And some more problems:
- There’s a serious problem with the journal, which contains all the Tutorial material. It’s a list of things you need to know, which you can scroll up and down, and with the latest addition always being at the top. However, mine kept sticking on Detection Bar, so when I tried scrolling up, it’s like it flicked back to Detection Bar once a second every second. WTF?! Occasionally, I managed to get to the latest one and briefly read it before it did it again. Several attempts at this allowed me to read most of it, but whatever the hell is going on here, it’s really poor. This happened to me at one point during the game and then not after I’d moved on. However, the problem doesn’t just end there.
- I also found it annoying that when you go to a place on your map, or highlight anything on it, yes, it tells you who/what it is, but… it clicks off a split-second later, as if you’ve knocked the joypad even when you haven’t. Quite how this is beneficial, I have no idea, but it does need patching.
- And a third time came about when I was trying to buy ammo in the weapons cache – it would only let me look at my primary rifle. I couldn’t select ammo with my gamepad or anything else. For this time, I had to use the mouse to navigate round that screen instead, but there’s no reason why I was precluded from using the gamepad.
- While the enemies will lock onto you when they know your location for sure, they can also occasionally be quite dumb. For example, I shot one in the head from a distance while he was stood next to another one, but the latter could only look at his brains-deprived friend and ask, “You there! Are you okay??!” Well, duh!
- Amongst all the graphical issues, a couple of times I’ve come across big blocking appearing in front of a baddie’s face. I wasn’t sure at first if it’s something unfinished in a press version, or whether it’s just something else that’s badly programmed. Maybe it was just an occasional glitch? Well, no, since the second time I came across this, it was in an area where I died (again), so I was quickly able to recreate it (above).
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 – Top 10 Things to Know About Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 – CI Games
And a few more problems:
- The open-world gameplay area covers a large expanse of 27 square miles, and reportedly a gameplay time of 35 hours… although you can double that for me because I keep dying all the time like an idiot 😉
- Oh, and it crashed mid-level once, too.
- And is there a fake review of this game on Amazon? See below. Under the name Lukasz Kurukow, there are three identical reviews written on May 1st – one apiece for each version. The title is “Looking for even more fun!” with the text: “Bought it a few hours ago, enjoying way more than expected. Looking for even more fun!”
No-one does that, so that looks very bizarre indeed, especially with the glowing review when it’s got so many problems. What do you say, CI Games??
I’m reminded of the dodgy ‘reviews’ on Amazon about the film Extraction, a Bruce Willis actioner that was as much fun as the time I broke my arm last year.
Overall, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is something I can run through once, but when I’ve finished the last of the missions, I doubt I’ll be going back for a second run-through – certainly not in its current borked state. This is why I wish I could’ve retried them immediately, in order to make a decent video of each one. You know the layout at the time, but when you can only re-attampt a game’s levels after you’ve gone through the lot once again, you’ve forgotten said layout, and so you must re-learn then again. Grrrr!
The scores on the doors:
- Graphics: 6 – Looks around 9, but plays like an absolute dog
Sound: 7 – Nice explosions and gun-fire, but keeps breaking up
Gameplay: 4 – The stop-start problems are such a headache
Enjoyment: 7 – Somehow, this keeps me coming back despite the gameplay issues
Fake Amazon review? Click on the image for the full-size version.
- Publisher: CI Games
- Players: single-player, multiplayer
- HDTV options: 720p/1080i/1080p
- Languages: English
- Subtitles: English
Writer: James B Jones
Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.