Sniper Elite V2 has been released for free literally everywhere at some point. I suppose they just didn’t like the studio that made the game and decided to release it on all the platforms that actually mattered. This includes Gameboy Colour, Sega Saturn and the Wii.
The game is set around the time of the Second World War, for you history buffs out there (like myself), you’ll know that this was the time when America invaded Vietnam. I think that’s about right isn’t it? Was that Bad Company 2? Nevermind, this game is set in World War 2. Hitler got up to some crazy shit and decided to give the middle finger to the rest of the world. This game follows a guy that looks a lot like Blazkowicz or whatever the hell his name is, the main character of Wolfenstein: The New Order.
I honestly have no clue as to whether or not the bloke in the game is given a name. All I know is that he’s a burly white bloke with a thick American twang in 1942 so he must be the good guy. Even though America didn’t get involved until just before 1942, so that makes the entire joke and my point entirely redundant. They got involved because of Pearl Harbour, not because this guy wanted to pop someone’s testicles off with a rifle.
Story wise it’s very average. It’s definitely better than Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel though, pretty much everything is better than that. It’s not really a spoiler but you make your way through the level, make it to the what I’m going to call “set-piece” and that’s when your strategic skills come into play. You can set up an ambush or just go guns blazing. However you always need to assassinate someone or get some documents or something. Like the first mission for example. You need to blow up some trucks, wait for this bloke to jump out and shoot his stupid moustache off. I didn’t have a clue why I needed to do so, I just did it because that’s what the game asked me to do. I’m like a hired gun now I suppose.
Now the big selling point of this game I remember was the slow motion shooting when you pull off headshots and things like that. It shows a visually outstanding movie-esq video of what happens when you shoot someone from far away. Making the game go into uber slow motion mode so you can see all the gory bits and bobs flying off. However that’s the main problem, not the gore, the slow motion. It happens more or less every time you shoot someone. That cutscene takes about 5 – 10 seconds from start to finish. Get rid of all the slow motion segments and the games length is seven hours shorter.
The game has a co-op mode too which is pretty fun if you have friends and of course by law they must have a deathmatch mode. Because that’s what sniper games do now, the deathmatch mode isn’t too good. The best description I can give of it is Call of Duty, but better. Then take away all the guns, give everyone sniper rifles and a whole one decent map.
I definitely enjoyed my time with this game on both console and PC, the game is definitely enjoyable. But in small segments, I wouldn’t recommend playing it all in one go. It gets pretty tiring watching the same few cutscenes of you shooting someones eyes out. Over and over. And the cover shooting isn’t too good. I mean, the aiming reticules are pretty much non-existent on anything that isn’t a sniper rifle. Good luck using the other weapons. I suppose it is a sniper game but the other guns should work.
Overall, an extremely good game that you should play in moderate amounts, think of it like a chocolate cake. If you eat too much, the Third Reich will return.