By: Spencer Breland
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is the first in the series of Sniper Ghost Warrior games to throw the player into an open-world. While it is an ambitious task to achieve masterfully, they ended up with flaws that poked holes into their thoughtful plan. For those that are unfamiliar with the Sniper series, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is as if the Hitman games & Far Cry were mixed to give you this game.
The plot to this game, is simple. You play as an American dropped in Georgia, near the Russian border in search of finding your brother while taking on a sinister force. CI Games tries to make the player care about the story, by presenting a twist that players shouldn’t be able to see coming, but could easily see a mile away.
While the story is simple, it’s the gameplay which is really the heart of this game. The open-world aspect of the game really plays into this well, as you are given missions and can tackle them how you see fit. Do you want to get up close and personal with the enemy? You can do just that. Or would you like to lay back 200-300 meters and pick off your enemies from a distance? Then you can do exactly that. There is not one “correct” way to tackle a mission, but many different choices. Also, the many different gun options as well as modifications allow you to customize your gear to your play-style. Although there are a bunch of different gun options, there is only a few options when it comes to skill unlocks as skill points are easily earned by earning XP. It left me wanting more.
What didn’t leave me wanting more, was the flaws that I typically encountered with this game. First and foremost, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is not a game that I would necessarily consider “great looking” which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I would consider the graphic leaning more towards an early Xbox 360 title. Also, when a NPC would often talk there would be no mouth movement and the character would often just move it’s head awkwardly. I also had an issue with the fact that there is a wide-array of vehicles in the world, but all of them are locked from you actually using them. Although, there are many flaws throughout Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, I still thoroughly enjoyed the game.
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 seems to be riddled with flaws, but that can be expected when a series tries and tackles an open-world aspect for the first time. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 has amazing gameplay, that will keep me going back for more time and time again similar to the Hitman series. I look forward to seeing what CI Games does with the sequel as there is a lot that can be improved upon. I would recommend this game if you are a fan of the Hitman or Far Cry series.