Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (2013)

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An immersive sniper simulation that challenges players with precision shooting across a variety of missions and environments. Despite mixed reviews, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2’s dedication to realism and tactical gameplay has secured its place in the hearts of sniper game fans.


Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 stands as a definitive experience for fans of modern shooter games, designed exclusively to highlight the sniper experience. With its precise gameplay mechanics and graphically rich environments, it sets a new standard for realism in the genre.


“Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2” is a tactical shooter video game developed and published by City Interactive for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The game employs stealth, hand-to-hand assassinations, and titular sniping techniques. The gameplay features realistic bullet physics that factors distance, wind, and bullet drop when sniping targets.

The game starts with the player taking control of U.S. Marine Captain Cole Anderson, in the Philippines, with CIA Officer Diaz. They are working on a tip that some mercenaries had assembled at an old Russian radar post to broker a deal for a biological weapon. While Diaz destroys the radar post, he overhears enemy radio chatter about the capture of a spy working for the PSC by the mercenaries. Diaz commands a team to rescue the operative while Anderson makes his way to provide covering fire from a cave overlooking the resort, where the soldier is being held captive and where the supposed deal is scheduled to take place.

They manage to save the soldier, however, while monitoring the deal, Anderson sees one of the dealers to be Merinov, an old acquaintance from his past. Subsequently, the entire team is ambushed by an enemy sniper and everyone except Anderson is either killed or captured. Anderson heads to a village to intercept the transfer of the bio-weapon as well as his captured teammates.

He manages to find Diaz and Gomez just as they are about to be executed, and when guards kill Gomez, Anderson intervenes to save Diaz. However, the Bio-Weapon is lost. Diaz links up with Anderson, while escaping from the pursuing mercenaries. After successfully escaping their pursuers, Diaz remarks, “it’s Sarajevo all over again”.

Anderson has been sent to the brig for disobeying direct orders (rescuing his teammates instead of securing the Bio-Agent WMD which was the primary objective). He remembers events in Sarajevo, 1993, where he and his spotter Carl Maddox were tasked to take pictures of genocide by Serbian forces led by Marko Vladić during the Bosnian War. They meet a Russian contact Merinov inside the city. After securing a strategic point and taking the pictures of the genocide, Maddox loses his cool unable to watch the atrocities further, and goes against orders to kill Vladić. Anderson reluctantly follows him. Merinov shows them a collapsed building overlooking Vladić’s position. Merinov leaves to find transport for Maddox and Anderson while they ambush the Serbian Commander. Anderson shoots Vladić and they run to the extraction point.

“Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2” takes the precision of its notorious predecessor to new heights. The missions of Ghost Warrior 2 are graphically innovative and more challenging as you once again step into the ghillie suit of a special ops sniper to throw hot lead at the enemy. The story takes you through dramatic twists and turns, flashbacks, betrayals, and contrived plot devices like keeping the protagonist on a need-to-know basis.


The game revolves around the player-character, a highly skilled sniper, as they undertake missions alongside allied operatives, facing off against a variety of enemy combatants and high-value targets.


Gameplay in Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 emphasizes patience, precision, and stealth. Players engage in long-distance sniping, taking wind speed and direction, bullet drop, and breath control into account to make the perfect shot. The game’s diverse missions offer a mix of reconnaissance, stealth eliminations, and protecting allies from the shadows.


Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 delivers an authentic and immersive sniping experience, with its realistic mechanics and breathtaking visuals. Although it may not cater to all tastes due to its specific focus and gameplay style, it remains a solid choice for enthusiasts of the genre.

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