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Review | Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 (PS4)

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior has always been that game that critics seem to dislike but gamers just love. I’ve had the chance to play the first two via PlayStation Now and would agree with gamers despite its flaws. To its credit, CI Games has always tried to take what the critics have said as a learning experience to better improve the series. This can be best exemplified with the quality of an experience that Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 offers.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is the kind of adventure gamers would like if they enjoyed a massive stealth action title like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Players are tossed into a massive open world that is inhabited by hostile forces and plenty of secrets to unlock. CI Games has gone all out to give Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 the AAA treatment and the end result is one of the best titles in the series.

I will admit it does have a few problems but the series has come a long way since its humble roots while its flaws will mean nothing to the fans.

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Players take on the role of Jon North, a Special Forces operative who is deployed to Northern Georgia to help cripple the Separatist army, take out its leadership while finding out who is supporting them. North is also on a personal mission, locate and rescue his younger brother who was taken prisoner during a botched mission on the Russian-Ukraine border.

North must work to cripple all Separatist operations in the region while hunting down the leadership. Helping him are his handler in the field Frank Simms along with Lydia Jorjadze a mercenary from the region with connections with the resistance and his ex-fiance. They are also receiving support from Raquel Shein, a Mossad agent who is looking for a rogue scientist.

Without going too much into the story, it starts strong but then jumps the shark by becoming something unexpected. The story started as a stereotypical Tom Clancy adventure (I say that in a good way) before it morphed into a work of bad Metal Gear Solid fan fiction that unnecessarily borrowed a lot of context from Captain America: The Winter Solider.

The story is easy to follow and not that complicated, but it does go off the rails at the half way point. This results in making the audience unsure of what just happened. Given that past games had their story rooted in realism, the inclusion of a shadow conspiracy and super soldiers makes the story feel like a B-Film that nobody was expecting.

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Anyone who has played Far Cry 3 or Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be very familiar with the gameplay setup. The game is set in an open world environment that can be explored on foot, with a car or players can fast-travel to certain areas. Enemy forces have setup bases and checkpoints that can be cleared out in exchange for special rewards. Players will also have access to a safe house to were they can upgrade their gear or replenish their supplies.

Stealth is key and players need to scout the area, mark all the enemies while looking for weaknesses in the defense. While players have access to automatic weapons (like an AK-47) its best advised not to go in guns blazing. Gamers need to study the area and be prepared before engaging the enemy. The best tactic is to give yourself some good distance while using the drone to scout the area. Be patient before making a kill and beware of the surrounding area. Seriously, do not go Leeroy Jenkins.

The environment itself is not bland and empty as there is plenty to explore and ones curiosity is always rewarded. Players could find special collectible items, new weapons, or special attachments for their weapons. Finding these secrets requires a little detective work and a lot of exploring. Other times players may be asked to rescue civilians who have been taken hostage by the Separatist, doing so will build a better relationship with the resistance. Finally one has to appreciate that even though it’s an open world, the level is not so massive to the point that traveling becomes a choir.

The games biggest performance problems is all the issues that come when a studio creates their masterpiece using the CryEngine 3. While the CryEngine 2 was a technological marvel, its success has always been an unpolished bastardization that has hindered on the players experience. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is no exception as most of the bugs and gameplay issues are the baggage that seem to comes with using the CryEngine 3.

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Sometimes you just want a game to play for fun without anything ground breaking or layered in a complex story. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3  may have a story that is half cliché and half bad fan fiction, but in the end its a fun game that fans of the series will enjoy while new comers should also pick it up.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is the result of trial and error that improves on its predecessor without compromising on what has made it a great title. Any gamer who wants a familiar action experience but would also like it to have some kind of challenge should either pick this up or download it at the PlayStation Store.

Final Score: 8/10

Disclaimer: Evolve PR provided the game used for this review. 

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About Stan Rezaee (336 Articles)
Stan Rezaee is the founder and Editor of 8Bit/Digi. He is a journalist and gamer from the Bay Area who has been writing about the medium for over five years.

12 Comments on Review | Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 (PS4)

  1. Its about damn time you guys publushed your review and I’m glad you guys were honest about it while all the other dick hole critics just crapped on it. Calling it medicore, bitch please they give every Call of Duty a 10/10 but say Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is medicore GTFO

  2. Anonymous // May 13, 2017 at 9:40 PM // Reply

    Don’t believe all the bad stuff on steam about this game, it is fun but it is also frustrating. It’s very much an arcade game rather than a proper sniper game and for me it was too much in that direction with stupid announcements telling me a zone is clear, tagging systems (that can be turned off) perk system that has numerous Xray choices, a bland empty game world with bad voice acting and a shitty story. The good news is the missions are fun unless you set up a killzone for the sheep to run in too, I much prefer putting the difficulty on hard, disable all the aids and try finding the enemy before they find you or they will kill you.

  3. I never understood why people like this game but than again a lot of idiots do enjoy Adam Sandler films and Michael Bay’s dumb Transformers.

  4. Only played the last 2 games on PlayStation Now and did enjoy them so I might pick this up once it goes on sale.

  5. JonTheCrapper // May 14, 2017 at 10:37 AM // Reply

    I’m trying to get into this game, but I’m already getting bored. It’s too bad that every game designer thinks their game should follow an ‘open world’ philosophy. It just doesn’t work for me in Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. Instead of being focused on specific missions, the open world map is tedious and a bore, going from one mission to another doing the same things over and over. The game would have been much better had it been linear and focused on one storyline instead of trying to do too many things

  6. noob hunter // May 14, 2017 at 10:39 AM // Reply

    I have to say I am disappointed. I died three (3) times in the prologue and it sent me back to the main menu to start a new game. Never has a shooter game done this. If they still have glitches why release the game?

  7. A Real Sniper // May 14, 2017 at 11:22 AM // Reply

    I’ve never played a game with so many problems. It’s as if they rushed it onto the shelves. Certain actions don’t work or stop working and game needs to be restarted. Once you have beaten it and start a new campaign, all the weapon boxes you have opened stay opened but they are not in your inventory. Over all this could have been a decent game but you cannot actually play it sometimes.

  8. Having more fun with this game than I have other recent titles that got much higher scores. It’s got it’s bugs and floors for sure, but it doesn’t stop it from being incredibly fun. Try to remember, not every game studio has unlimited budget to make flawless games.

  9. If you haven’t played it, your opinion means jack fucking shit.Haven’t experienced no technical issues so far. Better get your hardware up and stick with the times. It could use some polishing up but sneaking and sniping in this game is pretty nice.

  10. Refreshing in the whole shooter franchise, where every game is the same! Great graphic, great side-quests! With SGW 3 is like with Alfa Romeo. Buggy as hell but still everyone wants it. It’s really good game! Pitty that reviewers smash it just because of bugs. It’s small develoeper after all! Give it a chance. I loved the way this game ended. Awsome! Best of the trilogy!

  11. Simply put this is an early access quality game… The fact there are people scoring this 10 is so laughable I wish I could block them from existence, It has been rushed out is not finished, end of story. Wait and see if it is fixed on console, or wait for a 70% price reduction.

  12. Anonymous // May 17, 2017 at 1:49 PM // Reply

    Gonna wait when its on sale and nothing has been released that month

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