Nazis were terrible humans. Hitler was a Grade-A Arsehat. So to be able to shoot them with a sniper rifle and see the gruesome impact is a satisfying feeling that never gets old throughout the game.
Sniper Elite V2 remastered is an updated version of the 2012 game, featuring new textures, improved lighting and much more. Compared to the original version it feels like a completely different game, the added details make traversal feel more treacherous. If you own a supported platform (PS4 Pro), you can experience all of it in 4K allowing you to really witness the damage a bullet can do to a body.
You are Karl Fairburne, an American sniper in the last days of World War 2. Your mission is to prevent those pesky Nazis V2 rocket technology falling into the wrong hands. Using stealth tactics the campaign will take you from bombed out Berlin streets to underground rocket building facilities. You’ll be alone throughout the game, infiltrating and exfiltrating places good guys aren’t allowed in. It’s a fairly linear affair with wide open spaces to set up a perfect place to take out your targets, hopefully without been seen.
You can set up your kill area using trip mines across doorways, even concealing landmines under bodies to cause more mayhem. These little things add to the feeling of being a lone sniper, you don’t have a squad to cover you. You must protect yourself.
As the name of the game suggests you’ll be using your Sniper Rifle to dispatch foes. Depending on what difficulty you set the game to you’ll have variables to contend with from wind speed and bullet drop. Don’t expect to be able to just point and shoot. Once you make that perfect shot you’ll often be treated to a slow motion scene in which the camera follows the bullet to the target, initiating an X-ray view to show you the devastating result. Brain, spine and even testicles. Yes, testicles. It’s insanely detailed but not too gory as you’d see in the Mortal Kombat games.
When you’re not taking out targets, you can pick up wine bottles and gold bars scattered across each level. Whilst I didn’t set out to find them all, the ones I did pick up were still difficult to find. Please note that collecting them all doesn’t seem to unlock anything within the game itself, but you will feel a sense of pride…and a trophy/achievement for your trouble.
Occasionally if your cover is broke and all hell breaks loose it can be quite difficult to overcome the odds, which can lead to some frustration. Your sub weapons aren’t as powerful or as accurate as your sniper. However successfully get away and hide and you are golden, leaving only a ghostly silhouette of your last known position for the Nazis to shoot at. If you do get taken out though, checkpoints seem plentiful so you won’t lose much progress if you do die.
Some questionable A.I. comes into play, at times Nazis seem to be able to hone in on my position with great ease. Other times they could look right at me and carry on nazi-ing about. It wasn’t too frustrating but times, when I wanted stealth, ended up into a huge firefight for no apparent reason.
As well as all the other improvements with this game, the developers have added in a Photo Mode which allows you to capture your best shots in more ways than one. One feature includes frame by frame pausing which means you can choose the best moment possible to share with others.
Also included in this version is the ‘Assassinate the Fuhrer’ level, giving you the chance to once and for all check if Hitler did indeed have one ball as the rhyme would suggest, and the answer to that I won’t spoil.
At the time of review, I couldn’t get into the Multiplayer modes this game offers. From Deathmatch to Capture the flag, I’m sure there’s something for everyone to enjoy and now it features up to 16 players.
Despite being 7 years old, this remaster holds its own. Fans of the original will certainly enjoy the additions and newcomers should find the uniqueness of this WW2 game a welcoming change from similar titles.
Plus it’s incredibly fun to rupture Nazis ballsacks one Xray kill cam at a time!
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*