You're asking me how can I be a fan of the series when I dislike Sniper Elite 3? Well, that's easy to explain. For example, I like original Fallout series but I heavily dislike Fallout 3 & 4 because they're bad. In case of Sniper Elite 3 it's slightly different because except for the environment Sniper Elite 3 is simply a clone of V2.
Gameplay is identical, graphics is just slightly better and that's pretty much it.
As for Sniper Elite 4, not having ANY visible wounds on the enemies is what I consider lazyness on the part of the dev team. I find it completely stupid. Why having all those really gruesome X-Ray effects when there's no bullet wounds on the enemies after that? Their brains are getting completely destroyed, chins crushed, legs torn apart by bullets and you don't even have a drop of blood from this wound. Enemies just drop down with no sign of being shot!
Only Noticed post dude.....I've never played Fallout 3 and 4 so can't compare them to the previous titles, however in regards to Sniper Elite 3...and 4 being a clone of V2 and the gameplay being Identical, dude it's has a whole new story line?, different objectives? different feel to the game ie: Movement and controls?...better graphics?, support for 3D?, New Weapons?, Firing Range? A more open approach to how you want to play? ( not restricted to a set route)...I can go on a bit more but you get the idea!......IMO it is nothing at all like V2. The only thing that is the same is that you're a Sniper?. As you know It's a Series of Sniper Elite games obviously there are going to be similarities with each new title there's no getting away from that...I think Rebellion have done a great job with each new game in trying to make it different it ways that it will HAVE a different feel and approach to gameplay. I personally applaud them for continuing on with the Series as they are just Fun! games to play.
As I said before I agree with you on the visible wounds especially when the enemy come into contact with landmines/grenades etc: legs and such should be ripped apart, as for x-ray bullet wounds, well it's showing what a bullet does to the inside of the body (fragmenting bones and such)...but your not going to see much visible damage externally except for entry and exit points...and that's only where the skin isn't covered...On their clothing there should be visible signs of bullet penetration. Headshots should show more tissue damage with the Skin being torn, the higher calibre of bullet the bigger the wound....For those who may find it squeamish there should be an option to turn it off!. As for enemies dropping down with no signs of being shot?, there's always bloody splatter on the bodies and the ground, and also on objects around them.