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Top 10 Video Game Snipers

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Script written by Nick Williams BOOM, headshot! Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Video Game Snipers. For this list, we’ve selected the best and most memorable gaming snipers. The chosen characters can either be playable, enemies, or supporting storyline characters, but they have to have personality. Special Thanks to our users "Juan Carlos Diaz Platas" "Espurrfection" for suggesting this idea on our suggest tool at www.WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Nick Williams

Top 10 Video Game Snipers


BOOM, headshot! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down the Top 10 Video Game Snipers.

For this list, we’ve selected the best and most memorable gaming snipers. The chosen characters can either be playable, enemies, or supporting storyline characters, but they have to have personality.

#10: Agent Falcon
“Silent Scope” series (2000-02)


One of the stand-out arcade light-gun shooters was “Silent Scope,” boasting a giant plastic sniper rifle with usable scope for gamers to use. Starting from Silent Scope 2 Agent Falcon is sought out by world leaders to complete dangerous covert mission, usually to prevent things like terrorist attacks, nuclear threats, and all sorts of fun stuff. Agent Falcon himself isn’t the most developed character, preferring to work alone and constantly butting heads with his ally Agent Jackel, but the combination of insane missions and the sense of immersion from using a cabinet mounted sniper rifle make him unforgettable.

#9: Jun-A266
“Halo: Reach” (2009)


Jun and Romeo, the two most famous snipers in the “Halo” series, are quite different from another. Romeo is assertive and aggressive, whereas Jun is more composed (though still prone to chattiness and excitement). Jun was one of the original candidates for the “SPARTAN-IV” project due to his excellent marksmanship. He separates from the team in order to escort Dr. Halsey, and is never seen from again. Though he might be dead, there’s also the chance that he is the only squad member from Halo: Reach to actually survive.

#8: Sharla
“Xenoblade Chronicles” (2012)


Sharla is a unique because she combines two jobs that don’t normally go together: sniper and medic. When Sharla’s colony was attacked and destroyed, she and her brother Juju helped all of the survivors reach a refugee camp. When Juju is kidnapped by the Evil Xord, Sharla decides to join Shulk and his team. Though not the strongest character, Sharla’s combination of long-distance attacks, healing powers, and support magic make her one of the most invaluable party members in “Xenoblade: Chronciles.”

#7: Irvine Kinneas
“Final Fantasy VIII” (1999)


Generally, snipers are the strong and silent type, but not Irvine Kinneas. Arrogant and mouthy, Irvine makes up for his questionable personality by being the best shot at his academy. Irvine is lonely and over-compensates by flirting with every girl in sight., although he is a loyal companion who comes to see his team as his family. Once Irvine joins yours squad, it will be difficult to remove him from your active roster – his limit break, with proper ammunition, can become one of the most devastating attacks in the game.

#6: Caitlyn
“League of Legends” (2009)


The sheriff of a town known for its almost non-existent crime rate, the citizens of Piltover can thank Caitlyn for their safety. Caitlyn has been attempting for years to track down her arch-rival, a master criminal. She enters the League of Legends to improve her skills and to search for leads. Caitlyn’s rifle isn’t standard issue, but her aim and shooting expertise are unrivaled. Using a combination of long-range single opponent attacks and traps to make her shots easier, Caitlyn is a formidable opponent. PLUS, she wears a top hat. Bonus points.

#5: Craig Boone
“Fallout: New Vegas” (2010)


There are several memorable companion characters available in “Fallout: New Vegas,” including a super mutant and a cyborg dog. So why would you pick Boone to tag along with you on your misadventures through the wasteland? Simple – Boone is one of the best shots in New Vegas. Also he wears a totally bad-ass aviators and beret combo. Formerly of the NCR militia group, this hardened sniper jumps at the opportunity to leave his dead-end job as town guard and track down the men who kidnapped his wife.

#4: Karl Fairburne
“Sniper Elite” series (2005)


When it comes to military accomplishments, you’re going to have a really hard time beating Karl Fairbune. He’s the guy who destroys armored trucks with a precise bullet shot, and the guy who killed Hitler. Yes Hitler! Raised in Berlin, Fairburne’s proficiency in German allows him to disguise himself and infiltrate the Reich to track down the Nazi’s nuclear technology before the Soviets can get their hands on it. Karl Fairburne is a master sniper, but is almost equally proficient at close range, making him a deadly threat to any Nazi or Soviet troops standing between him and his mission.

#3: Mordecai
“Borderlands” (2009)


There’s a couple of sniper characters in the “Borderlands” series, but only Mordecai has a pet bird/bat thing named Bloodwing that flies around killing bandits with dive-bomb attacks. Sure, Zero from “Borderlands 2” is a bad-ass cyborg ninja, but he’s more known for infiltration than sniping. Mordercai, on the other hand, is a true sniper. He’s so precise that he won a marksmanship contest using a revolver while his competitors were using sniper rifles. He’s that good. He’s also an alcoholic with an insatiable thirst for money and women, but we’ll let that slide.

#2: The Sniper
“Team Fortress 2” (2008)


The Sniper is a rough-and-tumble marksman born in New Zealand, but who earned his chops growing up in the Australian outback. His upbringing is readily apparent, considering his stereotypical Australian outback-style gear. Not much is known about this mysterious man, but he is unrivaled on the battlefield when it comes to long-range shooting, headshots, and delivering critical hits. The only sign that the sniper is getting a bead on you is that menacing red laser, so keep your eyes peeled.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Deadshot
“Batman: Arkham” franchise (2009-13)

Trace
“Metroid Prime: Hunters” (2006)

Jordi Chin
“Watch Dogs” (2014)

Captain Price
“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” (2011)

#1: The End
“Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater” (2004)


There are several snipers in the MGS series, with the Kurdish beauty Sniper Wolf and the silent bikini model Quiet, but none are more deadly than The End. With supernatural camouflage and photosynthesis powers, the End can stay immobile in one spot for weeks lining up the perfect shot. The End uses his pet parrot to help track Snake down, and if you’re a real jerk, you can shoot the bird. His boss fight is a grueling battle, grueling battle – but there is a way to make things easier, save and quit the game during the battle and start the game again a week later, and he’ll die of old age.

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