Karl Fairburne is back. The elite American sniping soldier is once again back on another mission in Sniper Elite 5. This time he will be deep behind enemy lines in France as this latest third-person shooter blends espionage with awesome action, as well as the never-ending sniping of Nazis. But is this latest game of Rebellion Developments in the sniper series worth it to play? Let’s find out more in this Sniper Elite 5 review.
What is Sniper Elite 5?
Sniper Elite 5 is a third-person action shooter developed by Rebellion Developments. It was released last May 26, 2022, and is the latest title in this award-winning sniper series. It follows protagonist Karl Fairburne, an elite American sniper, in his latest mission. This mission takes him deep into enemy lines in France as he fights to uncover Project Kraken.
You do this by sniping, stabbing, and blasting your way through the different locations in the game. The game is set just a few weeks before D-Day in Normandy during World War II. It’s a good trivia for history fanatics. The setting is why the latest game blends in espionage since Karl Fairburne will do a lot of sneaking around and gathering important information.
Of course, there will still be a lot of shooting and sniping, especially sniping Nazis, which never gets old. The game also adopted the good features that people enjoyed with its predecessor. This ensures that you’ll enjoy the game, even when you’re not sniping someone. There are also improvements to enhance the gaming experience and make this game better. But nothing as revolutionary as what Sniper Elite 4 provided.
What’s New With Sniper Elite 5?
As mentioned earlier, there aren’t many new features to Sniper Elite 5, except for the new mission. There are enhancements in the game to make it more fun to play. This includes an expansive campaign where real-world locations are used to create an immersive and realistic experience for the gamers. The shooter game also features advanced gunplay physics and traversal where you have more things to factor in with your gun. This includes rifle stock and barrel options, as well as gravity, wind, and heart rate.
Also enjoy high caliber customization, where you can upgrade almost every aspect of your weapon. You can also use zip lines or slide-down slopes to find the perfect vantage point to snipe and shoot the Nazis. Sniper Elite 5 also features an Invasion Mode, where it’s a PVP or Co-op gameplay. You get to invade other players’ campaigns as an Axis sniper and have a sniper shootout. This is an interesting feature where you get to battle other players for sniper supremacy.
If you prefer more multiplayer action, then prepare yourself with a 16-man battle or team up with 3 other players and take out as many enemies in Survival Mode. There’s also the enhanced kill cam, which provides a more realistic kill shot. With this enhanced kill cam, you’ll be able to see the realistic effects of a sniper shot to the head (or whatever body part you hit).
What’s Good and Bad with Sniper Elite 5?
Let’s now look at what’s good and bad with Sniper Elite 5. This will help in deciding whether this third-person shooter is a good game or not.
What are the Good Things?
The first good thing about Sniper Elite 5 is the enhancements. The added realistic features with how you customize the gun, prepare for the windup and even find unique vantage points are great additions. This will let you experience what it’s like to be a sniper. The high-caliber customization is also a welcome addition since it allows you to personalize your rifle that will suit your shooting preference.
The multiplayer game is also fun, especially the Invasion Mode. Though not everyone will be happy with another player ruining their missions, it does add a bit of excitement to the game. It feels similar to the classic sniper movie Enemy At The Gates, where two snipers are battling it out. There’s also the added novelty of playing as part of the Nazis, so that’s fun. And of course, the enhanced kill cam, especially if you’re someone who enjoys grisly actions.
What are the Bad Things?
Of course, not everything about Sniper Elite 5 is good. There are also things that the developers can improve upon and can likely cause some annoyances on your part. As mentioned above, the Invasion Mode might be annoying for certain players because someone gets to invade your mission. This can be frustrating, especially if the Axis sniper who invaded turned out to be a good player. It might not make your gaming experience fun and exciting.
The espionage-based missions also seem to be just recycled from previous missions. It’s fun early on, but as you progress, they become repetitive, which makes you lose excitement. Hopefully, they can improve upon this further.
Verdict (4 out of 5)
Looking at what Sniper Elite 5 offers, I can say that it’s a game that’s worth playing. There are things that the developers could improve upon, especially when it comes to espionage missions. But other than that, everything else is great. This is why we give this third-person shooter a score of 4 out of 5. You won’t regret getting this game, especially if you enjoy sniper shooter games.