Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 39
  2. Negative: 20 out of 39
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  1. Sniper: Ghost Warrior isn't flawless, mainly due to a sub-par technical production and some mediocre run-and-gun shooting sections; nevertheless, the developers managed to bring us a very involving and atmospheric game, suited to everyone who has always been charmed by the sniper profession.
  2. Sometimes it isn't a bad thing to be a one trick pony, especially when that trick is as well executed as it is here.
  3. Sniper – Ghost Warrior is a really good game with a cool atmosphere. Some points are a bit ugly, like the shadows or the way some enemies shoot you without even seeing you. Overall is it an okay game for this genre.
  4. Ghost Warrior is a bit like a basically excellent rough diamond, that no one wanted to polish any further. It's got good ideas and stunning visuals, but nowadays, that alone just isn't enough to be able to keep up with the competition.
  5. Nice graphics but lackluster story and gameplay.
  6. 68
    This is a FPS with an original mechanic, which tests our patience when solving the compromised situations we will find through the game. But some flaws in its visuals and AI prevent Sniper Ghost Warrior to become one of the leading titles of the market.
  7. Sniper: Ghost Warrior is released as an interesting first-person shooter, with stunning visuals and a cool cinematographic style, but there isn't enough depth in the story and gameplay.
  8. Sniper Ghost Warrior screams budget title unfortunately, and whilst there's some good ideas thrown into the pot, the execution and levels of polish let the game down.
  9. Poor AI and insane difficulty gets between you and the sniping in Sniper: Ghost Warrior.
  10. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Much scope for improvement. [Sept 2010, p.89]
  11. Official Xbox Magazine
    Enemy A.I. is ludicrously accurate and all-seeing. [Sept 2010, p.85]
  12. However well it might model the experience of killing with deadly precision, Sniper: Ghost Warrior suffers from a barrage of technical and design mishaps that make it hard to recommend wholeheartedly. If you've been hard up for a shooter with precisely this sort of narrow focus, it's worth a look, especially given the budget price, so long as you temper your expectations.
  13. Sniper: Ghost Warrior suffers from far too many little bugs and annoyances to make it a recommendable game.
  14. Technical issues make the single player mode frustrating. Multi-player mode is generic.
  15. A flawed sniper game that mixes nice graphics with repetitive gameplay, poor AI and a technological mess. Sniper: Ghost Warrior is pretty average overall.
  16. 50
    Hopefully, City Interactive can bring something more fleshed out to the table next time.
  17. The graphics are surprisingly good for a budget title, in spite of some sloppy animation and chunky shadows, but they can't distract much from a ho-hum script, an utterly generic plot centered around regime-change and drug-running on a fictional South American island, and lifeless missions populated by soldiers who've mastered firing 90 degrees the wrong way and still connecting-all of which make the game's campaign feel padded at only 10 hours long.
  18. Even though this is a dedicated sniper game, it is still more fun to take your enemies down with the sniper rifle in Crysis. Sniper: Ghost Warrior just isn't all that fun and the perfect sniper game is yet to be seen.
  19. City Interactive misses the shot.
  20. Unfortunately, Sniper is a "meh" experience with a very limited appeal; gamers with extreme patience and a passion for sniper rifles might enjoy themselves.
  21. 45
    Sniper: Ghost Warrior starts off very convincing but in a short amount of time all the good things in this game will fade away. You shouldn't even get this game if the store clerk gave you money to take it home.
  22. X-ONE Magazine UK
    We've seen all of Sniper: Ghost Warrior's tricks before, and in far superior games. [Issue#62,p.88]
  23. Despite a well thought gameplay, Sniper Ghost Warrior is flawed by imperfections that sap little by little our patience and forbearance.
  24. Games Master UK
    Unfairness and all-around cruddiness negate the fun of long distance malice. [Oct 2010, p.86]
  25. games(TM)
    Despite glaring issues with aliasing and shaders, Sniper is a technically adept game. [Issue#99, p.126]
  26. Without the AI and stealth problems, it might be a decent, if extremely derivative, shooter. As it is now, you're better off skipping this one.
