Sniper Elite 4 launches today, so our resident video guru Alex C has done a Let’s Play of the game. So sit back and relax as Alex shows off his epic Sniper skills in ‘Let’s Play Sniper Elite 4’
In games do you prefer the stealth approach to all guns blazing?
I enjoy both, and love it when games give you the choice of either. I generally try to start stealthy, and then when things mess up switch to guns blazing. In the villa at the end of the first mission, it was pretty fun getting into a huge firefight after all that sneaking.
Do you feel the sniping mechanics are really realistic?
The need to aim above enemies to compensate for gravity (or even to the right or left of enemies to account for the wind) does feel pretty realistic, but of course it does have the mechanic where when you hold your breath, time slows and you get a diamond-shaped indicate of where your bullet will actually go. So you don’t actually have to work it out for yourself, unless you’re breathless from sprinting or you’re playing on the hardest difficulty. So that aspect isn’t so realistic, but on the other hand that’s what makes it accessible; without that indicator sniper shots would involve a lot of guesswork for the first few hours.
What’s you most favourite element of Sniper Elite 4?
It’s probably the X-Ray kill cams. They’re gruesome and spectacular, and I really like the random element, you don’t know whether you’ll get a kill cam, and you don’t know whether it will be an x-ray one. It also adds a great incentive to not simply aim for the head all the time, the kill cams for hitting various organs in the torso are some of the most impressive. They give Mortal Kombat a run for its money!
My other favourite element is the little info you get about a soldier when you tag them with binoculars. I was really surprised when back in Sniper Elite V2 you could overhear conversations between enemies and hear one worrying about his wife back home, or criticising their orders. It made you wonder about the morality of your actions, the enemies are not simply “evil Nazis”. Now in Sniper Elite 4 you can use tagging to learn that an enemy you are targeting may be a sadistic murderer… or an unfortunate conscript who just wants to go home. In theory you could try to play an “ethical playthrough”, try to sneak through and avoid killing many of the enemies.
In the video you blew up a German soldier’s grenade, be honest, you weren’t aiming for the grenade were you?
Early in the video I got one or two accidental grenade kills, but that one at the end in the villa shoot-out? The soldier was mostly hidden behind a pillar, so I didn’t have a clear shot at his head or chest. However when I zoomed in I could see the grenade hanging, so I specifically aimed for it, with a very satisfying result!