Sniper Ghost Warrior: Contracts review | (2023)

by Mick Fraser on November 28, 2019


PlatformPCPlayStation 4Xbox One

DeveloperCI Games

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Release Date

22 November, 2019

The Sniper Ghost Warrior series has always done pretty well, sales-wise. Part of that is likely down to the fact that, for a pure sniping experience, there aren’t many other options. Actually, there’s one, which is Sniper Elite, Rebellion’s 3rd-person alternative that does mostly the same but with the added bonus of featuring an X-ray Nazi kill-cam.

Thing is, between the two franchises there’s never been much call for innovation. Being the only two horses in the race guarantees them first or second place every release year, and anyway, the sales history dictates that the core fans are happy.

Over the years, Sniper Ghost Warrior has at least tried to inject more story into its games, though, with 3 being a particular highlight in this regard, but at some point it has obviously become apparent to them that all the fans really want is the god-like sensation you get from picking off unsuspecting enemies from a thousand yards away. So CI Games dumped the story, added a high-tech Dr Doom mask and whacked another sub-title on the end of the original sub-title.

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Thus we have Sniper Ghost Warrior: Contracts, a game whose title needs to have all four of those words in it no matter how disconnected they are for fear of losing its identity entirely. It’s a budget title, too, meaning it’ll cost a little less than your average AAA, despite being a hell of a lot better than a lot of them. And I say that with the hurriedly-added clarification that I’m not suggesting Contracts is some kind of budget masterpiece that’s going to teach those big boys and girls a lesson; it’s not, at all. But what it very much is, is a game that knows exactly what it wants to be – even going so far as to slap together a brilliantly convoluted sci-fi reason for things like scan mode and reduced fall damage that most games wouldn’t even bother to explain.

Ditching the characters, for want of a better word, that we’ve seen in the franchise before, Contracts instead puts you in the cutting edge survival suit of a mercenary sniper and infiltrator codenamed “Seeker”. Seeing the Cry Engine logo at the start immediately evoked thoughts of Crysis, and in many ways the suit worn by your character here feels like a precursor to the super suits of that legendary franchise.

Among other things you can scan the environment for collectibles, ammo, or points of interest, and later upgrade it to automatically tag nearby enemies or to allow highlighted items to remain that way for longer. It helps you move silently, negate a certain amount of fall damage and run faster. It’s not mine-proof though. Trust me on that one. Ultimately, it may be a gimmick that genuinely resembles Marvel’s Dr. Doom, but it’s also a neat way of making your character feel like the anonymous, cold-hearted distance-killer that he is.

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Each mission is a multi-part affair that takes place in a kind of hub map. I don’t know why this is, if I’m honest. Each section of each mission could be a self-contained 15-minute mission that doesn’t see you traipsing across empty, hollow landscapes between objectives and I wouldn’t be mad at it. As it is, the structure is kind of annoying. The open hub areas don’t offer a single thing; very little to collect, very little to see, and nothing to really do. You can even use fast travel points to get around quicker and not lose anything, so it’s something that to me just feels superfluous. Either way, you’re assigned your jobs in a very Hitman-style manner, complete with a red, white and black motif, and narrated by your English-accented Handler as images and dossiers fly around impactfully in the background. It’s actually quite cool, though, and sets the mood for the mission to come.

Perhaps intentionally, the sniping takes a long time to get the hang of. Instead of just having a reticule near the crosshair that shows where the bullet will actually go, Contracts instead introduces the concept of “bullet drop”. I’m not exaggerating when I say that for the first few hours, this was one of the most infuriating ideas I’ve ever seen. In fact, I’m still not entirely sure I’m doing it right. Essentially, a discreet animation shows a little cascading trail highlighting where your bullet should land based on elevation, distance and wind resistance. Frankly it was a while before I could hit diddly-shit with it, but as there was no way to disable or change it, I was forced to adapt. A few hours in, I was hitting most targets as long as I sat and took my time. Which is primarily the point, I suppose, although there are moments where speed is key and keeping a cool head while hurrying is a tricky thing to balance. It’s nice to be rewarded with a super satisfying slow motion bullet cam when you nail a kill, though, or even the slightly less satisfying thwack as you relieve a clueless goon of the burden of ever having to buy Nurofen again. I did clamber over the body of someone I’d recently beheaded from 600 yards away and have a very brief moment of “Holy shit, did I do that?” guilt. The realisation that all he had left was a bottom jaw seemed, at the time, a little excessive.