  27. Tiny price or not, there are flaws every game should avoid. Starting with bugs, and other gameplay approximations that spawn frustration, when they are not simply getting the player plain angry. And as you no doubt have guessed, Sniper Ghost Warrior has all those flaws. Even for 40 euros, I'd recommend one less game in your collection, but more money to buy the next real one, which will be undoubtedly be better. After all, it's not like quality First Person Shooters with an enjoyable sniping experience are an unrealistic expectation to have for upcoming action games.
  28. The game is suffering from an identity crisis as it cannot decide wether to be a standard first person shooter or a game that focuses on sniping and stealth combat. Low production values and sloppy design doesn´t exactly help either.
  29. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Rotten sniper slop with flimsy Call of Duty-esque levels glued onto the side. [Oct 2010, p.94]
  30. Sniper: Ghost Warrior did tickle a sweet spot with it's HUD for the sniper scoop, but the rest of the game is quite mediocre and painfully short.
  31. Its sights are set on being a brave new kind of shooter, but this misses every target but its own feet.
  32. Sniper: Ghost Warrior starts of quite good, but after an hour or so you'll through the game in the bin because of an impossible mission. Everything the game did well before that suddenly doesn't count anymore.
  33. Edge Magazine
    Glitchy. [Sept 2010, p.99]
  34. A frightening lack of originality, uninspired objectives and a shedload of technical issues make Sniper one of the worst shooters this generation.
  35. It was a chore to finish the slim four-hour campaign, and if I weren't reviewing it, I would have tossed the disc-along with more than a few controllers-through my window in frustration within the first hour.
  36. Sniper: Ghost Warrior is a terrible FPS.
  37. By favouring tired run-and-gun scenarios over actual sniping gameplay, you're left with a technically inept entry in the most over-populated gaming genre around. Show some mercy, put one in the back of its head, and leave it for the vultures.
  38. 18
    It's awful. I'd rather play Rogue Warrior.
  39. Brilliant sniping mechanic; too bad you're spending most of your time fending off the poor game design in the sea of nauseating textures.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 91
  2. Negative: 31 out of 91
  1. Aug 24, 2010
    Wow I can't believe people are giving this a positive score. This game is terrible. I bought it and have regretted that decision tremendously.Wow I can't believe people are giving this a positive score. This game is terrible. I bought it and have regretted that decision tremendously. If you are a paid critic you get games for free to review. This helps you actually look at whether the game is great or not. If you buy it, then you don't want to say it was bad because then it seems like you wasted money. Well I bought it and I have wasted money. The game is broken. You get stuck going through doors or landing on rocks. That is great when you are supposed to be a soldier but you can't get out a doorway. Also sometimes the enemy can spot you from a mile away and sometimes you can be right near them and be invisible. My biggest complaint is this game is awesome when you snipe. It is one of the greatest moments in FPS history. Too bad you have too spend much of the game running and gunning. Why not make the game where you spend 20 minutes, sneaking around enemies and than take one shot than sneak out again. That was what the game looked like. Instead it tries to cover to much ground. The multiplayer is crap too. It lets you know exactly which direction the enemy is in. Then you just have to figure it out before the enemy sees you. This could have been a great game instead it is a shooter game that misses the mark. Full Review »
  2. May 9, 2012
    Really a terribly bad game. Frustrating movement, and horrible gun mechanics make this near impossible to enjoy. It's only redeeming qualityReally a terribly bad game. Frustrating movement, and horrible gun mechanics make this near impossible to enjoy. It's only redeeming quality is the rag doll mechanics after a headshot. Full Review »
  3. Aug 12, 2010
    The graphics are great and the sniping was enjoyable when it happened. Unfortunately if you were looking for a stealth sniping game, you'reThe graphics are great and the sniping was enjoyable when it happened. Unfortunately if you were looking for a stealth sniping game, you're out of luck. Most areas are obviously not big enough because as soon as you have an enemy in your sights, he's spotted you. This happened through the most of the game. It's a real problem when they can see you and you have no idea where they are. Any attempt at stealth involves taking out all the guards in the area without anyone notices. In fact, it's extremely easy just to kill everyone instead of attempting stealth or sniping. Too bad the guns are terrible. The game relies heavily on the action and ignores any attempt at a coherent plot, although it provided a couple memorable parts. I'm sure I would have enjoyed the game much more had the gameplay been more refined. Full Review »