I bought Sniper Elite just a week ago, and I have to say that I'm very impressed with the gameplay mechanics. It really takes me back to the days of Socom on the PS2. Intense stealth that you can literally spend a couple of hours per mission on. Crouching, proning, stealth takedowns, silenced weapons... I love it. And yet, Gamespot just considers it an "ok" game. To me, a score of 6 spells bad news, 7 is okay if you're into the genre, and it goes up from there.
Anyway, I read the review, and I'm pretty disappointed with some of the comments they gave. Before I start, let me say that I have been reading GS reviews for years (this account was created in '05) and their writers are almost always spot-on. But this one I didn't agree with. Have we gotten too used to the Call of Duty style, spray and pray, "run around like a chicken with your head cut off" type of shooters? The review states,
Regrettably, you're more often faced with tedious stealth sections than the extended sniping segments that make the game so captivating. Levels are littered with soldiers who perk up as soon as you fire off a noisy round, and since you're about as flimsy as any single enemy on screen, clearing the map with a silenced pistol or a quick flip of the knife is often the most intelligent route to success.
Being stealthy takes time! So yes, it's tedious. That would be true of any other stealth shooter. I will say, some of the maps in SE3 are pretty big (Halfaya Pass, for example), but I enjoyed each and every Welrod kill or stealth takedown. The review also calls the game "a chore". That's right. The person that wrote the review would probably rather be doing their dishes than play this game. What a kick to the face! I thought it was a very one-sided review, probably from someone who's more used to modern, fully automatic FPSes. Which brings me to my next point...
How is the piece of @#$% that is CoD: Ghosts (8) rated higher than SE3 (6)?
I really don't see any huge differences between this game and the Socom series of the PS2 era (other than a different scene, WWII, and better graphics) - a series which was rated much more fairly. At any rate, I think SE deserved a 7 at least. I will agree that the relocate feature is fundamentally bugged and most of the time annoys the CRAP out of me, but otherwise - a solid stealth shooter.
Thanks, looking forward to other players' feedback.