Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Jun 26, 2014
    Sniper Elite III's open level designs and objectives pack in more than enough variety and stealthy tension to counterbalance its thin story and shaky enemy intelligence, and experimenting with its explosive traps is almost as fun as popping skulls with a sniper rifle.
  2. Aug 20, 2014
    Gamers looking to run and gun will be disappointed, but everybody else will get a kick out of this solid World War II shooter.
  3. Jul 11, 2014
    Sniper Elite 3 is the best example of its genre, full stop.
  4. Jul 9, 2014
    Once again, Sniper Elite proves to be a really fun and engaging game, despite its numerous bugs at launch.
  5. Jul 9, 2014
    Sniper Elite 3 is one of the most taxing and rewarding games you will play this year.
  6. Jun 26, 2014
    Sniper Elite 3 comes back with many improvements since V2 and doesn't go worse in any characteristic or mechanic. Although some missions or the killcams may end up being repetitive, the game unfolds as a game which is fun playing, although the plot is nothing to be proud of. Co-op and competitive modes help expanding the game's lifespan. However, visuals may lack something to be truly next gen.
  7. Jul 4, 2014
    There’s also a co-op mode by the name of Overwatch, which allows one player to spot target for the other and works well over the larger maps. It’s just a pity that there are only two such maps available, resulting in a tight-fisted experience.
  8. Jul 4, 2014
    Sniper Elite 3 definitely improves the rare but rewarding genre of open-world sniping. Being thoughtful about each shot instills a sense of companionship with your rifle, and we definitely felt an unexpected bond with our terrifying tool of death. Everything involving firing that rifle is fun, it’s just too bad the other elements in the game aren’t as impactful.
  9. Jul 2, 2014
    Sniper Elite III delivers a solid, less linear tactical gameplay than the previous episodes, but still suffers from some shortcomings.
  10. Oct 25, 2014
    Third time is not the charm. AI is still bad, but offers moving targets for sniping, which is still pretty fun. You don’t need to always hit the bulls eye. [Oct 2014]
  11. Jul 16, 2014
    For the few things that aren’t quite up to snuff, Sniper Elite III gets a whole lot right.
  12. Jul 15, 2014
    Sniper Elite III is a mediocre game with a gimmick that escalates it to be more enjoyable than it should be.
  13. 75
    While not without its flaws, Sniper Elite 3 remains a compelling, tactically-rewarding shooter that fans of the genre would do well to snap up asap.
  14. Jun 27, 2014
    Opening up the levels could've been a great push forward for the brand, but it has brought a whole new breed of issues to the table. AI lacks perception, bugs show up all too often, and objectives are repetitive. The sniping, that still works well, even if untouched from the previous chapter.
  15. Jul 10, 2014
    But this is progress, all the same. Sure, Sniper Elite III is rough around the edges, but it offers just enough that it makes up for all that. It succeeds as a shooter thanks in large part to that crunchiness, yet as a sequel it is improved in clearly defined, tangible ways.
  16. Sep 6, 2014
    With its high-quality ballistic modelling and gruesome death scenes, Sniper Elite 3 offers exactly what fans of the series demand, but still comes nowhere near living up to its potential.
  17. Has made big steps beyond V2, particularly in terms of level size and multiplayer options. Still requires polish. [September 2014, p68]
  18. Aug 4, 2014
    Sniper Elite 3 is a fun but somewhat flawed game. Thanks to open levels it’s possible to decide your own path to the target, and whether you want to get there by shooting every enemy or just sneak past them. An entertaining experience that’s better than it should be.
  19. Jul 16, 2014
    Sniper Elite III is the best entry in the series to date. It still has some issues that stop it from being a truly great stealth shooter, but what’s here is a great extension to the franchise that pushes it in the right direction to unlock some of the potential this series can evolve into.
  20. Jul 15, 2014
    Sniper Elite III is a step in the right direction. We've still got a ways to go but the improvements here are obvious and appreciated, and greatly enhances the fun factor and general quality.
  21. Jun 30, 2014
    Even though it doesn't meet the high expectations of the fans of the series, Sniper Elite III is a good title for the sniper lovers and for those who are looking for an unusual take on World War II.
  22. Jun 30, 2014
    Those willing to spend their time slowly crawling into position, waiting for that perfect shot, will find an engaging experience that encourages experimentation through its enormous levels.
  23. Jun 28, 2014
    Sniper Elite 3 is a great title, probably the best in the market for the sniping fans. Unbeaten with regard to the competition, the game still shows several shortcomings, especially in the field of artificial intelligence, exacerbated by open world maps that amplify the problems.
  24. Jun 26, 2014
    Sniper Elite 3 doesn’t hide the popular flaws of the series, but you can still enjoy being thrown into exotic places from North Africa and its brutal violence.
  25. Jun 26, 2014
    The package as a whole is still very much a rough diamond, but it's a definite improvement over its predecessor.
  26. Jun 26, 2014
    Sniper Elite 3 is a marked improvement over its predecessor and provides a fun, tactical third-person shooter experience.
  27. Jun 26, 2014
    Those who are after more than just another run-and-gun game will do well here, and the inclusion of two player co-op is the icing on the cake. Unfortunately the game is dragged down slightly by the number of glitches, which somewhat ruin the immersion.
  28. Jul 1, 2014
    If you can't get enough of dramatic, transparent shots of enemies getting shredded by sniper fire, Sniper Elite III has you covered in spades. If you're interested in more motivation beyond the glory of the kill, look elsewhere.
  29. Jul 15, 2014
    It's an enjoyable and accessible shooter, though the lackluster AI, shortage of innovation, uninspired level design and over-used killcam keep it from rising above mediocrity.
  30. Jul 15, 2014
    The somewhat ridiculous bugs and some slight repetition leave Sniper Elite III just short of joining the elite action pack alongside other games. In itself, it's still a pretty good experience for those who like to leave their mark from a distance.
  31. Jul 9, 2014
    It's a shallow, crude pleasure, but the delightful disorder that's just around every corner is strong enough to overshadow an otherwise forgettable experience.
  32. Jul 8, 2014
    It could have been a really good game, with a good script and a better staging. But the shot misses its target.
  33. Jul 4, 2014
    Recommended if you like the genre (there are not many games centered on sniping, anyway), but Sniper Elite 3 is clearly not one of the best shooters out there.
  34. Jul 3, 2014
    Though its stealth-based sniping gameplay can provide some exciting moments, Sniper Elite III is a decidedly mixed bag. Its abysmal narrative, outdated mission design, boring protagonist and weak non-campaign modes overshadow everything that it does well.
  35. Jun 27, 2014
    Sniper Elite III will deliver satisfaction to the sniping fans, but its lack of finitions is really penalizing.
  36. Jun 26, 2014
    A small improvement on the last game but until the issues with the artificial intelligence and other bugs are fixed Sniper Elite will always be off target.
  37. Jul 29, 2014
    Despite its solid foundations, a lack of variety and a dull visual palette dilute this shooter's aim. [Sept 2014, p.78]
  38. Some shoddy finishing touches ruin a shooter that's genuinely full of potential. [Aug 2014, p.86]
  39. Jul 9, 2014
    Sniper Elite III’s gory killcams and open-ended arenas succeed at making the act of sniping more involved and rewarding than you’ll find in most other shooters, but it struggles to flesh out a complete game experience around that one mechanic.
  40. 50
    Overall, Sniper Elite 3 does have a fun kill-cam feature, it does have online co-op and it does have an interesting multiplayer. But, almost everything about it feels like a rushed product that simply cannot be ignored.
  41. Jun 26, 2014
    But content is no substitute for quality, and while Sniper Elite III might have made for an engaging design document, it isn’t much of a game.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 149 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 40
  2. Negative: 7 out of 40
  1. Jul 1, 2014
    SE3 is a definite step up from V2 and it's surprising how addictive the gameplay is. It is repetitive but refined (mostly) and the sniping isSE3 is a definite step up from V2 and it's surprising how addictive the gameplay is. It is repetitive but refined (mostly) and the sniping is extremely satisfying. There are however a number of game-breaking bugs floating around in the code which were clearly overlooked due to slapdash work ethic or incompetent testers, perhaps both. Read the forums for more detail, there are a lot of problems...

