I was lucky enough to walk by the Rebellion meeting room at the close of Day 1 at E3 this year. A gentleman by the name of Robbie invited me in not only to put my hands on Sniper Elite 4, but for my first beer in LA! Thanks Robbie!
After a quick intro to the game I got to sit down and play a mission, now time was running short as not only was it at the end of Day 1 but the convention center staff were anxious to have us all out of there as well. None the less with beer in hand (just like home) I sat down and started to play.
The first thing I noticed was that the movements of this version of Sniper Elite felt more organic than before. Getting used to the controls took all of about 30 seconds, which was great! Mission, blow up a bridge by placing a charge and then shooting it. According to the Rebellion staff only done 3 times that day. At first I got a bit side tracked with trying to land that perfect long-range head shot to the unsuspecting guard patrolling the huts in the distance. Once I missed that and the guards started to rush my position I was quickly thrust into some close quarters combat. Aiming down sites while taking out close targets felt very natural and I was able to take out 4 or 5 guards and hide until they rest forgot I was there.
I quickly moved up to the bridge (after a falling incident, which by the way, don’t try to jump down off of small cliffs), and started taking out the guards that were in my way. First shot is a beautiful head shot from about 200 yards away and with amazing clarity I am all of a sudden watching the bullet exit my gun and travel across the open space, entering the scope of the opposing Sniper and entering his skull through the eye. Introducing Kill Cam. I actually (louder than intended) exclaimed “That was freaking awesome!” and it was. Hopefully I will be able to get some in-game footage to be able to show you how amazing it was. Nothing will match the feeling of that first head shot, but there were many after that each one a bit different then the last. When I was done being impressed with myself I carried on to the bridge and with a bit more CQB managed to get the charge in place.
Now was the time to return to more advantageous point in the map to shoot the charge so that I didn’t blow myself up in the process. As I was fighting my way through the swarm of bad guys, everyone else in the room stood up. Though no one said anything I felt as though my time was done, and while I was distracted by all this background activity I was mercilessly killed by a swarm of bad guys. What a better spot to stop and express my gratitude for fitting me in and oh yes, I chugged the rest of my beer and vacated the LACC.
I am excited to see what this title brings beyond the demo that we were able to play at E3. I for one will be looking to grab Sniper Elite 4 when it’s finally available, in the mean time, hopefully we will get the chance to bring you some game play via stream in the near future.