About the Game
Set during the allied invasion of Italy in 1943, Sniper Elite 4 has players taking control of OSS sniper Karl Fairburne. Over the course of the ten missions of the main campaign, Karl will assist the Italian resistance forces that fight against the Axis and uncover secret intelligence that will help the Allies win the war. While ten missions might seem on the short side, each map is huge with side objectives, collectibles to uncover and challenges to compete.
Karl as a character is fairly standard when it comes to military shooter protagonists. Stoic, rational, bland and rather inoffensive. Quiet as well, most of his dialogue comes in the form of inner monologuing. Though the same could be said for the rest of the characters, whether it’s the plucky rebel that holds on to hope or the commanding officer that gives ou the missions. These characters fill their niches perfectly but don’t really do any more than that. If you have seen a few war movies or played other games in this period then these characters will be familiar.
With most past WW2 games set on the German fronts in Europe, it was a nice change of pace to have the game set in Italy. Whether perching on rooftops in a Tuscan villa, sneaking through the forests near the viaducts or infiltrating a Mediterranean island there is a lot of variation in between missions and maps. This gives the game a fresh feel even if the setting has been done numerous times by other shooters.
Sniper Elite 4 also comes with a season pass which contained DLC that was available on release day, or within the first week of release. That could be seen as questionable for DLC to be released this early for a game that is full retail. Two of these DLC packs, Target Fuhrer and the Camo Rifle Skins packs were pre-order bonuses. Target Fuhrer adds a mission to the game which can be completed solo or in co-op, the other one adds rifle skins. The biggest issue with this is that any content that is available day one should be part of the game.
These maps are huge, the green dot is the player position.