The 2017 sequel to Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (2013) and the original released in 2010, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 evolves the series in ways, chief among them being the open-world gameplay structure. Developed and published by CI Games, the Sniper series is ostensibly the leading light in the tactical shooter genre. Making use of the CryEngine, it is also a game that is available for every platform of its generation.
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The Game Review
Available in single-player or multiplayer modes, the single-player experience draws from real-world conflicts and gives players a lot of choice in completing campaign and side quests. Oddly named “War Crimes,” these side quests open up the gameplay in new and creative ways. These segments also serve to introduce new concepts in terms of mechanics or even shed some light on the backstory of the game.
Set in war-torn Georgia, a former Soviet republic, the player assumes the role of U.S. Marine Captain Jonathan “Jon” North, a U.S. Marine, who is tasked with intercepting a cache of weapons at the Russia-Ukraine border. While the operation is a success, North is captured by the Russians and is used two years later in their campaign against Georgia.
The open-world format is meant to encourage exploration and experimentation, but it also has the added benefit of making Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 more accessible to people who haven’t played any other games in the series.
Those titles, known for their hardcore stance with regards to gameplay, are also more linear experiences than this latest incarnation.
Typically missions revolve around three main objectives: Survival, targeting something, and taking out your enemies, of course.
How players do this is largely left up to the individual whims of the gamer. You can employ a stealth approach or go in guns blazing. It is still tactical, however, so you will need to have a plan to succeed. Still, the series has loosened its collar considerably with this effort.
Outside of gameplay modes, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 offers some of the most dynamic controls seen in a first-person shooter, tactical or not. Reminiscent of the types of movements seen in battle royale games, North is capable of running, jumping, climbing, and doing acrobatic stunts off of surfaces.
And what would an open-world game be without a safe house or hub space? In your safe house, you can fast travel and even review your hoard of gear. Best of all is that you can use your hub area as a location from which you can fast travel to mission destinations and visited locales.
You’ll need that, too, because Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 offers a huge, detailed world that you will want to explore – but not for forever.
Indeed, like most open-world games, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 can fall into unintentional monotony. What is on offer here, though, is a pretty compelling (and unique) game in the tactical shooter and open-world genres.
- Really cool gameplay mechanics
- An interesting story drawn from the headlines
- Acrobatic movement adds a lot to this game
- A ton of stuff to do but you won’t get to most of it
- Very different from previous games in the series
- Stiff non-player character animations lead to some awkward in-game moments