Sniper Elite 5 brings a Hitman-esque sandbox to Rebellion’s series, so it’s time for you to learn tips and tricks about gun customization, how to survive invasions, why bottles are the funniest piece of kit, and more. 

Sniper Elite 5 is the latest World War II-focused sniping game from developer Rebellion. It’s a game that sports massive Hitman-esque levels with tons of secrets, unlockables, and routes to find. Sniper Elite 5 also features extensive gun customization, with ammo types, scopes, wraps, trigger assemblies, and barrel attachments to swap out between missions or at weapon benches within each level. Players can build multiple load-outs to fit their playstyles. Because it’s a sandbox, there’s a lot to learn and plenty of things you probably didn’t know you could do.

In this video, we’ll show you 10 things we wish we knew before starting Sniper Elite 5. That means covering how powerful bottles really are in the game, why the 1911 pistol is one of the best starting weapons, why you should run through levels at first, and what weapon mechanics you should know about. Then, we’ll teach you how to survive player invasions, master the art of setting traps and distractions, use the overpowered melee to your best advantage, and even how to play if you don’t like stealth. Finally, we’ll take the most hardcore mil-sim players through the basics of Authentic mode, where the environment has a huge impact on projectiles and the game gives you minimal information. 

Sniper Elite 5 releases on PS5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC on May 26. It has single-player, multiplayer, horde mode, and co-op, as well as cross-play.