Co-Op is back in a big way with Sniper Elite 4 with three separate co-op modes on display. Three overwatch missions make a return, a feature the series has had since the first game. In these missions one player is the sniper while the other is a spotter, or in Sniper Elite 4’s case, a saboteur. These maps are equally as huge as the campaign missions themselves and really force players to work together to complete all objectives.
The campaign itself in Sniper Elite 4 is playable in two player co-op. You’ll want to crank up the difficulty a bit while doing this, but it’s a satisfying way to enjoy the story with a friend. The level design lends itself well to both split up and work together to complete the objectives. Adding in co-op means you can revive a downed pal making things slightly easier. As a bonus, the game provides matchmaking for the co-op campaign making it easy to find a game to play.
Finally there’s a four player co-op survival mode where players must defend a rotating radio listening station every couple of waves against enemies. This mode ramps up quickly and depending on the radio position, provides some real challenge and strategy. Your team will need to utilize traps and other explosive to their full potential to survive all twelve waves.
Sniper Elite 4 impressed me at every turn. Visually and graphically the game is incredibly impressive and appealing. While the story isn’t the most engaging, it serves its purpose to bring the player along for the ride. The gameplay tweaks from the previous series, including the new level designs with some platforming focus and movement, really keep things fresh. Finally just the sheer amount of content and ways to play the game have something for everyone and none of it feels tacked on. Sniper Elite 4 feels like the culmination of all the previous games of the series and one fans shouldn’t miss.
The Co-Op Experience: No specific details have been provided yet, but Rebellion has confirmed a cooperative campaign for up to two players and "dedicated co-op modes"
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