Sniper: Ghost Warrior

Sniper: Ghost Warrior Review for Xbox 360

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As one of a group of covert commandos, the player is charged with infiltrating a rebel stronghold and overthrowing the unelected powerbase.

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3Out of 10
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I consider myself to be a happy person; I'm healthy, outrageously attractive and get paid to express my opinions on video games for a living. It's a good life. After an hour or so with Sniper: Ghost Warrior, however, I had the most compelling urge to end it all, to throw myself face-first out of the nearest window. Sniper is one of a rare breed of games that has the ability to invoke such dizzying levels of frustration that suicide seems a less painful alternative to playing the game. Sniper is a technical holocaust: an interactive compilation of glitches, bugs and design errors haphazardly stitched together with long stretches of dull and broken gameplay.

It's a shame to have to speak about the game with such venom because, despite its flaws, there's a gap in the market that it fills quite nicely. The FPS genre is teeming with shoot-first-ask-questions-later kind of titles, games that involve squeezing the trigger the split-second an enemy appears behind the crosshair. Ghost Warrior is quite refreshing in its digression from that template. It requires patience and a one-shot-one-kill kind of attitude that you won't find in other games. It could have been different. It could have been interesting. It could have been - dare I say it - good. Instead…well, just read on to find out what went wrong.

The game pops you in the weather-beaten boots of Sergeant Tyler Wells, an elite sniper who's part of a highly-trained special ops unit. This unit is sent to the fictional island of Isla Trueno, whose democratic government has been overthrown by a hostile force. Underneath this generic military drivel there's not much of a plot to speak of. The characters driving the narrative are dull, forgettable and distressingly similar to the clichéd soldiers we've met in any run-of-the-mill war games from over the years.

To say that Ghost Warrior wears its inspiration on its sleeve would be a massive understatement. The ghillie suits, environments (the oil rig in particular), menu screens, hidden intel collectibles and abundant use of phrases such as "stay frosty" are all straight out of the Modern Warfare handbook. Sniper is the equivalent of those knock-off designer sunglasses you find at dodgy back-street vendors on holiday: cheap, nasty and likely to break at a moment's notice. The finger of blame can be confidently pointed at City Interactive's Chrome 4 engine, the source of most of the game's problems.

At first glance the lush green environments might appear attractive, but the devil's in the details. Upon closer inspection it's hard to miss the dodgy textures, flashing polygons, and cold-hearted lack of anti-aliasing. Whilst distressing to look at, you can eventually train your eyes to ignore these graphical blunders. What can't be ignored, however, are the issues with collision detection. Invisible walls would often prevent you from walking through thin air, forcing you to jump (over nothing) or find a whole new route to advance. Elsewhere there are objects that have no collision detection at all, meaning you can walk through rocks, trees and fences without the slightest respect for the laws of physics.

While on the topic of physics, let's take a moment to consider the most infuriating, hilarious and mind-baffling object in the game: the grappling hook. Used to ascend to higher areas or rappel to lower ones, the grappling hook can be aimed and fired much like your other weapons. Once latched onto its target, you can hoist yourself up as if ascending an invisible flight of stairs. It literally makes no sense – you can stand in mid air, making a mockery of Newton and his cherished laws of gravity. It's bloody hard to control too, and once the comical value of the device has worn off, you'll be left with intense feelings of anger and frustration.

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ChrisRAXLD

This game is badass! It is disappointing that Sniper Ghost Warrior is getting such bad reviews. I do agree with the poor multiplayer, along with some minor game glitches but the campaign is AMAZING! I had a lot of fun playing and the best part of the game is the bullet follow cam when you get a perfect head shot. I rate this game an 8 of 10. Good job City Interactive and Chrome Engine.
Posted 05:57 on 07 August 2010
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

Typical 360 exclusive.
Posted 20:58 on 02 August 2010
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clangod

Wow, and to think I actually thought the game could do well. Great idea I reckon but evidently a terrible attempt.

We'll be seeing a lot of these on ebay.
Posted 20:51 on 02 August 2010
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chelskiboy247

Phew, I'm so glad I convinced a friend not to buy this.
Posted 15:38 on 02 August 2010
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draytone

They had quite a few posters on the underground, which to me means they spent more advertising than Transformers.
Posted 12:27 on 02 August 2010
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Woffls

Crikey. I've never heard of City Interactive. They've made a lot of games, but it looks like historically they're a PC developer. This is also their first console FPS and third console title, but a lot of it looks like shovel ware. I think they probably need to decide where they're going to invest their efforts rather than give the 'serious games' team a few quid to port games over. But, if a game that's supposedly so bad can be above Transformers in the charts I guess they have half an idea of what they're doing :P
Posted 12:02 on 02 August 2010
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IndoorHeroes

The fact that this game is higher than Transformers WFC in the all format charts fills with some kind of murderous rage.

http://www.chart-track.co.uk/index.j....jsp&ct=110015
Posted 11:52 on 02 August 2010
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draytone@ El-Dev

I might try that out!
Posted 09:47 on 02 August 2010
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El-Dev@ draytone

Evidently not, or maybe people just like buying crap games to see if they really are that crap.
Posted 09:41 on 02 August 2010
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draytone

A little bit... I know what your getting at but still... don't people research before they buy?
Posted 09:40 on 02 August 2010
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El-Dev@ draytone

With a title like Sniper Ghost Warrior, are you surprised?
Posted 09:36 on 02 August 2010
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draytone

And it still sold pretty well :/
Posted 09:31 on 02 August 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Blinkin' Heckers!
Posted 08:53 on 02 August 2010

Game Stats

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior
3
Out of 10
Sniper: Ghost Warrior
  • Bullet-cam is pretty nifty
  • Dull and generic plot
  • Horrendous use of collision detection
  • Dopey AI
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Release Date: 02/07/2010
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , iPhone
Developer: In-house
Publisher: City Interactive
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-16
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 2,507
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