Snipe Like an Elite in Africa
Oh boy, Karl Fairburne hasn't had an easy time in the past few years. Not only did he clear Berlin of German and Russian soldiers in 1945, but he also had to team up with a mute crew of no-name heroes to fight back the zombie hordes - twice - and now he even has to go back in time to the year 1942, and push the Nazis out of Africa! Jeez, give the man a break! Don't you have someone else who can go in his place?
Alright, alright. All joking aside, Sniper Elite 3 looks like it could be a fresh new take on WW2 shooters, and on the genre of sniping people in the face from ridiculous distances. Though the African campaign of World War 2 is hardly a new location for WW2-shooters, it's rarely given the amount of attention that Sniper Elite 3 aims to bring to it. Apart from the change in setting, SE3 will be a far more open-ended game, utilizing modern "next-gen technology" that's going to look good and apparently also benefit the gameplay.
A new trailer has been released, along with a press release from the devs themselves. Here is what they had to say about it:
"From the scalable battlefields powered by instancing technology and packed with multiple routes and advanced AI, to the broad range of terrain, and realistic HDR lighting that empowers players to use the shadows to approach each deadly shot exactly as they see fit, this trailer gives an exciting glimpse of Sniper Elite 3's focus on tactical choice, blended with thrilling moment-to-moment decision making and gun-play."
Well now, couldn't have said it better myself. Let's just hope that all this awesome stuff is going to make it into the actual game, and that the words "next" and "gen" aren't just PR-words thrown around to satisfy those that don't know any better. Though many of us enjoyed Sniper Elite V2, it often felt too claustrophobic and restrictive for a game about ambushing convoys and sniping generals in the eye socket from across the city. Let's hope strike 3 knocks it out of the park.
Sniper Elite 3 is set to release sometime in 2014, but in the meantime we have the trailer above to hopefully quench your thirst for at least a few weeks.