Sniper Elite III still includes the slow-mo skull shattering you crave – watch it in action here

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Fans of the Sniper Elite series from 505 Games and developer Rebellion (and there seems to be quite a few of you) will be very pleased to know that all of the slo-mo X-Ray skull shattering and body destruction action of the previous games is well intact in this week’s Sniper Elite III, as evidenced by a look at the first fifteen minutes of the third-person sniper ’em up below:

Sniper Elite 3 – First 15 Minutes Gameplay (PS4)

Out this week across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 starting June 27th, and then in the US starting July 1st, Sniper Elite III continues the World War II story of elite sniper Karl Fairburne, following on from 2012’s Sniper Elite V2 which introduced “millions of gamers to its mix of tense atmosphere and intense action.”

Sniper Elite 3 is also said to include all-new environments, a brand new storyline and “a more refined gameplay experience,” just in case the previous game left you cold.

Record Scratch

Unfortunately it seems as though Sniper Elite III isn’t immune to the increasing trend of requiring players on new generation consoles to download immense patches. On Xbox One at least, a day one patch for the game weighs in at a massive 10GB, as reported by Eurogamer.

Rebellion explained the patch size thus:

“The main part of the update is to sync data between the game’s retail discs and the Xbox Live digital download edition of the game. In the several weeks between sending the code off to manufacture and release, rather than sit around or take a break, we’ve continued to work on the game, making improvements and optimisations.”

But that’s not all, because Rebellion is also getting players ready for the game’s upcoming multiplayer downloadable content, with additional tweaks included to ensure Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners will be able to enjoy the game at 1080p. Rebellion continued:

“We’ve also begun work on multiplayer DLC and a small part of this update is to introduce a compatibility pack. This is standard for any game that adds DLC – it’s just to make sure everyone can have the same multiplayer experience whether they own DLC or not.”

“While we understand gamers will be frustrated at the wait, the good news is that the update will actually reduce the size of the game’s total install footprint on their hard drive, and reduce the size of future patches significantly. It’s part of this ongoing optimisation process that’s enabled Sniper Elite 3 to perform well at a native 1080p on both Xbox One and PS4. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we firmly believe Sniper Elite 3 will be worth the wait!”

Will you be picking up Sniper Elite III this week?

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