Sniper Elite V2 is a historical first person shooter. It's a game about being a sniper, obviously, at the tail end of World War Two. You can play the demo now through Steam, and experience the impressively realistic sniping simulation, and the impressively gory 'bullet cam'.
Sniping is one of the most popular and divisive activities in first person shooters. The expert sniper camped out in a well hidden spot ruining everyone's fun, is a well known feature of online gaming. However, there's no denying that being a sniper is quite satisfying, and Sniper Elite V2 makes it an art form.
The WWII setting may be a bit stale, but Sniper Elite V2 looks good, and the physics of the game are great. Depending on the difficulty, you'll have to take into account your heart-rate, wind and distance when taking your shot. You'll soon find the Cadet setting is too simple - it's so much more satisfying when shooting is more complex!
The bullet cam, which comes into play a lot, slows the action and follows your bullet through the air and through your target. Some bullet cam shots will enter 'x-ray' mode and you'll see all the gory details as a bullet passes through your victim. It's pretty gruesome, and really marks Sniper Elite V2 as a game for adults only!
With Sniper Ghost Warrior 2 also on the way, this is a great time for sniper fans, and Sniper Elite V2 is definitely worth checking out.