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Sniper Elite 3 review round-up

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Sniper Elite III

I have a strange obsession with being a sniper. I don’t know why I like the idea of shooting people from afar, but it seems that every game where I get the opportunity, snipers become my favourite. So, what did people think of the game all about sniping? Mostly good things.

Eurogamer: 7/10

SE3 1

The package as a whole is still very much a rough diamond, but it’s a definite improvement over its predecessor. The gruesome kill-cam remains a deliciously wrong thrill and the unifying force that holds the game together, but it’s doubtful that it would be enough to paper over the cracks in a fourth game without a major overhaul of the AI and physics code. Even with its flaws, though, Sniper Elite 3 is a solidly enjoyable mid-tier action game. It may not hit the bullseye, but it’s getting closer with every shot.

CVG: 7/10

SE3 2

The Sniper Elite series has never threatened to topple the Battlefields or Call Of Duties of this world, and this third entry never really comes close to changing that. But for those looking for a less gung-ho, more methodical approach to a war game, then ropey AI aside you could do a lot worse than this.

Videogamer: 6/10

SE3 3

Sniper Elite 3 has its moments, but they are too few and far between. Every so often you’ll find yourself enjoying it, but that soon fades as you enter a pattern of shooting hundreds of dudes until you can move forward and snipe again.

IGN: 8.2/10

SE3 4

Sniper Elite III’s open level designs and objectives pack in more than enough variety and stealthy tension to counterbalance its thin story and shaky enemy intelligence, and experimenting with its explosive traps is almost as fun as popping skulls with a sniper rifle. The skeleton-shattering, long-distance kills are still its riveting centerpiece, of course, but even without the element of dumb fun they offer, Sniper Elite III would still be a smart, unexpectedly memorable experience.

Strategy Informer: 8/10

SE3 5

None of those issues are enough to distract from what is a very fun experience. Sniper Elite 3 is the game I always wanted from this franchise, a highly enjoyable shooter that finally backs up that sweet sniping system with solid gameplay foundations. Despite occasional missteps with the AI, Rebellion have otherwise improved almost every aspect of the series, resulting in a title that both looks and plays far better than the rather lacklustre SEV2. This, finally, feels like a game which knows how to play to its strengths and minimise its weaknesses. Anyone who enjoys a good tactical shooter, especially those with an affinity for the long-range kill, would do well to check it out.

Digital Spy: 4/5

SE3 6

Sniper Elite 3 treads that fine line between realism and fun, but it comes together well, providing cheap kicks for those who enjoy over-the-top sniper kills, and a modicum of tactical depth for players looking for something more substantial.

Will you guys be going for the headshot this weekend? The game is available and ready for all your long distance rage.

Last Updated: June 27, 2014

47 Comments

  1. Anon A Mouse

    June 27, 2014 at 13:37

    I’m glad it’s all positive although I’m a bit concerned about that screen grab under Videogamer. A sniper in the street is a dead sniper, that’s for the infantry guys. I might just have a look at this a few months down the line when the price have come down.

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    • The Evil Cow

      June 28, 2014 at 10:03

      Sniper Elite 3 is set in Africa. Pretty sure that screenshot is from the first or second which was heavily set in streets of worn torn cities.

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  2. Dutch Matrix

    June 27, 2014 at 13:47

    Is it just me or is the uhm… screenshot below the CVG snippet the funniest thing shown on Lagz in a while? Edit. Sorry above the CVG snippet…

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    • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

      June 27, 2014 at 14:00

      Yup, all the skull shots in SE3 remind me of Mars Attacks!!

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  3. Sageville

    June 27, 2014 at 13:50

    DAMMIT!

    I hate it when BTGames sends you all the DLC codes, but the store doesn’t have the ACTUAL BLOODY GAME I PRE-ORDERED!!!11!!!one!!

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    • Jonah Cash

      June 27, 2014 at 14:02

      Did they not get it today???

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      • Sageville

        June 27, 2014 at 14:47

        Well, I was told only stores that are miles and miles away from Cresta got stock.

        They have till COB today to fix this in order to prevent me rage-whining like a Suarez’s fan on social media!

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        • Jonah Cash

          June 28, 2014 at 05:43

          I’m a Suarez fan and I am on Twitter….. They better have sorted it out!!!

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          • Sageville

            June 29, 2014 at 22:33

            They did sort me out later on though

  4. Rince&Shitity

    June 27, 2014 at 13:56

    No review on LG?

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 27, 2014 at 14:11

      Get started, you’ve done it before

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      • Sageville

        June 27, 2014 at 14:48

        If only there was a fledgling intern around to correct the situation…..

