Sniper Elite 4

Schlocky, supple and slicker than what's gone before, Sniper Elite 4 is a riotously entertaining WW2 stealth adventure.

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Sniper Elite 4 announces next DLC on Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 release date

Sniper Elite 4 has launched its next paid expansion and a selection of free additions - on the same day that rival long-range shooter Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is released.

Sniper Elite 4's paid DLC will provide the next chapter in mini-campaign Deathstorm - where you're off rescuing an Allied scientist from the clutches of Nazi sympathisers, while escorting a briefcase of plutonium. Sounds fun.

The game's free update, meanwhile, adds a new map, a Capture the Flag mode and a new Survival mission.

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As a team of video producers, I like to think that Chris, Aoife, Ian and I work together pretty well. Relying on one another in a combat situation, however, is another matter entirely. That's the hard lesson we all learned this week while gallivanting about in Sniper Elite 4's survival mode - pitting us against waves of Nazis, diminishing ammo and our basic inability to work together.

Sniper Elite 4 review

Whether rightly or wrongly, Rebellion - one of the UK's longest standing indies, something the Oxford-based studio is understandably proud of - has a bit of a patchy reputation. Perhaps it's the frayed edges found in work-for-hire such as the brilliantly conceived but poorly executed NeverDead or the poorly conceived and poorly executed Rogue Warrior (a game which still demands to be held in high regard for its end credit sequence alone).

Sniper Elite 4

Publisher: Rebellion

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30 minutes of gameplay from Sniper Elite 4's opening level, San Celini

Video30 minutes of gameplay from Sniper Elite 4's opening level, San Celini

Plus, five stupid things you can do, but probably shouldn't.

Since Sniper Elite 4 was announced early last year, I've had several opportunities to go hands on with the game. Just before the Christmas break, however, I was invited along to developer Rebellion's studios for my most extensive play session yet.

In the video below you'll be able to watch my valiant attempt at completing Sniper Elite 4's first level, San Celini. It's a mid-sized sandbox that offers multiple routes and plenty of vantage points for some impressive long-range sniper kills.

It all starts off pretty well and I manage to demonstrate a couple of new additions to the series, including silenced ammo for your rifle, which allows you to take out a few targets without having to worry about using environmental sounds to mask your shots.

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Watch: 27 minutes of bollock-popping Sniper Elite 4 gameplay

The Sniper Elite series is famous for its gloriously gory X-Ray kill cams that show, in stomach-churning detail, the effects your bullets have on your unfortunate targets and specific parts of their anatomy.

For Sniper Elite 4, Rebellion has pushed the bloody boat out, introducing brand new shrapnel kills. They're properly gross. You'll love them. I do.

It's probably also worth pointing out that this is the first time we've seen the Viaduct level of Sniper Elite 4 in action, aside from a brief glimpse in a teaser trailer. So, here's 27 minutes of gameplay taken from the PS4 version, captured with love on the E3 show floor.

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New Sniper Elite 4 release date puts it within a month of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

Rebellion has just announced a 14th February 2017 release date for Sniper Elite 4, which puts it within a month of the other sniping game I confuse it with, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3.

Sniper Elite 4 was expected towards the end of this year (so was Ghost Warrior 3 until yesterday), but Rebellion said in a statement it had enough on its plate releasing PlayStation VR game Battlezone in October (a game we really enjoyed).

"When we revealed Sniper Elite 4 back in March our plan was to release it at the end of 2016," said Rebellion co-founders Jason and Chris Kingsley in a joint statement. "However, we now know Battlezone will release in October as a launch title alongside PlayStation VR. That gave us a tough decision to make. Ultimately, we're a relatively small independent studio, and releasing two major titles in the same quarter didn't seem like a sensible thing to do."

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FeatureSniper Elite 4 brings a little more polish and a lot more scale to the series

A World War 2 themed Metal Gear Solid. Who doesn't want to play that?

Spare a thought for the poor soldier standing on the balcony of an opulent Italian townhouse, looking out over a sun-kissed bay that's radiant in pastel blues and deep terracotta reds. He's recently signed up to the army to escape his abusive father, a little in-game text tells us as we train our sights on him, giving us brief pause for thought.

Sniper Elite 4 is coming out this year

Rebellion's World War 2 shooter coming to Xbox One, PC and PS4.

Rebellion is prepping an all-new Sniper Elite, with the fourth instalment in the World War 2 series coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.