Sniper Elite 3 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Sniper Elite 3 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Sniper Elite VR Sets Sights on July Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/ak81r/sniper-elite-vr-sets-sights-on-july-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/ak81r/sniper-elite-vr-sets-sights-on-july-release-date Thu, 03 Jun 2021 21:24:44 -0400 Jonathan Moore

While many hoped Sniper Elite VR would release sometime in 2020, the year came and went without a launch or even a release date. But, six months into 2021, that's all (finally) changed. Sniper Elite VR has dialed in a July 8 launch date, releasing for Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, Steam VR, and PSVR. 

The launch date announcement came alongside a release date trailer, which gives fans a great look at the game in action. The final gameplay trailer features some locales and weapons not seen in previous gameplay trailers. It also gives greater insight into the game's story and protagonist, who isn't Karl Fairburne but instead an Italian partisan.

The series' staple X-ray kill cam makes a return, as does its tactical stealth gameplay. Though sniping is the name of the game, players have a number of weapons and throwables at their disposal to make quick work of the enemy if things go terribly wrong. 

We played Sniper Elite VR at PAX East 2020 on PSVR and enjoyed our time with it. Rebellion said then that they were working very hard to strike the right balance between classic Sniper Elite mechanics and how those mechanics work in virtual reality.  

Rebellion Assistant Producer Thomas Waterhouse-Biggins said then that "we [Rebellion] want to maintain what we did in Sniper 4, but we have to make changes. There's a balance there [between VR and the mainline games], but we still got the full impact. When you're watching the bullet go into the person, you can actually turn your head, and it turns the camera."

It won't be long now to see if the team was able to hit the mark. 

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Humble Bundle's 'Conquer Covid-19' Sale Features $1,000-Worth of Goodies https://www.gameskinny.com/qn8qa/humble-bundles-conquer-covid-19-sale-features-1000-worth-of-goodies https://www.gameskinny.com/qn8qa/humble-bundles-conquer-covid-19-sale-features-1000-worth-of-goodies Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:51:08 -0400 GS_Staff

There seems to be a new sale every week these days. That's a good thing, though, because it means you always have the chance to pick up some awesome games at a discounted price. 

Though Humble Bundle has been hosting fantastic sales for a while now, it's latest is one of its largest ever. The "Conquer Covid-19" sale asks for a mere $30, but bundles together more than $1,000-worth of games and ebooks.

Proceeds will "go to support organizations responding to Covid-19," according to a message on the Humble Bundle website. 

The sale runs through April 7 at 2 p.m. EST. Codes are redeemable via Steam, and the bundle's ebooks are DRM-free. Included games cover a wide array of genres, from party games to action titles, strategy gems and beloved classics. 

Here's a run-down of the games available:

  • Agents of Mayhem
  • A Good Snowman is Hard to Find
  • Alien Spidy
  • A Mortician's Tale
  • Broken Age
  • Brothers: A Tal of Two Sons
  • Brutal Legend 
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition
  • Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition
  • Double Fine Adventure
  • Ducati 90th Anniversary
  • Europa Universalis 4
  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered
  • GNOG
  • Hacknet
  • Hiveswap: Act 1
  • Hollow Knight
  • Into the Breach
  • Jackbox Party 2
  • Killing Floor 2
  • LEGO Batman 3
  • Lost Winds
  • Magicka
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
  • Party Hard
  • Pikuniku
  • Psychonauts
  • Rebuild 3
  • Sniper Elite 3
  • Speed Brawl
  • Stealth Inc 2
  • Stick Fight
  • Super Hexagon
  • Superhot
  • The Witness
  • This is the Police
  • Tilt Brush (Google)
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • Tropico 3
  • Undertale
  • VVVVVV
  • Wizard of Legend
  • Worms Revolution
  • World of Goo
  • Zombotron

The "Conquer Covid-19" bundle's ebooks may not be as wide-reaching, but they include graphic novels, psychology texts, coding books, even a children's book. 

You can grab the bundle over here. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more info on upcoming and on-going sales, including Sony's big spring sale that discounts dozens of popular games and DLC packs. 