Graphically Sniper Ghost Warrior: Contracts is mostly only okay. It does look decent enough on the surface, with some solid weather effects and some nice use of light and shadow. I played on a fairly high-spec PC, but I have to be honest and say that I left it on the default settings because when I ramped everything up to Ultra I didn’t see enough of a difference to warrant the added oomph. It runs smoothly, maintains its frames for the most part, but does hit the occasional glitch, particularly with collision detection and corpse twitch. The age-old issue of NPCs repeating their lines also pops up regularly, and it’s kind of just something you’ll learn to tune out. I haven’t noticed anything game-breaking or that even really negatively affects my enjoyment though.

And Contracts is enjoyable. I even started to get used to the hub-map structure eventually, feeling compelled to track and nail the occasional optional bounty and always taking great satisfaction in spotting and eliminating an enemy sniper before they even had a bead on me. The sniping is a little overly complex for my liking, which is great for some people, but I personally prefer the more customisable approach seen in the Sniper Elite series. But then, that’s not the way City Interactive want you to play and I can kind of applaud that. They’ve made this a slightly more hardcore experience and you have to admire them for having the stones to do so.

With every iteration this series hops a step ahead of its closest rival until the next iteration of that series, so for now it’s the genre leader again. It’s not the prettiest game and certainly not the most accessible, but as a budget title it’s worth picking up for fans of stealth-based action.

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Nails the atmosphere
Long-distance kills are satisfying
Stealth elements work


Environments are a little low-detail
Enemy AI isn't that smart
Some bugs and glitches
The actual sniping takes a while to get used to

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Sniper Ghost Warrior: Contracts isn't the prettiest game and certainly not the most accessible, but it's an enjoyable budget title, and worth picking up for fans of stealth-based action.

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What is the best sniper rifle in sniper contracts? ›

Light Sniper Rifle RIIHIMAKI M10 has three standout features: its Mobility, its Stability, and its Ammo Capacity. These factors make the sniper a fantastic option for the game's Classic Contracts. Players can pick off numerous enemies undetected without having to worry about ammo if they land most of their shots.

Is sniper contracts a good game? ›

The story is so unneccesary that it almost feels at odds with the mission structure, but really this is all about the shooting and, thankfully, CI have nailed that. It's a competent stealth game and still arguably the best sniper sim currently available.

Is Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 worth it? ›

At its best, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 does a good job of satisfying the desire to splatter bad guy brains with a buzzer-beating bullet from way downtown – but it all too quickly unravels into an average action game the moment your cover is blown.

Are there cheats for Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts? ›

Cheat mode

While playing the game, press [Esc] to access the KI Debug menu and Dev menu. You can enable "God Mode", "Cheat Mode", "Magic Ammo", "Charge Full", "Restore Health", "Give Ammo", "Give Rifle", "Give Grenades", "Kill Enemies", and other options.

What is the most feared sniper rifle? ›

CHEYTAC M200 INTERVENTION ( Range: 1800-2286 m )

The CHEYTAC M200 INTERVENTION, an American daring motion sniper weapon classified as an anti-material rifle, takes first place.

What sniper does John Wick use? ›

DTA Stealth Recon Scout (John Wick)

John Wick wields this powerful weapon like a sniper rifle in the first film, and it's remarkably capable.

Is Sniper Elite AAA game? ›

This lack of polish is understandable – Sniper Elite 5 isn't a AAA game despite how well it's been put together. But running into invisible walls feels particularly jarring in 2022, and there are times when enemies fazed into the nearby wall and kept shooting.

Is Sniper Ghost Warrior contracts hard? ›

It's very, very hard. Most videogames don't care, but it's actually very hard to use a sniper rifle. Anyone who has played the Sniper Elite series, or its shabby sibling the Sniper Ghost Warrior series, will know there's a fair bit of sitting around and (take a deep breath) mathematics involved.

