World War 2 games really hit the spot with me even if they have been done to death,perhaps its me growing up in the 70’s and most toys were revolved around that era with action men to model soldiers,even most big war films of the 70’s were world war 2 themed etc.So when the demo of SE arrived a few months ago i was pleasantly suprised and noted it down for a future purchase,but me being a tight wad when it was released i left it until it dropped to around £15,but in between it coming out i joined lovefilm so decided to pop it on my want list.
So the game itself!,the story revolves around the end of World War 2 and the main character Karl Fairburne who is a dropped behind enemy lines to assassinate a German Major-General who knowing its all gone tits up is try to defect to the Russians.Other missions vary and you find yourself trying to rescue a german scientist’s to blowing up V2 rocket installations etc.
The action is third person and tagged onto your sniping you can use various machine guns,pistols and land mines to trip wires but the weapons are basic and no customization or upgrading which seems a waste to me,coming to the sniper rifles you have just three and they do the job fine but i couldn’t tell the difference between any of them really which to be honest you would have thought there would be an array of sniping classes and other perks.
When your about to fire your sniper rifle you have a bar and a heart on the left side which you can slow down time with the right bumper button to steady the shot and a X-ray kil cam which i really thought was a nice touch watching the bullet crunch through skulls and other body parts with eye flinching motion.What i did find a let down was the bland backdrops and textures in levels and it all looked very basic and the AI could be erratic going from soldiers having a sixth sense to standing there like a mannequin dummy.
Overall this game could have been way better in looks and level design and a wasted opportunity in my eyes,but if your looking for a 10 hour single player campaign (done on medium) and love the second world war era then its worth a rent or perhaps a tenner off ebay!.
Graphics – 5.5
Sound – 8.0
Story – 4.0
Playability – 7.0