Review – Sniper Elite V2: Remastered
Sniper Elite might have been ahead of its time, with the open(ish) world allowing players to take multiple routes to objectives and choose whether to use stealth or go in guns blazing, and the ability to tailor the gameplay to be as difficult as you’d like. Sniper Elite V2 polished things up and added the now series-signature ‘bullet cam’ to add real impact to key shots, which is likely why Rebellion chose to remaster it ahead of the series 15-year anniversary next year.
The remastered version doesn’t mess with the now classic gameplay, so gamers can expect a stealth-heavy experience that relies on first setting booby traps either to protect your flank and rear or to cut off escape routes, then trying to take out as many Nazis as you can before you’re discovered. Sniping is a key part of the game, and easily provides its most memorable moments, like when you’re tasked with making difficult shots while also timing your shots to environmental noise to avoid detection, but when stealth falls apart there’s no end of Nazis to gun down with the game’s other weapons.
The game has a slower flow to it, and while I’m super into the ‘work out your attack meticulously, mapping out every enemy location before executing a flawless plan’ way of playing it there’s certainly room for a much looser ‘spot a few guys, then start shooting’ approach as well. I didn’t find the other firearms as rewarding as the sniper rifles, but that’s probably why it’s not called Tommy Gun Elite.
The remaster leans heavily on improvements to the visual side of things, with greatly improved texture work, a bump to resolution, and better lighting and particle effects. Console gamers can also choose between higher frame rate or higher resolution modes, which is a nice concession to those who prefer buttery smooth fps to less aliasing. There’s also a huge addition in the form of a photo mode. There’s no truly free cam mode, but what’s available here allows for great screenshots, particularly during the bullet cam portions.
Co-op gameplay returns, allowing you and a partner to take on the game’s campaign missions together, and there’s also a horde mode that’s surprisingly fun. The star of the co-op show is Overwatch, however, which puts one player in the role of spotter on the ground, while the other provides cover fire from their perch above the battlefield. This can be a very tense mode, and requires communication between teammates.
There are also regular MP modes, which support up to 16 players in PVP play. I didn’t have much luck finding lobbies consistently for this mode, but hopefully that will continue to pick up with time.
Sniper Elite V2: Remastered goes on sale tomorrow on PC, PS4, and Xbox One (version reviewed, using code provided by the publisher).