Hands On: Sniper Elite V2

By Brendan Caldwell on March 23rd, 2012 at 10:00 am.


Being taken to an undisclosed location and surrounded by men chatting idly about firearms is something more associated with hostage situations than press events. And yet here I was. I had accepted RPS’ mission to go out to the countryside and shoot WWII sniper rifles with complete strangers, despite harbouring very straightforward phobias of both bullets and dying of bullets. It’s not that I hate men with real guns; it’s just that I prefer them to be very far away. Did you know I have a recurring nightmare in which I am shot in the head by an unknown assailant – and, in one instance, by Daniel Day-Lewis? Well, I do. Yet here I was in some remote farmhouse waiting to be handed a loaded Springfield M1-something-something. The things I do for you, dear reader. The things I do for you.

My first clue that this was not a normal farmhouse was when I went into the bathroom and saw more military boots and camo jackets than bars of soap. But even then the reality of the situation didn’t kick in until the firearms instructor started to give his idiosyncratic safety briefing. This included a joke about ‘stealing your watch’ while ‘your bleeding cadaver’ is loaded into the boot of his car (license plate: SN1P3R) in the event of an accident. I think this joke was intended to put everyone at ease.

While the first batch of journos were escorted out to the firing range, the rest of us got a go on the actual game, which I can confirm also has sniper rifles and will now finally talk about at length.

Rather than being an out-and-out sequel, Sniper Elite V2 is a remake of the original game, set in Berlin during the closing days of the war. The idea is to retain the ‘sniper simulation’ feel of the first Sniper Elite but also to give it pretty graphics and a few stylistic additions. At heart, it’s a game full of stealth-based missions with lots of patient creeping about, usually followed by a bullet-heavy, explosive finale. Of course, it takes me a couple of deaths to realise just how stealthy the game wants you to be. Jason Kingsley, CEO of developer Rebellion, says this is all part of the plan. And it’s one of the reasons they brought us out here to shoot real guns in the first place.


“One of the issues I think for us is that we want people to play the game like a sniper,” he says. “It’s very important that people understand about the ‘observe, plan and then execute’ [idea]… The idea that you don’t just charge down the street and shoot the crap out of people – because you’ll be killed. So I think the idea is to show people what sniper rifles feel like and hopefully inform their gameplay a little bit in terms of how they’re playing it and what a gun actually does.”

And what a gun actually does in Sniper Elite V2 is this: it makes a horrid mess. The original game featured a kill cam which tracked the bullet’s path and showed the impact on your target in slow motion. This kill cam makes a return, only this time it will also include an x-ray image of your round tearing through the target’s body in a very graphic way, rupturing organs and shattering bone before it pops out the other side. But only when you make a particularly ‘skilful’ shot.

This feature is as grotesque and troubling as it is fascinating. I was visibly wincing at the damage I was doing to these soldiers. At one point I fired at a German rifleman in my usual panic-stricken way and as the bullet entered his body in painful slow-motion it ruptured each kidney, passing from one to the other as leisurely as if it were going for a swim. At least, I think they were his kidneys. I hope they were. Because I have a nagging feeling they may have been his testicles and my mind was so disturbed by this image that I have since repressed, warped and diluted the memory to make it slightly more manageable. This is frightening, if only because repressing memories is exactly what people do following genuine war-time traumas.


In spite of the nasty nature of this feature, the developers stress that it has a greater purpose than ‘gratuitous gore’. Steve Hart, Senior Producer, tells me how they even scaled back some of the gory details because of how their testers were reacting to it.

“I mean, eight months ago we had something… One of our QA lads said, ‘That’s it, I’m off. You got to take me off the project.’ Because he couldn’t handle it. And there were certain elements that we had within the kill cam that were pretty graphic and he just didn’t want it. And we only put it in to see: how far do we want to take it? Where are we comfortable taking it to? I mean, I’m desensitised to the entire thing, right? But we worked hard making sure that what we did was… we’re not trying to be controversial with it – we’re trying to make people think about it. And actually it’s quite interesting to see the kind of damage you deal to the victim. It’s not to be gratuitous.”

It’s an interesting angle, trying to provoke thought among shooter fans – after all, we aren’t known for our consideration toward our fellow man. But something about the word “victim” unsettles me. In harder modes the simulation aspects are increased – wind is added, the AI gets smarter and HUD assistance disappears.

