Sniper Elite 4 – one of the best gaming experiences of all time is back with a whole new storyline! And as before, you will get the chance to smackdown Hitler through the balls… although so far I’ve only got him through the frontal lobe… which is a good start. Shooting others through various internal organs including their heart is another one 😀
The setting is Italy, in 1943, which recounts the intricate machinations behind the Allied invasion of Italy. Once again, you are Karl Fairburne, and you’ll help release the country from the shackles of Fascism, fanning the flames of resistance, and in doing so uncover a terrifying Nazi technology threatening the whole of Europe…
The Italians have been under the repression of Mussolini for the past two decades and the time has come for change. The time has come for you to show the Nazis who’s boss!
With Sniper Elite V2 and Sniper Elite III, I made video mash-ups, mixing in footage I recorded from headshots and other nasty deaths with some top tunes from Limp Bizkit and Vampire Weekend. As I type, I’ve captured a number of these already so may well make another video soon, but I’ll leave it to others to do the whole-level walkthroughs, as I keep dying every few minutes!
Sniper Elite 4 – Sniper Elite 4 – opening gameplay (Ultra settings) (1080p HD) – PC – DVDfeverGames
The graphics are fluid like running water. After a few minutes of playing, the game can feel a little sticky, so I had to save the game, quit out of it completely, and run it again to get back to how it was originally. Bit of a pain, but at least I can get around it. The game makes use of DirectX 12 and, despite my reservations of ‘upgrading’ to Windows 10, and only doing so at the last minute, I knew that DirectX 12 would only be available to me and my nVidia GTX980 graphics card that way, and there are some outstanding results in this game. Check out my opening footage above for a great example of the lighting effects. While running along with the sun in the background, look how it twinkles as it starts to go behind a rockface… so I run back and forth just to amplify the effect.
The pre-release version I was playing was not without its faults, though. Aside from the ‘sticky’ problem, while I was part-way through the first level, it kept crashing any time I tried to reload this after quitting out of the game (hey, I’ve gotta eat sometime!). This foxed me for a while, but eventually, and after trying DirectX 11 as well as reinstalling the entire game (approx 55Gb), I hit upon just restarting the game from scratch. Annoying, but it worked. Hopefully these issues will improve on the final, released version.
While I’m playing this game on a 50″ Panasonic plasma TV, it only goes up to 1080p HD, but there is a setting to increase the resolution up to 4K if you have such a display.
Similarly, while the audio gives a wonderful score amongst the huge explosions and blistering gunfire, and even giving you the quietest moments when you can hear the dialogue of the German soldiers (with subtitles) so you can work out whether they’ve spotted you, it occasionally gets a bit choppy, as if the game is over-reaching itself. It even did this on the main menu.
Go to page 2 for more thoughts on the game.
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