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Don't Miss Out: PlayStation Under $20 Sale Discounts Tons of Awesome Games https://www.gameskinny.com/y57w5/dont-miss-out-playstation-under-20-sale-discounts-tons-of-awesome-games https://www.gameskinny.com/y57w5/dont-miss-out-playstation-under-20-sale-discounts-tons-of-awesome-games Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:54:30 -0500 GS_Staff

There was a time when PlayStation sales were few and far between. But that's certainly not been the case over the past several months. And the latest post-Christmas sale discounts a plethora of PlayStation 4 titles and DLC packs. 

Since 185 items are currently on sale on PSN, we won't cover them all below. However, we will highlight some of the better and more popular deals available. 

The "Games Under $20 Sale" is live until February 5 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. If you happened to miss out on Sony's Holiday Sale, then now is the perfect time to burn that Christmas cash on new PS4 games for your library. 

Games such as Grand Theft Auto 5 aren't as cheap as we've ever seen them, but if you've somehow still not taken the plunge, 50% off is a pretty good deal if you have the dosh. 

Game Normal Price Sale Price
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag $29.99 $8.99
Assassin's Creed: Unity $29.99 $8.99
Batman: Arkham Knight $19.99 $9.99
Batman: The Telltale Series  $14.99 $4.94
Call of Cthulhu $39.99 $9.99
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Ed. $59.99 $19.79
Conan Exiles $49.99 $19.99
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin $39.99 $9.99
Dead by Daylight: Special Edition $29.99 $14.99
Dishonored 2 $39.99 $13.99
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider $29.99 $10.49
Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Ed. $19.99 $4.99
Dragon Ball Xenoverse $39.99 $7.99
Dying Light $19.99 $12.99
Elite Dangerous $29.99 $11.99
Far Cry 4 $19.99 $9.99
Far Cry New Dawn $39.99 $15.99
Frostpunk $29.99 $19.79
Grand Theft Auto 5 $29.99 $14.99
Injustice 2 Legendary Ed. $59.99 $14.99
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes $14.99 $5.99
L.A. Noir $39.99 $19.99
Mad Max $19.99 $9.99
Mafia 3 $39.99 $9.99
Mass Effect: Andromeda $29.99 $11.99
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Definitive Ed. $59.99 $14.99
Mortal Kombat X $19.99 $9.99
NBA Live 19: The One Ed. $29.99 $14.99
The Outer Wilds $24.99 $19.99
Overcooked + Overcooked 2 $34.99 $17.49
PayDay 2: Crimewave Ed. $19.99 $2.99
Rayman Legends $19.99 $4.99
Resident Evil 7 $19.99  $14.99
Resident Evil Revelation 1+2 $39.99 $15.99
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Ed.  $59.99 $8.99
Slime Rancher: Deluxe Ed. $29.99 $17.99
Sniper Elite 3 $29.99 $7.49
South Park: The Stick of Truth $29.99 $1.99
Space Hulk: Tactics $29.99 $7.49
Steep $29.99 $9.89
Street Fighter 5 $19.99 $7.99
Tales of Berseria $59.99 $14.99
The Blackout Club $29.99 $19.49
The Crew $19.99 $6.59
The Evil Within $19.99 $7.99
The Evil Within 2 $59.99 $19.79
The SUrge Augmented Ed. $39.99 $13.59
The Wolf Among Us $14.99 $4.94
Thief $19.99 $2.99
Titanfall 2 $19.99 $7.99
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands $49.99 $19.99
Tom Clancy's The Division $39.99  $7.99
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 $59.99 $14.99
Unravel Yarny Bundle $29.99 $10.49
Valkyria Chronicles 4 Complete Ed. $49.99 $17.49
Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor Martyr $59.99 $14.99
Watch Dogs $19.99 $6.59
Watch Dogs 2 $49.99 $12.49
Wolfenstein: The New Order $19.99 $9.99
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood $19.99 $9.99
XCOM 2 $59.99 $14.99
Zombi $19.99 $3.99


From Resident Evil 7 to Rayman: Legends, The Outer Wilds and XCOM 2, head over to the PlayStation Store to see the entire list in alphabetical order. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more sales info as we come across it. 

