Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 tips and tricks
If you’re looking to describe the gameplay in Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, you can sum it up in one word: options.
While the sniping takes center stage, naturally, it is just one of the tools at your disposal. You enter an open world recreation of the Eastern European country of Georgia, and how you approach things is up to you. You can proceed through the main missions and enjoy the story, you can explore the digital world and look for collectibles, you can take on side quests, etc. It really just depends on what you want to do – and how you want to do it.
If you’ve played open world first person shooter games, you will probably feel right at home with CI Games’ latest entry in the seven-year-old franchise, but that doesn’t mean you should just run in with guns blazing and hope to figure things out as you go. You can if you want, the game is designed with a learning curve, but we have some Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 tips and tricks to help you hit the ground running. Well, hit the ground running to cover, then crawling on your belly before sniping enemies and methodically clearing out enemy strongholds.
Choose the challenge
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 features three difficulty modes, each offering their own challenge. The first difficulty, “Normal,” makes the game a traditional open world FPS. Enemies move in expected patterns, the skill tree offers huge boosts, and there are sniping assists that help you compensate for things like shooting agaisnt the wind. You also have a full HUD and regenerative health. It’s a familiar mode for anyone that has played this style of game before.
The “Hard” mode is similar to the normal mode, just much tougher. Enemies move in slightly more unpredictable ways, and the sniper assists are all turned off. The HUD is also smaller and health takes significantly longer to regenerate. This makes the game more realistic, but also far, far more difficult. This is the mode that CI Games intended as the default, but it won’t be for everyone.
The third and final mode, “Challenge,” is the most difficult of all. It features no assists, no tips, no regenerative health, and no HUD. There’s also no skill tree or abilities. You’ll need to move slowly and deliberately, and enemies are quick to spot you and hunt you down. This mode is for players that know this series very well and are looking for a real challenge. For most, it will be a little too much.
- Challenge mode is essentially a separate game altogether.
- If you switch modes, take some time practicing sniping. It will respond differently.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 offers a Season Pass, complete with bonuses for purchasing it, and the promise of additional content in the near future.
Available at launch, the first campaign DLC is titled The Escape of Lydia. It’s a separate experience, accessible through the main menu. A second DLC, Sabotage, is expected later this year.
When it was first announced, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 was confirmed to contain a multiplayer component, but the game launched without it. CI Games confirmed that the multiplayer mode will be released as a free download for all users in Q3 2017.
- When the multiplayer is released, the Season Pass will grant users access to two additional maps (the maps may come after the multiplayer’s launch).
- Season Pass holders will immediately have access to an all-terrain buggy, a special sniper rifle, and the compound bow.
The setting of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is an open world recreation of the former Soviet Bloc state of Georgia. The terrain is varied and rugged, and there are things to do and see all around you.
The game is big enough that finding a car to get around will be vital. If you purchased the Season Pass, you will receive a rugged all-terrain vehicle you can use to rip around Georgia – if you download the pass before you start the game, it will be waiting for you at the start point after you complete the prologue. It will also be represented on your map, so you can always find it. If you didn’t purchase the Season Pass, you’ll find vehicles in the field.
If you are looking to level up quickly, an easy trick once you have a vehicle is simply to drive all over the map. Follow the roads and you’ll come across several fast travel points, represented by crossroad signs. You just need to pass them to unlock them and earn 75 experience points.
- Traveling during the day is a little easier, but it also makes you more vulnerable.
- There are three maps to travel between. In total, the game is roughly 27 km large.
- Moving between the maps can take up to five minutes of loading – prepare yourself for a lengthy wait.
- Driving in the rain can be a hazardous experience.
Early in, you’ll be introduced to the game’s first Safe House, an area where you can rest (to change time), switch your loadout, and create new ammo and mods. It’s your base, and you should get into the habit of traveling there often.
