Sniper Elite Reviews (Xbox)

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MS Xbox World (Oct 21, 2005)
I thoroughly enjoyed playing this game and although its nature won’t appeal to the John Rambo type players, it will appeal to the players that love sniping. Other games might feature a sniper rifle but none have gone this far as to base a game around the whole mentality of the sniper. It’s good; it’s fun and definitely worth picking up if you have some patience in you. Yes it’s set in WWII like so many other titles but I think this game has enough charm and style of its own to make it stand out in the crowd.
Worth Playing (Jan 07, 2006)
Besides that gripe, picking up the PS2 version of Sniper Elite gets you a solid multiplayer game, and a singleplayer game that's challenging, but at least as much so for its grainy graphics as for its unforgiving enemies. If you've got the means, go for the Xbox port on this one.
GameZone (Oct 26, 2005)
Aside from a few awkward moments, Sniper Elite is a perfectly entertaining game that handles sniper action as good as any other action game. It might not take the war game genre to whole new heights but at least you will love playing the part of a seasoned sniper. Give this one a try if you love stealth action games.
GamePro (US) (Sep 28, 2005)
Sniper does a commendable job of creating the bombed-out environments of the collapsing city of Berlin with effective visuals and matching soundtrack of random gunshots, screams, and incoming mortar fire. The hybrid first-person shooter and third-person gameplay mechanics are well served by the responsive controls. Some rough spots abound, however--most notably, an inconsistent frame rate on some missions, and lack of hand-to-hand combat. Plus, some enemies have goofy facial expressions after being hit by a "kill shot" that tracks in slow motion from the barrel of your rifle to the intended target. If you're prepared for the deliberate nature of its gameplay, Sniper Elite is a rewarding way to fight WWII from the comfort of your couch. Just keep in mind the prerequisite degree of patience.
TeamXbox (Oct 20, 2005)
Sniper Elite has a certain difficulty and pace to it that usually caters to a select group of gamers. I can definitely see a Splinter Cell fan really getting into Sniper Elite. The subject matter is far different, and the sniping accent is unique, but the elements of stealth, gameplay difficulty, and general pace of play are reminiscent of many-a Fisher mission. If you’re looking for non-stop action, then you may want to stick to FPS camping, but if you like your games heavy on slow sleuthing, and sniping, then Sniper Elite is a the way to go.
IGN (Oct 18, 2005)
If you're a big fan of tagging enemies with sniper bullets and watching your calculated handiwork culminate in a gore-filled, slow motion replay, then you'll definitely enjoy Sniper Elite. The game is basically all sniping, since most close range combat is awkward and ineffective. At times you'll be frustrated by how accurate enemy seem to be or how often you're caught by surprise, despite your best scouting efforts, by groups of foes triggered by certain events. You'll have to be able to put up with reloading your game multiple times, but you'll be rewarded with a deep sniping system and large array of combat options, such as protecting your sniping spot with tripwire grenades. If you have a friend nearby, definitely grab them to try this game out, it's way more exciting with two people, especially because you can revive. Though Sniper Elite doesn't do anything revolutionary, it's a fun game greatly aided by its expanded gameplay options.
Although it is definitely not perfect, I'd still recommend Sniper Elite to WWII aficionados looking for something a little different.
Gaming Age (Nov 07, 2005)
While it is true that Sniper Elite is not going to change the genre as we know it, I am happy to see a non-squad based war simulation that uses someone other than a grunt as your main character. The realism may turn off some run and gun gamers, but even those fans will have a hard time not appreciating what Sniper Elite brings to the table in terms of great and entertaining game play.
75 (Jan 05, 2006)
If you have a hankering for a slower-paced WW2 shooter where your patience and stealth are rewarded, you may like Sniper Elite quite a bit. If you have a friend who is in a similar mindset then pick this title up immediately. If you are just playing the single player game, you will probably get bored after a few hours in. For what it’s worth, I had fun with the co-op, I didn’t mind the online, and the single player got old.
GameSpot (Nov 02, 2005)
Overall, Sniper Elite is enjoyable if you have the time and patience to really get the most out of it. If you have an itchy trigger finger and love gratuitous explosions and heavy weaponry, you'll probably want to pass on this game. However, if you like stealth games and have plenty of time to spare, then you'll find a lot to like in Sniper Elite.
70 (UK) (Jan 23, 2006)
Evidently Sniper Elite deserved far better than to be slipped into an uncaring market with no marketing or retail support, but that's the reality for most games these days. From first impressions it's easy to take one look at it and assume it's a rather low-budget affair that does little that any number of other slicker, better looking titles haven't done a dozen times over. Yet what lies beneath its rather unspectacular veneer is a really well designed game that approaches the conflict from a different angle and provides a solid platform for a hugely entertaining game. Now all that needs to happen is for an ambitious publisher to expand Sniper Elites premise and fully realise its obvious potential, because the pickings would be rich if it did.
Darkstation (Feb 10, 2006)
In the end, Sniper Elite is exactly how it sounds on the box; it's a Sniper game that places you as, you guessed it, a sniper. I have to say that I enjoyed this game. It wasn't perfect, and the visuals had plenty of room for improvement, but it still was a good game. If you like sniping and want a game that focuses almost all of its attention on that, then check this game out as a rental you will find a lot of things to enjoy.
AceGamez (Feb 19, 2006)
Sniper Elite is a fantastic war game with a difference, focusing almost entirely on the slow-paced nature of sniping. Xbox Live really is something I recommend you check out with this game, as the satisfaction of bringing someone down with a long distance shot really does make it one that you will come back to again and again. It shouldn't cost more than £19.99 and for the money, you're getting a real bargain and plenty of longevity. The less patient and more action-oriented gamers might not warm to it so much, but if you're the kind of gamer that enjoys the chance to get a good sniping spot on your favourite online shooter, then this really is one game you must play. Now if you'll excuse me - some hapless soul has just wandered into my sights…
XBox Evolved (Nov 05, 2005)
Sniper Elite is definitely not for everybody—perhaps only for those who truly appreciate the sniper in shooting games. It has the depth that a lot of people who love the sniping weapon have been dreaming of for quite a long time. If you can get past some AI problems, find a friend to play with, and excuse the average visuals you should have plenty of fun with Sniper Elite.
65 (Sep 29, 2005)
Encore un soufflé qui se dégonfle au moment d'arriver sur la table. Sniper Elite a plein de bonnes choses pour lui, se balader à plat ventre dans les ruines en esquivant les défenses ennemies jusqu'à trouver un trou de souris pour y vider son fusil est un défi stimulant, mais qui tourne au vinaigre quand on finit par pester contre un personnage lent et raide comme un piquet et des objectifs d'une difficulté parfois exaspérante.
60 (Dec 28, 2006)
Sniper Elite just doesn’t have that much to offer your average gamer. A few will disagree with me and see SE as a diamond in the rough, but those fans will be few and far between. The multiplayer livens things up a bit, but it’s done better in other games like Halo 2 and Call of Duty 2. Sniper Elite isn’t a terrible game, it just misses on so many levels that it could only appeal to a select few, and that’s sad because it’s very obvious that Rebellion knew what it was shooting for. Unfortunately, gameplay of an acquired taste, bland graphics, and merely serviceable audio helped them miss their mark.