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Sniper Elite 5 Announced Alongside Three Other Sniper Elite Projects https://www.gameskinny.com/1zq76/sniper-elite-5-announced-alongside-three-other-sniper-elite-projects https://www.gameskinny.com/1zq76/sniper-elite-5-announced-alongside-three-other-sniper-elite-projects Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:37:17 -0400 William R. Parks

Editor's Note: Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is out now. To see what we think of the seven-year-old game, go here. For guides, be sure to head over to our guides page. There we've got locations for both wine bottles and gold bars

It has been over two years since Rebellion released Sniper Elite 4, the company's BAFTA-nominated stealth shooter, and some fans are certain to be excitedly awaiting a followup. Fortunately for these players, a recent announcement from the studio has not only confirmed that Sniper Elite 5 is on the horizon, but that three other Sniper Elite projects are in the works as well.

The first of these projects is Sniper Elite V2 Remastered, the "visually definitive version" of the 2012 tactical shooter, and it is set for release on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One in 2019. This remaster will feature improved graphics, 4K resolution and HDR support, and enhanced content, ranging from additional playable characters to an expanded multiplayer mode that will allow up to 16 players to compete online.

Additionally, fans of the series can look forward to the Switch release of Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition in 2019, which will include the base game and all of its post-launch content. The Ultimate Edition will also support Switch-exclusive local wireless multiplayer and utilize the console's motion controls.

While these two titles are all that Sniper Elite fans can expect to play this year, Rebellion has promised details on a third project before the close of 2019 — a project that the company has revealed as a "new, standalone Sniper Elite game for VR devices." It has additionally been noted that this VR title is being developed in collaboration with Just Add Water, a British studio known for its work on Oddworld.

Finally, the announcement that is likely to be the most exciting of the bunch is that players can look forward to receiving details on the "upcoming mainline Sniper Elite game" in 2020. This is to be Sniper Elite 5, which Rebellion describes as "the next major title in the Sniper Elite series."

Indeed, it seems that fans of stealth shooters in general, and Sniper Elite in particular, have a lot to look forward to. While some may be disappointed that details on Sniper Elite 5 are still a year away, there will certainly be many opportunities for tactical assassinations across the other three projects to occupy them in the meantime, not to mention Sniper Elite 4

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10 Most Accurate Historical FPS Games https://www.gameskinny.com/aujux/10-most-accurate-historical-fps-games https://www.gameskinny.com/aujux/10-most-accurate-historical-fps-games Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:11:21 -0400 Brandon Morgan

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You see, historically accurate first-person shooters do exist. Some would consider them far and few between, as the majority of shooters tend to take a more fantasy or science fiction approach to their formula, but we've seen plenty of World War 2 shooters, a few Vietnam-based shooters, and even a couple of games set during World War 1, which is becoming more prevalent within the industry.

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The ten games mentioned here are some of the most realistic on the market currently, though we suspect a few more will be releasing in the coming years that are noteworthy.

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Are you a fan of any of these?

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Heroes & Generals

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You wouldn't think a free-to-play MMOFPS would be considered historically accurate, but Heroes & Generals, a shooter set during World War 2, actually manages to make a serious effort at realism

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At its heart, the title remains a generic shooter for players to invest a few hours in at most. In terms of realism, however, there are so many different vehicles, weapons, soldiers, voiceovers, maps, and more that make this truly iconic.

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Some of the game is a bit fantastical, but fighting deep in the trenches, flying planes overhead, commanding a tank squadron, or leading your forces as a General are all brilliantly done, for the most part.

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Invasion 1944

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Invasion 1944, a total overhaul for Arma 2, is a historically accurate World War 2 shooter that focuses on the European theater of the war.

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While it is based on the same engine used in Arma 2, which is quite a horrible game engine, to be honest, Invasion 1944 manages to be as realistic as it possibly can. In this instance, the weapons, the armored vehicles, the clothing on each soldier, the tactical communications, and its overall setting are pretty true-to-life. 

