Sniper: Ghost Warrior First Look

Liberating a country, one headshot at a time. We take a look at City Interactive's upcoming stealthy first person shooter.

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Whether sneaking through a crowded village hoping to avoid enemy contact, or seeking a vantage point to line up a shot on a high-value target, a sniper's job is always a difficult one. And while many modern military games give you a taste of what it's like to wield a high-powered rifle as a part-time killer, the upcoming Sniper: Ghost Warrior looks to put you in a ghillie suit and give you a taste of the problems (and power) that come with being a military sniper.

This environment is about to get all snipered up.

Developed by City Interactive, Sniper will feature 16 missions that will add up to nine to 11 hours of gameplay. Though there are some straight run-and-gun assault missions to be found, most of your time is spent sniping. The game's plot takes place in the fictional South American country of Isla Truena, which has been under dictatorship rule. The US military is sent in to assist the rebels looking to overthrow the dictator, which is where you come in.

During our demo of the game, we watched as a sniper, wading through waist-deep vegetation, lined up a shot on two unsuspecting soldiers who were standing on the far side of a pair of cliffs spanned by a rope bridge. To set up a shot, you press the left trigger (on the Xbox 360 controller), which brings up the scope. The scope HUD has a lot of information--including the obligatory crosshairs, as well as a shifting red dot that is used on the easy difficultly level to show you exactly where your bullet will make impact (taking into consideration factors like wind and the natural arced path of a bullet's flight). At higher difficulty levels, that red dot is not available, and you'll be required to make the adjustments yourself. Another meter in the HUD measures your heartbeat; if your heart rate is normal (around 80 beats per minute), you're considered calm and can easily line up a shot. If you're under pressure and your heart rate is elevated, it will be more difficult to set up shots.

Much of the challenge of successful sniping isn't hitting the target, but rather getting into a suitable position that will allow you the best shot possible (while not getting caught in the process). In game terms, stealth is a big part of Sniper's challenge. Because many of the missions take place in the Amazon jungle, there will often be plenty of thick vegetation to hide in. You'll also have a handy meter at the bottom of the screen that will display how aware enemies are of your presence. If the meter fills up completely, you've been spotted and better look for an escape route. In some missions, you'll also have a spotter who will tell you exactly what you need to do in order to get through a mission. Finally, there's also a minimap that shows nearby enemies and their current state--calm, urgent, or alarmed.

In the sniping missions, you'll have a variety of gear to see you through to the end--most importantly your sniper rifle. You'll start a bolt action rifle but will eventually move on to longer range weapons like the Barrett, a significantly more powerful rifle that brings with its stopping power the added danger of being really, really loud. Enemies will respond to shots fired, after all, making every shot you take that much more important. There will be other accessories on hand in the game, including pistols, throwing knives (which you can pick up again to reuse), and claymore mines which you can use to set traps.

Different missions will have different requirements--some are straight-ahead sniping missions where the goal is to clear a village of enemies or take out a high-ranking officer. In others, you'll need to avoid enemy engagement altogether, and even being spotted by the bad guys will result in a failed objective. Some missions hold your hand more than others--such as those that use a spotter to alert you to nearby enemies--while others put the onus squarely on the player in dealing with all of the obstacles in your way; from planning, execution and, as looks to often be the case, dealing with missions that go haywire.

It's not all slow-paced stealth in Sniper, however; the game will have a number of assault missions to play through. In these missions, you're playing as an Army soldier whose missions are often tied to the sniper ops in the game. One mission we watched featured a full-on assault of a pair of oil rigs and, as you might expect, the action was frenetic and fast-paced, especially when compared to the slow-as-you-go sniper missions. In addition the game will include multiplayer, though details on the different modes haven't been released yet.

This one too.

Developer City Interactive says Sniper will be "the most realistic sniping experience in a video game ever," which, considering the long and illustrious history of sniping in games, is a heady claim indeed. We'll have to wait until we actually play the game before we can judge that assertion, but we do know that Sniper deserves some credit for putting so much of its attention on this most deadly of professions. The game is currently due for release in spring for the Xbox 360 and PC.

