Sniper Elite 5 (, Xbox, PC, £54.99)

Rating:

Verdict: Elite?Almost…

Down a bit. Slightly to the left. That’s right. Hold it… steady… steady… and BANG!

This week, I’ve mostly been playing Sniper Elite 5, which means a lot of time spent gazing through a scope at the Third Reich before pulling the trigger. 

It’s a strangely relaxing experience; lying in the grass, spying on Nazi patrols, waiting for the moment to strike.

Relaxing, that is, until the final moment of violence.That’s when the series’s notorious ‘x-ray kill cam’ kicks in, and you see the bullet fly from your rifle in slow motion before connecting with some unfortunate trooper’s noggin, which suddenly gains all the detail of an anatomical model.

This week, I¿ve mostly been playing Sniper Elite 5, which means a lot of time spent gazing through a scope at the Third Reich before pulling the trigger

This week, I’ve mostly been playing Sniper Elite 5, which means a lot of time spent gazing through a scope at the Third Reich before pulling the trigger

Thankfully, for those with delicate stomachs, the whole effect can be turned off.

And when it is, Sniper Elite 5 might be the closest that gaming gets to the Sunday afternoon experience of watching a war movie like Where Eagles Dare.Across its eight single-player missions, which take you from beachhead to village to chateau in 1944 France, there is plenty of intel to be collected and war machinery to be exploded.

The way you go about things is largely up to you.You can be sneaky, or you can just start chucking grenades around. We’re not talking Hitman levels of flexibility and inventiveness, but this is no straightforward Call of Duty either.

Sniper Elite 5 might be the closest that gaming gets to the Sunday afternoon experience of watching a war movie like Where Eagles Dare

Sniper Elite 5 might be the closest that gaming gets to the Sunday afternoon experience of watching a war movie like Where Eagles Dare

All of which will sound very familiar to those who have played Sniper Elites 1 through 4 – and that’s the problem.This latest instalment is bigger, bolder, but fundamentally more of the same.

Still, there is a new mode in which you can have your game invaded by – or invade others’ game as – a Nazi sniper. So excuse me as I change uniforms, affect a sneer, and lie in the grass once again.

Sniper Elite: The Board Game

(£50 for main game, £30 for expansions)

Rating:

Verdict: Hide and slot gacor seek (then shoot)

In an impressive feat of military planning and execution, the Sniper Elite board game arrived at my door just hours after the video game downloaded to my PC.I helped back the project on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, but I’m assured that it will be available through normal channels – i.e. shops – this summer.

Naturally, this cardboard-and-plastic experience is different from the digital one.There’s no zooming in on enemies from leagues away and subjecting them to the judgment of your crosshairs.

But, when it comes to the overall mood and feeling, the similarities are remarkable. You’re still tiptoeing around Nazi bases, avoiding patrols, and causing trouble.You’ll still imagine yourself as Clint Eastwood in Where Eagles Dare.

Unless, of course, you’re playing as the Germans. One player of Sniper Elite: The Board Game takes the role of the hero sniper who has to complete a couple of mission goals without being discovered.Up to three others fill in as the Nazis who are trying to do the discovering. There’s also a solo mode, so a single person can do it all.

The trick is that this is a ‘hidden movement’ game. The sniper performs all of his moves and actions on an entirely separate board, although if he makes too much noise, then his position is revealed on the main board too.This kind of mechanic isn’t new – but rarely has it been put to better, more thematic use.

After several hours of play, I did feel as though I’d exhausted the possibilities of the two maps included in the main box, but that is what the expansion sets are for.Right now, there’s one that takes the action to the Eagle’s Nest itself, weekend retreat for Hitler and other Nazi high-ups.

Just let me at ’em.

In an impressive feat of military planning and execution, the Sniper Elite board game arrived at my door just hours after the video game downloaded to my PC

In an impressive feat of military planning and execution, the Sniper Elite board game arrived at my door just hours after the video game downloaded to my PC

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