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Players will recognize most of the weaponry in the game from other first-person shooters set during World War 2. The mod has the added advantage of offering a more tactical approach to the setting than other games, which are straight-up shooters.

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Some more work is needed, but overall this is a pretty darn realistic venture into the European Front.

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam

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While this is an expansion, Bad Company 2 Vietnam manages to capture the war in ways other shooters have not previously. Honestly, there are not many Vietnam-based first-person shooters out there, and that needs to change significantly. The time period is ripe for a new game.

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Being a multiplayer expansion, Vietnam is not as accurate as it could be, but it does manage to get a lot right. Fighting through the rice fields in the Phu Bai Valley, or against all odds on Hill 137, the combat is glorious and death-defyingly realistic. A single shot from a rifle will drop most players, while the flamethrower will simply turn them into ashes, and a perfectly lobbed grenade from the M79 will knock down the wall to any piece of cover once thought safe.

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Everything from the vehicles to the weapons is historically accurate. Even the dialogue is realistic, with American and Vietnamese voiceovers on both sides, all based on communication from the Vietnam War. DICE put a lot of thought into this release.

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Verdun

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Trench warfare was one of the most disturbing, merciless experiences from World War 1, a time when warfare was still incredibly crude and more violent than ever before. The use of chemical warfare was allowed, soldiers died from disease as often as they did a bullet, and entire battles could take place within a matter of feet. It was horrific.

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Verdun is one of the first first-person shooters available today that truly represents World War 1 and its atrocities. The recent announcement of Battlefield 1 has everybody excited, but Verdun has been doing the Great War for some time now.

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There is something about the realistic battlefields of France and Belgium that keep players returning. After you hear your team commander shout to 'Charge!', running up and over the brim of the trench, and then find yourself amidst a hail of enemy bullets, mustard gas, and barbed wire can be both awe-inspiring and hellish to handle.

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Everything down to the claustrophobic gas mask you must wear during a poisonous gas attack has been thoroughly researched to be as realistic as possible. You can't even aim correctly while wearing the mask, that's how real this one is!

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Medal of Honor: Airborne

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There are virtually no games that throw you into the tightly-strapped boots of an airborne soldier during World War 2. Sure, some games feature a single level that includes parachuting behind enemy lines, but Medal of Honor: Airborne is solely based around the concept of hopping out of an airplane.

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This is obviously a video game, so the respawn mechanics don't make sense, but the setting is what we're after here. Jumping into various hotspots throughout Italy during World War 2 is frantic, frenzied, and downright suicidal at times. The enemy soldiers are dug in deep and refuse to let loose their foothold.

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The 82nd Airborne was one of the most well-known divisions in the entire war. Their story deserves to be told, even in video game form. Each mission begins in the air, just like theirs did, while on the ground objectives change order.

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It really gives you the sense of being an airborne soldier without moving through the harrowing training required these days.

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Sniper Elite 3

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There aren't many games that come to mind with a setting like North Africa during World War 2. Sniper Elite 3, however, manages to capture the desert campaign from the eyes of a single, well-trained sniper perfectly.

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The boom of an 88 firing through a canyon, the rumble of a tank rolling down the sandy roads, and the little thunk of a silenced pistol are all historically accurate. While operations like this were few and far between during the war, they still occurred. 

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The open-world environments allow the player to virtually relocate their sniping position to anywhere they can see. You may climb to the top of a clock tower, hide in the dusty bushes atop a canyon overhang, or sneak through makeshift trenches behind enemy lines. 

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Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway

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There are very few games that manage to recreate the time period of World War 2 in such detail and realism, but Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway is one such title that goes above and beyond the call to duty.

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To start, war is absolutely hell. When an enemy or a friendly is cut down, it is brutal and unforgiving. Bodies are torn in half and bloody from an artillery strike, bullets rip through the enemy AI as if they were real people, and the rotting carcases of animals cut down by gunfire are left abandoned in farm fields for you to pass over.

