Nazis, but… not?Sniper Elite 3 focuses on a soldier sent to Africa to clean up both German and Italian soldiers occupying the area. It's like a Nazi movement, though Sniper Elite 3 never officially acknowledges it. It's a loose conceit that's put in place for you to do what you best, and that's kill a lot. The general action tactics are nothing new to the series, but suit the need when it comes to sending enemy soldiers to their demise. The real challenge comes with sniping itself, as you're able to manage for trajectory and hold your breath to make sure each shot comes off just right. The developers at Rebellion really nailed this aspect of the game this time around, despite occasional frustration. There were times I swore I had a guy in my sights, only to watch him stumble from the bullet, rather than succumb. At least the game sets the stage for letting you off these guys however you please. You could play in the typical action sense, although that means dealing with soldiers who know your location and react accordingly. It's fairly efficient, though, especially when you use your Walrod silent pistol, or good old fashioned brute force with a melee death.
Stealth and sniping are your friendsThough you can go in guns-blazing, Sniper Elite 3 was built for stealth. You'll benefit greatly from using items in the environment to your advantage, mainly to mask the firing of your shots. Your sniper rifle is loud, after all, and all it takes is one shot for soldiers to figure out where you are. This is where the techniques that the series grew upon come in handy, as you can wait for larger vehicles to pass to plug someone from a distance, or use a distraction like an exploding truck to wreak havoc from a different direction. The sniper shots are the best in the game, as the entire proceedings stop for a cool "follow the bullet" effect, from where you fire your gun all the way to reaching its intended target. The after-effect, showing just what damage the bullet does internally, is a very cool one, even if it gets repetitive.
Just a heads up, this is gonna hurt