Video Game Sniper Elite V2 (PC) (2012)

Overview: A third-person shooter and stealth game.


Now that's what I call a headshot.

20170325:
Nearing my limit of media (watching shows, playing games, and blogging), I moved away from my "Recommended By Filter" list (of which I played Sugar Cube: Bittersweet Factory and Proteus) and instead loaded up Sniper Elite V2 which was on my "List to Play... For Reals" list.

Setup: Keyboard & Mouse. Moved the graphic detail from Medium to High.

Tip: When possible, determine a position where enemies will funnel in towards your position. Then take them down one at a time.

Tip: Whenever possible, scope out the scene ahead with the binoculars and tag enemies to keep track of their whereabouts. Check roofs and high ground for enemy snipers.

Certain well-placed shots will initiate a slow-mo cam that will follow the bullet. It's awesome.

Tip: Enemies will come to the aid of their wounded comrades. In other words, wounding enemies can be an effective way to bait other enemies into position.

Tip: Firing a shot in an enemy's direction can be enough to deter the soldier from advancing towards your position and return fire.

Tip: Dynamite is laid down, whereas grenades are thrown. I'm not sure how dynamite is detonated, perhaps by shooting it?

Steam Game Time: 90 minutes



Thoughts:
Pros:
+ The cinematic sniper hits are awesome. I've yet to turn them off (though I've only played for 90 minutes).
+ Built-in tutorial
+ The game is forgiving, with decent checkpoints and health which replenishes outside of short skirmishes.

Neutral:
~ Perhaps I wasn't looking close enough, but there didn't seem to be enough stealthy alternatives. This makes the game a bit more action than stealth; at least from what I could tell.
~ I would prefer mapping bombs to one of the number keys. I'm not sure why that's not the default.
~ Linear; markers indicate the general direction of the current mission objective

Doing recon and tagging the enemy.


Summary:
Although I'm not into (pure) shooters, I enjoyed playing Sniper Elite V2 because it had a mix of stealth and planning. Furthermore, Sniper Elite V2, as it's name would suggests, emphasizes use of the sniper rifle.

While Sniper Elite V2 doesn't come close to a full-blown stealth game like Metal Gear Solid or Splinter Cell, there were enough stealth elements to keep me playing for 90 minutes.

Ultimately, if you enjoy shooters, you'll still feel comfortable playing Sniper Elite V2. If you're more into stealth games, then Sniper Elite V2 won't be your kind of game, but might be

Sniper Elite V2 (PC) (2012)


Relevant Links:
Sniper Elite V2 (Wikipedia.org)
Sniper Elite V2 (PC) (MetaCritic.com)
Sniper Elite V2 (Steam Store Page)

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