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In Sniper Elite V2, you are elite US sniper, Karl Fairburne. You have been sent behind enemy lines into besieged Berlin during the final moments of World War II. With the Russians tightening their grip around Berlin, several top figures in the German V2 rocket Programme look likely to fall into their hands. You cannot let this happen. Your mission is to aid those figures keen to defect to the Allies, and to terminate those thought likely to defect to the Russians.


Key Features:

  • Sniping Simulation: Sniper Elite V2 features detailed sniping simulation with advanced ballistics, taking into account gravity, wind, velocity, bullet penetration, aim stability and more. Guaranteed to provide players with the most realistic simulation of military sharpshooting yet available.
  • X-Ray Kill Cam: Amazing ‘kill cam’ technology showcases what really happens when a bullet enters an enemy’s body, allowing players to see hearts and lungs tear, livers burst, and bones shatter. (This feature is not available in Germany)
  • Authenticity: The game features authentic World War II Berlin locations as well as vehicles, weapons such as the Springfield M1903 the Gewehr 43 and the Mosin-Nagant 1891/30, and uniforms modeled after the original versions.
  • Use the Environment: The slightest changes in the environment need to be taken into account to move into the perfect position, observe the quarry, take the shot and slip away unnoticed.
  • Sniper's Choice: Players will often find themselves facing a choice of the perfect shot that leaves them catastrophically exposed or a more difficult route that means they can continue their mission.

Sniper Elite V2 System Requirements

OS: Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) or Windows 7 (Windows® XP is NOT supported)

CPU: Dual-core CPU with SSE3 (Intel® Pentium® D 3GHz / AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4200) or better


Hard Disk Space: 10GB of free drive space

Video Card: Microsoft DirectX 10.0 compatible graphics card with 256 MB of memory (NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 series / ATI Radeon™ HD 3870) or better

Sound: Microsoft® DirectX® 10.0 compatible sound card or better

DirectX®: Microsoft® DirectX® 11.0

Internet: Broadband connection and service required for multiplayer connectivity. Internet connection and free Steam account required for activation.

Sniper Elite V2 Mouse & Keyboard Controls

Note: The control layout can be customized via the Controls Menu





Mouse Button 1

Shoot, Tag Enemies (when looking through Binoculars)

Mouse Button 2

Scope for Rifle, Fine Aim for SMG & Pistol

Mouse Scroll Wheel

Cycle Weapon

Zoom In/Out

(when using Scope or Binoculars)




Sniper Rifle


Secondary Weapon




Select inventory item


Action (Climb/Vault, Use Turrets, Stealth Kill, Pick up/Drop bodies)




Use Cover


Pick up (weapons and ammo, search bodies), Empty Lung



Z, X

Cycle items


Use equipped item


Change stance (tap to Crouch, hold to go Prone)



Left Alt



Objective Info

Left Ctrl

ADS (Aim) view for Rifle



How to Change Resolution or Display Settings without Launching the Sniper Elite V2?

Read our How to Change Resolution or Display Settings without Launching the Game (Sniper Elite V2)

Problem 1: Sniper Elite V2 isn’t working on Vista and Problems – Fix

Possible Solution: First of all, Ensure your system is updated to Service Pack 2 and includes the Platform Update. Click Start, click All Programs and then click Windows Update. If you have installed the latest Windows Update and are experiencing problems running the game, you may need to install the following Vista update (KB971512): Click to download the update for Windows Vista (32-bit) or Windows Vista (64-bit).

Problem 2: Sniper Elite V2 Stuck at Loading or Didn’t Load Game – Fix

Possible Solution: Make sure you have installed or updated the hardware drivers to latest and try to run the game in Windows XP SP3 Compatibility.

Problem 3: Sniper Elite V2 Crashes, Crash at Menu, Crash on Launching, Crashing while Playing – Fix

Possible Solution 1: Disable all unnecessary background applications before starts the game, especially browser flash-based games. These heavily consume resources which can slow down your gaming experience and just to be sure that nothing is conflicting with the game. Try these steps to close hidden applications.

Click Start > Run > type msconfig > Click the Startup tab > Click Disable All button > Apply > OK, and restart your computer.

Possible Solution 2: Delete the all temporary files from your computer by donning this
Click Start > Run > type %temp% > OK > click Edit > Select All > Delete.

