Quick Attack: Sniper Elite V2

Quick Attacks are Vagary.TV’s way of giving you, the reader, a glimpse at a game we are playing. This could be a game we are reviewing in full or just something we picked up for a few days to kill some time but either way it will highlight thoughts and impressions from the first hour or two of gameplay. Opinions could change before our final review (there will not be one for this title) though.

In this Quick Attack, we look at the first few hours of Rebellion’s Sniper Elite V2 for the Playstation 3, X360 and PC (played on the PS3).

  • The game starts with a low-toned narration of the events transpiring. You are trying to capture Nazi scientists who built the V2 rocket. I wasn’t really overwhelmed by the plot in the first hour, nor did I find it engaging or entertaining. It did, however, explain why the game was tagged “V2” (a clever addition, as this is the second Sniper Elite game).
  • Advertised as having slow-motion, brutal “kill shots”, the game follows through with that promise. Every vital hit is a “kill shot” that looks amazing, but after a few dozen, I was wishing I could skip them. I didn’t want to turn them ALL off, mind you. But being allowed to hit X, [] or anything else would have been great.
  • The levels are sprawling and offer various ways to reach and handle your objective. The second stage, I could have completely snuck around some guards and handled them silently. Instead, I climbed up to the second floor of a building and shot one in the head, which then caused a swarm of other guards to come out. Yeah, I should have dealt with them quietly.
  • After both levels I played, I unlocked things. But I never actually found a way to equip them. So either you change your gear in later stages or the game does a poor job of telling you how to change it. Or it’s for co-op.
  • The most enjoyment I got out of Sniper Elite V2 during my few hours of play time was the “challenge” mode. Much like any other “survive x amount of waves” modes, you hole yourself up in a good position and try to see how long you can last. I could see myself completely skipping the tired, uninventive campaign all together and having some fun with this mode.

In closing, I’d just like to say there are a few small sparks of genuis in Sniper Elite V2. Sadly, they are so few and far between that I can’t give it a recommendation. That said, I’m sure some people could find some entertainment in it.


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Author: Don Parsons View all posts by
Starting out as a founding member of Gamingcore Podcast, Don ventured on to start Gameciety; which began as a podcast, and ended as a blog. Don now handles Vagary.tv's PR work, is part of the reviews staff and has various other little projects he does for the site.
  • Mattself12

    To equip weapons, press RB, on the final menu before starting a mission/survival mode.
    A map and the load-out screen should appear.