    Shaky sound design doesn't help as you can hear enemies but are unable to pinpoint their location as the sound is essentially unidirectional and this is terrible for immersion. Game looks great and runs smoothly for the most part.

    This is a great game littered with imbecilic oversights, get it once it's fixed.
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  2. Jul 1, 2014
    Excellent sequel, that offer much large maps with more tactical approach.
    The Afrika set up give nice desert maps , with lots hiding spots.
    Excellent sequel, that offer much large maps with more tactical approach.
    The Afrika set up give nice desert maps , with lots hiding spots.

    Graphics look stunning and super smooth 60 fps.
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  3. Jul 1, 2014
    Honestly, This is my best "Next gen game" Its out on PS3 and 360 too but most next gen games are so lets call it my best game on the PS4 andHonestly, This is my best "Next gen game" Its out on PS3 and 360 too but most next gen games are so lets call it my best game on the PS4 and XB1.

    Sniper Elite V2 was really good, and I bet most people didn't give it a try.

    Sniper Elite 3 impresses me even more with the bigger maps.
    I always thought it was kind of like a Hitman game because you can sneak about stealth killing people and I still love the trip mines and other things you can place down.

    I like how there is a lot more of the "Snipe when theres a loud sound" because this was only dibs and dabs on Sniper Elite V2.

    Anyway the game is fun, I haven't completed it yet as I've been busy but trust me it is NOT a game I will be trading in like near enough every single PS4 and XB1 game I have got so far.
    I really will play it again as there are different ways to complete the levels.

    These games are not about trophies/ Achivements, Its an old school put on, play, have fun kind of game.
    You will be on it for hours and not even realise.

    Also there is now co-op and 3D support (Not that I have used 3D on my TV for much at all)

    Graphics are very good too.
    Yes ok a bigger company can shell out the big bucks but such as Naughty dog/Rockstar/Konami but I am so glad I got this game.

    Im sick of "shooters" but for some strange reason this doesn't feel or play out like your normal "boring within 10 minutes" shooter.

    Great ideas, It doesn't copy lack ouster franchises and that what makes it such a good game!

    Critic reviewers, pull you finger out! This is a great game!!!
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