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Sniper Elite 4 – Easy Allies Review

Despite the industry
shifting towards futuristic warfare, the demand to kill Nazis
during World War II still exists as evidenced by the continued success
of the Sniper Elite franchise. Favoring a slow, deliberate pace,
Sniper Elite 4 asks you to be patient, but is hitting your marks
enough of a reward? The sun soaked deserts
of North Africa from Sniper Elite 3 have been left behind as Karl Fairburne
now heads to Italy in 1943. In search of a deadly new weapon
created by the Nazis, Fairburne must find the man
behind its creation and put an end to the sinister development. While the paper-thin plot
adds a few interesting elements like an uneasy alliance with the Mafia, it merely exists
to set up each mission scenario. Awkward conversations
with ancillary characters and a lack of memorable villains
diminish the stakes of each objective. The heart of Sniper Elite 4
lies in long-distance sniping. Navigating past numerous soldiers
to line up the perfect shot is an exhilarating sensation
that demands patience from the player. Crawling through bushes,
memorizing enemy troop movements, and scouting ahead with binoculars
are basic techniques necessary for survival. If timed correctly, starting up generators
can mask the sound of your rifle, adding an additional layer of strategy
and sensory awareness. The rifles are undoubtedly
the most engaging weapons to use as each kill feels personal and earned. Each shot is a thunderous explosion
followed by swift death to whoever
is on the receiving end of the barrel. The other weapons don’t favor as well. Pistols and sub-machine guns
should feel less powerful, of course, but there’s an unshakable
sense of emptiness to them. It feels awkward for Fairburne to use them, like a mark of shame
for a failed sniping attempt. While playing on the easiest difficulties,
it’s simple to manipulate the enemy AI and even go guns blazing through stages. However, getting spotted on harder
difficulties quickly results in defeat, making each kill a high-stakes challenge. Custom difficulty settings
can be fine-tuned, putting an emphasis on playing how you want, and the ability to play cooperatively
through the entire campaign further bolsters Sniper Elite 4’s variety. The series’ trademark X-ray kill-cam
returns in all its brutal glory. Bone and sinew splatter mercilessly
as eyeballs and organs burst like balloons. The effect never gets redundant and is triggered slightly less
than in previous games. New additions like explosive shrapnel
tear through Nazis like paper, and Fairburne’s melee attacks
also get the brutal treatment. XP is constantly awarded for completing
various tasks and scoring kills. While it helps to add a connective
progression through each game mode, the rewards and upgrades
feel inconsequential aside from a few perks
like increased lung capacity. We became so attached
to the starting equipment that we’ve never felt compelled
to swap them with something else. The game encourages
such familiarity with weapons, and while there are some minor stat
differences with different gear, most items feel interchangeable. The size of each of the game’s ten stages has been noticeably increased
since 2014’s Sniper Elite 3. Italian villas,
dense forests, and Nazi facilities set the backdrop for tactical infiltrations. Fairburne now has the ability to climb
and shimmy across certain structures, adding additional ways
to sneak around the environment. Each stage has multiple side objectives, ranging from sabotaging weapons caches
to obtaining important documents. Completing these optional activities
rewards a substantial amount of XP but they can be tedious to complete. Many require taking longer routes
to the core objective and since XP doesn’t amount to much,
they rarely feel worth the effort. There are multiple ways
to enjoy cooperative play. The campaign can be engaged
solo or with a friend, and there’s a survival mode
for up to four players. The strongest mode is Overwatch where one person acts as the sniper
in an elevated position, while the other player
is an operative on the ground with the ability to tag targets. Planning coordinated attacks
or dispatching an encroaching soldier about to spot the operative
makes for some dramatic and tense moments. Unfortunately, there are only
two Overwatch maps at launch, each of which can be finished briskly. In addition to co-op there are a suite
of competitive options ranging from standard deathmatch
to long-distance scoring. Stealth remains the favored approach
as simply running to and from cover generates enough noise
to reveal your position. Competitive play is a nice change of pace from the plethora
of fast paced shooters on the market, and a place where camping
isn’t frowned upon but encouraged. Sniper Elite 4 is a game
for stealth enthusiasts. Setting up the perfect kill
from a huge distance after sneaking past a base
full of Nazi soldiers feels rewarding and earned. However, the scenarios fall flat, and the scope of the game is fairly limited. Attempts to offer more options
and extend its lifespan don’t really pay off, but it’s still satisfying
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68 thoughts on “Sniper Elite 4 – Easy Allies Review

  1. I do have to agree that it sucks there's no real reward for how you approach the campaign missions but it still feels great that they are there. I don't think it's bad when compared to other games in stealth genre, but still it's 4/5 for me.

  2. guys we all love the Allies. we appreciate the best reviews in the biz, the hilarious podcasts and the uniquely talented and knowledgeable team. let's all go to and give them at least $1. they deserve it

  3. Never really got into the Sniper games before but I might give this one a rental.

    There was a petition on from Donald Trump supporters to ban this game because they consider killing nazis "offensive". Lmao!

  4. Amazed how there's 4 of these and probably a 5th coming. Yet amazing games never get sequels. Part 1 and 2 were good, but, it's just more of the same.

  5. How is the frame rate on the ps4? The biggest thing holding me back from purchasing this game was the previous game's unstable frame rate.

  6. Good. Now, Rebellion, develop the goddamn Evil Genius 2 ! Seriously, what am I supposed to beat my huge megalomaniacal dick off to ? Come on, now.

  7. I bought all the Sniper Elites and Zombie versions so far but never really got into the games. Maybe I'm missing the mechanics or I'm not the target audience but the gameplay sort of feels empty to me.

  8. I played the first 2 games but never 3 or any spin offs. But after seeing this review I think I might just pick this up down the road. With a large influx of games coming it will be a while so the price will be alot more appealing by then too.
    Great review allies!

  9. This is strange. My life is all about videogames. I know this industry. Seeing those x ray kills seems familiar, but to be honest, if anyone had said to me "Do you know Sniper Elite?" I would have said "What? No. Is this is a real thing? You just made that up, right?". Seriously, this game totally passed me by.

  10. so i take it that you guys over at Easy Allies are not comfortable with pulling off nut shots in Sniper Elite games huh?

  11. I can't freaking use the scope on a sniper rifle?! Whenever I try to aim I am aiming from the shoulder & have crosshairs similar to that of a machine gun! Is that normal? Is there anything else on Ps4 that needs to be pressed besides L2 in order to aim through a sniper rifle scope?

  12. I love that Huber managed to work "stakes" and "uneasy alliance" into the review. I feel like every Ally's reviews reflect them as a person in a way, and I love that Huber found a way to work a bit of himself in there while still delivering a solid, insightful review. Great work, Huber.

  13. Great review guys!!! I enjoy these games and find them entertaining. They are good but never great. I wonder what the missing piece of the puzzle is. Thanks for the fair and accurate review…

  14. I was saddened when GameTrailers was shut down, but it's good to hear reviews by Brandon Jones again. GameTrailers always had among the best reviews I've seen on YouTube and I loved the style of the reviews. So it's great to see GameTrailers alive again in Easy Allies. Keep up the great work!

  15. I just got this game on a steam sale. I'm having a ton of fun with it, and I'm actually enjoying the story. Sure the story isn't especially inspired, but it's earnest, and I get the feeling the devs knew that when they made it.

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