It’s morbid, but killing and killing well is a talent. Ask 007 or Quentin Tarantino. The latest in 505 Games and Rebellion’s Sniper series does its best to simulate the art of killing. The Sniper Elite 3 trailer is a 4-minute overview of killing élan.
Stealth is a given. Scouting and using the terrain is also nothing new. What will make or break this game is the extent of the tactical flexibility in accomplishing objectives. Based on the trailer, it looks like there’s a ton of options to each mission. For example, using loud noise to mask your shots. The necessity of relocating, taking a deep breath and accounting for wind and gravity. There are also gadgets to lure and blow up your foe. It’s the complexity that’s the biggest draw.
Shooting guys in the head and seeing blood splatter is common in shooters and stealth games. But Elite 3 takes it to another level. Again, this is the art of killing, and the satisfaction of an opus is seeing it all come together. We get to see the bullet not only hit its target, but we see how it penetrates the body and renders God’s creation into pulp and shattered bones, all in a glorious slo-mo x-ray. I might feel a bit sick playing this game, but that’s why they set this in World War 2 and the bad guys are Nazis. I never feel bad about shooting Nazis.
The game is out June 27 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and Windows.