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It is truly unforgiving and certainly holds nothing back. World War 2 was not a pretty time period, a lot of people lost their lives, and Hell's Highway captures those atrocities to the letter. Walking through idyllic French countryside is splendid for a moment, and then the hellfire begins raining down.

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Call of Duty 2

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It is hard to craft a first-person shooter list of any kind without mentioning the giant that is the Call of Duty franchise. While some may argue the series has lost what once made it great, the old games set in World War 2 continue to be some of the very best on the market.

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Call of Duty 2, a prime example of what made CoD great, may be a more frantic, competitive first-person shooter, but it managed to get the setting right.

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There is one mission that stands out as particularly brutal and heart-wrenching: The Battle of Stalingrad. The player, taking on the role of a Russian soldier, is tasked with battling uphill against entrenched Nazi soldiers within the iconic Russian city. It is a hellish fight that certainly leaves a mark on those playing through it, despite simply being a video game.

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To make matters more intense, most will remember the beach assault mission. The moment those boat doors drop and the soldiers are released into the wild, a hail of gunfire begins ripping everyone apart. There are numerous bodies on the beach lying completely still, struck down in their prime. The climb to the top of the cliff is a terrifying ordeal.

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Men of Valor

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While Men of Valor, released back in 2004, has not aged very well in terms of today's modern standards for video games, it is still a fun, interesting game that really does the Vietnam War justice in the medium. Very few games have taken the opportunity to explore the spider holes of 'Nam, the flamethrowers gushing liquid death through the trees, and the easy-going soldiers with their iconic soundtrack playing in the helicopter.

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Men of Valor is unique due to its missions and setting. The jungles of Vietnam make for tense shootouts with the Vietcong, while the missions are fun and varied. Players will experience POW rescues, search-and-destroy operations, pilot rescues, and recon patrols, just like the soldiers experienced back then, albeit in video game form.

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The weaponry was all pulled directly from the time period and crafted with love by developer 2015. Firearms made famous during the war are present, with a few leftovers from World War 2 featured, as well.

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Red Orchestra 2

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Red Orchestra 2 is one of the more serious World War 2 first-person shooters available on the market today. A single bullet from a well-placed sniper can stop your entire advance, people who take the game too seriously are shouting commands over the voice comms, and tanks are thundering overhead as you crouch inside of a snowy trench. The game is all too real for some.

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We're here for the beautiful settings featured in the multiplayer maps, however. Having the opportunity to do battle in Stalingrad once more is a godsend from the deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq we've recently witnessed in games. The dilapidated buildings are bombed out, half of their brick and stone walls strewn about the cobble streets. Tough soldiers are clambering up these mounds of cover as bullets are thrown from every direction by the advancing German Army.

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Then, with the Rising Storm expansion, our soldiers take a trip to the jungles of Asia against the Japanese forces. While these maps are a bit brighter in color, the burst of a flamethrower from within a swampy forest is enough to send anyone retreating to their base to regroup their forces. The screams and burning flesh of dying soldiers on the battlefield are shocking.

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First-person shooters these days appear to be lacking one significant aspect that tends to win over entire crowds of people: the historically accurate setting. While we may not have seen as many World War 2 shooters in the past few years as we once had, they are slowly making a resurgence into the gaming world with ground-breaking technology, new game engines, and entire communities of players seeking this revival now that futuristic shooters and modern-day combat has been played to death.

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It is hard to select just ten first-person shooters with accurate settings, as we've seen literally thousands of games within the genre released in the past twenty years alone. FPS is one of the most bogged down genres in the gaming market, but it is also one of the most interesting, immersive, and sometimes even the most realistic.

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These ten games should bring back some memories for those who once played through their stories and multiplayer campaigns. And then there will be some you can easily reinstall via Steam and enjoy tonight.

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A matter of slow death - Kill Cams: X-Ray Bullet Time https://www.gameskinny.com/o408c/a-matter-of-slow-death-kill-cams-x-ray-bullet-time https://www.gameskinny.com/o408c/a-matter-of-slow-death-kill-cams-x-ray-bullet-time Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:31:09 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

Having recently watched the X-Ray kills of Sniper Elite 4 has reignited my love of slow-motion death. Whether it's just simple slow-mo, like in Max Payne or Enter The Matrix, or full bullet time like in Sniper Ghost Warrior, even going as far as Sniper Elite with an X-Ray system showing organ explosions and bones shattering, I cannot get enough.

