Sniper: Ghost Warrior (PC)
Manufacturer: City Interactive Part number: 00272
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Gamespot editors' review
Sniper fans know what they want.... and this is not it.
by technobob on July 8, 2010
Pros: Headshot Deathcam is awesome.
The multiplayer has potential.
When you actually get to do some sniping it is challenging enough and requires some skill in the harder modes.
Cons: AI in single player is awful.
The levels are very small and closed as I keep running into invisible walls.
You can't complete a mission the way you want because everything is scripted.
Summary: I guess I was hoping for more (and maybe less in some respects). It seems they wanted to appeal to the general public with some 1st person shooter excitement but ...
Summary: I guess I was hoping for more (and maybe less in some respects). It seems they wanted to appeal to the general public with some 1st person shooter excitement but that is what most snipers want to get away from. Taking time to get into a position, dealing with the technicalities of a long shot, and working with a spotter are what snipers want. This game hints at some of those activities but does a poor job of executing them.
The single player mode is not as open as advertised. You don't even really know what the overall objective of the mission is, you just keep following the path set before you by these big white dots. If you vary slightly from the pre-selected path you often run into invisible barriers. About half of the missions don't involve sniping at all. You are given an automatic weapon, a dot to dot path to follow, a couple of worthless comrades, and you just blast your way through.
The sniping aspects are compelling. You need to account for distance, bullet drop, wind direction, heart rate/breathing and your own inability to hold the damn gun steady. The entire game could be based on this alone and I would be a happy camper (pun intended). But just as the rest of the game it doesn't go deep enough. I am not a trained sniper myself but the few that I know seem to think it would't be that hard to add some more realism here and still keep the game interesting.
The multiplayer could be fun if it attracts the right type of player. I am looking for something along the lines of the COD sniper only maps where the rules are tight (no running around) and games are tedious. This can be boring for the current Halo generation but for the true sniper fan very rewarding.
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nice try maybe next time
by jamien007 on July 18, 2010
Pros: Great thought for a game, but poorly excuted.
Cons: I dont know, but its laggy for me, tried putting graphics down but it keeps putting itself on Maximum, and first time playing, keep getting stuck on terrain.
Summary: This is a well thought game, nice bullet cam kills, heartbeat monitor and rader to identify hostiles but it came short and was poorly excuted. This game could have potential ...
Summary: This is a well thought game, nice bullet cam kills, heartbeat monitor and rader to identify hostiles but it came short and was poorly excuted. This game could have potential but came up short for me. I dont know why but this game is laggy, the movmenet is fluent and i tried putting down my graphics but it wont go down, it resets itself to high, and no I have a good computer,
Intel Core 2 Quad @2.66 Ghz
Nvidia GeForce 9500GT 1GB
and 4GB ram DDR2
Overall the game is is well thought but poorly excuted. If they patched it and fixed it, it might have a change on they market, and multiplayer is a great play but with the lag, I'm unable to play.
Absolute Rip Off
by davaddison on July 13, 2010
Pros: If I could get the programm to run I might be able to tell you about the experience
Cons: Iinstallation takes you to the Steam site where you enter the CD key and register product. It updates the game. It downloaded 39 GBs at my expense. Click play, screen goes black, whats going on ? is this legal? Has this happened to anyone else ?
Summary: I wish I could tell you
Summary: I wish I could tell you
Fun yet shockingly generic
by ahendle2 on July 8, 2010
Pros: Bullet Cam, bullet physics, good graphics,
Cons: Story (or lack thereof), unrealistic engagement distances and situations, always gettng stuck on terrain
Summary: As a marksman-in-training, I will write my review less on the game play and story and more on the technical stuff. I make no claims at being 100% accurate on ...
Summary: As a marksman-in-training, I will write my review less on the game play and story and more on the technical stuff. I make no claims at being 100% accurate on the factual information I provide, but I will do my best.
Lets start with the stuff i found realistic from my experiences.
When looking down a scope, your field of view (FOV) is usually fairly narrow (it depends on what scope you have and a myriad of other factors). So when you look down the scope in Ghost Warrior it does give a fairly realistic FOV. Although this is frustrating, it does lend itself to the real world fairly well.
When you squeeze off a shot intended for someone more than about 100 yards down range, the bullet will drop at a calculated rate, and the wind will do its best to make your bullet fly away in the wrong direction. These are very real problems that do manifest themselves well in GW.
I personally own a rifle that is very similar to the SA-25 so I can say GW does do it justice. The effective range is roughly 1000 yards. This means that any shot taken that is less than 1000 yards should be accurate. While playing GW, the gun is extremely accurate, and in my opinion does the real world justice.
However, this is really where the realism starts to taper off... quickly.
The most frustrating part for me was how much the gun bounces around, even while prone. While standing, yes it will bounce around a lot, and the game does a good job of showing you that. However, when you are prone or crouching the gun sill bounces around at an unrealistic rate. The guns have bi-pods on the front for just this reason. No its not perfect, but at least you can get a stable shot off.
Next, as i stated earlier, the effective range of the SA-25 is roughly 1000 yards. This means you should be able to be accurate at roughly 1000 yards. The effective range of an AK-47 is roughly 300 yards (I am being a bit generous). The longest engagement i can remember was roughly 250 yards. This means that the enemy will have no trouble shooting back at me with a great deal of accuracy. As a sniper, this puts you in a bad position. If you miss, or you are discovered, the enemy can shoot back and kill you.
I believe this is the fundamental flaw of this game. Almost every engagement you get into has enemies shooting back at you. If this game is supposed to give you the experience of being a elite sniper, why does it force you into a situation that a trained sniper would intentionally avoid? If i were in the position of needing to take out an enemy, i would use my own strengths... that is, i would put a lot of ground in between me and my target... say 500 to 600 yards? And i sure as hell wouldn't put 100 yards between me and my enemy as this game does time and time again.
Nevertheless, I think there is a good reason the game does this. Anyone who has never shot a gun before could go out to a range and shoot reasonably accurately at 200 yards after about a day. Shooting at 600 yards is a totally different story. As there are probably more people out there who cannot shoot at 600 yards than people who can, the game needs to be tailored to them. So, annoyingly, your restricted to close-quarters engagements.
In the end the game was fairly entertaining. Watching the bullet-cam is very entertaining (in a sick, twisted way). Sneaking around enemies with X-Ray vision and telepathic powers is fairly infuriating. Fortunately, this game does give a nice mix of the two. I just wish it were more of a real sniper game. Overall, I think its worth the $30 despite the plethora of AI flaws, game engine annoyances, and game play lapses which im sure you will read in other people's reviews.
Nothing new, but great fun!
by intellca on July 6, 2010
Pros: Good Graphics, Gameplay, Story.
Cons: AI Bots act irrationally...
Summary: For 30 bucks, this is a worthwhile title... The graphics are good in a mid range compared to some big releases. Sniping is a lot of fun with the cinematic ...
Summary: For 30 bucks, this is a worthwhile title... The graphics are good in a mid range compared to some big releases. Sniping is a lot of fun with the cinematic shots... Close combat play with assault riffles is a disappointment... It feels like playing counter-strike again... with even worth bots... Some bots decides to hide in front of things looking the other way from you.... some decides to hang around smoking, chilling after his buddy right next to him just got dropped... yes, very funny...
The other down of this game is the multiplayer portion... It could have been great if expanded and redeveloped... but now it is just not there...
For sniper fans, it's a good buy... Still overpriced... but not as much as some recent releases...