Sniper Elite V2’s demo went live on Xbox Live Marketplace recently, and I decided to check it out because it is a game that I have literally heard nothing about. Rebellion developed Sniper Elite V2, and their most recent game is Never Dead which you all know how I feel about.
Just from the demo, I can tell you that Sniper Elite V2 is already one million times better than Never Dead, but it still does not seem enjoyable. Since this is a demo there is no story; you’re placed in some WWII town as a sniper and given simple objectives. The gameplay seems like early Splinter Cell in that if you get caught, you are pretty much boned. There are stealth mechanics in play here as you are a sniper and getting your job done without being seen is the number one objective.
Sniper Elite V2 Playthrough
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The problem is the WWII snipers. The Springfield 1903 in this case are as loud as any other gun. So if you fire once, everyone will know where you are.
There are three different difficulties in this demo which specifically affects the difficulty of the enemies as well as the bullet ballistics. In English, this means harder enemies and more realistic bullet physics. I first played on the middle difficulty, which takes some getting used to. This isn’t Call of Duty. You can’t go for 360 no-scope headshots; you MUST take time and aim as well as take into consideration the bullet drop and wind speed. Also if you line up a shot just right you will get a follow cam that will follow the bullet to the target, sometimes going into an x-ray mode. And that, is pretty freaking awesome.
There is only one level in the game so these conditions didn’t change, but it can be interesting to see what they do with different levels, times of day and weather conditions. Overall, if you like sniping in video games I would suggest you check out this demo. I for one will probably not be playing the full game as I do not like sniping and the mechanics that were presented. This demo felt fun for the 20 minutes I played, but got old pretty fast.