Don't watch... the dead man says.

I can see right through you

I've always had this morbid fascination with seeing slow-motion death. Watching my bullet(s) slowly travel towards the final victim, or if I'm sniping I get a moment of excitement when the camera smash cuts to the gun's barrel. It tells me I've just made "the shot" and I can sit back for a second and watch my work. It only gets better when I can follow that bullet through the body of my enemy, and bask in the gory glory of perfection.

It might be me, but I would love to see more games embrace the bullet time. Quantum Break seems to be using the same style as Max Payne 3, it gives you a stylish slow-motion scene of a man getting shot. But then Remedy are the creators of the original Max Payne games, before Rockstar took the reins with the 3rd in the series, so I'm not surprised that system is in there.

What could possibly go wrong?

The major issue with a kill cam system is how it breaks up the flow of the game, and that can be an issue for many people; stopping them from doing anything by dynamically triggering a cutscene. I understand exactly why this can be annoying. If you're firing from far off you may forget exactly where you were due to the long bullet travel time, or you may just want to fire off a few quick shots at multiple targets.

This can be somewhat fixed by making the right stick be speed changer, where clicking it in makes time go normal speed. This should overcome most of the issues with this, but if anyone really doesn't want to watch their bullet in slow-motion there should be an option to turn it off.

This is what went wrong.

Films have tried, films fall short

The Matrix is arguably the most famous film for making bullet time, but does it put you in the action? Nope, games have always had the jump on films for making you feel like you are the character, that any actions you take are yours and yours alone. Having a kill cam that activates when you have done something just makes it feel special -- even if it's set off for every last enemy. You never really know how many combatants enter the arena, so you never know when the kill cam will show.

Bullet time, chill time

Kill cams, above all, look cool while making you think you are cool. By activating when you have just made a skill shot it gives you a sense that you have done that. As long as there is the ability to change the speed, to speed up during long travel time for shots, and slow down to watch your target drop, and devs add the option to turn kill cams off and ensure people who don't like them don't see them, I would love to see more kills cams in games.

Do you have strong feelings for or against kill cams? Or do you just not care? Why don't you care? Let me know in the comments below.

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Sniper Elite V3 is Now Supporting AMD's Mantle https://www.gameskinny.com/jsnrd/sniper-elite-v3-is-now-supporting-amds-mantle https://www.gameskinny.com/jsnrd/sniper-elite-v3-is-now-supporting-amds-mantle Thu, 02 Oct 2014 06:11:30 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

Rebellion has announced that Sniper Elite V3's latest update gives it AMD Mantle support. This coincides with the latest update for the AMD Catalyst drivers (version 14.9 WHQL).

What is Mantle?

Mantle API is a driver built directly into the AMD Catalyst software.

Usually when data is processed, it has to translated and queued by the CPU, to then be pushed to the GPU. However, this is time and resource consuming. Mantle seeks to mitigate CPU resource conspumtion by allowing applications to speak directly to the GPU (Graphical Processing Unit, or Graphics Card), if the GPU in question is using the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. This allows developers to squeeze more performance out of the GPU, and makes GPU upgrades slightly more impactful over time. This API looks to grant gamers the ability to run games at a slightly higher quality setting, while the frame rates stay the same. Or if the settings are already maxed out, it will increase your frame rate.

You may have heard of GCN from the Xbox One or PS4, as they use an AMD APU.

Read more on Mantle directly from AMD here.

Why Mantle?

Well the Head of Programming, Kevin Floyer-Lea has written a pretty in-depth article as to exactly why, and what benefits it will bring. One such reason is:

“This brings the PC closer to console programming, where developers are used to having direct control over available resources and squeezing the most out the hardware.

