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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Though missions are in interest of saving brother, stopping cruelty, preventing war, main character uses guns, other weapons to eliminate large numbers of enemies.
Positive Role Models
Hero's trying to save his brother, stop a war, though he uses violence to do so.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, but high, unforgiving difficulty.
Violence & Scariness
Players use variety of weapons to kill people. There's a lot of blood; if player completes a difficult shot, camera will slo-mo follow bullet to target.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some inappropriate comments about prostitution; a female character shows a lot of cleavage and makes clumsy innuendo.
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Frequent profanity includes "a--hole," "s--t," "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Though no one shown using drugs, references to drugs in dialogue, mission names.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is a violent and bloody first-person shooter. Using a variety of weapons, including guns and knives, players have to kill a ton of people to achieve their goals. Copious amounts of blood is spilled, and if you nail a particularly tough shot, the camera will slowly follow the bullet to its target. The dialogue is fraught with curse words ("a--hole," "s--t," "f--k"), as well as references both to sex ("You are a whore I paid for") and drugs ("You're f--king high"). Also, a woman in a low-cut shirt makes rather clumsy innuendo.
Is It Any Good?
By taking a more sneaky, serious approach to the modern military shooter, this game distinguishes itself, but it's difficulty isn't for everyone. In Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, you play as a modern-day sniper trying to avert a war. Running around large hilly areas, you engage in a series of covert missions that include assassinations and sabotage. Most of these are best done from afar, since your enemies are smart and you're prone to injury. This is why it's good that you're not only skilled with a sniper rifle but also know a lot of the same tricks as the heroes of other stealth games, like how to hide in dumpsters or use rocks to distract your enemies.
The thing is, not everyone will appreciate this game's unforgiving nature, especially since it extends to how your equipment wears out over time; you have to manually reload weapons; and you even have to hit a button when you get to the bottom of a ladder and want to dismount. It also doesn't help that the game is plagued with long load times, not enough checkpoints, some irritating bugs, and menus that are difficult to read if you sit at a reasonable distance from your television. But for those who appreciate a challenge, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 actually ends up being a sneaky good shooter.
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