Possible Solution 3: Disable your anti-virus programs and sure to re-enable them after playing.

Possible Solution 4: Alt + Tab out of the game and check if there is any windows firewall or any other

Possible Solution 5: Download the latest version of your DirectX from Here.

Possible Solution 6: Update you Graphic Card Drivers, for NVidia Graphic Cards, try to download and install the NVidia Latest Driver Version and for AMD (ATI) Graphic Cards, try download and installing the AMD Catalyst.

Possible Solution 7: After the updating the graphic cards and didn’t solve the issue then try to rollback your video card by downloading an earlier version of your video card’s current driver.

Possible Solution 8: If you have a multi-core processor, try disabling them, it might do the trick!

Possible Solution 9: Enable the 3GB switch to - worked for many as of May 18, but please note this is still not a guaranteed solution.

To enable the 3GB switch on Windows Vista™ or Windows 7:

  1. Right-click Command Prompt in the Accessories program group of the Start menu. Click Run as Administrator.
  2. At the command prompt, enter “bcdedit /set IncreaseUserVa 3072?
  3. Restart the computer.

(If it doesn’t work)

To disable the 3GB switch:

  1. Right-click on Command Prompt in the Accessories program group of the Start menu. Click Run as Administrator.
  2. At the command prompt, enter “bcdedit /deletevalue IncreaseUserVa”
  3. Restart the computer.

Possible Solution 10: Last Ditch Solution: Update your BIOS (for advanced users only! If this is your first time doing this, be sure to read your motherboard documentation to avoid bricking your PC so try it at your own Risk!!!)

Problem 4: Can’t install Sniper Elite V2 / Encounter installation error: "Description: Incompatible Version of the RPC Stub"

Possible Solution: To solve this problem, download and run mcrepair.exe

Problem 5: Antivirus Detecting Virus in Sniper Elite V2

Possible Solution: Update your virus definitions. This is a false positive and there is no virus in the game.

Problem 6: Sniper Elite V2 launcher error "You are not allowed to continue because your do not have the proper privileges. Please log in using an account with administrator privileges and try again." Fix

Possible Solution 1: Run the game as admin. Right click the exe file and click 'Run as administrator'

Possible Solution 2: Enable administrative privileges for your user account.

Problem 7: Sniper Elite V2 cannot launch, Stuck at launcher, Crashes when clicking on launcher Fix

Possible Solution 1: Verify integrity of your game cache on Steam

Possible Solution 2: Try lower desktop resolutions

Problem 8: Unable to run Sniper Elite V2 properly with AMD Athlon 64 x2 processor / Running really fast or really slow

Possible Solution: Download the AMD Dual-Core Optimizer

Problem 9: Sniper Elite V2 Crash to Desktop (CTD) and Black Screen Fix

Possible Solution 1: Navigate to:

32bit – C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Sniper Elite V2.exe

64bit – C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Sniper Elite V2.exe

Right click on Sniper Elite V2.exe and select “Run as Administrator”.

Possible Solution 2: Run the game in compatibility with Windows XP SP3.

Possible Solution 3: If game doesn’t launch, make sure you’re connected to the internet and try restarting Steam/your computer.

Possible Solution 4: Also, you can try to lower the game’s settings by disabling VSync and multi-sampling and turning down environment detail levels.

Possible Solution 5: Try to Update Your Graphics Cards and Motherboard Drivers.

Possible Solution 6: Try different resolution options on your PC.

Possible Solution 7: For NVidia users, go into NVidia control panel and add Sniper Elite V2.exe and make it "use NVidia GPU" to resolve this issue. And also try this, go to NVidia control panel and check if Sniper Elite V2.exe has to instances. If there are two instances, set both to use your specific GPU instead of automatic.

Problem 10: Sniper Elite V2 has No Sound, Sound Error, Sound Problems and Sound Stuttering Fix

Possible Solution 1: First of all, make sure you have installed or updated DirectX.

Possible Solution 2: Reduce Sound Acceleration by following these steps: Click Start>Run>Type dxdiag>Press Enter> Select the sound tab and Reduce Sound Acceleration

Possible Solution 3: Update your Sound Card Driver.

Possible Solution 4: If you are experiencing no sound or sound stuttering, run the game with Stereo Sound.

