Sniper Elite 4 is a game I enjoyed playing very much. The mini-sandbox levels that reward patience and planning allowed me to spend many a chilled evening slowly and stealthily murdering my through Rebellion's version of World War 2 Italy.
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.
Valentine's Day is known throughout the world as a day for romance. You know the drill - cute cards, romantic meals, colourful floral bouquets and maybe even some heavy petting... if you get lucky.
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.
The last time we got a good look at Sniper Elite 4 was during this year's E3, when I recorded around half an hour of gun toting action. While most people were pleased with the new gameplay, however, many were decidedly unimpressed by my sniping skills (or lack thereof).
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.