Although the sniping is the focal point of the game, a lot of it is made up of making your way from one place to another in third-person. You can plant tripmines in doorways to cover your back while in a building. Or put a landmine by a fresh German body so that when his comrades come over to check on him they are blown up in the process. There’s a snap cover system that you’ll also have to make use of, although this played up a couple of times during our demo and could probably afford to be a little less sticky.


There’s a lot of on-the-hoof planning it you want to put down these traps to cover your back because it’s hard to know what’s going to happen on your first couple of playthroughs. Which enemy is likely to come from where? Sometimes I laid down a tripmine only for it to go unused which only made me feel like I’d wasted it. This made me want to conserve them, since you get so few in each mission, and I spent the rest of the game not bothering with them unless there was an obvious upcoming setpiece. When they do work, you’re very grateful for them – although it’s up to you if you want to risk causing such a racket.

And silence is important here. You rarely want to sprint because of the noise it makes, especially on the floorboards inside the maybe-garrisoned buildings. As might be expected, you can perform a silent kill by sneaking up on an enemy from behind (the trademark Big Dumb Action Movie neck-snap). But there’s no standard melee attack to accompany this, so if some Jerry turns on you just as you’re sneaking up on him it’s a hard time trying to leg it or pull out your silenced Welrod pistol in time to stop him alerting everyone else. Then again, the decision to leave a powerful melee attack out might also be intended to keep players from gung-ho-ing it across town, happy-slapping every Nazi they can see, making a bit of a farce of the whole ‘long-range combat sim’ thing they’ve got going on.

Although you are armed with a Thompson and a Welrod pistol, you don’t really get a lot of ammo for these, even after looting the corpses of your enemies. So you never feel like you will have enough to back you up if it comes to an all out shoot-out. But then that’s something the game wants you to avoid anyway. This becomes clearer when enemies do become alert. The soldiers seem very keen on pushing towards you and not giving you any respite. Fritz is very fond of lobbing grenades into your hidey-holes too. Meanwhile, some levels have tanks which will trundle ominously towards you if you get spotted. Even one explosive round from these will bring you down, so relocation is not just encouraged – it’s necessary.

The idea that you will be under pressure from the moment you make yourself known is core to the game, says Hart. But which bad guys come for you will obviously depend on their class. It’s no surprise exactly who is likely to charge you.


“You see, riflemen won’t because they’re good at distance,” he says. “Snipers won’t. MGs? Absolutely. If you’re holding an MP40 and I have a sniper rifle, you want to get close to me. You won’t want to stay 200 yards away.”

Once or twice I managed to hide round a corner and simply wait for the everyone to follow me, then gunned them down with short bursts of the Thompson or pot-shots with the pistol – which is completely against the core concept of this game. But I think this was mainly me messing around and looking for breaking points. Hopefully it isn’t something that would happen if you approached the game normally because it’s precisely what the design is trying to avoid.

Thankfully, the AI does seem mostly intelligent (and brutish). However, the missions still seem fairly heavily pre-determined. After a few deaths you’ll begin to know what enemies will appear, where they’ll show up and in what numbers. They may patrol differently, or react differently to your actions each time – but the general odds you’re up against and their positions in the tumbled down streets of Berlin are always the same. Don’t the developers fear this might turn the whole thing into a game about memorisation more than anything?

“Um, yes and no,” says Hart. “It depends on how you approach it. If you’re going to be loud and run around corners, foot-stomping, these guys are going to respond very differently. They’re going to be aware of your position earlier… In terms of way-pointing in a level, rather than saying, ‘You can run there or you can run there or you can run there, Mr AI’ instead, we mark the whole area out so they go where they want … so the AI system is pretty complex.”

But even if the actions of alerted enemies are unpredictable, their ‘base’ behaviour is always the same, every time. And I got the sense that the early introductory levels we played through weren’t as open as later ones might be. All in all, it did sometimes feel like I was memorising a level little-by-little after each death. This could have one of two effects on you as a player:


Effect the first: you will find the missions repetitive and frustrating. On normal difficulty and upwards you will get one or two kills then die after stumbling into the path of a Tiger tank. You will restart from save, get three or four kills then die. You will continue in this vein until you push through the checkpoints and bit-by-bit complete the level. You will be annoyed at this.

Effect the second: you will find the missions strangely reminiscent of Hitman, in that you restart many times trying to discover the best approach and most efficient or “perfect” route through the level. You will use the regular bellowing of church bells to mask the sound of your rifle fire. You will time your sprint across an open road to the millisecond so as to avoid a single patrolling German. You will be engaged by this.

