If you’re wondering if it’s worth picking up, I guess I’d say that it probably is. If you’ve never played a Sniper Elite game before, Sniper Elite 5 is as good as any to jump in with. You don’t need previous experience to understand what’s going on. If you’ve played every game in the series, then you know if you’re going to like this one. However, if you bounced off the previous titles, this one absolutely isn’t going to change your mind. Not in the same way a bullet to a Nazi’s cerebral cortex does.
Sniper Elite 5 follows in its immediate predecessor's footprints with another massive open-ended sandbox for you to experiment in. There's a renewed emphasis on player agency this time around that factors into every aspect of its design, from the way each sprawling map is constructed, right down to the addition of a broad weapon customization system. Invisible barriers tend to break the immersion at times, and the AI can be overly finicky as it veers between competence and incompetence.
Sniper Elite 5 is still a satisfying and spectacularly gross way to shoot Nazis in their nether regions, but it feels like the series needs to start aiming its sights a little higher.
A PvPvE spin whose biggest draw isn’t so much the drive to get the winning kill, but the rampant tug-of-war that is the dread and tension a rival sniper (out there, somewhere) on the field brings. Look past the momentary technical gaffes and what you’ll find in Sniper Elite 5 is a developer in Rebellion that even now can still find creative ways to excite and impress all over again.
Sniper Elite 5 is the best the series has been, with layered combat, huge maps, and tons of options to get that all-important kill.
If, like me, you watched that film when you were too young to do so, and thought "I wish there was a game that let me do that", rather than the more balanced "wow, war is terrible," then Sniper Elite 5 is that game, just without the Russian setting or Rachel Weisz. Couple that with eight superbly flexible sandboxes and the most imaginative interactive representation of the second world war in at least a decade, and you've got yourself one of the most entertaining games of the year.
Had Sniper Elite 5 launched without its new Axis Invasion mode, I'd have been suitably impressed with what is a confident step up onto new-gen hardware. But with its inclusion, although hardly revolutionary in the grand scheme of online sandbox games, it adds enough spice to Sniper Elite 5 to elevate it above anything from its own back catalog, and the majority of its competition.
More highly addictive Nazi cranium popping, that improves almost every aspect of the experience – especially in terms of the open world and expanded weapon options.
Sniper Elite 5 features the same great stealth combat that fans of the series have come to adore, even if its story and all guns blazing approach leave a lot to be desired. A few new upgrades like Axis Invasion mode and enhanced weapon customisation are welcome additions, making killing Nazis still damn fun.
It’s easy to get lost exploring the giant maps in Rebellion’s Sniper Elite 5, it’s been a while since I’ve played a game where I lost track of time. The collecting part leaves something to be desired, but the co-op and invasion gameplay modes more than make up for that.
Sniper Elite 5 is excellent, genuinely. This is a bold step forward for a franchise that felt like it was treading water, and it’s one of 2022’s most essential releases. Bugs and missteps stop it from being a true GOTY contender, but fans of open-world stealth will be enamoured.
It’s worth returning to that earlier word — “fun.” While much of the design seems rooted in the past, if there’s one feeling that endures after a session of Sniper Elite 5, it’s that Rebellion hopefully has a solid blueprint to do something truly innovative and worthwhile with Sniper Elite 6. Until then, raucously silly fun will have to suffice.
The game's at its best when you can sit back and snipe like a champ, but when the campaign constantly forces you into tight, muddled environments, it ends up distracting you from that glorious sharpshooting. The new Invasion Mode ups the ante and makes missions more tense, while the new weapon customisation system lets you personalise your sniping experience, but the amount of time spent sprinting around means that Sniper Elite 5 often fails to hit the mark.
Sniper Elite 5 takes what's great about the series and ups the ante with some excellent additions - such as in-depth weapon customisation and the online Invasion Mode. Its campaign is lengthy, with big open-world missions to complete and multiple ways to do so, while multiplayer is as fun as ever. As the first game in the series to feature on both last-gen and current-gen consoles, it does lack some of the full visual finesse that newer machines are capable of, but you'll likely not care once the action starts.