How long does it take to complete Sniper Ghost Warrior contracts? ›

How long does it take to beat Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts? The estimated time to complete all 40 Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts achievements is 25-30 hours. This estimate is based on the median completion time from 60 TrueAchievements members that have completed the game.

Is Sniper Ghost Warrior contracts 1 open world? ›

Unlike its predecessor Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts uses mission-based gameplay, instead of focusing on open world format. The game offers five sizable maps, allowing players to complete a total of 25 missions with open-ended contracts.

Is sniper contracts 2 better than 1? ›

With much more polish, improved sniping mechanics, bigger maps, an array of gadgets and a selection of increasingly challenging contracts to take on, it's clear that Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 is leagues better than the previous games in the series.

Is Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 better than contracts? ›

Contracts is a more solid game overall. It cuts out the middle man of traversing SGW3's empty world, and refines many of its good points. The only thing SGW3 does better is that, due to its open world structure, is still more open ended. That being said, SGW3 is still worth it imo.

Can you turn off blood in Sniper Ghost Warrior contracts? ›

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 does not shy away from the gore, with brain matter, blood, and bone flying in all directions. You can turn the gore off in settings if that's too visceral. The sniping experience itself is excellent.

How do you cheat on Shadow Warrior? ›

Enter the following codes on your keyboard in-game:
  1. Effect. Code.
  2. God Mode. swchan.
  3. All Weapons. swgimme.
  4. No Clip. swghost.
  5. Quits the game. swquit.
  6. Restart the current stage. swstart.
  7. Reveals the entire map of current stage. swmap.
  8. Rocket launcher will shoot bunnies. swtrix.
12 Sept 2013

Is Sniper Ghost Warrior contracts 1 and 2 related? ›

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 is a tactical shooter stealth video game developed and published by CI Games. It is the sixth entry in the Sniper: Ghost Warrior series and is the sequel to Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts.

Which gun has the longest range? ›

The Paris Gun, as it was named, had the longest range of any artillery weapon in history. Nobody really knows what the Paris Gun's full capabilities were because all of them were destroyed by the retreating Germans. All that was ever captured were fixed-gun emplacements.

Which country has the best snipers? ›

DVIDS - News - Greece Wins European Best Sniper Team Competition 2022 in Hohenfels, Germany.

Who most confirmed kills? ›

Charles Benjamin "Chuck" Mawhinney (born 1949) is a United States Marine who holds the Corps' record for the most confirmed sniper kills, having recorded 103 confirmed kills and 216 probable kills in 16 months during the Vietnam War.
Chuck Mawhinney
WarsVietnam War
Other workU.S. Forest Service public speaker
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What's better 9mm or 45? ›

As we can see from the chart above, 9mm bullets have a higher muzzle velocity than 45 ACP bullets do. Combined with the 9mm's smaller size than . 45 ACP, that translates into deeper bullet penetration. A higher muzzle velocity and lower weight also means that the 9mm usually has less vertical drop than a 45 does.

What is 1 coin worth in John Wick? ›

In the first Wick feature, he pays a coin per body for corpse removal service of twelve dead bodies which equals out to $15,300 according to the current gold standard.

Are threaded barrels worth it? ›

If you have a tactical pistol, a threaded barrel is often the perfect addition, even if you can't spring for the suppressor just yet. Threaded barrels also allow the addition of breaching mussels, which can add to the usefulness and “cool-factor” of your gun, and a longer barrel will give your muzzle velocity a boost.

What AAA stands for in games? ›

From FMMC0282. AAA Games (pronounced “triple A games”) are video games most distinguished by their massive development and marketing budgets. They are meant to be a game development company's best work and provide a high quality video game experience--comparable to a summer blockbuster.

What is AAA means in gaming? ›

The term "AAA Games" is a classification used within the video gaming industry to signify high-budget, high-profile games that are typically produced and distributed by large, well-known publishers. These games often rank as “blockbusters” due to their extreme popularity.

Is Cyberpunk an AAA game? ›

CD Projekt management has confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 is only getting a single expansion, and that it's being treated as a AAA game while in production.