Obviously, the developers would rather you feel the latter effect and it’s easy to see why the game will appeal to people in precisely those ways. At the same time, I don’t mean to say that Sniper Elite V2 seems as varied or as open-ended as Hitman. It doesn’t yet seem that way from the few levels I played – so repetitiveness is the second-greatest danger here.

The first-greatest danger for Sniper Elite V2, however, is Mr Sticky Cover System and his lout of a cousin, Sporadically Unhelpful Camera. A couple of times when we stuck to cover the camera wouldn’t rotate the entire way, meaning not every corner was suitable for peering round even when it felt like it should be. Camera angle problems and obscured views won’t exactly be popular in a game about sniping – a military discipline which is mostly based around seeing things. Even if these problems are seldom, it’s not difficult to imagine that they’d be enough of a nuisance to lead to your death once or twice. Hopefully not enough to put you off the entire game.


Meanwhile, the cover system itself might prove difficult to get used to but then the point of the game seems not to have to duck and dive between cover pumping out bullets but rather to skulk around quietly and plan the precise moment you want to ‘go loud’ with the utmost care. It could have a cover system as competent as Mass Effect or Gears of War (and in a perfect world it will) but you could argue Sniper Elite V2 doesn’t actually need it. You’re not supposed to get into those kinds of over-the-top, machine-gun-toting scenarios. You’re supposed to snipe.

The co-op multiplayer modes sound interesting too, although we didn’t get to play these. Bombing Run sees players sneaking around trying to find objects to fix their getaway vehicle against the clock, as a bombardment is due to begin. Kill Tally sends waves of Germans storming your position. And Overwatch arms one person with a sniper rifle and another with an MG, meaning the sniper has to cover the close-combat guy as he scurries around planting bombs and setting traps. “The sniper is the finger of God, essentially,” says Hart.


Now that I’ve had a go at the game and shot several men in the liver, the Rebellion PR folk tell me I’m in the next squadron of journalists to visit the real-life firing range out in a nearby field. After being yelled at by the scary firearms instructor to put my ear defenders on properly I line up my target through the scope of a K-nine-something. At the bottom of the range there’s an A4 paper sheet imprinted with a distinctly Germanic head. For a moment I consider the kidneys (please God, let them have been kidneys) of the soldier I shot earlier in the day. I also get a flashback of the soldier who ran out to pick up a friend and carry him to safety only to have his sternum disassembled by one of my bullets post-rescue. Suddenly, firing a real gun at a piece of paper isn’t so scary. After all, it’s not a “victim” – it’s just a target. I line up the sight and imagine it is Daniel Day-Lewis. I hit him three times in the neck and then I shoot his ear off. Mission accomplished. Phobia conquered.

Then again, I just shot a real weapon of war, designed expressly to kill other human beings and I was less unsettled and disturbed by that than I was when pressing a few buttons to destroy a non-existent man’s kidneys in a non-existent digital world. I don’t know if this makes Sniper Elite V2 a good game or a repulsive game but it definitely makes it a game I want to watch. Preferably from very far away.

Sniper Elite V2 is out May 4th.

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  1. Inigo says:

    I never thought I’d see the day when a stealth game took features from Mortal Kombat.

  2. CaLe says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever dreamt the same thing twice. I wonder what causes that. I am usually able to jump about the height of a house in most of my dreams, but they are about different things.

    What? A sniper game? Yes that’s good.

  3. Eclipse says:

    Mr Sticky Cover System? Not interested :-\

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    stahlwerk says:

    Are there achievements for shooting certain organs, like appendices?

    Is this the true sequel to “Life & Death 1″?

    Did you shoot all the organs?

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    Anthile says:

    The very first screenshot is actually from the upcoming Grim Fandango FPS remake.

  6. MrMud says:

    I don’t know for sure but I think you don’t know what MG means.
    An MG (Machine Gun) is a heavy weapon that is very unsuitable for close quarters combat. It is a support weapon intended for medium to long range.

    What you probably mean is an SMG (Sub Machine Gun) which is a close quarters weapon.

    Perhaps not terribly important but it made sections of the text a bit confusing at first.

  7. marbled says:

    Am I the only one hoping you can turn the kill cam off? Everything else sounds quite interesting, but that just seems really unnecessary and controversy-baiting to me…..