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        • Hammersteyn

          June 27, 2014 at 15:02

          XD

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        • Rince&Shitity

          June 27, 2014 at 15:06

          Can’t trust Martha yet, I don’t know man, what must we do?

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          • Sageville

            June 27, 2014 at 15:40

            Just heard your #FORVERSP on Cliffcentral LOL!!

          • Rince&Shitity

            June 27, 2014 at 15:43

            HAHAHA! I asked for Trevor! #FOREVERSP! HAHAHAHAHAH

    • Anon A Mouse

      June 27, 2014 at 15:04

      Looks like @jonahcash:disqus is the man for the job.

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      • Rince&Shitity

        June 27, 2014 at 15:06

        He must go for it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Jonah Cash

        June 28, 2014 at 05:47

        Hahahaha!! My review skills is -10%, I don’t seem to know how to do it at all…..
        Tried it once, and it sucked. I can give you short reasons why I think the game is good!! But thanks for the vote of confidence man!!

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  5. Jonah Cash

    June 27, 2014 at 14:01

    I am soooo buying this game!! The reviews doesn’t even matter!! I have played V2 so many times I have lost count!!!

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 27, 2014 at 14:11

      Gonna play V2 soon.

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      • Jonah Cash

        June 27, 2014 at 14:32

        You will like it, it is something else. And so far the best Sniper game I have ever played….. Will let you know if V3 is better or not!!

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    • loftie

      June 27, 2014 at 14:27

      I got v2 free on steam! out of bandwidth though so will have to wait till end of month to download… :/

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      • Jonah Cash

        June 27, 2014 at 14:31

        If you like to play slow and after 10 minutes of moving slowly lay down and take a 150m shot then you will be very happy!! It is the game I have replayed the most, there are so many ways of tackling a problem in the game. It got stick from the reviewers but once again they didn’t review what the game was but rather tried to compare it to COD or Battlefield. And it is not anywhere near those two, it is out and out a sniper game….

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        • Sageville

          June 27, 2014 at 14:51

          Basically, if people send you hate mail complaining you are camping biaatch, then this is the game for you!

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          • Jonah Cash

            June 28, 2014 at 05:49

            Best camping game ever!!! Send half the COD clan over this way and there will be no one on the screen!!! Hahahaha

        • Rags

          June 27, 2014 at 16:28

          Sounds good! Reminds me of the earlier Rainbow Six games :>

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          • Jonah Cash

            June 28, 2014 at 05:50

            Now you mention it, V3 does give of that vibe a bit!!

        • loftie

          June 27, 2014 at 16:44

          oh yeah, sneaked my whole way though deus ex 1, 2, 3 and dishonoured and all thief games so i’m pretty much at home with this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Sageville

      June 27, 2014 at 14:49

      NOW WITH TESTICLE SHOTS!

      I believe that should suffice for a winner advertising campaign.

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  6. oVg FX

    June 27, 2014 at 14:29

    Does the novelty of watching someones ball sack get blasted open not get tiring after the first couple of times?

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    • Jonah Cash

      June 27, 2014 at 14:32

      The game is better than just the slow motion open body shots!! If you like a sniper game and if this is better than V2 then this is going to be fun!!

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      • Hammersteyn

        June 27, 2014 at 16:17

        I’m gonna try and shoot every one in the jewels with V2

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        • Jonah Cash

          June 28, 2014 at 05:44

          It really does give one a ooohhhh ouch moment every time it happens!!

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    • Sageville

      June 27, 2014 at 14:52

      …and they say they don’t cater for women in gaming…

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      • Hammersteyn

        June 27, 2014 at 16:16

        XD

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 27, 2014 at 16:16

      I dunno, I never get tired of asking people what’s the capitol of Thailand

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  7. caponeil

    June 27, 2014 at 14:34

    I just got V2 for Free on Steam…When am I going to find time between this, Torchlight 2, Metro…Damn you Steam Summer sale!!

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  8. Eric

    June 27, 2014 at 14:39

    I’d buy it, but sadly… Steam Summer Sale

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  9. Pieter Kruger

    June 27, 2014 at 15:22

    Seriously IGN, 8.2??? Please just make it an 8 FFS!!

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 27, 2014 at 16:15

      the .2 is for the testicle shots you can do in the game.

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      • Sk3tz0

        June 27, 2014 at 16:37

        they’d of given it 8.5 but they played it on a xbone and deducted points for not being 1080 ๐Ÿ˜›

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        • Hammersteyn

          June 27, 2014 at 17:25

          LOL

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  10. Sk3tz0

    June 27, 2014 at 15:55

    Whats the lazygamer Score for this game.. ? looks fun but its something i’ll trade in once im done with what ever else im playing

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