Sniper: Ghost Warrior [Review]

Hey guys, so I purchased Sniper: Ghost Warrior for the PC the other day, I did try to get it for the Xbox 360, but there was none left, so I settled for the PC version. Good thing my 360 controller is USB, so i can use it instead of a mouse and keyboard. Anyway, since I have enjoyed it so much, I’ve decided to write a review about it for all of you.

Ok, so I read a review about it before I bought it, and heard some things about it from my mate who works at a local games store too, some of the things people were saying about the game were quite negative, things like; it has bad graphics, environmental glitches, bad gameplay, etc. But I’m here to tell you that these things are not as close to the truth as these people would have you believe.

Story

Ok, to be honest, there really isn’t much of a storyline, but you all saw that coming, didn’t you? I mean, come on, it’s an army/marine/special-ops game, what do you expect? There is a slight story in here, I mean, you do know who you’re killing and why you’re killing them, but aside from that, you don’t really know who you are except that you’re one hell of a shot who has to take down targets for a government establishment.

Gameplay

The gameplay is very good, I don’t care what anyone else says about it. Some people say it’s boring when you’re transitioning between sniper spots, having to infiltrate enemy buildings/camps to get there, but I say no, most of the fun happens when you’re transitioning, having to sneak around can be fun if you know how. I personally like to use my sniper in super close quarters (just as I do in Call of Duty), by no-scoping them or laying down in grass and taking them out after they just walked past you.

Graphics

Some people say the graphics are horrible, but they’re wrong, the graphics are actually quite good, the problem is; it takes a lot of processing power to run the game on it’s highest quality, there-for, slowing the game down and giving you lag. I personally have quite a high-end PC and still had to bring the quality down so it didn’t lag. Other than that, the graphics are amazing, even on the “balanced” quality setting.

Special Stuff

This game has a few cool gadgets and tricks you can do when you’re playing, for example:

  • When you head shot someone from a fair distance away, bullet tracking comes into play, which means the camera will follow the bullet from the moment it leaves the chamber, to the moment it enters the targets head. It looks really awesome.
  • You can slow time down for a short period of time when you’re scoped in so that you can target the enemy easier. When doing this, it elevates your heart-rate, you must get it back to a reasonable rate before you can use it again.
  • This game uses real bullet physics, which means that the bullet wont necessarily go where you’re pointing the sight, it accounts for wind speed and bullet drop, thankfully it gives you a secondary aiming reticule that tells you where the bullet should end up. Unfortunately, I don’t think this game incorporates the Coriolis Effect, which is a shame because I like “bending” bullets.
  • Recommendation

    I would recommend any avid snipers to buy this game, it is definitely the game for you. I personally use my sniper on Call of Duty: MW2 online all the time, in every situation, that is why I love this game, so if you’re like me, get it, get it right now.

    Thanks for reading! I hope you all enjoyed my little review and I hope I helped you make your decision. If you’ve played this game and have anything further to add to what I have wrote, put it in the comments and start a friendly discussion.

    Also, if you’d like to have a few games with me sometime, I have a Steam Gamertag (which is for the PC) which is MentalGamefreak (Yep, just like my Xbox Live Gamertag). So add me if you want.

    10 Comments

    • Jon says:

      Sounds good, I’m gunna try and find it on xbox 360

    • alcapone says:

      hello…i have a real problem…well when i start the game, the demo lags, the story line lags too…i can’t actually play the game..i mean looks like it takes ages before 1 aim and stuffs.this happens even at low settings..hope you can help me
      my system specs
      cpu : core 2 duo E8400 3.0 ghz
      ram : 4 gb ddr2
      graphics : Nvidia 9800 GT 1gb
      o.s : windows 7 32 bit, windows xp 64 bit (dual booting)
      sound chip : realtek alc 1200 on board

      hope to hear from you…
      kind regards.. :)

      • Sean says:

        Hmm.. That seems a bit strange for a PC of that stature..

        Your computer meets all the requirements to run the game.. Have you got a lot of HDD space left? It can sometimes be that..

        If you have more than 6.5 GB’s left it should be fine.

        Other things you could try are:

        Taking the quality settings down a little bit.

        Or

        Checking for viruses, it can sometimes be caused by that.

        Anyway, that’s all I can think of right now, let me know how they go for you.

    • alcapone says:

      sorry for a late response..but i kinda sort out the problem…i have lots of hard disk space (300 gb free)….well i cheked my disk fragmentation with perfect disk, but it was perfect…the last thing i tried was, to remove the graphic card, clean the dust off, and run the game,,..woooow…..thats was the weirdest solution i ever found, test the game, run perfectly on the highest setting….the dust was the problem to that,, who will believe you if you tell em that dust causes graphic slowdown…damn..lolz…really,,anyway thanks for your help..
      peace and respect
      shaahir

      (p.s : give it a try, clean ur graphic card..hehe)

      • Sean says:

        Awesome, I’m glad you found a solution.

        I probably will try that, I’ve noticed that my case has a lot of dust around the air vents, so it wouldn’t surprise me..

        Thanks.

    • Midget says:

      Hi! I got problem with this game

      AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3500+ 2.21GHz
      1GB RAM
      Nvidia GeForce 7300GT DDR3 256MB Up-dated drivers
      DirectX 9.0c
      20GB Disk (my old 200GB broked) 5,09GB free space
      Win XP SP3

      As far as I know I got minimum system requirements BUT the menu is smooth but the game runs like 15 FPS and its on lowest… My PC is all clean so it cant be the problem mentioned… Please help :(

      PS: I found tutorial on how to turn off shadows C:/Program Files/City Interactive/Sniper Ghost Warrior/Game/out/Video.scr (change ShadowResolution to 16) but the folder “out” doesnt exists in mine game folder… Steam version.

      • Sean says:

        I’d say you need more RAM, and probably a bigger graphics card. I’d recommend at least 2 GB’s of RAM and 512 MB’s of graphics, even though the game does state that what you have is sufficient, it’s still not a good idea to go by the basic requirements.

        Hopefully that helps you.