Is Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 realistic? ›

We're sure that the showdown will be the ultimate fight. Differing to previous games, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 will only take control of one character, adding to the authenticity and realistic experience of the game and storyline.

Is Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts free roam? ›

You can free roam after the main campaign, in all three areas. Even if you liberate outposts, after a while the enemies come back - so you can play "liberate outposts" all you want and try all your weapons, etc.

What order should I play Sniper: Ghost Warrior? ›

  1. Sniper: Art of Victory (2008)
  2. Sniper: Ghost Warrior (2010)
  3. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (2013)
  4. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 (2017)
  5. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts (2019)
  6. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 (2021)

Will there be a sniper contract 3? ›

The project is in full production.”

How many maps are in Sniper Ghost Warrior contracts? ›

It mixes the action stealth gameplay and long distance sniping simulation very well, and while it may not be super exciting, it gives methodical players like myself something to obsess over. With five maps, twenty-one contracts, and a ton of challenges and bounties, there is plenty of content here.

Which Sniper Elite is open world? ›

Each of the levels in Sniper Elite 5 are giant, open-world sniping sandboxes.

Which Sniper: Ghost Warrior is open world? ›

Similar to its predecessors, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is a first-person tactical shooter game. It is designed to be less linear than Ghost Warrior and Ghost Warrior 2, since the title is the first in the series to feature an open world environment, which can be freely explored by the player.

Is Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 a sequel? ›

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is a tactical shooter video game developed and published by City Interactive for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is the third entry in the Sniper: Ghost Warrior series and is the sequel to Sniper: Ghost Warrior.

Which is better Sniper Elite 4 or 5? ›

Sniper Elite 4 already established itself as the best sniper game available on modern consoles. Sniper Elite 5 offers the player more opportunities and even more ways to take down enemies by having more open sandboxes than ever before.

How long does Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 take to finish? ›

When focusing on the main objectives, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 is about 5 Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 10½ Hours to obtain 100% completion.

How do you fast travel in a sniper contract? ›

Go to the closest exfiltration point and upload any data, then you can fast travel. Also, if you have engaged the enemy, you can't fast travel either. When you start a mission, you can also fast travel right from the start to a different location.

Is Ghost Warrior contracts 2 open world? ›

The semi-open world map also allows you to approach objectives in non-linear ways. With a wide range of gadgets, secondary weapons and skill-upgrades to assist. Getting into the nitty-gritty, the actual FPS gunplay feels great and the sniping mechanics are polished and smooth.

Is Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts good Reddit? ›

This game is another one of those AA games that depending on where you look, they get blasted for being a bad game. However, I strongly disagree as IMO this game does a lot of things better than many AAA games.

Is Shadow Warrior 3 a good game? ›

In summary, Shadow Warrior 3 is in a strange place. In terms of gameplay, this is the most tightly designed Shadow Warrior to date. It is really good fun and does not overstay its welcome, while the unique set of opponents you have to face really stands out.

How do you hold your breath in Sniper: Ghost Warrior? ›

To hold your breath, you need to hold down the aim button, but only halfway.

What is warning device in Sniper Ghost Warrior contracts? ›

5/8 Warning Device

Unfortunately, this means that the player has no one to look out for enemies when they're lying in a single spot lining up targets with their sniper. This can, of course, result in enemy patrols surprising the player and killing them before they have the chance to react.

How many GB is Sniper: Ghost Warrior? ›

Hard Drive: 6.5GB.

What is God Mode Hack? ›

Godmode is an infamous type of hack known throughout a variety of video games. It renders the player invincible, giving them immunity to all kinds of damage. The name comes from the phrase "playing god," someone known to be nigh-invulnerable.

What is God mode cheat? ›

God mode, a general purpose term for a cheat code in video games that makes a player invincible.

What is the code for Warrior? ›

The original warrior code is as follows, prior to changes made in A Light in the Mist: Defend your Clan, even with your life. You may have friendships with cats from other Clans, but your loyalty must remain to your Clan, as one day you may meet them in battle. Do not hunt or trespass on another Clan's territory.

