Keep calm, aim and shoot! Rebellion returns to the charge with a new video game of warlike action that improves the results of its predecessor, although it does not finish to take advantage of all its advances. Sniper Elite 4 is fun, spectacular at times, but does it have enough to satisfy the fans of the franchise? In this analysis we review all its virtues and defects.
You hold your breath, you adjust your eyes and PAM !, you open fire on a Nazi officer. He is dead and you, safe !, that separate you 400 meters of distance. Alarms ring, enemies rush and scream everywhere, but you are far from danger; Nobody has seen you and the feeling could not be more incredible. You feel powerful, almost immortal … but you are not. Do not even think about it for a second. You’re a sniper , a simple soldier on hostile land, so you can never let your guard down; Death stalks and punishes the unsuspecting but … what an emotion! When you set your target and target with enviable precision, then you adore Sniper Elite 4 more than anything else . This is a video game loaded with great moments, Of situations that would excite any fan of World War II ; But it is in the same measure a title that does not finish to realize its full potential. Although it improves a lot with respect to its predecessor, it continues leaving you with some bitter aftertaste.
The magic, the illusion of feeling that you are really on the battlefield, disappears in more occasions than desired because of an irregular artificial intelligence that evokes errors of the past, a scourge that drags the series from its beginnings. It is a pity. To lose yourself in Mussolini ‘s Italy to fight the enemy in some gigantic stages , much bigger than ever, feeling that you are free to act as you please is one of the great achievements of this new work of Rebellion . Not the only one. It also improves stealth , fluidity of action or tactical options, thanks to the dual use of the weapons and gadgets that Lieutenant Karl Fairburne carries with him. In other words.
A Stealthy Slayer
Before continuing an overwhelming fact. The smallest map of Sniper elite 4 is three times larger than any seen in its predecessor. And no, it’s not just about size. The very development of the action evolves to a more open , freer style, allowing us to solve the missions in the order and way that pleases us. Linearity is out! And that false sense of freedom that gave the previous game of the saga. It’s a big step forward, as your combat options also grow exponentially. You always have alternatives ; Different ways of undertaking the action, either through the use of brute force, not recommended by the way, using guerrilla tactics, slashing enemies, silencing your shots with ambient noise, Or using any of the many gadgets that you have at your disposal. Everything is for the best.
It is easy to get carried away by the excitement of entering behind the enemy lines, fulfilling the objectives, and leaving the place without sounding the alarms. And it is also a fun experience. Forget the frustrations and the irregular rhythm of Sniper Elite 3 action; The new Rebellion measures the times better and, whether or not you are shooting, make sure you have a good time. Infiltrating, stealing, is no longer a tedious action; Sometimes, even, it’s the best part. Well, or it would be if it were not for the spectacular X-ray camera that, once again, shows us with horrific cruelty the effects of our actions, taking all the protagonism.
The smallest map of Sniper Elite 4 is three times larger than any of its predecessors
You want to try new tactics. In one way or another, Sniper Elite 4 motivates you to do crazy things, to plant explosive traps here and there, to rustle bullets at certain enemies, to take advantage of the scenarios to massacre German troops in a jiffy. And it’s great! For effective and easy to end enemies with a knife or with the precision rifle, you feel the imperative need to test yourself; To put into action an impossible plan that results in a wild pyrotechnic show. And this is something that I value a lot, because in addition, the gigantic maps are so different from each other, that you always find new ways to test yourself. It is a pity that the AI of the enemies regularly disrupts some of these epic moments, because it is difficult to overcome the extreme blindness of some enemies, That they will not see us, not even having us in front of them, or on the contrary, those who will see us at a scandalously wide distance. Not the worst.
At one point, after beating a Nazi, his allies were alerted and began to look for me. One came first and I killed him with a knife. This followed another and the same! I killed him without much problem. After a while I was surrounded by corpses without much effort. And that I play on high difficulty. But I do not want you to think that artificial intelligence is a complete disaster. The enemies are able to detect our position by the noise that we provoke when firing, appearing swift, in the same way that we can see to the high commanders to direct to its troops in the moments of maximum necessity. They are great details, that put you full in action, but sometimes insufficient.
On the other hand I have missed a greater variety of missions ; In the end it is always the same, in different scenarios, but in the end fulfilling tasks too similar under the same conditions of combat. It gives the feeling that Rebellion does not finish exploding the great idea that underlies his franchise star, and it distresses me. Now everything is bigger, there is more freedom, and it’s more fun … but you still notice something goes wrong, which is not all that good it could become. It is the good way, no doubt; Options such as climbing on certain surfaces, which give the action more vertical, or more intelligent use of explosive traps – delay the detonation is great – will excite any fan of this war and the saga itself, But is it enough? The answer is complicated.
I have really enjoyed the experience and I find it hard to imagine that someone gets bored during the game with the huge amount of collectibles and optional objectives that are spread out for each scenario. I have even shouted with emotion at the completion of certain tasks! Such is the tension that is felt on the battlefields of Sniper Elite 4. And yet, despite all the good, there was, always latent, a sense of half satisfaction; That yes, I like it, but not as much as I should. And that with its multiplayer options here is action for a while, and you bet on the cooperative for four players, which is your best trick given that you plan to survive in missions devised expressly for this mode in a brilliant way,
Not all the modalities presented are fun to the same extent, and this is a field where perhaps we should have worked more, but as a complement to the main campaign, and especially the cooperative, we can not complain. Protecting the surplus supply from surge to surge, elbow to elbow with three friends, is a brutal experience; As well as losing this area and being forced to expose yourself to the enemy fire while you are looking for ammunition and medical kits. What a show! If it is that World War II is a conflict that invites the epic. That’s why I give ears to writers, who have not been able to set a good story linking the different missions that make up the main campaign. It has never been the strong point of the saga, but the warlike conflict, and a scenario like Italy,