Whether it’s the challenge of compensating for bullet drop, or the simple pleasure of watching a group of enemies descend into panic as you pick the hapless goons off one by one - the best sniper games thrive on such moments.
GHOST RECON BREAKPOINT
There’s plenty of sniper action to be had in the latest Ghost Recon from Ubisoft. Ghost Recon Breakpoint introduces the Sharpshooter class, along with a bunch of sniping perks to complement your loadout.
The game offers a number of highly accurate and fun-to-use sniper rifles such as the TAC50, HTI, and Scorpio - which you can upgrade and augment via the gunsmith.
SNIPER ELITE 4
Sniper Elite 4 continues the series’ gradual transformation from linear stealth shooter to a sniper’s dream sandbox game - expect realistic bullet drop and plenty of scope sway unless you’ve managed to slow your heart rate.
Each of Sniper Elite 4’s sandbox levels are alive with sniping possibilities - side quests, sniper nests and environmental kills galore. Sniper Elite 4 also fleshes (and bones) out the series’ gory pièce de résistance: X-ray killcams.
Being a sniper in Arma 3 is no mean feat. It’s a war simulator that prides itself on painstaking realism - you’ll have to use a rangefinder, zero your scope, and steady your breath ahead of every shot.
Arma 3 is so realistic, in fact, that some snipers pair up with a spotter who handles all the sums for them and points out new targets. Unlike many sniper games, Arma 3 makes sniping a cooperative experience.
SNIPER GHOST WARRIOR CONTRACTS
The latest release in the Sniper Ghost Warrior series, Contracts, takes you to five different locations in deepest Siberia, each of which is a ‘sniping sandbox’ full of objectives and tasks.
Boasting a new Dynamic Reticule System to manage the variables present in lining up the perfect headshot, instead of the old-fashioned red dot method, Contracts has gadgets galore to augment the tactical sniping experience.
Battlefield games have always been ripe for would-be snipers, with bullet drop, travel time, and massive multiplayer maps ensuring long-range killers are well catered for.
The game’s selection of historic sniper rifles are among the best in the FPS genre - whether you like to lay low, punching holes through helmets with a Karabiner 98 kurz, or fancy taking on vehicles with the Boys anti-tank Rifle.
PUBG is a titan of the battle royale genre, boasting a huge range of weapons, items, and vehicles for you to play with. Among these various tools of destruction, PUBG’s sniper rifles are the ultimate weapons.
You’ll need to factor in muzzle velocity, bullet drop, and travel time, but if you line everything up you can instantly down another player from over a kilometre away.
COUNTER-STRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE
The best sniper games are not all about taking that one perfect shot. In the hyper-competitive space of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive one perfect shot is simply not enough.
In fact, you’ll need to take thousands of perfect shots, with a split second to line each one up and no margin for error. Forget the ghillie suit, CS:GO cares only for muscle memory and precision - nothing less will do.
The acclaimed sequel to Hitman, Hitman 2 adds more of what we love - opportunities to take down targets silently and brutally. Scope aficionados will particularly enjoy Hitman Sniper Assassin, a game mode within Hitman 2.
You’re tasked with navigating levels armed only with your sniper rifle, and each mission becomes a puzzle that you must solve using stealth, positioning, and timing.