Discussion

134 comments
AloeVera4
AloeVera4

I knew it! I KNEW this company would f*ck this game up!!!! City Interactive should close it's freaking doors and fold up shop for good!!! They offer NOTHING in the way of a good game!!! Their games suck, their acting sucks their in-game voices suck! Is this a French company? Yeah...that makes them suck even worse!!!

csabaszoszi
csabaszoszi

I finished this game recently and I think it's a good game, I really enjoyed it, beatiful graphics and the bullet cam is amazing. Yes there is a major bug in the first mission where you are given green light to procced, yet 3 guys run into you and shoot you. and there is a little hard to remain unnoticed, in certain missions, but overall it's a fun game. Best sniping experience so far, hope they release a sequel.

HazemAlpha
HazemAlpha

A piece of sh.. game From a piece of sh.. company For a piece of sh.. user With a piece of sh.. price

LaStOfThE
LaStOfThE

Well...it seems BAD, to me. Clunky movements and the AI is weak, it seems. Right at the beginning of the first mission you're given the green light to continue but three guys are waiting for you; had to reload 3 times to figure what's going on. It's something of a mess. No real orientation, checkpointed paths and some chaotic reprises. I've played it only 'till I killed that general, the chaos that ensued made me close the game. I mean, I didn't really knew wtf I was supposed to be doing. pity.

khinjare
khinjare

i played the game.... didn't expect it to be this bad, i thank god i didn't buy it! when you play it you don't feel like you are a sniper, for example with all the cover you are wearing, and you shoot from a very long distance still all the soldiers there see you and start shooting you, and you die easily as if it's a sniper game of the 80's, uncompared with the new games as bad company 2, medal of honor and Call of duty ( nothing can be compared to Infinity ward "i love them")!!!! soooooo i give this game 5/10!

alluman91
alluman91

I'm going to buy this game but only if it has the Barret M82 .50CAL.. That rifle is just so hot! And a crosshair would also be great..

Reggie_p75
Reggie_p75

@Nikolajj - Yeah, some co-op options wouldn't go amiss here as there is a spotter during certain missions, spotting/helping locate targets.. Something that would work perfectly working with a likeminded friend n discussing tactics would be .50-cal geeky sniper fun. As for multiplayer, too much camping would be involved other in D/Match, T/D/Match unless there were specific objective

samfisherelitec
samfisherelitec

guys the Barret is not listed among the playable rifles.. the AS-50 is.. forewarned is forearmed... why not the intervention too??

Nikolajj
Nikolajj

anyone know if the game will have co-up in missions?

FallenAngelXBL
FallenAngelXBL

Once again, America goes and saves the world from tyranny and dictatorship! HUZZAH. Generic America saves the universe plot aside, this looks promising :)

ymarkman
ymarkman

"The most realistic sniping experience in a video game ever"-This better not be a lie.

takreem95
takreem95

@Serentor You're right, it says $37.99 on the prices page of GameSpot.

valttu
valttu

Sounds great so far! =)

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

This looks good. I'm crossing my fingers!!

Serentor
Serentor

this game looks amazing, i cant wait to get my hands on it XD

Serentor
Serentor

@e1337prodigy i live in swiss and on the preorder list of a website, the game costs only 59 franks, normal games for us are like 99 - 109 franks. so you do the maths ^^

KO4U
KO4U

Don't give my 360 much love these days, but this looks pretty tight.

e1337prodigy
e1337prodigy

Yay there is a multiplayer. Looks a bit like Crysis. If they release the game at a decent price then this will be a hit, although I'm pretty sure it be the usual price.

e1337prodigy
e1337prodigy

This game looks really good actually. 9-11hrs gameplay :). Still reading the above but an idea popped into my head that I hope is in the game. multiplayer ;). Imagine it. Sniping from great distances. With loads of cover spots and undergrowth.

escalon91
escalon91

It's about time someone puts out a realistic sniping game. I have been looking for something like this for years. Sniper Elite was the closest thing to it, and I really enjoyed that game. I just hope this one is as realistic as they are claiming. Could do without the assault missions though. There are plenty of games out there that have them.

9Dguy
9Dguy

well, i know what game i want to get for my birthday now =/

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

give us better ballistic systems! The bulk of these sniper games are terrible, but every once in a while we get lucky, im hoping its been a long enough while with this one heh.

HumdrumPlatypus
HumdrumPlatypus

there's one thing bugging me about this game... Why do they have to call it SNIPER: Ghost Warrior. When you add the beginning it sounds less cool to me. They should just go with Ghost Warrior. But game play wise, this sounds great.

