I’m a fan of stealth games. There’s just something rewarding about being able to finish a mission without ever having to engage an enemy close up and being able to drop in and out of a mission without the enemy ever knowing you were there. That’s why I loved Metal Gear Solid V and that’s why I’m giving CI Games latest a go, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3.
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is a story of brotherhood, patriotism, and betrayal in the most complete sniper experience ever released. Take the role of an American sniper named Jonathan North, who drops into enemy territory in northern Georgia as the country is dissolving into a bloody civil war. Explore large open-world maps with dynamic weather conditions, and a day and night cycle that impacts play and player decision-making. Customize weapons, equipment, accessories, vehicles, and a drone, and utilize the three pillars of gameplay to your liking: Sniper, Ghost, and Warrior.
Below is the first 30 minutes of gameplay which consists of a prologue that you must play. This is the only part I could play as the full game was still downloading in the background.
The first thing I noticed when playing was how ugly the character models were. While the environment and backdrop looks really good, the characters themselves just weren’t really all that great looking. Yes the animations were good and character movements were good, there was just something about the faces that made them seem off. They weren’t quite realistic enough for a game of this type and almost seemed like lifeless dolls. It’s not bad when you’re actually playing the game, but for cut scenes, it’s pretty noticeable.
The voice acting in the game however is pretty good, but because of the way the faces look or how they’re animated, it never really seems like they’re the ones saying the words, as if they’re puppets. That’s really the best way I can describe it.
In terms of gameplay though, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 so far doesn’t disappoint. The small section where I had to stealthily take out 6 soldiers from afar was very satisfying and infiltrating the base to get to my objective was pretty exciting too. Being able to use a drone to mark targets isn’t something new, but it works and is a nice addition to your arsenal of toys. The game seems pretty fast paced, even for a sniper game and so far the controls seem pretty responsive and precise.
This was only a small taste of the game so far so it’s possible that my impressions of the game will change as I get further into the meat of the game. While I may not like the character facial models, it doesn’t change the fact that so far, I’m kinda liking the game, especially the sniping aspect of it.
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