The hit detection does seem to be a bit too simplified at times. You can kill a guy with two shots to the thigh just as fast as you can with two shots to the chest. Aside from the aforementioned headshots, it doesn't seem like it really matters where you hit an enemy. You can kill a guy by shooting him in the pinky, or even by simply grazing his backpack.
Plywood barricades and burned-out cars make for great cover.
The levels in Sniper Elite are fairly well designed, but by the end of the game you'll have seen the same plywood barricade, burned-out truck, and crumbling building dozens of times. There are a couple of standout levels, but for the most part you'll be slinking around the rubble in the deserted city streets. There are plenty of places to hide and pick people off, but most of the shooting here takes place on level ground. There are a few sequences where you'll be sniping from an elevated position, but mostly you'll just be lying prone under a truck or crouching behind a barricade. There are also some parts of the level design that are just a bit too convenient to be believable. There are tons of plywood barricades with conveniently placed holes right at your line of vision. You'll also have to take out fuel trucks or tanks, which luckily can be taken out with a single shot to an external fuel cap. The fuel cap is left unprotected, and it's even a different color than the rest of the vehicle to make it especially easy to destroy.
If single-player isn't your thing, you can take this game online to play deathmatch with up to eight players. You can also post your marksman scores online to see how you stack up against other players. The online deathmatches can be fun, but it's definitely a much slower pace than your average game of Halo 2 or SOCOM 3. Again, if you're patient then you'll enjoy it; but otherwise you'll probably get bored fairly quickly. If you're playing offline, you can tackle the single-player campaign with a friend in split-screen co-op.
The graphics in Sniper Elite look about average. You'll see the same few textures over and over again, like the smear of grays and browns used to indicate rubble. Most of the textures look blurry and ugly, and it doesn't help that you'll often be seeing them up close, since you'll be looking through the scope of your sniper rifle. You'll also see the same couple of character models throughout the game. Some will have hats, and others won't, but they're all the same couple of guys. Also, you really have to search for your targets, since there are so many layers of obstacles for enemies to hide behind. The game will play tricks on you by putting moving objects in your way, like newspapers blowing in the wind or machinery in factories. Since your eye will be so trained to pick out the slightest movement, you'll often find yourself thinking you have a target, only to find out that it's just a part of the environment. Between the Xbox and PlayStation 2 versions of Sniper Elite, the Xbox version is ever so slightly better looking as a whole, but the differences are only barely palpable.
You can have an eight-player sniper deathmatch online, which actually isn't quite as dull as it sounds.
The sound in the game is exceptional, and it really gives you the feeling that you're in the middle of a war. You'll hear planes, bombs, and artillery rounds in the distance, and you'll also hear enemy soldiers shouting at one another. Unfortunately, enemy soldiers only have a few lines that get repeated over and over again, which gets annoying after awhile. You really can't play this game without sound, though. You'll come to rely on sounds of footsteps or gunfire to tell you exactly where enemies are. Fortunately, the sound feels like it's a part of the game, rather than just a tacked-on effect.
Overall, Sniper Elite is enjoyable if you have the time and patience to really get the most out of it. If you have an itchy trigger finger and love gratuitous explosions and heavy weaponry, you'll probably want to pass on this game. However, if you like stealth games and have plenty of time to spare, then you'll find a lot to like in Sniper Elite.