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

I'm pretty sure I personally, am really going to enjoy this game. I get a vague feeling comparing this to Operation Flashpoint DR (the refined, gritty combat and objective style of which, I thought was superb. Virtually "real" planning, engaging and executing oof objectives. Incredibly realistic AI and circumstantial combat environments). I'm hoping this game also retains that level of the players requirement for forward planning and detailed execution. put me down for a copy on PC please.

Ominous_Penguin
Ominous_Penguin

I'm just wondering what is this long and illustrious history of sniping in games that they mention? Sniper Elite is the only game the comes to mind. Put 'sniper' in the GameSpot search box and you get an assortment of games with scores hovering around 2.5. Anyone actually know what games they are referring to? I'd love to play them!

pidow
pidow

I truly liked Sniper Elite...I hope this game is better with a lot more to do and different places to do it in, please be better!.

AlexeyValentine
AlexeyValentine

I really want this game to be realistic and have a good storyline but something tells me this game is going to suck balls.

Tiaguito_Ultra
Tiaguito_Ultra

pareçe que vai ser um bom jogo bons graficos eu acho só pessoalmente para ver como vai ficar

slickok
slickok

I just hope this game is as good as Sniper Elite,or better. Generally it's little things that mess up a good game,like not being able to crouch,an stay there,or not being able to go prone,or not being able to pick up any weapon you discover,run and walk both.It these little things that make me not want to play again.The game makers have got storyline,graphics,weapons,sound effects.and most every company is doing great on these,I've played every M.O.H. I can afford on Playstation 2 and on pc over the past few years,I'm in my 60's and know a little about war.

jamyskis
jamyskis

"The most realistic sniping experience ever." Right. As GameSpot says, given that sniper games have a history of usually being good, this is a somewhat far-fetched claim. All the more far-fetched by the fact that City Interactive rarely produce anything of true quality. You lucky guys in the US only get to see a fraction of what these guys produce - we in Germany have to put up with them filling up the shelves with several generic shooters every month using some ancient engine that they've licensed - I do believe the current victim is the ancient FEAR engine. Don't get me wrong - sometimes they do put out a title that is mildly diverting. Terrorist Takedown 2 was actually quite entertaining in spite of its many flaws. The Code of Honor games aren't bad. But that's about it. Don't get me started with the early Terrorist Takedown games, SAS, Art of Murder and so on.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@Mar28jw, The ability to 'Down' an enemy, therefore luring more unsuspecting targets into your killzone is a core sniper tactic. It would be very cool if they include that ability in this game.

dhaag740
dhaag740

It looks cool. I wonder what the multiplayer will be like?

cdog5386
cdog5386

Finally an (almost) all-out sniper game. There is a game for the original xbox in which you were a military sharpshooter during WWII, cant remember the name, but it was pretty good; you had to take into account the wind, elevation, moisture, and gravity as well when you snipe. This could be a rad game, I hope it can deliver a true experience of being a stalking and invisible sniper, and all the interesting tactics involved in the profession.

Mar28jw
Mar28jw

i hope they include the option that was promised in farcry2 but didnt deliver where you can just wound somebody in the arm or leg and thier screams for help draws in their mates for extra kills as i believe it was a genuine tactic used by real snipers during various wars

iLittleNose
iLittleNose

I'd like to see this become like the sniper missions in MW2 spec-ops, they were the best part of MW2 :o)

GWA17
GWA17

sounds like my kind of game but as people say there have been a lot of terrible sniper games in the past, im not going to write it off yet though it could turn out to be very good you never know

surikik
surikik

Let's just see how it will turn out 'cause until now sniper games are terrible, but also not as realistic as this... Maybe this will turn out good

buft
buft

sounds good but it follows in the footsteps of a dozen terrible sniper games and it will definetly need to get the balance of action and stealth just right to make any impact.

m0tl3ysl4y3r
m0tl3ysl4y3r

looks cool, hopefully my laptop can handle it

mojomaniac
mojomaniac

@rpgnutt It does sound short but , for example, batman:arkham asylum was about 10-12 hours and it was worth getting. Anyways this actually sounds pretty cool, ive always wanted a game where the sniping was very realistic and there hasnt been many games like this.

rpgnutt
rpgnutt

10 hrs is short this a download right it better be cause im not payin 60 bucks for a 10 hr game

escchicken
escchicken

Anybody know whether there is going to be a demo for the 360 version?