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PAX East 2014 demo: 'Sniper Elite 3' shows it's not just another shooter

"Sniper Elite 3" is not just your typical shooter. In fact, the game likes to "actively discourage" you from just running around trying to kill everything. You'll need to use your senses and your smarts if you want to be one of the elite.

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This past weekend at PAX East 2014, Boston Games Examiner was able to get a view of the third person tactical World War II shooter. Robbie Cooke, of Rebellion Studios, was on hand to give us the rundown.

During the demo we had to find our way through our enemy's base camp, making sure to stay concealed and mind our surroundings. Running wasn't even allowed as it would increase our heart rate and make shooting more difficult. Even on the game's second difficulty, things were proving to be challenging. It was completely understandable with all the distractions the convention was providing. Nonetheless, we continued to make it to the goal of the demo which was to take out one of the enemy's Flak 88s.

One of the best features of the game and the demo was being able to time our shots with the shots of the Flak 88. By doing so, we were able to mask the sound of our gun with theirs.

The game also offers an "improved human kill-cam" feature. When you kill your opponent the game slows down to show the bullet penetrating it's victim. Additionally, it displays the bones and organs shattering and exploding upon the bullet's impact.

Players will also be able to interact with parts of the environment and sets traps for their unsuspecting victims. When you finish off your opponents, you'll be able to gain XP and earn sniper levels where you can then customize the ultimate sniper rifle fit for your playing style.

Overall, fans of the "Sniper Elite" series should notice improved game play and AI responsiveness.

About "Sniper Elite 3"

Set in the deadly terrains of North Africa, Sniper Elite 3 sees American OSS agent Karl Fairburne deep behind Nazi lines, providing crucial sharpshooter skills as the Allies battle Germany’s fearsome Tiger tanks across the Western Desert.

But it’s not just the famed Afrika Korps that Karl has to worry about. He soon uncovers German plans to build a “wunderwaffe” – wonder weapon – with the power to crush any Allied forces in its path, and turn the tide of the whole war.

"Sniper Elite 3" will be released on July 1 in the United States. It will be available for PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Rebellion.

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