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    Lars Westergren says:

    >One of our QA lads said, ‘That’s it, I’m off. You got to take me off the project.’ Because he couldn’t handle it.

    I talked to a guy working at a startup doing automatic image recognition. Their biggest income is from dating sites, who otherwise have to spend a lot of manpower manually approving images. A lot of men seem to think the only thing potential partners want to see of them is their penis, even though the dating sites terms of service clearly says it must only be face pictures.

    So the startup hired students to do initial priming of the filter’s neural networks. The students got a never ending stream of randomly picked images from the web and had to click on one of two buttons: “Porn” or “Not porn”. The students all went through the following steps.

    Before: Boasting to friends: “I get to watch porn all summer, and I’m going to get paid to do it!”
    After first day: “Oh, wow. I never imagined there was so much weird and sick stuff on the net”.
    End of first week: “I quit. You can’t pay me enough to continue:”

  9. PJMendes says:

    I like this realism in war games. The gore-porn killcam sounds like a proper step in that direction.

    One day, for every evil enemy you kill, you’ll get a slow-motion view of pictures of him as a baby, with his parents, learning to ride a bycicle, his first date, and him laughing with his friends, interspersed with this kill-cam of the slow moving bullet through his organs.

    As intermission cut-scenes, we see meetings between the powers that be, finding the reasons why that particular war was started (economical and political, serving all but those that die in them, IMO). Also we get glimpses of the propaganda machines, showing how to present the information to the masses as to show the “enemy” as evil (or killing as “necessary”)

    How far I’ve come since I was 14, gobbling up this shit and loving it!

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      Lars Westergren says:

      >I like this realism in war games. The gore-porn killcam sounds like a proper step in that direction.

      Sounds inspired by the film Three Kings.

      I’ve always thought it would be a nice hidden easter egg in an action game if, for just one soldier/guard/cop in the game, when you click on the corpse instead of ammo you find a “LUV U DADY BE SAFE AT WURK” note.

      • PJMendes says:

        I saw that movie literally a week ago, went in knowing nothing and was pleasantly surprised by how anti war (almost anti american) and humanizing it is.

        However the target audience for most of these war movies/games are for people that relish in their militaristic fantasies, are proud to know all the brand names of the killing aparatus, and introducing those elements would probably make them feel a bit sick (whereas stuff such as killcams and PR stunts such as the one Brendan went make them feel hard).

        • Fumarole says:

          It’s certainly anti Eddie Murphy singing.

        • PodX140 says:

          The irony is is that video game gun logic and real world gun logic rarely match up. Point a shotgun at me at even just 200 yards and I’m diving for cover. Rifle at 800? RUN. Sniper at 1.2? Unlikely that they’re THAT good a shot, but I’m not taking any chances, that bullet would still smash right through you at that range.

          And don’t even get me started on weapon names and the difference between a clip and a mag.

      • Shooop says:

        A game had something like that actually – Second Sight.

        Your character accidentally kills a guard threatening to shoot him with a psychic blast and if you look on his computer you’ll see he was chatting with his wife.

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    Bluerps says:

    “It’s an interesting angle, trying to provoke thought among shooter fans – after all, we aren’t known for our consideration toward our fellow man.”

    One of the provoked thoughts will probably be “I wonder if I can get a guys brains and balls with the same shot.”

  11. Jim Rossignol says:

    Oops, Brendan was the author on that one, not me. Amended.

  12. Mattressi says:

    People that are scared of guns confuse me. I mean, are they also scared of knives or perhaps a builder carrying a multitool? If you don’t keep your distance from people with knives, I don’t see how a gun can be any more dangerous or scary. Maybe it’s because most people these days aren’t raised around guns or have only experienced guns in TV and games (where guns are always being fired at people, rather than at targets or even just being passively carried), so they have a kind of scary mystery to them? I don’t know, I can’t quite work it out.

    Also, this isn’t meant to incite a pro/anti-gun flame war, so please don’t reply if that’s your intention. I’m just genuinely curious about why some people seem to fear guns.

    Edit: as for the game, it’s definitely sounding good to me, though I’d prefer it to be more of an open-level design. The last game seemed kind of flat (for lack of any kind of actually descriptive word…) to me though, so I think I’ll be waiting for a demo on this one.

    • Shooop says:

      Maybe because they’re so easy to cause accidental injury with them? Which could be a byproduct of the horrible lack of education about them.