The most important feature of the Safe House – and the reason you’ll want to keep coming back to it – is to craft. You can create new types of ammo that will make a huge difference, especially once you start to come across a variety of enemies. A standard bullet can kill most average enemies especially on the normal difficulty setting), but you’ll want something more for armored foes. Different ammo can also affect the range of your sniping, so it’s good to experiment.
Each time you enter the Safe House after spending time in the field, check to see what you can craft and modify. Assuming you are taking the time to pick up items and collectibles, you’ll quickly be able to choose equipment that fits your style.
- Try out different weapons, even if they don’t seem to fit you. The stats can be a little misleading.
- The bonus weapons that come with the Season Pass will be available in the Safe House.
- If you are running low on ammo, head to the Safe House to re-equip.
As you play Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, you’ll earn experience as you explore, complete objectives, locate collectibles, and a host of other actions. That experience can then be used to upgrade your character through the skill tree, which is broken into three categories: Sniper, Ghost, and Warrior.
The trick with the skill tree is that you’ll earn experience in each category based on how you play. If you complete a mission by sniping (completing headshots, multiple kills, etc), you’ll earn points that specifically go toward sniping. If you sneak in and execute takedowns without being seen you’ll earn ghost skill points, go in guns blazing and you’ll earn warrior skill points and so on.
The more skills you unlock, the more skills you’ll have access to. Skills are broken into tiers, with each category containing three tiers. To reach the higher tiers you must first unlock skills in the tier below it. How you play determines your upgrades, but eventually, you’ll want to mix things up and learn as many skills as possible.
- There are nine abilities in total.
- You’ll earn one skill point for every 1,000 XP you earn.
- Take your time to complete missions; the better your actions, the more points you earn.
As the name suggests, sniping in Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is at the heart of the game. That doesn’t mean you have to snipe all the time, but you’ll find yourself looking through a scope frequently.
When you start out, you have limited options. Your entry level sniper rifle is more than adequate for the game’s early hours, but take some time to get used to it. The prologue helps to explain what you can do, but not necessarily why you need to do it.
Once you are in Georgia, take some time to acclimate yourself with sniping. Head to an elevated location and pick a target – it doesn’t have to be an enemy, just something that registers a hit. The biggest challenge with sniping is understanding the range of a gun, including the bullet drop. You’ll need to practice with the scope’s settings and compensate based on your elevation and the distance to a target.
The elevation of the scope is broken into 50-meter intervals, with a maximum adjustable range of 400 meters each click on the D-pad adds or subtracts 50 meters. You can still hit targets beyond that, but you’ll need to adjust manually (and have a good rifle with proper ammo). You’ll also need to factor in wind, which you can judge thanks to the gauge on top when you are looking through the scope. If you are relatively close and the wind isn’t too severe, the drift won’t be too extreme. The further you are out and the windier it is, the more you’ll need to compensate. If it’s a far shot with heavy wind, you may also want to ignore the headshot and go for center mass to increase your chances.
- If you have the option, the headshot is your best bet. When done right, you’ll even get a nice slow-mo cinematic (plus extra XP).
- Once you have adjusted for the wind, elevation, and distance, hold your breath and fire.
- Holding your breath slows time.
- Use the environment to help steady your weapons. Crouch, lay down, or look for a piece of environment that you can rest on.
- When you have access to one, use the stand on your rifle.
- You can take out multiple enemies with one shot, but you may need advanced ammo depending on the enemy and the distance.
- Purchasing the Season Pass unlocks the McMillan TAC-338A sniper rifle.
General Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 tips and tricks
- Interrogate enemies – Most of them may not have any useful info, but once in a while they’ll tell you something you may not learn otherwise.
- Lower your weapon – There are some areas where you’ll need to lower your weapon or risk alienating the locals. To do so, just hold down the left thumbstick until it lowers.
- Game length – The main quest will take around 15 hours; completing the main story, finding all the collectibles, and the sidequests will take around 35 hours to reach 100 percent completion.
- Upgrade your drone – As soon as you can, upgrade your drone to give you more options.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.