Bugs, Patches, and Missing Content: Will Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Ever Be Complete?
When people hear Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, there's an audible sigh. Since its released, people’s view toward Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 remains as mixed as ever.
Despite the immersive sniper experience, the game suffers from technical issues, making it difficult to play. On top of that, developer CI Games have been hard at work finishing development on a multiplayer mode for the game -- one many gamers expected at launch. However, the dev recently announced that the new update will be available later in Q3 2017 -- not sooner. The company said in a statement:
“Throughout our development of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, we have had two [sic] focus [on]: The first is to provide the best possible single-player experience in our most ambitious game in the Sniper Ghost Warrior series to date. This has always been our goal and we are extremely proud of all the work we have done, and that we share with you. The second emphasis from us is to provide regular content updates post launch, focusing on content that enhances the gaming experience.”
As the developers attempt to save the game with patches and a multiplayer update, people have started to wonder if this game will ever be complete. Some remain hopeful that it will eventually be fixed, reaching its full potential, but Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 will be forgotten by the time more patches and fixes come down. Why? Other games would have arrested players' collective mind share.
Too Many Bugs Makes This Game a Lost Cause
Gamers from Reddit and Steam have commented on common bug issues from the game. Long load times and un-lootable soldiers make the top of the list, but players are also having trouble leaving vehicles as well as saving. To add to these comments, GameSpot critic Richard Wakeling shares in his review:
“...the plethora of nagging glitches and technical problems are a persistent nuisance that make Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 difficult to recommend.”
When walking into a game, players expect it to (mostly) flow smoothly in, for it to feature quality gameplay and increase immersion. However, these bugs distract players from the gameplay, making it more difficult to play.
Even with a fix, many players can only remember the bug issues they experience, leaving players feeling disgruntled -- and causing Sniper Ghost Warrior 3' reputation to suffer.
Only Shooting and Scoping Out Enemies
For some people, they find the game enjoyable because of the immersive gameplay, where players sneak through levels toward their target, mark enemies with robot droids, and shoot enemies one by one -- just like a real and methodical sniper. Although gameplay gives players a sense of satisfaction when killing a target, the game becomes too repetitive too quickly, relying on overwrought and overused mechanics.
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 only offers gameplay variety when going after the game's most wanted criminals, where players can employ various tactics in order to bag their kill. Because of that, variety is relegated to a single area of the game -- until the multiplayer element of SGW3 finally releases.
Where Does This Leave CI Games?
CI games still has not said much since last April, but in the statement, they explained their plans for adding content to SGW3:
"Before we release any more content for the game, we have dedicated staff working diligently to further optimize Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 to ensure fewer issues with framerate and loading times. Only once we feel that proper headway has been made on the system performance, will we begin adding extras such as the much-requested multiplayer component."
Giving this statement does reassure the public about their progress of the game by acknowledging the issues and trying their best to fix them. It gives people a sense of hope that game will reach its full potential.
However, other anticipated first person shooters, like Call of Duty: WWII, would be released, and the gaming community won't be talking about Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. So the question comes down to this -- how long will fans wait for the game to come and be finished?