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Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Mature sniper game's difficulty too hard for casual players.

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Positive Messages

The player uses violence to accomplish his goals, even if it means killing people who are just doing their jobs. Violence is presented as a means to an end.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The player has to kill a lot of people because he's told that doing so will improve the lives of other people. To do this, he uses a variety of weapons to kill people, both from afar and close-up.

Ease of Play

The game uses standard first-person shooter controls, and has a training mission to show newcomers how they work. It has three difficulty settings, and players are asked to choose one before every mission. But even on the easiest one, the game's realistic approach makes this difficult.

Violence

Players use a variety of guns, knives, and other weapons to kill people, both up close and from a distance. When using a sniper rifle, a slow-motion video of the bullet in flight is shown whenever the player makes a good head shot. Players can also stab enemies from behind with a knife, all of which results in a lot of blood being spilled.

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Language

The dialog includes frequent swearing like "s--t" and "f--k."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts is a violent and bloody first-person shooter for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. Using a variety of weapons that include guns and a knife, players have to kill a lot of people, both from a distance and up close, which results in a lot of bloodshed. It can also result in a slow-motion video of a bullet in the air if you perform a head shot with your sniper rifle. The dialog includes frequent swearing with words like "f--k" and "s--t."

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What's it about?

In SNIPER GHOST WARRIOR CONTRACTS, you're a freelance assassin who has been hired to take out political targets in the Siberian Republic, a new nation formed after a bloody secession from Russia. Dropped into open areas, each with multiple objectives, players have to use stealth as well as their ability to hit targets from far away. You also need to locate important documents and other items of interest, all in the name of political change...and a couple bucks. But players will need to be careful if they want to cash in these lucrative contracts. Enemy snipers and security forces are on the hunt for any threats and won't hesitate to silence attempts on high-profile politicians' lives.

Is it any good?

While casual players will find this first-person shooter to be frustrating, serious sniper game fans will feel it nails the target center mass. Playing as an assassin for hire, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts sends you to the newly annexed Siberian Republic, where you have to carry out a series of political assassinations. Dropped into open and varied battlefields which include a nice sense of vertical height and space, you have to use an arsenal of long and short range weapons, as well as stealth and distraction techniques, to eliminate your targets and anyone who gets in your way. It's a good thing you have a new mask with a built-in scanner that can survey the terrain and locate items of interest.

This is great if you're looking for a semi-realistic sniper game, one that makes you account for the wind and distance when lining up your shots, and take lots of punishment when you're attacked yourself. But it's a bummer if you're not looking to get killed every five seconds and miss ever other shot. Even at the lowest difficulty setting, nailing an enemy from far away isn't easy, even though your character is a highly skilled sniper. But even close up, the difficulty skews high; playing on the normal setting, for instance, feels like the hard setting in other games. Of course, it doesn't help that you never have enough ammo, or a silencer for your pistol, or good body armor like your enemies do. There's also some technical issues, like how some surveillance drones would rather stare at walls than look for you. But if you don't mind the realism, the difficulty, and the malfunctioning drones, you'll find Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts to be a real test of your shooting skills.

 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts affected by the realistic blood and gore shown in the game? Would the game be as good or as engaging if it wasn't as violent or the focus wasn't on kills? Would it even be the same game?

  • What are some other ways you can create political change in a non-violent manner? Why do you think that some people believe that the best way to change regimes is through violence?

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