What if life had a kill cam

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered in the test: Accurate or completely wrong?

The wave of new editions is not ebbing: Rebellion is bringing back its popular sniper shooter with "Sniper Elite V2 Remastered" and refreshing the game, which was released in 2012 for PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, for the current generation of consoles. In addition to optical gadgets such as 4K and HDR support, the program also includes an expansion of the multiplayer to up to 16 participants and the “Assassinate the Führer” mission, which was not published in Germany at the time. We watched "Sniper Elite V2 Remastered" for you and revealed whether it is worth buying!

A nice change from 08/15 shooters

In "Sniper Elite V2 Remastered" you step into the dirty boots of sniper Karl Fairbourne. In contrast to "Call of Duty" or "Battlefield" you control it from the perspective of the pursuer. Otherwise, the game is much slower and above all rewards precise hits with your sniper rifle. The planning of an attack is correspondingly different: we usually first look for a place higher up, such as a balcony, and lie in wait there. We secure the way there with traps such as trip wires or land mines.

Grazing shot for this new edition!

Very nice: "Sniper Elite V2 Remastered" puts a lot of emphasis on the realistic trajectory of the projectile. The higher your level of difficulty, the more difficult it is to calculate the next shot. The ball flies in an arc and factors such as wind also influence the flight path. The higher you turn the level of difficulty, the more demand comes into play. Then "Sniper Elite V2" turns from a shooter more and more to a simulation.

But even on a normal level, "Sniper Elite" cleverly sets itself apart from the overwhelming competition. Where you usually mess up entire magazines, a precise shot is often enough. For hits, there are in-game points for the online ranking list.

The game only acknowledges stealth kills or kills with pistol or MP with low amounts. A headshot from over 100 meters away, on the other hand, provides a reward beyond 1000 points. Tactical, slow approach and the overall good game mechanics motivate and comfort the technology, which is dusty despite the remastered version.

Fresh from the slaughter

"Sniper Elite V2 Remastered" is - like the original - not a game for the faint of heart. The then still removed X-Ray-Kill-Cam shows you all the bloody details of your shots. The game is almost reminiscent of "Mortal Kombat 11". When you hit the body, you see how bones splinter and how it rips organs. The event turns out to be brutal and will certainly disgust one or the other.

However, the game also conveys a good feeling for one's own shooting skills and, especially in tough battles or decisive shots, the reward effect quickly sets in. So if we rivet another sniper in proper style or send one of the bosses to the afterlife, then the X-Ray Kill Cam creates a little more atmosphere. But does it remain a controversial topic? In any case. Does it emphasize the gameplay? Naturally.

Solid story and decent multiplayer scope

In terms of size, however, there is no cause for anger. The campaign is convincing - despite the rather pale main character - with a playing time of ten to fifteen hours. The notorious mission in which you have to kill Adolf Hitler is also included in the "Remastered" version. The mentioned levels of difficulty also motivate you to make a second attempt.

The integrated collectibles such as gold bars, on the other hand, appear to be attached. There is also a co-op mode for the campaign, as well as various multiplayer modes, some of which you tackle with 16 players. The gameplay remains - apart from the hordes mode - similar, but it is quite entertaining. "Sniper Elite V2" is not a long-running hit in times of "Apex Legends", "The Division 2" and Co., however.

The ravages of time

Despite 4K and HDR, "Sniper Elite V2" looks technically outdated. The animations in particular appear stiff and unguided. For example, if we crouch down, Karl Fairbourne's upper body remains completely still and only his legs turn and twist to the side, sometimes in an unnatural way when changing direction.

Again and again we discover muddy textures even in the test on the Playstation 4 Pro. However, the problems with climbing or with the cover system are particularly annoying. Because we cannot use all larger objects directly as protection from approaching bullets. Again and again we collect hits as a result.

The pitfalls of the control

At the same time, cover does not mean cover: with some obstacles we are allowed to shoot over them, with others we have to leave them manually and shoot out of the open field. This increases the risk of damage. In addition, the game artificially puts stones in our way: So we only climb up inclines intended for this purpose.

For example, we cannot use the cart we found in a hangar. For the fact that a sniper has to find the best position for his trade, Karl is unfortunately very lazy and unathletic. “Sniper Elite V2 Remastered” only gives us a lot of freedom on paper. In the practical test, however, despite large areas, we trudge too much on the trodden paths and cannot improvise enough.

Where are you going?

Another weak point relates to the enemy AI, which was also criticized in the original. The performance of the guards meanders between genius and madness. In the test, the cronies kept getting stuck on objects, suddenly ran in the wrong direction or changed positions without need.

In short, you behaved strangely. At the same time, however, other snipers in particular make life difficult for us and put us under pressure with the help of targeted shots. However, the moments in which the AI ​​soldiers are just cannon fodder and make hair-raising mistakes spoil the fun and break with the atmosphere.