The Sniper Ghost Warrior series has been around for a while but hasn’t attained the popularity of the World War 2 set Sniper series. Being set in the present allows the game to play with newer weapons, allowing for more of that movie sniper experience, but for some reason the series just hasn’t gelled. The last game, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, added a bit of a Call of Duty flare, telling the story of a rogue special operations sniper being searched for by his equally adept brother. Sadly, that game did not fare well critically or at the cash register, and the developer decided to pivot the series. What we have here is a game that is inspired equally by the Sniper series as well as the Hitman reboot, and while a step in the right direction, it still has some way to go to compete with those franchises - or at least gain some traction with fans.
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts eschews the scripted story of the previous entries and takes the Hitman approach of creating a sandbox with a simple backstory in which you can play. Like Agent 47, you are the nameless Seeker, a merc hired to take on these assassination contracts and given a high-tech mask that gives you various abilities. Using these new talents is vital for your survival as you're all alone against the multitude of enemies, and you need all the help you can get to find a safe way to your target.
Like Agent 47, you are the nameless Seeker, a merc hired to take on these assassination contracts and given a high-tech mask that gives you various abilities.
Dialling in your scope to compensate for elevation is crucial, otherwise you will shoot high and wide and more so over longer distances.
Grumpy Old Man who still collects toys (THEY. ARE. NOT. DOLLS), PC Gamer lured to the Dark Side of console gaming, comic book reader and fan of all things pop culture.
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PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
22 November 2019
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