Developer: CI Games
Platforms: PS4, PS5, XBox One, XBox Serise X, PC
Reviewed On: PS4 Pro
Release Date: 04/06/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
I played the first Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts last year; I ended buying it on a PSN sale. I do like me a bit of sniper action, I really enjoyed the game making you take your time plan route and shooting people square in the eyes. So when I saw Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 was coming I had to get a review code. I wonder if it’s better than the first.
In Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2, you play as Raven, a top class sniper who has been sent to the middle east to take down specific targets to disrupt activities in the region.
Each of the five areas (contracts) that you will visit has their own reasons for the targets, so I won’t go into them; let’s just say they all bad folks.
There have been several significant changes to the original formula. In Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts you have a large area to roam and many ways to get from your position to your next target. Now the freedom of movement in some environments has been removed. Hear me out before you take me out. This is a good thing as they split the contacts into normal and long-range, so in losing out in some freedom of movement Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 give extreme sniping distances 1000m plus. Leading to some intresting tatical gameplay.
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 will see Raven completing a mixture of different objectives, from take out said target, hack terminals, destroy parts of the infrastructure and so on. These contracts you can approach how you like from as close or as far as needs be. Raven can use stealth to move from one area to the next or go in loud the option is yours. If you are needing a bit of extra cash, then you can take out bounties and grab some extra monies.
These contracts play out as they did in the first game, and most stealth action titles.
Now here is where Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 shines and here is where the true sniper will come out to play. In these contracts Raven will move from one sniper overlook, places perfectly for long range engagements. As stated this will lead to targets 1000m and more away from your position. In this situation it is not about moving around and not getting seen, now you have to think, about wind, travel time, distance and where the target will be.
These missions can have several objectives to such as; kill target(s), destroy infrastructures, protect fleeing prisoners. Each needing forward planning and knowing where all the enemies are. I loved these levels far better than the normal contracts. There was something so satisfying watching a bullet drop on to and enemy from 1200m away.
Equipment and Load-out.
Like its first outing Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 had Raven donning a futuristic mask that allows for area scanning and other abilities showing line of sight, making targets without binoculars. These abilities can be unlocked by completing contracts and getting tokens that can be spent on upgrades. Along with the mask you can upgrade, the sniper turret, the drone, how much ammo we can carry, and several other abilities. With this you can tailor Raven to your play style.
The load-out is where the game is the most important aspect of the game, as you need to make sure you have the right sniper rifle for the job. Sniper’s rifles come in heavy, medium and light classifications. Each having and advatage over the other and disadvatages;
Heavy – These are the most powerful and longest range rifles, that are for the long-range contracts, If used in normal contracts there will be no silencer making effective sniping impossible. Can use special ammo.
Medium – Middle of the road rifle with decent damage and range, however they are still fairly loud, still effective as long as not too close to the enemy. Can use special ammo.
Light – Lowest damage and range, however, silent so very good for short range engagements, they can also equip a short range sight. Uses only normal ammo.
Along with the rifle, there are several sub weapons that can be modified to suit play style. As well as side arms. Each boasting different statistics and mods that can be equipped.
Along with the items that can be equipped like grenades, med-packs, sniper turret, drone, and so on. These are vital to the higher difficulties.
CI Games have made a wonderful effort in making Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 open to anyone regardless of the experience and ability to play. On the lower settings there will be a dot sight in the sniper scope to allow better target acquisition without having to line up shots and work out where to shoot. The AI is easier to take out and will not hear gunshots as well. On the higher difficulties it is basically ‘One Shot one kill,’ the AI is far better finding you and each sniper shot needs to be worked out with no help.
This is a great thing to have it allows players to get used to the controls and how aiming works then move up to become a top class sniper, or die a lot.
Overall Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 has took all the best parts of its first entry polished these aspects up and then added long range sniping in there to mix up the gameplay. This varied the gameplay and kept things more engaging. With a price point that AAA games wish they could sell at and give such a worthwhile experience.
If you enjoy sniper games, then this has to be in your collection.