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Sniper Elite V2 Remastered

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Sneaky good, yet bloody World War II third-person shooter.

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Positive Messages

The player helps the Allies stop the Nazis from spreading hate and fear across the world. But to do so, they must be careful, quiet, and wreak havoc behind enemy lines.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players take on the role of a sniper, and to complete your missions, you will need to be quiet, patient, and resourceful. If you are, you'll help save the world from the scourge of the Nazis. But to accomplish your missions, you have to kill lots of enemy soldiers.

Ease of Play

Players can not only choose from three different difficulty options, but can also customize the game's difficulty by choosing realistic vs. unrealistic bullet physics, the skill level of your enemies, and the amount of visual assistance you're afforded. Controls will be familiar to fans of this series or similar stealth action games, but there's a learning curve for newcomers.

Violence

Players use a variety of guns and explosives to kill people, often resulting in blood and gore. Particularly tough shots are rewarded with slow motion X-ray images of the bullet cutting a path through the body, which can be rather graphic, though players have the option to turn this function off.

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Language

The dialog includes occasional uses of the curse word "s--t." Online communication isn't moderated.

Consumerism

Latest installment in the Sniper Elite franchise, which is a remake of a game initially released in 2012. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Players can find and collect bottles of wine, though they don't drink them.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is a sneaky shooting game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Like the 2012 original, this visually-upgraded version has players using a variety of guns and explosives to kill people, often resulting in bloodshed and gore. When a player pulls off a tricky or impressive shot, the game switches to slow-motion X-ray images of the bullet going through the enemy's body, complete with graphic images of organs being pierced and decimated (though there is an option to not see these graphic displays). "S--t" also appears in the dialog, and players are encouraged to look for bottles of wine. Otherwise, there's nothing inappropriate in the game.

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What's it about?

SNIPER ELITE V2 REMASTERED is a visually-updated version of a 2012 sneaky shooter where you, as an American sniper, have to help cripple the German's rocket program during World War II. To do so, you have to eliminate high value targets -- including scientists and enemy officers -- as well as anyone who gets in your way, and then escape without being killed. All of which is done with a mix of stealth, long- and short-range guns, explosives, and a lot of luck. Included in the remastered version of the game is all of the previously released downloadable content, including the "Assassinate the Fuhrer" mission to eliminate Hitler before he can leave Salzburg.

Is it any good?

For those who missed it the first time, this visually-updated version of this 2012 World War II stealth action shooter is a sneaky good time. Like the original, Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is a third-person shooter that tasks you with taking out high value targets working on German's rocket program. To do so, you must use stealth, a variety of guns and explosives, and a lot of luck to infiltrate an area, locate the target, eliminate them, and get out without being shot yourself. Good thing you have a sniper rifle, a machine gun, a silenced pistol, and a lot of rocks you can toss to distract your enemies. Along with a story-driven campaign you can play solo or with friends, this also boasts some online multiplayer modes (unless you play on Switch, in which case you can only play solo).

As for what's new in this collection, aside from bringing it to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch for the first time, it also boasts fully upgraded graphics, including for people who have 4K TVs. It also expands the multiplayer modes to accommodate up to sixteen players, adds multiplayer characters from the Zombie Army spin-off series, and includes all of the extra missions they added later, including "Assassinate the Fuhrer," in which you get to gently place a bullet in Hitler's skull. Granted, even with all the added missions, this isn't as good as the far more varied Sniper Elite III or the even more compelling Sniper Elite 4. And since it doesn't add anything new, it's not worth buying if you've already played the original. But if you haven't, and you'd like to shoot people while being sneaky, Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is a challenging and rewarding chance to kill some Nazis who aren't paying attention.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Sniper Elite V2 Remastered affected by the fact that you're fighting Nazis in World War II? Would the impact be different if you were fighting against more modern enemies or other opponents from history?

  • Success in this game means being careful and quiet, but do you think being careful and quiet can ever help you in real life? Are there things you can learn from a game like this?

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