Originally released in 2012, Rebellion’s stealth shooter Sniper Elite V2 put players in the shoes of elite soldier Karl Fairburne as he trudges through World War II era Berlin. Karl’s mission puts him, and players, smack in the middle of the action where the goal is to scout out Nazi scum, take aim, and take them out in an effort that will ultimately stop dangerous rocket technology from landing in the wrong hands. If that’s not enough Nazi-splattering action for you, then you’ll be excited to know that Sniper Elite V2 Remastered also includes all of the original game’s DLC content. Yes, even that mission. (The one that sends you out with a goal to kill Hitler.)
Rebellion has pulled out all of the stops with the visuals for Sniper Elite V2 Remastered. The game’s flashy new 4K textures and HDR do not go unnoticed, but it is important to recognize that those upgrades – as pretty as they are – can only do so much. Sniper Elite V2 was released during a console generation where games saw a dramatic improvement in the quality of 3D graphics (at least compared to their predecessors) but the cost of processing those graphics meant there was little CPU left to go around for colors. Its one of the reasons WW2 era shooters became so popular, but it was also the reason they all bolstered beige, gray, and army green color palettes. Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is still a victim of that limited palette, and it means that it can often be difficult to actually navigate. Corridor after corridor, building after building, they all blend together in a monochromatic blur, making it easy to get lost throughout missions. Additionally, enemies can often just blend into the scenery, and you can occasionally be unfortunate enough to stumble into an enemy after you thought you cleared them all out.
Sniper Elite V2 Remastered offers a solid cooperative experience, allowing two players to work together to take out enemy forces for the entirety of the campaign. On harder difficulties it can be a helpful to have a second set of eyes scoping out the enemies or any of the 100 collectible gold bars hidden throughout the game, but having a coop partner does not change up the difficulty or adjust the number of enemies on screen. It does also change up one of the best aspects of Sniper Elite – the absolutely savage x-ray bullet cam. While playing solo, these moments are disgustingly satisfying. When a squeeze of the trigger results in a slow motion camera swirling around your bullet as it twists through the air, followed by an x-ray cut away of your target as their bones shatter, blood sprays, and organs explode. There’s even a newly added photo mode, so you can go through all the gut busting gore frame by frame and take a screenshot of your very best nut shots. Unfortunately in coop mode, however, these x ray bullet cams are sped up and the x ray aspect is removed so that you can keep up with the action.
Once the campaign is said and done, there are additional multiplayer options to keep players coming back for more. Traditional deathmatch and team objective modes take their place, but there is also the inclusion of modes such as Kill Tally and Overwatch. While the shake up of game modes is nice, these are not without their faults. The additional modes give little to no detail of how to play them or any direction as to how to progress. Overwatch is the greatest perpetrator of this, as the mode splits a coop team up with one being a sniper, and another being a spotter. The two teammates are unable to occupy the same space, as the sniper is limited to higher viewpoints with only their sniper as their weapon. The spotter does have the ability to move around the area, and will even need to do so to prompt waves of enemies, but they are limited to only their side arm for protection. Its entire up to the sniper to protect them. There is no warning when a new wave is about to begin, and how to trigger the next wave is equally evasive. These additional modes can be a lot of fun and shake up how you play Sniper Elite V2 Remastered, but it would be more enjoyable if you actually knew what you were supposed to do.
Playing Sniper Elite V2 Remastered feels like slipping on a pair of your favorite old shoes. Its comfortable and satisfying in its familiarity, but its not likely to appeal to those who don’t already have the nostalgia factor in place.
A copy of the game was provided for this review by the developer/publisher