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Sniper Elite 4: A welcome return to tactical combat

February 14, 2016

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Sniper Elite 4: A welcome return to tactical combatWhen it comes to gaming, one of my fiendish and guilty pleasures is sniping. There is nothing like looking through a scope, tracking your unsuspecting target and then pressing the trigger.

Lucky for me, there is an entire game centred around sniping enemies.

Sniper Elite 4 continues where the previous chapter left off. As the chiselled and grizzled Office of Strategic Services agent, Karl Fairburne, you have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to anyone wearing a swastika.

Fairburne has set sail for war-torn Italy to lend the resistance there a helping hand which includes assassinating high-ranking officers, gathering intelligence, sabotaging the enemy in an assortment of diabolical ways and sometimes shooting the enemy in…let’s say…very, very sensitive places.

Sniper Elite 4: A welcome return to tactical combatYou can also do sneaky things like rig dead bodies and machines to explode, plant trip mines and lay all sorts of nasty, exploding, flesh-rending traps.

Borrowing a page from Mortal Kombat’s x-ray damage feature, the shooting itself is gratuitous with grisly cut-scenes showing your bullet flying through the air, hitting its target and then ripping through flesh, bone and vital organs. The over-the-top theatrics never, ever get old and in an odd way, they do add an air of authenticity to the gameplay.

Fairburne is armed with more than a sniper rifle as Sniper Elite 4 gives you the option of long-range or short-range combat, however, I found it best to use your binoculars and scope out the lay of the land before you throw caution to the wind. Typically, running in with guns blazing results in you being outflanked and outgunned.

Sniper Elite 4: A welcome return to tactical combatSince you are woefully outnumbered all of the time, Sniper Elite requires you to make surgical strikes from cover like bushes and from makeshift sniper roosts, like balconies and rooftops you come across. Once you have thinned the herd of enemies, so to speak, you can move in and mop up with close-range attacks.

To be effective though you have to be very tactical, very patient and willing to take the time to examine and attack problems from different angles. Sniper Elite 4 is a thinking person’s shooter, an appreciated return to the tactical combat some military first-person-shooters are missing today. It can be challenging, even aggravating at times but like all of the best games, all of the trials and tribulations are worth it in the end.

Sniper Elite 4
Format: Xbox One
Publisher: Rebellion Developments, Sold Out
Developer: Rebellion Developments
ESRB Rating: M for Mature

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Rating: 8 / 10

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