Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Flawed but fun World War II shooter.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

You shoot a lot of enemy soldiers, all in the name of saving the world from the Nazis. Co-op modes promote cooperation.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Your soldier tries to save mankind from the Nazis, Axis powers, but positive intentions lessened by large numbers of enemies killed in battle.

Ease of Play

Standard third-party shooter controls.

Violence

Not only do you shoot or blow up lots of people, but when you kill someone with your sniper rifle, the game switches to a slow motion, X-ray view of the body that graphically shows damage the bullet did to bones, internal organs.

Sex
Language

Infrequent use of words such as "s—t," sometimes said in German but translated into English in subtitles.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition, an expanded version of 2014's Sniper Elite III, is a third-person World War II shooter. In it, you have to use stealth and a variety of weapons (machine guns, explosives, and, of course, a long-range rifle) to kill numerous German soldiers, Nazi officers, and their fellow Axis allies. Though your mission is admirable, sometimes things get a little graphic, even for a shooter. When you kill someone with your sniper rifle, the game switches to a slow-motion, X-ray shot of the bullet tearing through your enemy's bones and internal organs. It also sometimes shows bodies flying when you set off an explosion with your sniper rifle or if, when aiming at someone, you hit a grenade on the person's belt, setting it off.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAmazing adam May 30, 2015

There is an option to turn off kill am in single player

Ok for every parent who doesn't let your 12 year old play sniper elite because of the kill cam that is just stupid and they don't ever swear I've... Continue reading
Adult Written byAdam B January 7, 2017

You can kill Hitler!

Hi Im Adam. My son wanted this game for Christmas, however I said no. The following day I let him watch Saving Private Ryan. After seeing the cool sniper in tha... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byReviewer127 August 27, 2015

Doesn't deserve 18+

Sniper elite 3 puts you in the shoe of a sniper in north Africa. He has many different objectives he needs to complete and all of them revolve around making you... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byyoulouzer26 July 12, 2015

Super gory, but fun.

This game can get really hard. You can change the frequency of the and Xray camera, which shows in Xray vision EVERY body part breaking. Some cussing that isn... Continue reading

What's it about?

Set in North Africa, SNIPER ELITE III ULTIMATE EDITION casts you as an American sniper who -- either alone or with a friend -- goes on a number of recon and sabotage missions. Armed with a variety of guns, explosives, and other tools, you have to sneak around large, open battlefields, taking out enemies before they see you, stealing their intel, and destroying their stuff. When that all goes awry, as it often does, you have to try to escape in one piece. An expanded version of 2014’s Sniper Elite III, this Ultimate Edition adds a new multiplayer mode ("Capture the Flag"), a new co-op-only mission, 18 new weapons as well as a shooting range where you can try them out, and a new three-part mission (also playable solo or with a friend) where you have to prevent British Prime Minister Winston Churchill from being assassinated.

Is it any good?

At its core, Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition, similar to the original version, is a challenging and engaging third-person World War II shooter that lets you put your sneaky side to good use. Not only are the controls tight and intuitive, but the game lets you adapt the sniper controls, making them as easy to use as an arcade game and almost as authentic as an actual rifle. Also, by tasking you with numerous types of missions in some wide-open spaces, this game has a good amount of variety, since you can strategically attack from any direction … and get attacked from any direction.

Unfortunately, the game isn't without its flaws. Because some buttons are twitchy, you have to be in just the right spot to silently take out an enemy from behind or to search a body for supplies. The controls also are a bit oversensitive, though this is easily fixed by dialing them back in the options menu. Some of the multiplayer modes, especially "Deathmatch" and "Team Deathmatch," aren't anything special, and though the co-op-specific missions are engaging, playing the story-driven campaign with a friend ruins the game's lone-wolf vibe. But the biggest problem is that some of your enemies just ain't that bright. At one point, for instance, an enemy soldier might stroll right past you as if you aren't sitting there reloading your rifle. Overall, Sniper Elite III: Ultimate Edition may have some issues, but the action and the focus on stealth and strategy makes it a fun game for shooter fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Is it ever OK to kill someone in a game if he or she is evil? What if that character isn't evil but his or her bosses are?

  • Talk about the Second World War, and why it was an important event in world history. Do you know who was involved? Do you know why we went to war, and what prompted it? 

  • Discuss cooperation and communication. Why is it important to be open to the idea of asking for help or working with other people toward a common goal? What’s the best way to communicate with other people so you can work toward a common goal?

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