Sniper Elite fans are already pretty well served on Xbox One. As well as Sniper Elite 3 and Sniper Elite 4 there’s Zombie Army Trilogy that’s a spin-off of the franchise. Well, if you can’t get enough of the stealthy sniper gameplay then Rebellion has got you covered. They have just released a remastered version of Sniper Elite V2, the second game in the series. This remaster includes all the original DLC as well as offering some quality of life improvements to the controls. There are also a few new weapons thrown into the mix as well as a photo mode. So, how does this updated game with all this new stuff compare?
Snipe, creep, and crawl
Like the other games in the franchise, Sniper Elite V2 is set during World War II. Once again you step into the shoes of Karl Fairburne. This time around, you are tasked with either recruiting or assassinating the scientists behind the German V2 rocket program. Like nearly all shooters, though, this is all just a ruse to get you creeping through bombed-out buildings and snipe enemies from hundreds of meters away.
The levels themselves are well laid out. There are lots of long streets that are perfect for sniping. Building interiors feel suitably claustrophobic. You’re always wondering what’s around the next corner. Thanks to the third-person view, though, you can nearly always get a sneakily look to see if there are any enemies. In these close-quarters, you are usually forced to use one of your other two weapons. The Welrod pistol is basically a silenced weapon. It may not have much power but you can take out an enemy silently. When things go loud, you can use a submachine gun. You start with a Thompson but can pick up an MP40 or the Tokarev PPSH-41.
Mastering the remaster
I have to say, that visually I was pleasantly surprised. This is not a match for the last two entries in the Sniper Elite franchise. However, after reviewing the Switch version for our sister site, Nintendo Enthusiast, this Xbox version is head and shoulders above it. On Nintendo’s console, the game is very drab and there’s little variation in colour or texture. The Xbox version isn’t bursting with colour (à la Rage 2) but there are more discernible hues. This really helps to make the game more interesting and less drab. The lighting effects are also more impressive on this version. It makes the game seem like a true remaster rather than a port. And this was true on both my ‘S’ and my ‘X’. The 4K resolution on the One X, though, is particularly useful when you can barely make out your target because it is so far away.
Included with this remaster is all the DLC released for the original game. This means that you get a sizeable amount of content for only $35. Playing through the main campaign will take you between 6-20 hours, depending on if you’re rushing through or trying to get all the collectables. Add to that another 2-3 hours for DLC missions and you have a substantial package. And that’s before you add in the multiplayer. There are seven different multiplayer modes across fourteen maps. Unlike the Switch version, I was able to find a few matches and it all worked pretty smoothly.
As someone who has only played the Sniper Elite games this generation, the opportunity to play an earlier game in the franchise is very welcome. Sniper Elite V2 Remastered may not have quite the level of visual finesse that the later games do but it’s still a worthy current-gen entry. Rebellion has done right by fans of the franchise by including all the original DLC (take note Activision). The updated control system feels spot-on. Photo mode will only appeal to a limited audience but it’s a nice addition. Whether you’ve played Sniper Elite V2before or not, this is a game worth playing by all fans of the franchise. I had a blast with the game and look forward to spending more hours sniping Nazis and fellow gamers.
Release Date: 14th May 2019
No. of Players: 1-16 players
Category: Shooter, Strategy
A review code was provided by the publisher.
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