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2021-06-14

¡¡¡¡Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 seems straightforward enough, but there’s plenty of things newcomers can learn about the game.

¡¡¡¡By Jack Pursey

¡¡¡¡Published 10 hours ago

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¡¡¡¡(Left) Front cover - man with back to camera (Right) Aiming at the head

¡¡¡¡Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2?was released?on the 4th of June 2021, becoming the sixth entry in the Sniper: Ghost Warrior series. CI Games didn’t try to reinvent the wheel with?Contracts 2, offering a very similar style of gameplay to?previous entries, with an emphasis on stealth, long-range sniping, and large open maps.

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¡¡¡¡The game only has?a small handful of levels, but it packs tons of content into each one, a modern concept that has been popularized recently with the critically acclaimed?Hitman 3. Consequently,?the?Sniper Ghost Warrior?series may be getting an influx of new players, with many wanting hints and tips for the latest game.

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¡¡¡¡Aiming at the head

¡¡¡¡Aiming for the head certainly isn’t a revolutionary idea, as headshots have been a staple of the FPS genre for decades. However,?Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts?2?takes the concept to a whole new level when using a Light Sniper.

¡¡¡¡The enemies in?Contracts 2?seem?to have some extremely tough armor, as shooting their body with a Light Sniper bullet is equivalent to tapping them on the shoulder, as it will alert them to the player’s presence without seeming to do any damage. Therefore, it’s not worth even thinking about shooting unless it’s a headshot with a Light Sniper, as it will alert the enemies without any compensation for the player.

¡¡¡¡Sneaking up on enemies

¡¡¡¡When maneuvering around an enemy base, players will often hear small-talk between enemy forces. These may initially sound like idle conversations without any substance, but they actually give an insight as to whether or not the enemy will give away information when interrogated.

¡¡¡¡For example, some enemies will talk about their?passion for being a great?soldier, while others talk about missing their children; no prizes for guessing which one is more likely to give up information when threatened.

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¡¡¡¡Swimming underwater

¡¡¡¡Contracts 2?features a handful of conveniently placed stretches of water that players can use to traverse through areas undetected. However, using the water can be a risky strategy, especially on higher difficulties, for?two main reasons.

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¡¡¡¡Firstly, Raven can’t hold his breath underwater for too long and takes a far longer time to regain his breath than most gaming characters.?Secondly, if Raven is spotted, he will be unable to use any weapons, meaning that escape is the only option, which isn’t ideal when the protagonist doesn’t seem to have?a great lung capacity.

¡¡¡¡Close up of Raven aiming with Sniper

¡¡¡¡As one would expect from a game with the words “Sniper” and “Ghost” in the title,?Contracts 2?isn’t the type of game that is intended to be played with a run and gun mentality. Enemies in the game have frighteningly good accuracy with their shots and grenade throws, particularly on higher difficulty levels,?so the player’s health will quickly drain if they alert too many enemies to their presence.

¡¡¡¡Although it can get tedious at times, it’s worth taking the time to methodically plan every shot, with the intention of taking every enemy down silently if possible.

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¡¡¡¡Looking at a cave

¡¡¡¡Following on from the previous point, players should always have a backup plan in mind if they miss a shot and alert an entire enemy presence to their whereabouts. Thankfully,?the enormous maps in?Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2?offer tons of escape routes, where players can run and hide if needed.

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¡¡¡¡Before taking any important shot, it’s worth having a quick look around and at the map to plan an escape plan if things go wrong.

¡¡¡¡Aiming at the neck

¡¡¡¡Heavy Armor enemies are one of the toughest opponents that players will come across in the game’s five missions. The opponents’ armor means that they can shrug off headshots from snipers and they also come equipped with powerful weaponry to punish players who alert them.

¡¡¡¡It may seem like explosives are the only way to take down the enemies, but there is another way for players who know where to aim. Shooting the enemies with a sniper just underneath their helmet will kill them instantly, giving a great reward for players who can pull off one of the game’s most difficult shots.

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¡¡¡¡Gun profile

¡¡¡¡With stealth being a key strategy in?Contracts 2, it makes sense to always have at least one silenced weapon. Ideally, players will be able to have every weapon silenced, though this isn’t a viable strategy in some missions, particularly long-ranged ones where players need to carry a Heavy Sniper.

¡¡¡¡When a silenced Sniper isn’t an option, players should always ensure to have at least one other silenced weapon to help them in close-quarter encounters. The Harrier is a great sidearm option, as it is a powerful,?Heavy Pistol that can be equipped with a silencer.

¡¡¡¡Throwing drone in the air

¡¡¡¡As mentioned before, the maps in?Sniper Ghost Warrior Contacts 2?are huge, particularly?the two from the Classic Contract missions. When faced with such a large map, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and progress through the?area in as linear a fashion as possible.

¡¡¡¡Instead, players should spend a decent chunk of time exploring every section of the map that they come across. Doing so will alert the player to environmental hazards for them to take advantage of, as well as alternative routes that can offer them a perfect entry point to an enemy base. Moreover, it’s always worth having a look at CCTV if possible, to get an idea of where enemies will be located indoors.

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¡¡¡¡About The Author

¡¡¡¡Jack Pursey

¡¡¡¡(245 Articles Published)

¡¡¡¡A gamer since the age of 3, Jack is knowledgeable about virtually every genre of video game under the sun. He has a soft spot for platformers and collectathons though, and still hasn’t given up hope of them making a serious resurgence!

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