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E3 2014: Sniper Elite III (Hands On)

Be the bullet…

The folks at 505 Games will always have a place in my heart. Not only were they the first company to roll out the carpet for me when I began covering E3 a couple of years ago, but I also find out about games I should know about through them. Today was no exception as I was invited to go hands on with Rebellion’s Sniper Elite 3.

For anyone without wikipedia, the Sniper Elite game series is a war story game series that puts you behind the scope of one of the military’s best sharpshooters at pivotal points of historic conflicts. It’s the polar opposite of the military shooters you’re use to playing and in this case that’s a good thing. Elite 3 is set in the exotic yet deadly terrain of North Africa during World War Two. American OSS agent Karl Fairburne goes deep behind Nazi lines, providing crucial sharpshooter skills as the Allies battle Germany‚Äôs fearsome Tiger tanks across the Western Desert and ultimately must stop the German’s ultimate weapon.

Gameplay is methodical and in a way strategic. You’ll survive by using the least amount of bullets possible as you complete your nonlinear objectives. Finding the perfect perch or position to take your targets out in the most brutal way possible. Fans of the series will recognize X-ray bullet time kills but part three takes these to a new level of brutality. In the demo I got the bullet to go straight through the mandible and exit the throat, my anatomy professor would be prod of me putting that knowledge to use. Players will be forced to think like a sniper, because standing your ground and fighting once you’re discovered is sure to get you killed.

The game looks gorgeous on the Xbox One and I was told the visual fidelity on last gen consoles would be very similar. Between Sniper Elite 3’s mounds of unlock able customization parts and planned DLC there’s a lot of value in this game. In fact planned DLC for the game will see you try to kill the real Hitler and there’s definitely more to talk about there as we get closer to the announcement.

Sniper Elite 3 will be available in the U.S July 1st for PC, Xbox consoles, and both Playstation consoles.