilometre per second has on the human body. Thanks to this game's disturbing X-Ray Killcam, players are treated (subjected?) to a clinical view of each bullet passing through their target's vital organs whenever they pull off an especially good shot – and by 'good' we mean 'life-ending'. It's brutal, it's disturbing, and we're not quite sure how it got past Australia's over-eager censors. [June 2012, p76]
  19. Jun 5, 2012
    The truly patient may find satisfaction in meticulous planning, but it's too easy for those plans to go wrong. When they do, this is just a simplistic shooter. [July 2012, p.100]
  20. The third-person gunplay feels clunky when not behind the crosshairs and the deliberate pacing is an acquired taste, but the sharpshooting-focus, campaign co-op, and fresh take on WWII make V2 a welcome alternative to all those Call of Duty clones. [July 2012, p.77]
  21. May 13, 2012
    Better than Rebellion's recent fare, but still not great. [Issue#214, p.80]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. May 2, 2012
    GREAT GAME!!! Graphics are up to par, bullet physics are wonderful, coop is fun. Love the xray bullet cam. Simply awesome

    And for rileyblack,
    don't put a review up when it has NOTHING to do with the game, sheesh Full Review »
  2. Jul 3, 2012
    Really wanted to love this but the AI is nonsense. Soldiers 200m away can miraculously spot you crouched on a rooftop, and with their rifles, shoot you through the head within two attempts. Enemies are generally psychic: if they find a dead body, they are automatically alerted to your precise location. Shadow and darkness count for nothing. In other games, 'going loud' is a decision you take carefully as it may bring a lot of trouble; here it makes no difference as they'll find you whatever. I'm still playing because I love so many of the sniper function, but it is difficult to carry on when the rules of the game are so far from reality. Full Review »
  3. Aug 14, 2012
    If you enjoy Nazi murder simulators as much as I do, you will love this game. The single player game is short but somewhat replayable as the difficulty levels affect bullet physics and how much the game handicaps you. The co-op multiplayer modes are fun and require teamwork. Best played with a friend and not a total stranger as communication is essential. It is very difficult to follow the stealthy approach in this game, and if you aren't careful, you risk turning the game into a mediocre third person shooter experience. Setting traps, timing who you kill and when, and luring the survivors into your trip mines is extremely satisfying. The game performs a CSI style kill cam highlighting body parts in x-ray vision that you've nailed with your bullets. Testicle shots are included to much glee. All in all, great co-op game, good single player game. Recommended despite the stale WW2 setting. Full Review »