Analysis of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 – Warrior or Ghost … you decide.
In an age when the shooter genre takes the lead in the world of video games, rare is the year in which we do not enjoy games based on this theme. Several have been the proposals that have reached us during this year (and those that remain), but it is true that there are very few focused exclusively on snipers. Two months ago, we were able to enjoy Sniper Elite 4, hand in hand with Rebellion Games, and a few hours ago the new Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, developed by CI Games. In today’s analysis we are going to see if it is better than its two predecessors, if it has met our expectations, and if it has taken the series to where it deserves to be.
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is the new chapter of the saga Sniper ghost warrior, which came out yesterday for next-gen consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and also on PC. Unknowns of the Sniper: Ghost Warrior saga, you have to know that this franchise was born in 2010 and saw the light for the first time in Xbox 360 and PC, with a very modest reception by critics.
In 2011 a version arrived for Playstation 3. Years later, specifically in 2013 came its sequel Sniper Ghost Warrior 2, which passed through the market without pain or glory, with numerous assembly errors, all derived from a low budget In its development. Now in 2017, gives the feeling that CI Games, the people in charge of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, have tried to give their best, bringing the third part of this franchise, also debuting in the next-generation consoles.
A different story
The first word that comes to mind to begin our analysis is that of news. The developers of the new Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 have recognized their past mistakes, and have tried to modify them by changing some gameplay systems that on some occasions they were a bit tedious, and at least in this new installment, we can value something different what we were used to.
We go in parts and like any good game worth its salt, let’s first talk about its storyline. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 presents a campaign mode, which has surprised us, because to be a shooter focused on the mechanics of a sniper, it is based on emotions and feelings that our protagonist has. Obviously, the importance still resides in the warlike character that characterizes the saga, but this time, it has been tried deepen much more in other details such as the personal scope of our sniper.
Thus, we will put ourselves in the shoes of Jonathan North, a former Marine of the United States of America, which, for work reasons has to travel to Georgia, a country of Eastern Europe where a civil war, and as usual, we will be the ones to get our hands dirty, so that this conflict comes to an end. Throughout the plot, we will find several characters, such as the memory of our brother Robert, who is missing, the agent Lydia, who will be our companion on numerous occasions, and of course, enemy factions eager to make things very difficult for us.
With the warlike element, the emotional element, and the great load of characters that it presents, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 has all the ballots to create a story worthy of the most demanding players, but it stays in the attempt, because we think it could be a lot better used. Thus the plot presents some plot inconsistencies, and does not move away from classic cliches that are repeated over and over again in first-person action video games, but even so, it does its job well, having in hand what we think is the best campaign of the saga Sniper ghost warrior, and also the longest, thus leading us to complete the 4 acts distributed in 26 levels that it presents, in about 7 or 8 hours, depending on our actions.
Sweet little freedom
Another of the main novelties of this title has focused on its playable mechanics. For the first time, it seems that we are facing a sandbox, and I say it seems, because despite the fact that the scenario presents an open character, in which we have some freedom to fulfill our missions, it is divided into three differentiated zones, which have a climate and unique features. But despite being an open mapping, if we want to continue with the story, our free movement will be limited in going from one point to another, to carry out a mission, and thus, during practically all the development of history.
He control system also comes with certain innovative elements, as the possibility of executing the missions adopting different roles for our character. So we can adapt our style of play according to three different possibilities: sniper, ghost and warrior. Each of them has a series of unique abilities for each class, which will allow the player to adapt their way of playing to complete the missions. There are three skill branches for each class, with six skills each.
He progression system is exactly the same as in most games: we advance in the story and progress in our missions, and we have the possibility to unlock new skills for each class. Obviously, the game is focused on use stealth, and our sniper rifle, but we can also choose one more option wild to end all our enemies. Some enemies that by the way have a quite improvable attitude, with some somewhat inconsistent behaviors in some situations, such as predictable routines, or even magical superpowers that get spot us right away.
Speaking of the classes that we can use, let’s go with the one of sniper, which, as its name suggests, will fully prepare us to destroy our enemies at long distance, mainly using the sniper’s rifle and having the possibility of using a drone to locate our targets. In the class of ghost, the use of the stealth, but this time, we will have the option to kill our enemies with attacks body to body, or with shorter weapons with silencer, introducing us into their camps. Finally, the warrior class forgets silence, and is the most suitable to go for our goals completely by piece regardless of the consequences.
Weapons for all tastes
We continue talking about the gameplay of this Sniper Ghost warrior 3, and we focus now on the weapons arsenal that we will have at our disposal. We start by talking about our main weapon, that is, of the sniper rifles, where much more emphasis has been placed on its playable development, of course. These long-range weapons offer us a pure experience sniper, and the player will have to take into account several factors for its use, such as the wind, bullet drop, distance from targets, zoom, etc.
In addition, we find a progression system, in which every time we finish the missions, we will go unlocking new rifles that we can use. Of course, each weapon has a series of own characteristics, such as its stability, its damage, its bullet drop, or even the type of ammunition, so we will have to choose well before embarking on a new assignment.
Secondary weapons, range from assault rifles, even shotguns, going through machine guns, or even a bow. In total, we can use up to 11 different weapons. Our third option will be handguns, which are basically limited to the classic pistols that we can use in case we run out of ammunition in the rest of our arsenal. And we couldn’t forget about the accessories that this one has Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, and without a doubt, the most striking will be the drone to locate our enemies. But as if this were not enough, we also have fragmentation, smoke, blinding, gas grenades, Bouncing Betty, C4, decoys …
And if this is not enough, we also have a extensive customization section where we can choose the type of bullets that we want to use in our weapons, differentiating between bnormal caliber, tracer, tracker, explosive wings. In addition, we can add accessories to our reconnaissance drone, which will be very useful in order to face our enemies. And last but not least, we can incorporate camouflages to our weapons, to give them different aspects.
Graphic face wash
Exiting the gameplay and entering the technical section, we talk about the graphic features of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, which comes to life thanks to the graphics engine Cryengine 3. We see a noticeable improvement compared to its two predecessors, of course, adapting well to the new generation of consoles and the graphics that can be expected today. Some details can be improved, such as the finishes of some elements of the map such as bushes and rocks, but the scenarios, broadly speaking, look like well finished, combined with a good Lighting system. The quality that we have been able to enjoy on PC is quite good, but it can be improved, since on some occasions we have found specific bugs, which slightly overshadow the playable experience.
The sound section has been in charge Mikolai Stroinski, composer of the music of other games such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and therefore, the game enjoys a good quality in relation to their musical tracks, although sometimes they go unnoticed. Regarding the vocal resources, the game is dubbed in English, with texts in Spanish, but despite this, we think that the dubbing is of good quality.
And we would have really liked to talk about Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 multiplayer mode, but unfortunately this will not be available until next summer, so we will have to wait and see if the work has been worth it.
Without a doubt, in Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 we find the best game of the saga, with a developer company determined to take the franchise to another higher level, or the one we think it should be. Despite its virtues and bug fixes, we continue to find areas for improvement, like its lack of innovation. When we finish his campaign, the feeling he leaves us is that of one more shooter on the market, but that does not mean that the hours of entertainment are worth it, thanks to its new content, and his innovative treatment of history. If you are regulars of the first person shooter genre and stealth, It is a highly recommended option.
We have been able to prepare this analysis in its PC version thanks to a digital copy that KochMedia has offered us.