Sniper Elite (PC)
Focus Multimedia Ltd
If you havent heard of Rebellion then you should have. The distinctly British development house has a nice line in atmospheric First Person Shooters, which they have been producing for longer than many people, with Alien Vs. Predator games being their first foray into the genre. They also own all the rights to legendary British comic book 2000AD and all its characters, and having been responsible for the Judge Dredd vs. Judge Death game are currently working on a Rogue Trooper title. Exciting as that might be, were here to talk about Sniper Elite. Dont be disappointed that its yet another World War II shooting game, either, because its scripted just a little bit more cleverly than the average me too rifle-em-up. The game is set right at the very end of the war in Europe, and centres on the battle for Berlin between the vengeful Russians and the teetering Nazis. You dont play for either side either, instead stepping into the boots of an American sniper. And as youll be aware if you know much about the end of the second World War in Europe, the Americans were very much in two minds as to whether they should keep going and take on the Soviets too, after it was clear they had the Germans licked. Thats precisely the theme of this game, and your Secret Service overlords have sent you in to put a stop to a Soviet plot to take advantage of the chaos and become a nuclear power. As you might have inferred from the title, youre a sniper. The game is played out from both 3rd and 1st person perspectives, across a lovingly crafted recreation of war-torn Berlin. Pick your way through the environments, well aware that this is one place that nobody will welcome you. Play through 25 challenging missions taking out your assigned targets. Naturally the game has multiplayer online modes available. Equally welcome is the co-operative mode for two players. If youre only going to play one more WWII FPS, Sniper Elite makes a pretty strong candidate.