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Scheduled release date:

May 1, 2012

Publisher:

505 Games

Developer:

Rebellion

Number Of Players:

TBA

Genre:

Action

Release Date:

May 1, 2012

Hey, remember when there were World War II shooters everywhere? Things have progressed in the industry, but developer Rebellion believes the setting remains intriguing to many and besides, Sniper Elite V2 isn’t an FPS. It’s a third-person shooter that looks to improve upon the 2005 Sniper Elite by offering a fresh sandbox style and a nifty mechanic known as the “Kill Cam.” We applaud any attempt at creativity and innovation so by default, we’re interested.

You will play as Karl Fairburne, a sniper in the US military who travels to Berlin a few years after WWII. Why? Well, the war may be over, but the US still wants to capture any information concerning the Germans’ storied V2 rocket program. This isn’t entirely new, as we’ve seen mention of the program in other games, including past Medal of Honor installments. But few, if any, have given you the open-ended exploring Rebellion’s project will boast. Plus, customization and preparation will be crucial.

It’s not just about sniping; Fairburne will also be equipped with standard weapons like a machine gun and pistol, so expect flashy firefights alongside stealthy sniping missions. There will be 11 missions in all, and every one of them will allow you to approach the various obstacles in various ways. Up to you, really. If you wish to play some defense, you can always set traps for patrolling enemies; trip mines could turn out to be your best friend when pinned down. If you’re getting frustrated, stand up and start spraying.

Obviously, though, the meat of the experience will center on a sniper’s finely honed skills. You’ll have to use the terrain to your advantage and take out your targets with a steady, tactical hand. A heart-rate monitor will tell you how calm Fairburne is; the slower his pulse, the steadier his aim. If he’s spotted and foes start firing in his direction, his heart rate will climb and as a direct result, his aim will become more difficult to manage. So be patient, select your targets in order, and hold your breath…

Last but certainly not least is the Kill Cam, which should definitely spice up the experience. When you perform a particularly difficult skill shot, the game pauses and goes into a slo-mo animation of the bullet traveling from your gun to the target. Then there’s the impact, which is pretty grisly; an x-ray image of the damage the bullet causes is the satisfying climax. So if you shatter the inside of a skull, you’ll see it. Of course, this won’t be a common occurrence; you’ll have to work for such up-close-and-personal culminations of your ability.

Sniper Elite V2 should be ready to go in the US on May 1.

2/1/2012 Ben Dutka

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Comments (14 posts)

BikerSaint
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 11:06:31 PM
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Hmmm,
Sniper:Ghost Warrior by a completely different developer, City Interactive of Poland, had a pretty good kill cam too. (although their round impacting didn't show inner skeletal collapse).

The biggest thing that pissed me off is that the 360 got it almost a year earlier than us who wanted to play it the same time, but on our PS3's.

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tes37
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 12:17:47 AM
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This looks like something I could get into. I definitely want to see more gameplay footage.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 12:18:00 AM
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Never played the first, but didn't hear great thing about it. But I was interested in it. This trailer has me interested in this sequel!

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dmiitrie
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 1:06:51 AM
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Hmmm, this is usually not the kind of game I'm into, but it sounds like they're trying to make it a little more than just your run-of-the-mill TPS. I'll definitely keep my eye on this and see how it turns out.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 2:30:13 AM
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Sounds good, but there's just one thing to remember: this is Rebellion. Their track record is abysmal, though the first Sniper Elite is their highest rated game on Metacritic to date. That's a good sign. May look more into this one as we approach the release date, but I'm really not optimistic.

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IronFace2
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 3:21:07 AM
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This is amazing! I was loving the first one on ps2. Especially co-op. Trying to get more distance kills than your friend haha. I still can't believe they made a second sniper elite game. This just made my day :)

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Beamboom
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 3:39:13 AM

So there might be coop play in this game? Well then, colour me interested too. The sniper coop missions in MW2 were an absolute highlight.

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IronFace2
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 4:01:40 AM

Dunno about this game, but the first one definitely had co-op. So I'm hoping this one has it too. You play the main character (Karl Fairburne was in the first game too) and the second player is a random guy following you doing the same stuff. Just like in Time Splitters. But since this is on PS3 than there might be a huge online play or something. It was fun shooting enemy's in the mouth because there was always a bit of tooth shooting out of his mouth haha. It looked like a tooth... it was white...

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Beamboom
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 8:01:41 AM

lol that was kind of... Disturbing. :D

But yeah hopefully it's online coop. none of my regular coop buddies live in the same city as I. :D

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___________
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 3:46:29 AM
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no thanks.
last time rebellion made a good game was, actually , been so long i cant remember!
AVP was the final straw for me.
neverdead looked good, then all the reviews came out and took that away.
this is exactly what pisses me off!
rebellion release sh*t after sh*t after sh*t, so how are they still running?
why havent they gone bankrupt yet!
they should of gone under, not team bondi!
or so many of THQ or EAs studios.
come on, the game visceral in melbourne was working on looked so cool!

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Spineshank
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 5:54:41 AM

If you think it's gonna be bad, that means it will most likely be good.

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___________
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 8:26:53 AM

of course its gonna be bad, when has rebellion made a good game!?
even freaking pandemic had a better track record then them!

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Clamedeus
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 6:08:59 AM
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I still own Sniper Elite, I loved that game always played it a lot.

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gumbi
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 8:21:16 AM
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This is great. I really enjoyed Sniper Elite on PS2.

If that trailer says anything about how the game is being designed then I'm definitely interested. Stealthy assassinations, setting traps, crazy kill cam. And the idea of a sandbox sniper game is really intriguing.

Officially added to my anticipated list.

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