There are few issues in video video games as exhilarating as pulling off an impossibly lengthy shot with a sniper rifle, and Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts 2, because the title would counsel, doles out photographs of these endorphins in heaps. For essentially the most half anyway.
Someplace in a fictional nation
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 is a first-person stealth tactical sport with a semi-open world construction. You play as an operator codenamed Raven, who’s tasked with taking out some undesirable components in a fictional Japanese nation, that threaten political stability within the area and world economics. Or one thing like that. The plot isn’t actually that vital and is the everyday form of story you’ll anticipate with the “tactical stealth” style. The vital factor right here is that Raven is shipped in to do the soiled work and is given lots of cool toys to get the job completed.
The sport is break up up between 5 missions, three of which is principally you attending to a vantage level and taking out your targets from over a kilometre away. These missions are enjoyable and have a stunning stage of selection to them as you generally need to lure a goal out of a constructing or get them to face nonetheless lengthy sufficient so that you can pull off the shot. When you’re completed in a single spot, you may transfer on to the subsequent, with some extra close-range engagements in between to maintain issues fascinating. These long-shot contracts aren’t very lengthy although, however the sport does encourage you to replay the missions once more utilizing completely different gear, weapons and techniques.
The opposite two missions are extra about infiltration and encourage using shorter-range rifles and scopes. The maps listed below are additionally a lot bigger with much more to do and discover. These missions additionally take lots longer than the long-shot ones as it’s important to transfer a bit slower and generally get right into a base or enemy stronghold to get the intel you’re after or take out a goal. These missions really feel a bit like a mix between the current Hitman video games and the Splinter Cell collection. You will have a number of completely different choices on the way you need to remove your goal, however you stay within the shadows.
In between missions, you should purchase new sniper rifles, pistols and kit in addition to improve a few of your instruments and devices. This vary from getting lures and traps to a sentry turret that may take out targets remotely. Specialised ammo is even accessible relying on the sniper rifle you may have outfitted.
Whereas my general expertise with Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 was very fulfilling, it definitely has a number of flaws. For a begin, the sport feels a bit quick, particularly if you happen to’re going to play via it as soon as and transfer on, however then again, replayability is inspired via upgrades and completely different challenges. One other difficulty is that the maps all feel and look the identical. Positive the degrees are completely different, however aside from one map, all of them are basically arid desert-like terrains. Don’t get me mistaken although, the sport appears implausible, however it did begin to really feel a bit repetitive after some time.
The gameplay is superb, however I additionally had a number of points the place I might get caught within the setting whereas attempting to crawl via the undergrowth, and a couple of times I used to be thrown proper again right into a firefight once I acquired detected and killed. Reloading a earlier save would repair this, however it was annoying.
Pulling off the long-shot
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 will get lots of issues proper. The gameplay is enjoyable and killing your goal is satisfying, whether or not it’s taking out two enemies shortly earlier than they will increase an alarm, shoving a blade between a poor guard’s ribs or popping any person’s head off from over a kilometre away, all of it is a ton of enjoyable. The sport additionally offers some choices to make it as fulfilling and difficult as doable, that means there are alternatives right here for everybody who may be eager to test it out.
It definitely isn’t excellent, however Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contract 2 does handle to drag the lengthy shot off. It appears very fairly, the gameplay is stable even when it’s a bit quick for only one playthrough, however the general bundle is stable and price taking a look at.