He later adds:

Whatever else may happen with Mantle in the future, it’s most definitely kick-started a move to more lightweight APIs”

This is in reference the multiple recent announcements, of other graphics related APIs, which are taking a similar approach to resources handling. Most notably these are Microsoft’s DirectX 12, Apple’s Metal, and Khronos’ Next Generation OpenGL initiative.

 Obscurance Fields are used for creating soft shadows in more natural places, between legs, on walls among many other places. With Mantle more AMD hardware will be able to run smoothly with this on.

Closing Facts
  • Update 1.11 for Sniper Elite V3 is now available for PC on Steam.
  • The update includes Mantle support and new Benchmark modes for both Mantle and DX11.
  • Mantle requires supporting hardwareAMD Catalyst™ 14.9, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 (Windows 8 users can update to 8.1 for free).

What do you think about AMD Mantle? Is it the next new thing, or just a craze?

Find Sniper Elite V3 on Steam here.

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GameSkinny News Roundup - July 20th https://www.gameskinny.com/59ai2/gameskinny-news-roundup-july-20th https://www.gameskinny.com/59ai2/gameskinny-news-roundup-july-20th Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:48:33 -0400 Proto Foe

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Welcome to the first GameSkinny News Roundup.

This new weekly feature will highlight 5 articles from the previous week, with the aim to simply bring them to the attention of those who may have missed importent or interesting updates due to the ever-increasing influx of games news, reviews, and more.

There will usually be 1 article from each of the following categories; News, Review, Guide, Interview, and Culture. Some nice, light reading at the end of the week.

The First of Five

First up we have the DOTA 2 news, reported on by Danielle, where a girlfriend gives away over 500 digital items of her boyfriends because he wasn't spending enough time with her. How did she pull off that stunt?

"His girlfriend created an event on popular social media site, Facebook, to legitimize her generous dispensing of her significant other's belongings."

To read the complete story, and give your opinion on this act, check out the full article here

Sniping, Elite

Next we have the review for Sniper Elite 3, which Unepitaphed gave a 7 out of 10. Here is what he had to say about the Nazi-Killer Simulator:

"Aside from the bugs Sniper Elite 3 is a good game, the survival mode is really fun too. If the game seems too easy for you, you can always crank up the difficulty. I played on Marksman (Normal) and plowed through the game with very little issues. If you want an epic story, and ground breaking game play then you might want to stay clear of Sniper Elite 3. Just make sure you buy this game for next-gen consoles, playing on the 360 or the PS3 is disappointing."

To read the full review, which breaks down aspects such as the gameplay, sound, and story, then click here.

Stop, Natter Time

We all love a good natter, chinwag, exchanging of air, I more than most. So, when I got the chance to sit down with Jesús Arribas, Director of Spanish studio Numantian Games, we didn't talk about the World Cup, we spoke about Lords of Xulima.

[Jesús] "Mass EffectDragon Age....? Not really, although all of them are RPGs (or action RPGs), they don't share any similarities withLords of Xulima. Perhaps only the third person view in Dragon Age if you play it with the camera in isometric view. "

To read the full interview, including finding out how big the game world is, how combat works, and where the inspiration came from, then head over here.

No Need to Dig Anything but the Colours 

I like colour coordination; matching my clothing to the items that the character is wearing in the game I am playing. Well, if you do like to do that, as I do, then check out this nifty guide to how-to access huge array of colourful armours in Shovel Knight.

The guide has been crafted and sourced by Ashley, many wings were given by Red Bull during the process. To check out the guide, which also includes codes for large, giant, and bubble sprites, then hit this link with your shovel.

2014 - Year of the Game Delay

Danielle is back again, this time with an informative article that documents all the AAA delays of 2014. She also provides us with highlights of delays from the past decade, including Halo 2, GTA 4, Tomb Raider, and more.

Included in the article is an amazingly detailed infographic, which I urge you all to check out.

Now, if you will excuse me, I must return to Divinity: Original Sin. Anyone know where I can find the blastered feline collar?

