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Nicholas Montegriffo

My grandma always told me that if I had nothing nice to say, it's best not to say anything at all. But she never said anything about repeating the words of video game critics so I feel that I can safely draw your attention to the fact that there seems to be something very, very wrong with Sniper Ghost Warrior 3.

Now, sounds friggin' awesome, doesn't it? But don't get your hopes up, it's not actually about a sniper who dies and comes back as a sniper ghost (warrior?). Out now for , and , it's just the latest in a series about regular-living dude snipers from CI games, and the only one to be made under a AAA budget.

Check out the trailer for Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, the first in the series with AAA ambitions:

Doesn't look like that was money well spent though, as the reviews have come in and it's pretty much an execution by firing squad.

Critics Take Aim At 'Sniper Ghost Warrior 3'

'Sniper Ghost Warrior 3' [Credit: CI Games]
'Sniper Ghost Warrior 3' [Credit: CI Games]

So what's going with Sniper Ghost Warrior 3? Previous entries in the series weren't smash hits, but popular enough with sniper game enthusiasts to warrant a shot at a big budget release.

'Sniper Ghost Warrior 3' Fails To Make Good Use Of Its Open World

'Sniper Ghost Warrior 3' [Credit: CI Games]
'Sniper Ghost Warrior 3' [Credit: CI Games]

Previous titles in the franchise were criticized for their linearity, so with the third installment CI Games decided to take the franchise open world. But, unlike Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild before it, this doesn't seem to have been a good move.

Gamespot - 5/10

The jagged cliffs and dense forests of the Georgian wilderness are notable for their expansiveness, yet the muted color palette, lackluster lighting, and some muddy, low-quality textures do little to inspire awe.

With little in the way of interesting locales to entice exploration, it's also a particularly barren world. Pockets of civilian life do their best to present the illusion of a living, breathing society, but their nonplussed reactions to a burly marine barging into their houses aren't exactly believable...This slice of Eastern European landscape is little more than a glorified path to get you from point A to B without a loading screen interrupting the flow.

Kotaku - No Score

Roaming the open world? That just gives the player too much time to think about things like canned dialogue, heavy-handed plot, repetitive enemies and camera glitches. There are collectibles to discover, random encounters to navigate and resources to collect, but none of these are as satisfying as just getting down to business.

'Sniper Ghost Warrior 3's Writing Misses The Mark

'Sniper Ghost Warrior 3' [Credit: CI Games]
'Sniper Ghost Warrior 3' [Credit: CI Games]

The game's lackluster writing and story is taking a lot of flak from critics, being panned all-round for writing that's not just bland, but actively disengaging.

Eurogamer - no score

It starts off rough, force-feeding you exposition and not relenting until it lets you loose on your first proper mission some 30 minutes later. What it sets up is jingoistic, overwritten and what would be horrendous if it weren't so bland. You're Jon North, elite black-ops agent and prime chewer of scenery who knuckles his way through a story that's all too easy to tune out of.

Technical Issues Prevent The Game From Living Up To AAA Standards

'Sniper Ghost Warrior 3' [Credit: CI Games]
'Sniper Ghost Warrior 3' [Credit: CI Games]

You might have heard of the insane loading times for Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, which easily make it one of the worst offenders in gaming history, but there are more technical problems:

Twinfinite - 2/5

Enemies will often disappear completely as you stealth kill them, making it look as though you’re brutally murdering the air in front of you. There is a recurring glitch that tells you that a tagged enemy is 129 meters away from you whether it is actually 2 or closer to 400. I’ve experienced freezes, enemies dropping from the sky, odd coloration when aiming down a scope, and many other issues that take you out of the experience before you can enjoy taking on groups of enemies with your sniper.

Even starting up the game is more frustrating than it should be due to the one of the longest single loading time I’ve experienced this generation. The load screen between the game and the main menu can take as long a five minutes to pass.

Maybe they should've taken some tips from these games, which actually make loading somewhat entertaining.

A Decent Sniper Game That Fails At Everything Else It Tries To Be

'Sniper Ghost Warrior 3' [Credit: CI Games]
'Sniper Ghost Warrior 3' [Credit: CI Games]

The only positive consensus among critics is that the actual sniping in Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is pretty good (when it lets you do it), but in its effort to be bigger and better than the previous titles, it pads itself out with other mechanics that don't work so well.

Sadly for sniper game fans that were anticipating that this niche series would finally get its breakout hit, it doesn't look like Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 will join the ranks of the most critically acclaimed games. But hey, don't shoot the messenger.

What do you think? Does Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 deserve this bad rep?


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