Note: This Review is based off of the Xbox One Version.
It’s no secret that sniping is a popular activity in the shooter genre. Being a sniper is just really cool. Take sniping, stealth mechanics and World War II, and you get Sniper Elite III. Can the game nail a perfect shot or does it just miss it’s target? Keep reading to find out.
Sniper Elite III is set several years prior to the events of Sniper Elite V2, following the exploits of Office of Strategic Services officer Karl Fairburne as he participates in the North African conflict during World War II. He learns of a secret weapons program by the Nazi forces. Karl must track down intel on the project and put an end to it once and for all.
In terms of sniping and gun play, the gameplay is flawless. The weapon wheel is smooth and is a quick way to pick out your choice of weapon. It is mostly unchanged from Sniper Elite V2.
The stealth mechanics however, were largely disappointing. All the basics of stealth gameplay were there but a lot of simple features, such as around the corner stealth assassinations were missing. This made the game feel dated and was very frustrating when stealth mattered most.
Sniper Elite III’s level structure is now much more open. Instead of a linear level, the levels are now vast and offer many different routes that can be taken to get to the end of the level. This is a huge upgrade and added a level of strategy and replayability to the game.
Sniper Elite III looks really good. A lot of the levels look great and there really wasn’t much problem. However, there was one level in particular where the frame rate is was horrible. In fact the level is almost unplayable, as the frame rate caused me to die several times. The issues seems to be present for all players on the Xbox One and is not a random glitch. (The issue may be present on other consoles.) The sound design is also good. Nazi dialogue and musical soundtrack are really good.
Sniper Elite III offers a co-op mode and a competitive multiplayer mode. The co-op includes the campaign missions, a survival mode and the return of the Overwatch mode, where players mark targets while the other snipes the opposing force.
There are five game modes in Sniper Elite III. Team Deathmatch and Deathmatch are the standard game modes. Team Distance King and Distance King has players aiming to get kills from as far away as possible. No Cross is Team Deathmatch where players are separated and must snipe each other.
There is a huge problem with Sniper Elite 3 though. The online servers just do not work. After a week of trying, I was unable to even get into a lobby of any type of online activity. The fact that the servers have never worked is a huge failure as most of the content in the game is unavailable and that is unacceptable. These problems seem to be for Xbox One and PS4
Sniper Elite III does a lot of things right. However, there a lot of things that were just a huge miss. Dated stealth mechanics, frame rate issues and unstable servers are too much of a hindrance in the final product. Good level design and sniping show that there was a lot of promise for Sniper elite III, but it just missed it’s target.