Sniper Elite 4 Available Now On PC
Sniper Elite 4 is out now on the PC, and it has a new story, massive in-game areas to explore, and some amazing new features. You can take part in tense multiplayer matches against other players, or start up the in-depth campaign, which is playable in single-player or co-op (for up to two people). With a reworked engine and extras including increased graphics quality and adjustable video settings, Sniper Elite 4 looks and plays best on the PC.
Sniper Elite 4 transports series protagonist Karl Fairburne to 1943 Italy. Unlike North Africa and late-war Germany, Italy in this time period is more or less untouched by combat. As a result, the landscape is full of thriving plant life and foliage, and the environment is quite gorgeous—a stark contrast to Fairburne’s battlefields in the previous games. Fairburne uses his superior marksmanship to help the Italian Resistance in their struggle against their Nazi oppressors. If he’s unsuccessful, Operation Overlord and the D-Day invasion will never occur, and the Allies will fail in their eventual victory.
Sniper Elite 4 is incredibly open-ended on how to approach the gameplay, and its outdoor areas are huge (the smallest map in this game is three times as big the largest one in Sniper Elite 3). You can now hang onto ledges and climb up cliffs, increasing the advantage of verticality to get into a better position. There are myriad different routes to the primary target, and the developers encourage you to find your own way to the destination, contemplating all the options possible, and discovering methods they never intended.
You’ll usually need to rely on stealth and sneakiness, but there are always alternatives. That doesn’t mean you should run around carelessly though, as there are hazards lurking everywhere. Minefields can thwart direct access, entrenched machine guns guard entrances, and enemy soldiers and vehicles are constantly on patrol. Stick to shadows, dense leaves, thick underbrush, and bits of cover to stay concealed (the larger the circle around your icon in your mini-map, the easier you are to detect). All that said, if you’d rather just go full Rambo and start spraying bullets at everything that moves, that’s certainly an option (but a more challenging one).
That’s why your binoculars will quickly become your best friend. You can use them to scan the environment and tag combatants, which reveals what gear they’re carrying, where they’re located, and how they move (all tracked on your mini-map). You can also peer through the lenses to detect items of interest, such as those previously mentioned pesky mines, and breakable objects that can be exploited to great effect. For example, it’d be a shame if you shot out that wooden support under that high-ranking officer’s feet, wouldn’t it?
Rebellion included even the smallest details to immerse you into the world. Need to know which direction the wind is blowing? If there’s a fire nearby, you can observe where the smoke is drifting to get an idea. You can empty your lungs for a steadier shot, and you’ll have access to various authentic weaponry, including the M1903 Springfield rifle, G43 semi-automatic rifle, M1928A1 Thompson submachine gun, TNT explosives, and more.
The game’s realism extends to enemy behavior, too. The devs claim the AI is smart and unscripted when hunting you down. They’ll stay behind barriers and cover their allies, flush you out with grenades, dive for safety if they spot a tossed explosive nearby, and attempt to pinpoint your position rather than running in blindly to a general area. If radio operators are present, they’ll call in reinforcements, and you can even be counter-sniped by hostile sharpshooters. Taking out officers before the grunts is a smart move too, as officers can force their troops out of cowering to find you, limiting your maneuverability and escape. If you’re lucky, a dead officer can even make enemy units rout, utterly demoralized.
Despite the aim for authenticity in World War II combat, the developers knew that some stretches in realism were needed to keep the game fun; waiting in the same spot for two days to fire off a single shot isn’t all that enjoyable, after all. Some of those tweaks also keep the game from being impossibly difficult. For example, you can pause the action at any time by bringing up your equipment menu, giving you precious moments to select the right weapon or tool for the job without panicking.
As you rack up kills and various feats of destruction, you’ll earn experience points towards leveling up. You can also complete weapon-specific mini-goals—such as accomplishing 50 sound-masked kills or 25 kills over 200 meters—to upgrade them, making each gun more lethal and dependable. Once all upgrades are complete on a weapon, you can then pursue a specialized mastery set of goals for each one. It’s not all about scoping distant figures though; you can plant mines to cover your back, sabotage random pieces of equipment, and silently stab or take-down unsuspecting foes if they get too close (just remember to hide their corpses, or you’ll risk sentries stumbling upon your gruesome handiwork).
