I am of the opinion that remasters should not exist unless they dramatically change up the formula of an old title, or modernise it in such a way that it feels unique and new. Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is quickly turning out to be a Remaster worthy of the word!
The game not only includes new and improved assets, blown up for modern monitors, but enhancements that make it clear that this is the new definitive way to play the game. In fact, it comes with so many enhancements that developer Rebellion had to release a new trailer that details the biggest reasons to upgrade to Sniper Elite V2 Remastered.
As you can see from the trailer above, the game has a heck of a lot going for it. From 4K textures and high-dynamic range (HDR) support to updated environments, characters, weapons and even vehicles. From modernised rendering techniques and post-processing effects, all the way through to enhanced geometry in levels and revamped lighting systems, Sniper Elite V2 Remastered not only boasts great textures but looks like the textures actually fit the world around it – a rare thing to see in remasters.
In addition to all of that, the game also introduces a brand-new “frame-by-frame” photo mode, seven new playable characters from Rebellion’s Zombie Army series, and even a new and expanded multiplayer mode for up to 16 online players. Not to mention that it will include every single piece of downloadable content released for the game throughout its launch period.
So without further ado, here are the seven reasons you should upgrade to Sniper Elite V2 Remastered, in detail:
- Frame-by-Frame Photo Mode
Using this mode, which is found in the pause menu, players can step through the action frame-by-frame. It boasts a fully featured set of filters, positioning, and lighting enhancements that players can use to take stunning photos to share with their friends. This includes X-Ray kill camera shots.
- New Characters
Players who have played through Sniper Elite V2 will now be able to replay it with a brand-new host of characters. Specifically those who have been prominently featured in Zombie Army – Sniper Elite’s sister title.
- 60fps Performance Mode
Consoles such as the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro come with a little bit of headroom. Sniper Elite V2 Remastered will use this extra headroom to toggle the 60fps performance mode for exceptionally smooth gameplay.
- All the DLC!
Players can now experience the “infamous” Kill Hitler mission, take a flight to new fronts in three new campaign levels, and hunt foes with a variety of iconic weapons. All of which are featured in downloadable content that released during the original game’s launch window. Not only does this mean players can get the full game for the same price as any other, but they also essentially get, what is for today’s standards, an expansion pass.
- Multiplayer & Co-Op
With Sniper Elite V2 Remastered, the traditional co-op experience that the series is known for is getting a huge boost. Players can gather their squads and compete in 7 “uniquely tense multiplayer modes” that supports up to 16 players at any given time! These modes include Deathmatch, Distance King, Dogtag Harvest, and Capture the Flag.
- 4K and HDR
Of course, what is a remaster, if not for its enhanced graphical fidelity? Just a re-release! Rebellion knows this. As such, Sniper Elite V2 Remastered will not only feature upscaled – and in some cases totally reworked – assets, but also HDR support that takes the already enhanced lighting, shadows, geometry and ambient occlusion to a whole new level. This may not be a remake (read: Spyro Reignited Trilogy), but it sure sets the bar for remasters!
That is it, folks! These are the seven main reasons why you should upgrade to Sniper Elite V2 Remastered. If you are interested, you can rest assured that the game will be out in no time: 14 May 2019. The game will also release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Nintendo Switch. Stay tuned for our review too!