Top positive review
Lots of the usual fun but really just more of the same
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 May 2022
Sniper elite 5 once more throws you into the role of the titular Lt Fairburn as you crawl, stalk, and snipe your way across the battlefields of WWII, this time in 1944 where you arrive in Nazi occupied France to work with the local resistance and pave a way for the Allied invasion.
All the usual features are there. You can equip your character with a variety of sniper rifles, sub-machine guns, and pistols -all of which can be modded with things like scopes, barrels, and trigger mechanisms. You also have access to a number of support items to help you complete your missions, including hand grenades, TNT, land mines, and medical kits/bandages.
As usual the game exalts patience and tactics, reconning the battlefield and locating the best way to meet your objectives, whilst taking out your targets with long-range rifle fire resulting in glorious x-ray kills, setting up traps and destroying vehicles and instillations like coastal guns and radar instillations.
Missions are open ended, presenting you with a massive map of your current theatre of war and allowing you the freedom to pursue objectives as you see fit. Secondary objectives will present themselves as you discover them and there are numerous items of important intel to be collected as well as bonus experience to be collected by completing certain challenges.
Experience can be used to level up your character and upgrade numerous attribues on a skill tree that will grant you things such as extra health, more item slots, or extend the range of your extra-sensory ability to detect nearby threats.
Sadly, whilst all of these things are excellent fun as always, the game is extremely thin on new or unique features - with "invasion" (which allows other players to enter your game as German soldiers) being the only real development here.
So its fun for all the reasons it's always been fun, but I for one things the Lt needs a new war to fight and I really with the developers would give us a game set in a different arena than WWII, such as Korea or even Vietnam