Elite Sniper 5 puts players in the shoes of Karl Fairburne, a fictional American sniper who will stop at nothing to defeat the Nazi regime. From the Rebellion Developments team, Elite Sniper 5 arrives on PC and consoles on May 26.
Elite Sniper 5, a third-person tactical shooter, is part of a series famous for its detailed X-ray destruction cameras. In the latest iteration, players take control of Fairburne as he works to dismantle the Atlanticwall in northwestern France. Set in 1944, Elite Sniper 5 also brings the French Resistance as Fairburne works with them to help pave the way for an Allied invasion of Europe to repel Nazi advances. The task facing the Resistance and the Allies is difficult, and Elite Sniper 5 does a great job of showing the sheer difficulty of defeating the Nazi regime. Seeing how the French Resistance was put down shows how vital Fairburne’s work is, and each mission takes on added importance when you consider the many people who died to make France’s freedom possible.
What I appreciate the most in the history of Elite Sniper 5 is that it doesn’t attempt to blur the lines between who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. With each mission objective, it becomes increasingly clear just how dangerous the Nazis are and how badly they need to be stopped. The representation of the French Resistance is also top notch. Even though they may be downed and in an almost impossible situation, they never lose hope. Of course, while many of the specific elements are fictional events created for the game, it helps that this story is based on the actual conflict between the Allies and the Nazis. In the same way that the French Resistance did not lose hope in their real battle, the fictional war in the game matches the same levels of desperation and hope.
The best part of Elite Sniper 5 is, hands down, the fight itself. There are few things in the world of video games quite as satisfying as killing Nazis, as many Nazis as your heart desires, with some truly gruesome x-ray camera footage showing just how much damage you’re doing. It never gets old watching time slow down when you land a perfect shot to the head or heart. The game actually got more entertaining the more I ended up getting the kills. As the levels get harder, the reward for killing Nazis also increases.
The challenge of Elite Sniper 5 is not necessarily in the difficulty of the levels themselves but in the myriad of options available. Each mission takes place in incredibly detailed environments mostly based on real locations. Rebellion has painstakingly reproduced the various locations of 1944. This attention to detail presents players with different routes and maps as they work towards the main objective. As you choose your path, several secondary objectives will also appear depending on your decision. The more you do, the more likely you are to be discovered and possibly die. While I wanted to do everything I could to sabotage the Nazis, I often debated whether or not to avoid particular secondary objectives due to the difficulty of the circumstances.
In addition to all the options to choose from in the game, there is also an emphasis on weapon and loadout customization that can make or break a mission. Upgrades can affect how far your shots are heard or effectiveness at specific ranges. Spending time on the crafting bench finding the perfect loadout to help kill as many Nazis as possible is as complex as it is rewarding. Seeing the decisions unfold facilitating the mission is always a good feeling. Similar to a game like Hitman, it’s also nice to be able to go back and replay old missions as you unlock more weapons and tools. By tackling even older missions with a new strategy or loadout, levels stay fresh no matter how many times you play them.
While most of my time with Elite Sniper 5 was really nice, not everything went as well as expected. For a game built around stealth, it was pretty frustrating when my careful efforts to avoid detection were thwarted by either my noise blanket not working as expected or armor-piercing shells not always penetrating when I moved. was expecting it. Of course, being discovered isn’t always game over, but it was still very frustrating. There were also a handful of bugs that left my guns stuck in an endless reload loop, which was fine when I could switch to another of my guns but still wasn’t optimal.
Elite Sniper 5 shines when it does what the series does best and lets you kill Nazis with relentless fury. You can be as strategic or flamboyant as you want, and the sheer number of options will keep players coming back more often. While some bugs were frustrating, I still really enjoyed my time with the game and look forward to some co-op time with friends once the game launches.
Elite Sniper 5 releasing on Xbox One, Xbox X|S, Xbox Game Pass, PlayStation 4|5 and for PC on Steam on May 26.
Elite Sniper 5
Elite Sniper 5 does what the series does best: let you kill Nazis with unrelenting fury. You can be as strategic or flamboyant as you want, and the sheer number of options will keep players coming back more often.
Kyle is an Orlando, Florida editor, writer, and musician with a history covering video games, technology, and sports. He also thinks mayonnaise is the best condiment for hot dogs, which are sandwiches.