Possible Solution 5: If you're using Realtek audio drivers, updating to the latest available drivers usually solves the problems. In case you have Realtek sound card on board, you may experience disappearance of sound while playing the game. In that case try uninstalling the sound drivers and running the game on default sound drivers, see if you the sound comes back if it doesn’t try updating your sound card drivers. In case you are on Windows Vista you may want to change your audio channel to “Stereo”. In order to do that:

Go to Control Panel>Sound> in “Playback Options” tab, select the current device you use for your sound and select “Configure”. Now change your audio channel to “Stereo”.

Possible Solution 6: You can run Sniper Elite V2 in 44k Stereo settings. For Change Settings (In Realtek) Go to Sound Manager>Properties>Advanced Settings here you can change the settings.

Problem 11: Sniper Elite V2 won’t install because Anti-virus software has detected a threat/virus

Possible Solution 1: Disable your anti-virus. Be sure to turn it back on after playing.

Possible Solution 2: Add Dungeon Siege 3 to your firewall and anti-virus exceptions

Possible Solution 3: Try reinstalling your anti-virus program.

Possible Solution 4: Update your anti-virus program; be sure virus definitions are updated

Problem 12: Sniper Elite V2 Crashes During or after the loading screen Fix

Possible Solution 1: Disable your antivirus programs. Be sure to turn them back on after playing.

Possible Solution 2: Try validating the steam files in case the installation is corrupted.

Possible Solution 3: Manually add Sniper Elite V2 for PC to your antivirus or firewall exceptions list.

Problem 13: Sniper Elite V2 Low FPS, Freezing and Bad Frame Rate Fix

Possible Solution 1: Install the latest ATI or NVidia Updated Drivers and try these steps.

  • Disable Motion Blur
  • Disable Shadows
  • Disable Triple Buffering

Problem 14: Sniper Elite V2 Crashes, Freezes, or Black Screen after Intro Video

Possible Solution 1: Launch the game with Novid added to launch options of Steam.

Possible Solution 2: Verify the game cache for errors. If there are corrupted files, try reinstalling the game.

Possible Solution 3: Disable or turn off your antivirus programs.

Possible Solution 4: Manually add Sniper Elite V2.exe to your antivirus or firewall exceptions list.

Possible Solution 5: If your game installed on external hard drive so, copy Steam.exe and Sniper Elite V2 files from your external hard drive to C:\. Launch Steam.exe as administrator and let it update.

Possible Solution 6: Verify the game cache for errors. If there are corrupted files, try reinstalling the game.

Possible Solution 7: Try these Steps:

  1. Exit steam completely
  2. Create new folder in drive where steam is installed (Default “C” Drive)
  3. Copy steam folder to new folder
  4. Control panel -> uninstall program
  5. Uninstall steam
  6. Download steam from
  7. Install steam to standard install directory (c:\prog files(x86)\steam or whatever it is)
  8. Log in to steam
  9. Double click on steam program, wait for download to begin
  10. After 10-30 seconds, pause download and exit steam completely
  11. Copy steam\steamapps\common\The First Templar to the new \common\The First Templar folder. overwrite all (this will take 7-10 min depending on drive speed, it’s 13gb)
  12. When transfer is complete, load steam
  13. Click on Sniper Elite V2, let it “download”. Steam will check the existing files
  14. Launch Sniper Elite V2.

Possible Solution 8: There could be corrupted dll files. Navigate to \Steam\steamapps\common\ Sniper Elite V2 \ Sniper Elite V2 \bin, then either delete everything in that folder or rename it to bin_old. After that Verify your game cache and it should re-download the dll’s.

Possible Solution 9: Similar to solution above, but a different technique: Delete all the files in both...steamapps\common\ Sniper Elite V2 \ Sniper Elite V2 \bin and \steamapps\common\ Sniper Elite V2 \bin then verify cache.

Problem 15: Sniper Elite V2 Visual 2005, 2008 and 2010 Run Time Error or "The Application failed to initialize properly (0xc000007b). Click OK to terminate." - Fix

Possible Solution: Install Microsoft Visual Runtime Libraries to fix this problem from Here.

For 32-bit Windows Versions:

For 64-bit Windows Versions:

Problem 16: Sniper Elite V2 "Failed to create D3D device” Error Fix

Possible Solution 1: Install or Update DirectX to the latest version. This is usually encountered if you didn't install the bundled DirectX drivers when you installed the game.

