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- Pre-order Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Season Pass Edition now and get access to:
- Two Major Single-player Expansion: The Escape of Lydia and The Sabotage
- Compatible with Sony PlayStation 4 controllers
- Two Multiplayer Maps and All-Terrain Vehicle
- Two Exclusive Weapons: The McMillan TAC-338A Sniper Rifle and Compound Bow
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Go behind enemy lines with the ultimate modern military shooter. Choose your missions across an unforgiving open world. Explore large open world maps with dynamic weather and a day/night cycle that actually impacts your play and decisions. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is the story of brotherhood, faith and betrayal in a land soaked in the blood of civil war.
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Those two reasons above give me some crazy bias towards this game, so take this review with a grain of salt.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior has been around for a while now as a solid choice for people looking for a realistic sniping experience. The first game in the series came out in 2011 with a sequel being released in 2013. These games have a certain reputation in gaming circles. They're not the best games, in fact being pretty mediocre most of the time. However, they're budget titles that do one particular thing very well (the sniping mechanics), with everything else being satisfactory or outright sub par.
That being said, these games have found an audience because the sniping mechanics are unrivaled (except for maybe Sniper Elite), and they're charming in the way a low budget action movie can be. It's hokey, cheesy, and sometimes dumb, but there's no denying the fun factor.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 expands upon the premise of the first two titles by introducing an open-world format that mimics Far Cry to a tee. The setting is rather under explored in gaming, so that's a solid addition to the plus column. The game takes place in the Eastern European country of Georgia, and the world is all dense forests with foreboding mountains, and some snowy areas. In this area, the graphics do leave a bit to be desired. If you're looking for extremely detailed textures, and polished visuals, look elsewhere. The game often looks a bit muddy, and if you get to close to the vegetation you'll notice how cheap some of the animations look. That being said, there are moments when the game looks like a proper AAA big-budget action game.
Just like Far Cry, you travel around the different regions via vehicles or fast travel points. All in all the map is easy to navigate and the numerous "Points of Interests" that are scattered throughout the map all offer unique mini-moments where you're investigating a crashed car, or saving civilian hostages, and other similar activities.
Perhaps my favorite mechanic aside from the Sniping is the ability to use a remote-controlled drone to investigate the surrounding areas before executing a plan. This mechanic is similar to using the tamed Hawk in Far Cry Primal, but controlling the drone is much more precise than controlling the hawk. The drone can also be modified with an number of abilities (passive and active) that enhance it's battery life, or enables a night vision mode, or allow you to make a noise to lure enemies, etc. Using the drone to scout ahead for enemies or vantage points is a fun and engaging experience that enhances the game play in a tangible manner.
As a final positive subject, the weapons that are available for purchase are pretty great. There is about 15 sniper rifles available, about 10-12 assault rifles/shotguns/bows, and about 10-12 pistols. Each weapon has different attachments, and so far I've been impressed with the variety available.
As a gamer with a full-time job, I don't really care too much about the quality of the story anymore. While there are certain games that I purchase specifically for the story, I purchased Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 because I like sniping. However, to my surprise, the story has been entertaining so far. Hokey, predictable, and kind of simplistic, but still entertaining enough for me to want to listen to briefings and pay attention during cut scenes. The basics are this: you're a kick-ass american military operative (marine, I think) who's searching for his lost brother (also a soldier), while fighting alongside a rebel force. Interesting enough.
The biggest con for this game are going to be the loading times. Every time you start a new game, or switch to a new region the game will initiate a 5-minute load time. It's annoying, but at least once you're loaded in there are virtually no load times.
Other than that, the game just feels like it could have benefited from some more development time. The fact that you can only purchase the game with the season pass attached is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's great to be able to count on more content for the game throughout 2017. On the other hand, there is no multiplayer available yet, and it feels like you're paying full price for a half-done game with the promise of the rest of the game coming out throughout the year.
So who's this game for? Do you like Jean-Claude Van Damme movies? Were you aware that there is a series of 6 movies called Sniper with 5 of them being direct-to-dvd releases? Do you perchance own those movies? Then give this game a chance. It's not ground-breaking, it's not life-changing, nor is it a masterpiece. This is a fun, budget title that will appeal to a certain audience.
The reason for the 1 star instead of a 5 is that I can't seem to go any farther. I really love the game if I didn't have to quit now with it only about 15% played. [NOW I KNOW I HAVE TO WAIT TILL SEPT 22 TO GET MORE]
I didn't get The Sabotage I was promised and how am I to get the remaining Acts? [ BE PATIENT]
I can only hope that they will let me know so that I can finish it and change this to the 5 stars that it would deserve.