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Sniper Elite 5 review | PC Gamer

Sniper Elite 5 review | PC Gamer

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What is it? A sniper stealth action game.
Expect to pay $50/£45
Released May 26, 2022
Developer Rebellion
Publisher Rebellion
Reviewed on Nvidia GeForce GTX-970, Intel i7-4790K, 16GB RAM
Multiplayer? Yes
Link Official site (opens in new tab)

Five games deep, Sniper Elite delivers what I consider to be its best instalment since the original—thanks largely to the influence of games like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and the Hitman reboots. Yet a lack of confidence in its core sniping conceit, as well as a truly dire story, drag down an enjoyable stealth game.

It’s probably not what a lot of people coming to Sniper Elite 5 care about but someone at Rebellion was intent on cramming numerous cutscenes into this thing and they are all, without exception, duller than the dead eyes of the Nazis left in the wake of protagonist Karl Fairburne. This macho American commando and sniper is a videogame gruff-man so generic he feels like he didn’t even get to the end of the assembly line of the factory where they make these cookie cutter men. It’s not impossible to imbue a Nazi killing machine with inner life and depth—BJ Blazkowicz from Wolfenstein is subversive with his well of introspection. Karl, though, is boilerplate, and everything he says washes over me like white noise.

(Image credit: Rebellion)

Well everything except those moments of unintentional comedy, like at the game’s outset where, after seeing their submarine destroyed, Karl utters “Nazi bastards” while a sad accordion plays. Accordions! Get it? Because it’s set in France!

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