      • One Pigeon says:

        I’d also say that it’s because a gun is designed for one purpose, to kill and maim things.

        A knife or multitool may be able to cause injuries but this isn’t their main purpose.

        • Mattressi says:

          I tend to scoff at people who fear something solely because of it’s designed purpose (as if a flintlock is more dangerous than a car, truck or an airplane simply because of the intent of its design), but I think you might be right. I know a lot of people are scared of swords and even axes; hell even some who are scared of folding knives but not big butchers knives. Then again, I don’t know many who are scared of bows (as in, bow and arrow), which seems odd.

        • Shooop says:

          One could argue a knife being used to kill things was one of the main considerations for its design. Even though it has more than one purpose.

          But hell, anything is dangerous when an idiot gets their hands on it. Some things much more than others.

      • Mattressi says:

        That’s a good point. The amount of times I’ve seen people “muzzle” other people (point the business end of a gun at someone) without realising or thinking it’s bad, is astounding. Come to think of it, I guess I’m really not all that comfortable around a lot of the idiots I see with guns. But that’s not so much an issue of the gun, but the person; if someone walked around with a multitool blade open and pointed in front of them, I’d be as scared as being muzzled by some moron with a gun. I guess you’re right though; it’s a lot easier to be an idiot with a gun than a knife, especially since we’re taught at a reasonably young age about knife safety, but most aren’t taught gun safety. Consider me less confused about the issue.

        • Shooop says:

          I think it helps it’s almost universal knowledge a sharp thing hurts and there are lots of sharp things that occur naturally.

          A gun on the other hand is not something the majority of people are exposed to on a regular basis.

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      Stellar Duck says:

      For what it’s worth: I’ve been around guns most my life. My dad was a hunter so I learned about them and handling them pretty early. Rifles and shotguns. In the army I was around guns all the bloody time. Assualt rifles, MGs and pistols mostly. Learned to handle them, to be cautious and to maintain them.

      I’m not afraid of guns, but I detest them. They have no place in society. I get uneasy around armed cops. I don’t want to be near guns. They server one purpose: to shoot stuff. No mystery. No scary stuff. I just don’t want them near me.

      • SkittleDiddler says:

        People who don’t respect guns shouldn’t be playing with them (that includes most police officers and gun owners in the U.S.). I just found out yesterday that one of my childhood best friends accidentally blew his own head off with a .44 mag back in 2002; he was a guy I used to accompany on hunting trips that basically consisted of shooting at random shit and obliterating as much wildlife as possible. I’m humbled to consider that none of us got killed back then – we didn’t have a healthy respect for the weaponry despite mandatory safety classes, and it’s amazing someone didn’t get maimed or mortally wounded.

        Being around guns all my life didn’t instill a sense of respect either. It wasn’t until I encountered an actual gunshot casualty in my later years that I learned to treat guns with a different outlook.

        You’re absolutely right. Outside of hunting for survival, guns shouldn’t have a place in modern society.

  13. Shooop says:

    Stop it, you’re actually starting to make me interested in this game.

    Not sure how I feel about the x-ray vision (it brings back memories of the celluloid dreck called Romeo Must Die), but the emphasis on “choose your fights because you can’t win them all” is refreshing.

  14. torchedEARTH says:

    Fag bitch spawn camper elite? Not for me I’m afraid.

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      Um… wha… huh…. ?

      …?

      • Mattressi says:

        I’ve got to assume he’s being sarcastic and is mocking the typical FPS troll/kiddie that calls those who use sniper rifles/classes all sorts of names. At least, I hope that’s what he’s doing…

        • LennyLeonardo says:

          Yes, that certainly would be the lesser of several evils. Personally I wish he’d stop it, whatever he’s doing.

  15. MistyMike says:

    My dream sniper game has a system similar to the wanted stars in GTA. As you score kills, the enemy gets more alerted to the fact that there is an enemy sniper operating in the area and they deploy progressively more effective countermeasures.

    Get a first ‘star’ and they shell your suspected position with mortats and field guns. The second star sends out anti-sniper teams backed up with armored vehicles to sweep the area. With the third star a fighter plane flies over the area trying to hunt you down. Finally, at four stars enemy snipers are deployed to the area to give you a taste of your own medicine.

    This system would need an open-ended level design which would allow you to change your position freely.

