Created By: Medinoc on May 22, 2011 Last Edited By: Medinoc on November 11, 2011

Tracer Sniper

Videogame snipers fire highly visible ammo

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Sniper rifles in video games tend to show a trail when they fire, as if they used tracer rounds. Of course, doing this in real life would be a gross violation of common sense, because it shows where the shot came from ("Tracers work both ways").

In Science Fiction settings, expect them to fire Frickin' Laser Beams instead.

In video games, this is intentional, to limit the sniper's power for the sake of Competitive Balance.

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Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • May 22, 2011
    Compare Crosshair Aware.
  • May 22, 2011
    Sniper rifles in Mirrors Edge come with laser sights that apparently, only Faith sees and can turn off when she picks one up.
  • May 22, 2011
    ^ If Laser Sights count, then we can also add Half Life 2.
  • May 22, 2011
    • In Team Fortress 2 the Sniper's rifle creates a conspicuous dot wherever it's being pointed while scoped.
    • The snipers in FEAR have highly visible beams, similar to the Half Life example.
  • May 23, 2011
    In the video game James Bond: Agent Under Fire, snipers have Laser Sights that look like a ray of red light beaming from the gun.
  • May 24, 2011
    I remember snipers in Battlefield Bad Company 2 have smoke trails on their bullets, unless I'm remembering it wrong.
  • June 5, 2011
    • Sauerbraten has smoke trails after rifle bullets
  • June 5, 2011
    Stranglehold takes the laser-sight route for its snipers (including the final boss).
  • June 5, 2011
    Please change the Laconic. "Sniper rifles fire visible bullets" is a much better one than something vague like "snipers are easy to find".
  • June 7, 2011
    Unreal Tournament III makes it even more explicit with very traditional looking sniper rifles that fire red tracer bullets.