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Sniper Elite 5: everything you need to know

Sniper Elite 5, the latest in Rebellion’s series of X-Ray shooters and headshots, is here. If this is your first Sniper Elite game, or you’re a veteran of the series, here’s everything you need to know about Sniper Elite 5.

plot and setting

Sniper Elite 5 takes place in 1944, at the height of World War II. The Allies have uncovered a secret Nazi plot called Projekt Kraken that will turn the tide of the war in favor of the Axis. Playing as American sniper Karl Fairburne once again, you’ll head to war-torn France, make contact with resistance troops defending their homeland, and take down Projekt Kraken before it’s too late. It turns out that Kraken is a larger Nazi operation to attack America, which would have a huge negative impact on D-Day. Speaking of which, the events of the game take place just before and just after D-Day with Karl Fairburne coming in to smooth out enemy positions for the planned invasion before discovering and being swept up in this larger plot.

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Gameplay: what is different?

Gameplay-wise, yes, you’ll still be shooting Nazis in the head (or elsewhere) and getting those gory X-Ray cameras to kill, just like in previous Sniper Elite games, but the team at Rebellion have done many things. adjustments and additions for the fifth installment.

Weapons have been overhauled for the game and there are a number of customization options available for each. Now they all sport iron sights through which you can look in first person. Each level has a series of workbenches that not only unlock various attachments for your weapons, but also allow you to customize them to your liking. Swap scopes, barrels, magazines, ammo type, and stocks to your heart’s content. There are four stats that are affected: Power, Fire Rate, Mobility, and Control. Rebellion estimates that there are over 200 pieces of weaponry to unlock, meaning you can play around until you find the balance that suits you best. Sniper Elite 5 has a wide range of classic WWII weapons like the M1903 Springfield and Karabiner 98, as well as experimental prototypes, including the SREM-1 Enfield bullpup sniper rifle and the BSA Welgun submachine gun. It’s not just your weapon that matters when it comes to landing those crucial shots, but also other factors like wind, gravity, and Karl’s heart rate.

Sniper Elite 5 is more intentionally designed to encompass a range of playstyles to encourage replayability, but the core cycle of the game remains the same: Observe, Plan, and Execute. Common playstyles are stealth, power, speed, and control, and even now there are non-lethal options. During missions, you’ll find secrets that can change your objectives or open up new routes and unlockable starting areas scattered across the maps.

Higher difficulty levels like Hard and Authentic change the game a lot and do things like add more bullet drop, reduce active reload, increase wind shock and lower HUD, turn off radar, and turn off your ability to do zoom more. by looking through an endoscope and holding your breath. That should make mil-sim enthusiasts happy. On the other hand, there are tons of accessibility options like colorblind modes, aiming aid even with mouse and keyboard, and text color options to name a few.

The team worked with several British museums, including the Imperial War Museum and the Royal Armory (hey, that place sounds familiar) to capture reference images of the weapons as well as record the audio of them firing to ensure they are as accurate as possible.

When it comes to map size, Rebellion calls Sniper Elite 5’s maps the largest and “most immersive” in the series’ history. To help him navigate the huge spaces, the traversal has been overhauled, so Karl can slide, swing, climb, and even zip-line. To help make the maps “the most immersive,” Rebellion used a technique called photogrammetry: instead of an artist modeling buildings from scratch, developers take hundreds of photos, which are then fed into a program, which is then it spits out a 3D model which is then cleaned up and put into the game. The development team visited northern France, Brittany, Normandy, and Calais, as well as examining Subpens and bunkers left over from World War II.

I mentioned the killcam before, and yes, it’s back, with Rebellion doing everything they can to make it the most realistic version yet. You’ll still get the creepy X-ray camera shots of bullets passing through Nazi skulls, but now bullets can be deflected by bones in unpredictable ways. And if getting the kill cam with sniper rifles wasn’t enough for you, SMGs and pistols will trigger it too, as will knives and traps.


If you want your friends to get in on the action, fear not: you can take on Sniper Elite 5 in co-op. The game even has cross-play, so it doesn’t matter which platform you’re on. To encourage teamwork, you can give orders to the other player, share items and ammunition, and even heal each other. There’s also a cooperative horde mode called Survival, where you and up to three others can work together to take out waves of enemies. Teamwork makes the dream work.

But if that sounds a bit too much… well for your liking, maybe Invasion Mode is more to your liking. Invasion mode is exactly what it sounds like: you enter someone else’s game, take on the role of an Axis sniper, and can use in-game enemies to help you locate the host player. If successful, you are rewarded with weapons, items, and skin unlocks if you manage to kill the host player. But the host isn’t completely vulnerable: each level has a number of invasion phones that you can use to find the invader’s last known location. If you take out the invading sniper, you also get a number of rewards. You can disable Invasion Mode at any time, but you will get more XP for playing with it enabled.

If you fancy getting more friends to join in the fun, there are regular Sniper Elite multiplayer modes like Free-for-All, Team Match and No-Cross, and a new 4v4v4v4 mode called Squad Match. Other new additions include items like decoys, which you can use to trick enemy players into thinking you’re in a place you’re not, and supply drops, obviously they give you great items, but they also ping the location of enemies within a 50m radius.

In previous Sniper Elite games, single player and multiplayer progression were shared, but now each has their own unique unlocks. The multiplayer mode has its own advantages that are not shared with the single player mode, and they are divided between five different classes. You can then tweak each to your liking by selecting perks and a secondary class.

downloadable content

In terms of downloadable content, Sniper Elite 5 has a season pass that will unlock a bunch of extras, including two campaign missions, two weapon skin packs, two character skin packs, and six weapon packs.


Sniper Elite 5 is coming to almost all home consoles, including PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Series S, and Series X, and will be available on Steam and the Microsoft Store. If you’re an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, the standard edition of the game will hit the service on day one, so enjoy. Rebellion has revealed that there are no concrete plans yet to bring the game to Nintendo Switch, but Sniper Elite 4 has finally made the leap, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that its sequel does the same.

Release date and price

Sniper Elite 5 releases on May 26, and if you’re after a physical copy your options are limited to just PlayStation and Xbox, but there are a few different bundles available, depending on what extras you want.

The Standard Edition retails for $59.99 on the PlayStation, Xbox, and Windows Store, but is $10 cheaper if you buy it from the Rebellion Shop or Steam. If you buy the PC version from the Rebellion Shop, you’ll also get a digital graphic novel.

The Deluxe Edition is $89.99 for the PlayStation, Xbox, and Windows Store, and $79.99 on the Rebellion store and Steam, and comes with the game’s season pass included, as well as the digital graphic novel if you get the game from the Rebellion Shop.

The Rebellion Shop also has a couple of exclusive bonus packs if you want to play on PC. The Cadet Bundle comes with a Deluxe Edition Steam code, an exclusive t-shirt, graphic novel, and sticker for $99.99. For $129.99, you can get the Marksman Bundle which comes with the Deluxe Edition for PC, a bomber jacket, a graphic novel, an enamel mug, and a decal.

Pre-ordering any version of the game grants you a bonus mission where you kill Hitler at his Mountain Retreat Berghof and a silenced P.1938 pistol.

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