Game: Elite Sniper III
Platform: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC
Publisher/Developer: Rebellion Developments/505 Games
Describe This Game in Three Words: It's Bullet Porn
Score: 5 out of 10
Synopsis: OSS sniper Karl Fairburne is called to North Africa in World War II to snipe the Axis soldiers. I'd add more, but there's not much going on beyond that. Another strong-jawed white dude with a gun to the rescue.
Up, Up: I'm not a war gamer, so keep that in mind. I've never spent a happy afternoon calling people racist names during a Call of Duty session and my first-person shooter experience gears more towards BioShock.
That said, I can appreciate a good war experience, and ESIII does a fantastic job of dropping you right into the fray as part of the North African campaign. In addition to letting you get right to work mowing down select enemy targets, there actually is a fair amount of history of war taught. Sure, it's delivered with a typical, macho guy rhetoric, but it's at least educational.
And the sniping? The sniping is glorious. The first time you successfully pick off a spotter with a slow motion close-up of exactly what your bullet did to the guy it's a huge rush. This is definitely a game that knows its audience.
On top of that, it was a real challenge to someone who'd grown lazy on The Last of us and its radar system. You'd better be sharp-eyed or you're going to be German Shepherd food. It's a pretty worthy opponent of a game.
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Down, Down: That slow-motion money shot of the bullets? Yeah, that gets old real fast. Pretty soon you'll be skipping over it like the middle parts of a porn video.
On top of that, there's just not a whole lot to set the game apart from other titles. The sniping aspect that it focuses on is awesome, but it feels like a gimmick and makes me yearn for the days of MDK. There's plenty of stealth kills and combat, but none of it has the polish of Last of Us or Tomb Raider. The fact that you're dropped into a campaign with no more character development than "I'm a loner who shoots people" doesn't help. I applaud the game for its honestly about killing being its best asset, but it's not as immersive as it could be.
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Left, Right, Left, Right: Your controls are pretty standard Asura engine controls. If you've played any sort of third person combat games you'll easily get the hang of it. I do like that the game artificially extends the time it takes to search a body. That adds a nice touch of realism.
B, A: Sadly, this is another game that screws over the colorblind. You have to look for red highlighted weak spots on green armored vehicles, and that is just maddening if those colors look the same. It's not any better spotting enemies in camo, though that might be intentional and maybe I'm just a big old crybaby.
Start?: If you like historical shooters or want to get your dad a game this is a good choice. It's a little gimmicky, but honestly so is a lot of shooting culture. Don't come expecting the drama of war and a timeless story, but if picking off bad guys at a distance is your thing you'll be at home.