Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2
Sniper - Ghost Warrior 2 coverart.jpg
Developer(s) City Interactive
Publisher(s) City Interactive
Series Sniper: Ghost Warrior
Engine CryEngine 3
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360[1]
Release
  • NA: 12 March 2013[2]
  • EU: 15 March 2013
  • AU: 19 March 2013
Genre(s) Tactical shooter, stealth
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is a tactical shooter video game developed and published by City Interactive for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Plot[edit]

The game starts with player taking control of U.S. Marine Captain Cole Anderson, in the Philippines, with CIA Special Agent Diaz making their way to an old Russian radar post to destroy it while working on a tip that some mercenaries had assembled there to broker a deal for a bio-agent WMD. While Diaz destroys it, he overhears enemy radio chatter about the capture of a spy working for the PSC by the mercenaries. Diaz commands a team to rescue the operative while Anderson makes his way to provide covering fire from a cave overlooking the resort, where the soldier is being held captive and where the supposed deal is scheduled to take place. They save the soldier, however while monitoring the deal Anderson sees one of the dealers to be Merinov, an old aquantaince from his past, and subsequently the entire team is ambushed by an enemy sniper and everyone except Anderson is either killed or captured. Anderson heads to a village to intercept the transfer of the bio-weapon as well as his captured teammates. He manages to rescue Diaz and Gomez just as they are about to be executed, however the Bio-Weapon is lost. Both agents link up with Anderson, but Gomez is killed while escaping from the pursuing mercenaries. After successfully escaping their pursuers Diaz remarks, "it's Sarajevo all over again".

Anderson has been sent to the brig for disobeying direct orders (rescuing his team-mates instead of securing the Bio-Agent WMD which was the primary objective). He remembers events in Sarajevo, 1993, where he and his spotter Carl Maddox were tasked to take pictures of genocide by Serbian forces led by Marko Vladić. They meet a Russian contact Merinov inside the city. After securing a strategic point and taking the pictures of the genocide, Maddox loses his cool unable to watch the atrocities further, and goes against orders to kill Vladić. Anderson reluctantly follows him. Merinov shows them a collapsed building overlooking Vladić's position. Merinov leaves to find transport for Maddox and Anderson while they ambush the Serbian Commander. Anderson shoots Vladić and they run to the extraction point. There Merinov betrays them to the Serbian forces and they are captured. Anderson escapes to stop Merinov from framing US forces for the genocide. Anderson finds out from command that Maddox is actually a traitor working with Merinov, who manipulated him to kill Vladić leaving his forces free to take part in gun running. He is ordered to kill Maddox instead of Merinov. Anderson shoots Maddox inside a moving jeep and keeps the shell casing of the bullet which he shot Maddox with.

Back in the prison, Diaz visits Cole, informing him that he has pulled in favours to get him out of the brig and back in action with him as they need him to kill Merinov who is ready to sell the Bio-Agent to a Fanatical Jihadi Warlord in Kashmir - a fallout of which could create a war between Pakistan and India and profit Merinov's gun running operation. Diaz and Anderson head to Tibet to assassinate Merinov and recover the WMD. On the way to the deal site they suffer an accident and lose their equipment. After recovering their equipment and escaping a collapsing caveway they finally reach the nest overlooking the ambush site. While aiming to shoot Merinov, Anderson sees Maddox, apparently having survived his shot coming out of the helicopter. Maddox notices them and alerts their own mercenary forces to the ambush. Anderson shoots and kills Merinov through the glass of the helicopter, causing it to crash. Maddox however survives and secures the Bio-Weapon and taunts Anderson to come after him. Diaz and Anderson go after Maddox which eventually leads to Anderson having a sniping duel with Maddox. Finally Anderson shoots and kills Maddox, securing the Bio-Weapon. Diaz asks him if he has anyone waiting for him back at home to which Anderson replies 'My rifle is my best friend, it is my life' and drops the shell he kept for 20 years.

Downloadable content[edit]

Siberian Strike[edit]

The events in this downloadable content (DLC) serve as a prequel to the events in original game. The player once again assumes the role of Cole Anderson who has been inserted deep behind enemy lines in Siberia, to locate, secure any information, and if possible, extract a CIA mole who was planted to work in a top secret Russian research base in a potential development of a bio/chemical WMD. Because of the volatile nature of the assignment and due to the fact that it is a black operation, the player has no tactical support available, so all his decisions are solely at his own discretion.

Gameplay[edit]

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is a tactical shooter that employs stealth, hand-to-hand assassinations and titular sniping techniques. Gameplay features realistic bullet physics that factors distance, wind, and bullet drop when sniping targets.

Release[edit]

The initial release was scheduled in August 2012 but Eurogamer revealed the game was pushed back to October, which was then pushed back again to January 2013 on 26 July 2012. The date was further pushed back to 12 March 2013.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 was released in both the normal retail version and a limited "Bulletproof Steelbook Edition" that includes the soundtrack, a booklet of the history of sniping and extra downloadable content.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic (PC) 52/100[3]
(PS3) 52/100[4]
(X360) 52/100[5]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 3/10[6]
EGM 4/10[7]
Game Informer 5/10[8]
GameSpot 7/10[9]
GamesRadar+ 2.5/5 stars[10]
IGN 5/10[11]
PC Gamer (US) 49/100[12]
Polygon 5/10[13]
VideoGamer.com 3/10[14]

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 received "mixed or average" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[3][4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clements, Ryan (22 March 2012). "Sniper Ghost Warrior 2: Take the Shot". IGN. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Scammell, David (3 January 2013). "Sniper Ghost Warrior 2's new release date is March 12". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Pinsof, Allistair (21 March 2013). "Review: Sniper Ghost Warrior 2". Destructoid. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "EGM Review: Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Turi, Tim (22 March 2013). "City Interactive's Covert Op Should Remain Classified - Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 - PlayStation 3". Game Informer. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Todd, Brett (19 March 2013). "Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Veloria, Lorenzo (9 April 2013). "Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 review". GamesRadar. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Gallegos, Anthony (19 March 2013). "Sniper: Ghost Warrior". IGN. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Kelly, Andy (9 April 2013). "Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 review". PC Gamer. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Tach, Dave (4 April 2013). "Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 review". Polygon. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Burns, Steven (19 March 2013). "Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 Review". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved 19 March 2013.