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Is Sniper Elite 3 Worth It? https://www.gameskinny.com/3qyf5/is-sniper-elite-3-worth-it https://www.gameskinny.com/3qyf5/is-sniper-elite-3-worth-it Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:55:58 -0400 Death Metal Hero

The third installment of the Sniper Elite franchise treads similar ground but still manages to feel like a new experience. If you enjoyed the previous Sniper Elite’s then this one will feel the same, aside from a new setting and some minor adjustments. Expect to see a lot of brown colors, seeing as the entire game takes place in canyons and deserts. But thankfully you can splash some color into the game, like blood-red and brain matter gray.

Gameplay

If you have played any of the earlier Sniper Elite installments then you will feel right at home with the controls. The X-ray kill cams are phenomenal but only for the next-gen systems, playing on Xbox 360 or PS3 is a huge letdown. With the X-ray headshots sometimes the skulls do not fragment, and it takes a couple of seconds for the entire model to render. A complete buzzkill for the main selling point of Sniper Elite. There are times when the camera doesn’t even zoom in on the enemy during a kill cam, instead it’s off center so you only see a part of the event.

The enemy AI is basically stupid too, they do not have peripheral vision at all. Relocating seems to really break the game, moving to a new area results in the enemy no longer chasing you. This makes the game all the easier; pick off 2 or 3 enemies, run 20 meters away, rinse and repeat.

The whole game has a ton of bugs, but most of them are outright hilarious. There is one bug that is disastrous, and that is when two enemies spawn right on top of each other. The only way to take care of that bug is to pull out your rifle and mask your shot or throw a grenade.

The levels are massive and at times are quite tedious. Sadly there are only 8 missions but each mission took me at least an hour and a half. There are tons of collectibles, sniper nests, and optional objectives, but going back and getting everything is not worth it unless you’re a perfectionist.

Sound

The weapons and explosions all sound fantastic, and hearing the bones crunch and organs explode from the kill cam is always satisfying. The voice acting is good too, nothing groundbreaking but the accents do sound authentic.

Story

There is not much to the story, but Sniper Elite 3 is an action game. I did not go in expecting to have a powerful and epic story. I went in expecting to see some detailed gore and annihilate some Nazi scum.

Overall

Aside from the bugs Sniper Elite 3 is a good game, the survival mode is really fun too. If the game seems too easy for you, you can always crank up the difficulty. I played on Marksman (Normal) and plowed through the game with very few issues. If you want an epic story and groundbreaking gameplay then you might want to stay clear of Sniper Elite 3. Just make sure you buy this game for next-gen consoles, playing on the 360 or the PS3 is disappointing.

Sniper Elite 3 is developed by Rebellion and published by 505 Games. Released on July 1st, 2014 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC. A personal copy of Sniper Elite 3 was purchased from a local retailer.

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New Sniper Elite 3 Trailer Gives Us The Scoop https://www.gameskinny.com/vcbib/new-sniper-elite-3-trailer-gives-us-the-scoop https://www.gameskinny.com/vcbib/new-sniper-elite-3-trailer-gives-us-the-scoop Wed, 07 May 2014 16:36:18 -0400 Death Metal Hero

The next chapter in the Sniper Elite franchise takes us to the gorgeous and unforgiving landscapes of North Africa. Developed by Rebellion and published by 505 Games, Sniper Elite 3 will be taking a more sandbox game approach with theater-like battles, and multiple objectives that can be completed in any order.

The new trailer shows off a lot of beautiful scenes from luscious oases to mechanical nazi warehouses, and even ancient ruins. The trailer also reveals a new inventory system, and user interface.

Personally I am really excited to get my hands on Sniper Elite 3. The visceral and all too revealing x-ray kill cam is always a cringe moment for me, especially if I find myself aiming at a Nazi’s family jewels; speaking of, next-gen testicles are confirmed!

If you pre-order Sniper Elite 3, you get a free DLC mission called Hunt The Grey Wolf. The DLC mission plays on the idea that maybe hitler did not kill himself in Berlin in 1945, but rather fell to a sniper bullet two years earlier during a secret trip to North Africa. 

Sniper Elite 3 comes out July 1st in North America on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and available everywhere else and PC on June 27th. Will you be getting Rebellion’s newest take on Sniper Elite?

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