Who is the main character in Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2? ›

Here is what you need to know about the plot of Sniper Ghost Warrior 2. Players take control of U.S. Marine Captain Cole Anderson who is sent on a mission to the Philippines with his teammate Agent Diaz.

Is Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 a good game? ›

Verdict. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 isn't bereft of good ideas or mechanics, it's just that they're all trapped in a short series of levels that rarely give you anything all that interesting to do with them.

What is the strongest sniper weapon? ›

The M82's defining feature is the massive cartridge it fires, the . 50 BMG. Originally made for the M2 heavy machine gun, the BMG offers a nearly unrivaled combination of stopping power and lethality at long ranges — on the M82 platform, targets as far as 1,800 meters, or over one mile, can be accurately engaged.

What is the best sniper in Cod right now? ›

The best Sniper in Warzone 2 is the Victus XMR.

It has best in class damage range and incredible accuracy, making it exceptional for picking off enemies in the distance with one or two clean shots.

What is the best Calibre for sniper rifle? ›

The most popular military sniper rifles (in terms of numbers in service) are chambered for 7.62 mm (0.30 inch) caliber ammunition, such as 7.62×51mm and 7.62×54mm R.

Is 50 Cal used for sniping? ›

50 BMG roundb fired by 50 caliber sniper rifles can knock down hovering helicopters, penetrate armored limousines, and ignite bulk fuel tanks from a distance of 10 football fields.

What is the world's strongest weapon? ›

The Tsar Bomba (Russian: Царь-бо́мба) (code name: Ivan or Vanya), also known by the alphanumerical designation "AN602", was a thermonuclear aerial bomb, and the most powerful nuclear weapon ever created and tested.

Who is the most legendary sniper? ›

Simo Hayha. The deadliest sniper in human history; 429 confirmed kills with numerous "probables."

What is the strongest weapon of all time? ›

1. Tsar Bomba: The Tsar Bomba qualifies as a weapon of mass destruction in every way. The weapon was the Soviet Union's response to the nuclear program of the United States.

What sniper does the most damage in CoD? ›

The Pelington 701 is a much stronger pick following the big one-shot headshot nerf, as its bullet velocity and one-shot headshot range are the best of all the aggressive snipers in the game.

Do CoD pros use snipers? ›

During the Black Ops Cold War season, pros opted to leave snipers out of competitive play completely for the first time in CoD esports history, much to the disappointment of players, fans, and the community at large.

What is the best rifle in CoD? ›

One of the best rifles in the game, the Kar98K has become the go-to sniper rifle in Modern Warfare since players discovered its versatility in the game. The Kar is also one of the most beloved Weapons in Warzone. This is largely due to its high damage and ease of scoping in when it comes to aiming down the sight.

What caliber shoots the farthest? ›

1. .

223 Remington or 5.56 NATO is more than capable of shooting over 500 yards with accuracy. . 223 Wylde chambered 20” barreled rifle. With the popularity of this cartridge due to America's favorite rifle, the AR15, more and more people are stretching out its legs.

Which sniper has the longest range? ›

These rifles are similar to the L115A3 Long Range Rifle used by Craig Harrison but outfitted with Schmidt & Bender 3-12x50 PM II telescopic sights.
Confirmed kills 1,250 m (1,370 yd) or greater.
SniperJTF-2 sniper (name withheld)
DateMay 2017
Distance3,540 m (3,871 yd)
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What can stop a 50 cal bullet? ›

Hard armor systems including a ceramic faceplate, CMF core, and aluminum backing plate can be the perfect armor against calibers up to 50 caliber ball and armor-piercing rounds.

What is the fastest bullet? ›

The . 220 Swift remains the fastest commercial cartridge in the world, with a published velocity of 1,422 m/s (4,665 ft/s) using a 1.9 grams (29 gr) bullet and 2.7 grams (42 gr) of 3031 powder.

Can a 50 cal bullet go through a tank? ›

Developments in tank armor soon made tanks generally impervious to 50 caliber rounds,39 but according to the Marine Corps and other authorities, the 50 caliber can still blast through more lightly armored vehicles, such as armored personnel carriers, and thus clearly through armored limousines.


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