Possible Solution 2: Update your video card drivers of NVidia/ATI/IntelHD from official download sites, and try installing their Beta drivers too.

Problem 17: Sniper Elite V2 "Could not Load Library Client." Fix

Possible Solution 1: Make sure there is no application conflicting with Steam and Sniper Elite V2 for PC. Turn off all other applications and try launching Sniper Elite V2.

Possible Solution 2: Add Steam and Sniper Elite V2.exe to firewall exception lists and run the game with antivirus disabled.

Problem 18: Display Driver Has Stopped Working

Possible Solution:

  • Go to program files/steam/steam apps/common/ Sniper Elite V2.
  • Right Click the portal application.
  • Clicks troubleshoot in-compatibility issues.

Problem 19: Sniper Elite V2.exe Has Stopped Responding Fix

Possible Solution: Try rolling back (downgrading to a previous version) your video card drivers and see if this will resolve the issue. Usually this is a problem with experimental beta drivers from NVidia or ATI.

Problem 20: Sniper Elite V2 Steam Error “No Steam” Button Can’t Play Fix

Possible Solution: Quit Steam and delete clientregistry.blob in the main steam folder, after that restart steam.

Problem 21: Cannot download Sniper Elite V2 from Steam Fix

Possible Solution: There is no any fix of this problem, just be patience and try again later.

Problem 22: Sniper Elite V2 'The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142)' Error Fix

Possible Solution: If you are getting "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142)" or a similar error and cannot run the game post patch 2.1, please download .NET 4 and install it manually.

Problem 23: Sniper Elite V2 NVidia Optimus Issues in Laptops – Fixes

Possible Solution: If you are playing on Laptops with Optimus technology that have dual graphic cards, an integrated Intel HD as the main GPU, and an NVidia GPU as the secondary. When running the Sniper Elite V2 on some of these systems we noticed that the technology wouldn't switch over to the NVidia card like it was supposed to. This caused for some players to experience the following issues:

  • Black screens when starting up Sniper Elite V2.
  • Intel HD graphics will be set as Primary for the 3D application.
  • Possible crash of Sniper Elite V2.

Possible Solution: You just need to download and installed the latest driver version of NVidia Optimus from Here, and normal drivers from here.

Problem 24: Sniper Elite V2 Doesn't Work in Windows 8 Consumer Preview Fix

Possible Solution: if you are using Windows 8 Consumer Preview, then it will not run and I have a simple solution to make it working, just right click the game.exe, Properties, go to compatibility tab, and check the option “Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)”.

Problem 25: Sniper Elite V2 Missing Texture Fix

Possible Solution 1: Disable Post Processing Effects from the game option to avoid this issue.

Possible Solution 2: Update you Hardware drivers to the latest like, Graphic Card and Sound Card.

Possible Solution 3: After updating the drivers of graphic card, if you didn’t solve this problem then try to uninstall the driver from the control panel and download previous version of driver.

Possible Solution 4: Run the game with different resolution.

Problem 26: Sniper Elite V2 Steam Errors – Fix

Possible Solution: Disable your antivirus to get game works.

Problem 27: Sniper Elite V2 Crashes on PS3 & Xbox360

On PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Sniper Elite V2 is crashing and freezing also like PC, to fix this issue follow these steps:

Possible Solution 1: Delete Sniper Elite V2 Game Data (not save data) from the PS3 Game Data Utility. On Xbox 360, clear the cache (My Xbox>System>Settings>Device Options>Clear System Cache).

Possible Solution 2: Create a temporary PS3 profile to ensure new save files are created. On Xbox 360, create a Silver Xbox Live Gamer tag.

Possible Solution 3: Launch Sniper Elite V2 and try again. Try playing while signed out of PSN.

Possible Solution 4: Check Sniper Elite V2 disc for scratches, dust, dirt or other damage. Clean if necessary.

Possible Solution 5: Check other game-discs on your PS3 or Xbox 360 to test whether it's Sniper Elite V2 or the console playing up.

Possible Solution 6: Try your Sniper Elite V2 disc in a different console.

Problem 28: Sniper Elite V2 Can’t See Main Menu - Fix

Possible Solution 1: Verify the game cache in Steam for errors. If there are corrupted files, try reinstalling the game.

Possible Solution 2: Defragment Cache Files from Steam then restart you game.

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