Sometimes your lethal arts will be shown through the much celebrated X-ray kill cam, which reveals a brief internal look at what’s happening to your victim’s organs and bones in brutal detail. This isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s a satisfying and immediately effective way of confirming kills. Long-range bullseyes add to that by using a stylized slow-mo cam that follows the bullet until it blasts through its target.
By playing Sniper Elite 4 on the PC, you’ll enjoy a superior experience to the consoles, thanks to all the added benefits the platform provides. You can adjust the video options to different settings, use your mouse for high-precision aiming, take advantage of multiple key bindings through your keyboard, and witness the game’s lush, vibrant environment in amazing high-quality detail. “We’re big PC enthusiasts at Rebellion,” said Rebellion CEO and Co-Founder Jason Kingsley. “The studio’s had a long tradition of developing on PC—lots of people in the studio play on PC. I play mostly on PC. We don’t farm the PC version off to a porting house…the PC version typically gets a lot of specialist extra love. We want to make sure Sniper Elite 4’s playable on a range of hardware, though, not just the most expensive. And that it’s all scalable because of the power of our in-house engine, Asura.”
Similarly, Sniper Elite 4 was built with SLI functionality at launch and the latest DirectX 12 technology (while still fully supporting DirectX 11). DirectX 12, when paired with compatible NVIDIA GPU’s such as the GTX GeForce 1080, 1070, and 1060, can result in higher-quality graphics, reduced memory usage, and more complex effects. DX12 also offers improved overall performance thanks to a host of API changes and hardware/software features compared to DX11.
Rebellion’s official recommended GPU for Sniper Elite 4 is the GeForce GTX 970, which the developers claim should run the game at 1920 x 1080 at 60 FPS without issue. For higher resolutions with increased graphics options, we recommend the GeForce GTX 1070 for 2560 x 1440, and the GeForce GTX 1080 for 4K. A GeForce GTX GPU also brings next-gen technologies in supported games, such as 4K support, Adaptive VSync, Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR), NVIDIA G-SYNC, and plenty of others. Plus, with compatible games, you can try NVIDIA Ansel: a groundbreaking way to capture in-game screens in HD, as well as in breathtaking 360 degree viewing. With a GeForce GTX graphics card, you’ll also be able to install GeForce Experience, which allows access to Share, GameStream, Game Ready Drivers, and Optimal Playable Settings (OPS).
Sniper Elite 4 Official Minimum System Requirements For 1080p
- CPU: Intel CPU Core i3-2100
- GPU:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (2GB)
- RAM: 4GB
- OS:64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit Windows 8.1, or 64-bit Windows 10
Sniper Elite 4 Official Recommended System Requirements For 1080p
- CPU: Intel CPU Core i7-3770
- GPU:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
- RAM: 8GB
- OS:64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit Windows 8.1, or 64-bit Windows 10
Starting February 14th, you can grab Sniper Elite 4 for $60 on Steam, and the Deluxe Edition for $90, which includes the campaign DLC (Target: Führer), and the camouflage rifles skin pack. If you’d like to see some extended gameplay, IGN, Outsidebox, and Eurogamer have some great YouTube videos (Eurogamer’s in particular contains some fascinating developer commentary). Reviews are currently available as well, and the game has received positive scores and praise. IGN gave it an 8.3 out of 10, stating: “A lot of games tout the ability to ‘play how you want to play,’ but Sniper Elite 4’s missions and mechanics actually are robust enough to back up that claim.” Eurogamer agrees, saying: “Rebellion has folded in the essence of stealth greats such as Splinter Cell and Metal Gear while keeping the characterful flavor of Sniper Elite itself.” You can read further reviews from sites such as PC World, GameSpot, and Game Informer.