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Review Sniper 3D Assassin: Free Games
Caution: brain trauma ahead
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 20 Nov 2014, tested on HTC One M8
Excellent and accurate controls, fun physics
Can get pretty repetitive, unclear mission objectives can make it feel like you're playing where's waldo
Sniper 3D Assassin for Android turns your phone or tablet into the scope of a deadly weapon. You’re someone who is out there trying to fight for justice, although the game never really tells you exactly who you are. The one thing that is clear is that there are plenty of criminals trying to blend in with the crowd to wreak havoc, and it’s your job to stop them.
I found the gameplay to be pretty enjoyable. The controls are motion based, so you’re actually tilting your device in order to aim the weapon. One thing I personally found frustrating was there was no way to invert the controls. I’m used to playing with an inverted y-axis on a controller, so I would frequently tilt my tablet up to try and raise my scope, only to quickly find myself staring at the ground while the target got away. Other than that, the controls are surprisingly accurate.
The guns feel pretty good too, but one gripe I have is that if you shoot once, no matter what gun you have, you’ll automatically reload - wasting a whole clip on one bullet. That being said, there are a lot of guns to unlock and upgrade to get the job done.
The missions are broken into 3 different categories. There are wanted missions where you’re tasked with finding a wanted criminal and taking them out. There is also a campaign mode that tracks progression and a spec ops mode that unlocks new cities. For me, the spec ops missions were the most difficult, and therefore the most fun to play.
I had a really good time with Sniper 3D Assassin, which is surprising because I didn’t think I would. The controls are pretty accurate, the missions were always fun, and I really liked unlocking all the new weapons.