My rifle is my best friend. It is my life.
If you own Sniper Elite V2 for the PC then you already know what this review is about as the multiplayer portion of the game was included in the PC version, but not for consoles. For those of us with the game on either Xbox 360 or PS3, we were excluded from playing multiplayer, until now, as Rebellion have finally released the Multiplayer Expansion DLC to complete our experience. Let’s take a look at what we’ve been missing out on.
What You Get
The Multiplayer Expansion DLC for Sniper Elite V2 includes six variations of Deathmatch and Distance King. Deathmatch is pretty straight forward to everyone at this point, but Distance King is something brand new just for Sniper Elite V2. In it, you and/or your team must reach a certain amount of distance from all of your kills to win. The farther you kill from, the better you and/or your team will do. The other game type, which I really liked, is a variant to both modes called No Cross, which divides the map down the middle so that each team has a dedicated side. This means that you don’t have to worry about anyone sneaking up behind you or hiding around the corner as you know the other team is always at a distance.
To play a game, you can either find a Quick Match or create your own public or private game and choose the game mode, pick from one of the six maps, adjust the time and score limits, the difficulty, damage type and choose what weapons are allowed. Whether you want to play a game with only Rifles and Headshots or allow all guns and one shot kills, it’s up to you. Just like in the campaign, adjusting the difficulty will change the ballistics, aiming assistance and enable/disable tagging enemies. The customization options help make up for the lack of any progression system, but it would have been nice to at least have some sort of ranking system to reward you for playing well.
Sniping isn’t normally my thing when it comes to playing competitive multiplayer in most shooters, but I am a fan of Sniper Elite V2’s gameplay and mechanics and that carried over to the multiplayer as well. I’ll probably never play it for regular Deathmatch again, but I really liked the No Cross variant and the Distance King mode as well, so I will definitely be playing those again.
The Multiplayer Expansion DLC is free, so if you own Sniper Elite V2 then there is no reason not to download it. Whether or not you stick around to play it very long is the real question. Even though I would have liked some sort of ranking/progression system, I enjoyed enough of the multiplayer to make me dust off my Sniper Rifle and head online with it from time to time.
Release Date: November 7th, 2012 (Xbox Live and EU PSN), November 13th (NA PSN)
Available On: Xbox 360, PS3 and PC