Jon really wanted to like Sniper: Ghost Warrior; he really did. But sadly the game was beset with flaws - namely, a curious lack of much sniping - which we hope has been rectified in the PS3 port due a review very soon. In the meantime, however, why not feast your eyes on the sequel, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, which is being powered by Crytek's patented CryEngine 3 - which, incidentally, is not powered by tears.
The original Ghost Warrior was built on Techland's competent Chrome Engine, which has powered Call of Juarez and the upcoming Dead Island. But compared to Crytek's eye-bleeding tech. And it's evident from this first screenshot the visuals strides forward City Interactive have made, showcasing an exquisitely rendered Tibetan monastery looming before the jagged row of Himalayan mountains. It features the same blue haze - probably some form of light distortion - Crytek is also utilized in Crysis 2.
In fact, sans the Nano-Suit HUD, the first Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 screenshot could be plucked straight from a Crysis title, such is City Interactive's competence with Crytek's engine. It's reassuring to see the engine's capable tech is in equally capable hands. Ghost Warrior 2 is due for release in 2012, ample time to give the rest of the game suitable polish. [Eurogamer]