  16. tkioz says:

    I think what they are going for with the gore and killcam is something a lot of shooters try to explain to non-shooters, guns don’t work like they do in the movies, especially higher calibre weapons, they don’t just make a neat little hole… they shred people… getting hit in the arm by a high calibre weapon is going to kill you just as dead as being hit in the head… because the bugger is going to RIP your arm off… and bullets bounce around inside people…

    I think having the gore in this game is a good idea, show people who a firearm really does, and then they’ll be far less likely to think they are toys. They aren’t. They aren’t evil, they are just tools, but they are very good tools for their job… which is killing.

    • Axess Denyd says:

      I wouldn’t say their job is killing. Their job is to fire bullets. Whether the bullet is aimed at paper, a person, or an old TV is up to the person pulling the trigger. I own several, only one is likely to have killed anyone*, but they are all very good.

      Speaking of ballistics, it’s amazing the difference in a wound from a .45ACP and a high speed, small bullet like a .223 (or since RPS is European, 5.56×45).

      *A Mosin-Nagant made in 1937 is very, very likely to have been fired at Nazis. Don’t worry, as far as I can tell it is not cursed.

    • Shooop says:

      Unless it’s a ridiculously high caliber bullet (and/or is hollow-tipped) I really doubt most would tear off a limb.

      And you do sometimes get a neat little hole – along with a big on where it exited. Unless of course it doesn’t which in that case it bounces around inside. Which is probably worse.

      …The FBI is now monitoring me aren’t they?

      • PodX140 says:

        I would find it a bit odd to hear of a firearm actually tearing limbs off, unless you are firing an anti-material rifle at a person, it just wouldn’t happen I think.

        And on the subject of neat little holes: Entry wound? Perfect hole the diameter of the bullet. The exit? About 2-3x that size, maybe larger, and VERY jagged and uneven.

        I regularly shoot .22 (The smallest common caliber) firearms, and you sort of have this preconception that it wouldn’t do THAT much damage to something, it’s so small and tiny, what could it do? BIG MISTAKE. Went to a .22 pistol(!) competition, where we were required to “saw” 1×2’s in half using bulllets. Entry holes looked exactly like you shot paper, just a small hole the size of the bullet. Exit holes? Looked like someone put their fist through the damn thing and just kept going.

        • Shooop says:

          Exactly my thoughts – unless you’re shooting a seriously big bullet at someone (50 cal or more) it’s not going to take a limb off because I’m pretty sure bullets aren’t designed to do that.

      • Axess Denyd says:

        I did hear someone once say that when they first encountered the AK-74 in Afghanistan, they were amazed at the ability of the 5.45×39 round to remove arms/legs from the people they hit….According to recent ballistics sudies they don’t seem to be much worse than other rounds, though, so I have a feeling it was exagerrated.

        For the difference in a rifle round and a pistol round, check the following link. Warning, very graphic.

        http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=17111.0

        • Shooop says:

          Did some more searching and figured out exactly why that happened – the bullet literally turns on its axis and breaks in half. So it was basically the equivalent of a miniature pipe bomb in his leg.

          Definitely wouldn’t blow your limb off, but does it even have to? And then there’s internal bleeding/organs being ruptured to worry about. Nasty business getting shot. I have no experience in that matter but I really can’t recommend it after what I learned today.

        • Geen says:

          Actually, with wounds that size it wouldn’t take much more than 3-4 rounds to leave you without a leg.

  17. geerad says:

    If this is supposed to be all realistic, how come you don’t have a spotter?

    • marcusfell says:

      I never thought of that. Though, if the harder difficulties remove your HUD (something more games should do) then the only way it would work is with co-op. And that’s probobly not any more effective anyway.

    • Zebb says:

      Snipers weren’t a tried and true battlefield mechanic during World War II. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they didn’t exist, I’m just saying it was a fledgling type of warfare, reserved for soldiers who used to hunt in their spare time, or were part of a rifle-club back home. Snipers and their spotters didn’t begin being used until around the 70’s in Vietnam, when commanders finally started understanding how to use them. Gear such as range-finders and spotting scopes weren’t commonplace til around that time either. That is why there is no spotter present in Sniper Elite.

      My sources? Sniper by Peter Brookesmith and Triggermen by Hans Halberstadt.
      Hope that helps!

  18. RegisteredUser says:

    Exhibitionist skeleton screenshot.

  19. Curry the Great says:

    Like anyone thinks this game is gone be any good other than the killcam porn.