Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 Preview - One Bullet at a Time


The first two installments of the Sniper: Ghost Warrior by Polish studio CI Games haven't been huge successes and sadly faded into obscurity quite quickly. The developer is determined not to give up. They mustered a triple-A budget, all their experience gained over the years and set out to make a new sniper game.
Does Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 have a good chance at breaking the mold? Let's take a look.

A sniper went down to Georgia


The protagonist of SGW3 is Jonathan 'Jon' North, a US Marine, and a pretty proficient sniper to boot. He has some bad-luck-ridden past, including but not limited to: survivor guilt, having his brother taken by the enemy, and messing up a past relationship due to, in part, the aforementioned survivor's guilt. So he's the type of down-on-his-luck, rough action hero type of protagonist the best of action movies have taught us to root for.
He volunteers to head a covert operation in Georgia, meant to stop the ongoing cold civil war from escalating. But he also has a second, ulterior motive: his brother was spotted during the conflict, so Jon aims to undo the failure of his past and rescue his brother. And because 80s clichГ©s should never die, there will also even be an angry blonde helping Jon out, despite him being her ex. Yeah.

Three ways to go


Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 offers the players three different approaches, suitably called: Sniper, Ghost, and Warrior. They may seems self-explanatory, but for the peace of mind and clarity of concept we will briefly go over each of them.

Sniper


The most explicit of the Profiles, the Sniper tree gives Jon all the perks and abilities needed to maximize his efficiency at long-distance headsploding. So there's going to be stuff like enhanced breath control, various aiming aids etc. Ultimately by maximizing the Sniper profile you'll be the deadliest guy your enemies are never even going to see.

Ghost


This profile is for those who like to stalk their enemies and creep them out before stabbing them in the throat with your trusty (thrusty?) knife. Sneak better, step lighter, surprise your enemies, or eliminate them before they even realize it wasn't the wind that opened the window. If you prefer your sniper to be a hitman, Ghost is going to be your profile.

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 sniping view

 

Warrior


Snipers, hitmen, poppycock. Going guns-blazing and raining death and lead on your enemies from a convenient cover is the way to go. This is the idea that shapes the Warrior profile. If you don't feel like keeping to the shadows and keeping your enemies oblivious to your location, Warrior will be the profile that will benefit the most from your playstyle.

How does it work?


SGW3 has a dynamic experience point allocation, which means that the more actions you make that are associated with a given profile, the further along the tree you can move. Shoot folks from afar and you'll get more point for a Sniper, shoot them with an assault rifle and you'll get Warrior points. Simple, easy. You play the game you want and become better at it. What's not to love?

What's the gameplay going to be like?


At its most basic, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 can be described as an open-world first-person perspective action game. You can explore the vast map, gather intel from various outposts to help you in your missions, and get busy collecting schematics and crafting upgrades for your... everything.

Let's get shootin'


A nice addition to the gameplay is that you have to adjust your scope to account for distance and wind, and the resulting bullet drop and trajectory variations. For once the bells and whistles you see in every game when aiming with a sniper rifle actually do something instead of just looking nice and authentic. Mad props to CI Games for going the whole hog on the front.

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Warrior profile



There will also be a number of different bullet types, including explosive ones which will, presumably, allow you to make enemy heads explode so powerfully it creates deadly shrapnel. But don't quote us on that, it's just wild speculation.

Closing statements


Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 seems to go in several directions. A bit Far Cry-ish world construction, simulation-solid shooting physics, pretty cheesy storyline... it's a bunch of ideas that don't necessarily seem like their perfect for each other, but the game overall looks pretty promising, so it's worth following. There are already plenty of other previews, which offer a decent perspective on the development process.
Oddly enough, even the preorder seems interesting. Instead of offering some exclusive content, it simply includes a season pass so you just have to pay once and be done with it. Pretty decent approach, almost shocking.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 launches on April 25 this year. Are you going to help Jon North untangle the mess he's gotten himself into?

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