PLOT Bullets fly in World War II-era Italy.
RATED M for Mature
DETAILS PlayStation 4; $59.99
BOTTOM LINE Intense realistic ballistics.
Sniper Elite 4 revolves around Karl Fairburne, an Office of Strategic Services operative who is in Italy in 1943 to investigate German activity and weapons manufacturing. What separates the game from other World War II shooters is the way it handles the act of sniping. Lower difficulties behave much like Battlefield’s sniping, with little or no bullet drop. However, on higher difficulties, you have to contend with a realistic ballistics model that adds bullet drop and wind resistance. This emphasis on perfection makes each shot a nail-biter and adds a tremendous amount of tension to what is a mundane action in other shooters. Sniper Elite 4 has the complexity and polish to be one of the best shooters of 2017.