Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is a great sniping game let down by a mediocre open world, poor voice acting, technical hitches and terrible writing.

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Next Sniper Ghost Warrior game announced

Next Sniper Ghost Warrior game announced

And, as expected, it ditches open-world.

CI Games has announced the sequel to its disappointing Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. As expected, it will ditch the series' failed attempt at open-world gameplay.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts, due to launch in 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, will distill the series' scope back to smaller environments and - as its name suggests - add in a new contracts system.

Set in Siberia, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts sees the player shooting people over the snowy wilderness for fixed fees, with bonus payouts if you complete secondary objectives.

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Sniper Ghost Warrior 3's multiplayer mode isn't in the game at launch

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3's multiplayer mode isn't in the game at launch

So as "not to dilute any potential from the single player".

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 launches today - but without its planned multiplayer portion.

Developer CI Games has previously spoken about the game's multiplayer - several maps for it are included in the game's season pass. But play the game today and you'll find it's not included.

Instead, multiplayer modes will be released via an update at some point in the future.

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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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Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 review

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 review

Sniper not-so-elite.

For all of its flaws, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 certainly grows on you.

You've got to see through the worst of its problems before it gets there, though. 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.

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3

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Déjà vu, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 delayed again

Misses target by three weeks.

Polish developer CI Games has delayed Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 again. But it's a smallish slip, the sniping game moving three weeks from Tuesday, 4th April to Tuesday, 25th April. That's on all three formats: PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Watch: 36 minutes of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 open world gameplay

The Sniper Ghost Warrior series isn't exactly known for being a quality franchise. Our review of 2010's original received a terrible 2/10 (reads like an Avoid), while its sequel just managed to scrape a 6/10, with Eurogamer contributor Simon Parkin labelling it 'a game of limited worth'.

That's why I was more than pleasantly surprised when I sat down to play Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 and found it to be a highly polished and genuinely exciting experience.

CI Games has gone fully open-world for its latest installment and this brings a sense of freedom that was severely lacking in the previous titles. I found surveying mission areas and planning my approach from afar to be immensely satisfying. Using a handy, pocket-sized drone to spot and mark potential targets and prime sniping positions, I was able to maneuver myself through occupied zones and take down enemies one by one whilst remaining relatively undetected.

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 release date moved to 2017

CI Games has moved the Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 worldwide release date to 27th January 2017. It's due on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

The statement was made by CI Games for the Warsaw Stock Exchange but was spotted by Eurogamer Poland and then relayed to me.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 had been due this year. This game will be the biggest and most expensive in the popular series so far. There's a new parkour system this time, there are vehicles, and there are War Crimes side missions, gruesomely. Ian Higton went to see the game last autumn and made a video about it that's below.

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Whether through stupidity, boredom or good old-fashioned masochism, I get a kind of perverse enjoyment from playing rubbish games. Rogue Warrior, Hour of Victory, Turning Point and the original Sniper Ghost Warrior are a few examples of the shockingly poor games I've wasted precious hours of my life playing.

24 minutes of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 gameplay

For a game that's all about shooting people in the head, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 looks like a measured, cautious experience.

The 24-minute extended gameplay demo below sees a CI Games developer slowly creep towards their target: a Russian general who is stirring up trouble.

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3's story follows a US commando who is operating behind enemy lines. It's your job to tip the balance in NATO's favour while Russia is busy waging a proxy war and secretly enriching uranium. Those rascals.

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 announced for PC, PS4 and Xbox One

The Sniper: Ghost Warrior games are popular, and so we have a third one.

CI Games, the company behind the recent Lords of the Fallen, today announced Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 for release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during the first half of 2016.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is set in a modern day conflict in Eastern Europe. You play as a sniper caught between three warring factions. CI promises non-linear, sandbox-style gamplay in large open maps. We don't have a video or a screenshot yet, but we do have the image, above.

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