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NinjaMonkey91 | Aug. 19, 2013 | Review of Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line is a Third Person Cover Based Shooter set in the ruins of a sandstorm ravaged Dubai. The story follows a small recon team as they attempt to look for survivors in the city.

Whilst this initially seems like a fairly 'cut and dry' military story it soon develops into a complex, gripping tale about the horrors of war and the effect it can have on the human mind.

In regards to gameplay, Spec Ops is fairly 'average' and doesn't bring much new to the table. Progression is largely a case of eliminate enemies, move to next area, repeat but there are a few good set pieces which break up some of the monotony. (A personal favorite involves hunkering down in a beached yacht and defending the position whilst a sandstorm blasts the area, greatly reducing visibility).

One interesting feature is the ability to shoot out glass ceilings or walls, allowing built up sand to flood the area and engulf your enemies. However there were not as many opportunities to do this as I would have liked.

Graphically, the game is beautiful! With some spectacular views from the higher buildings and some wonderful architecture and interiors to see. Despite its ruined state, Dubai is still a wonder to behold and the developers have done really well in capturing the essence and feel of the city.

The story is what really elevates this game to 'must play' status though. The difficult situations that your group is placed in coupled with the difficult choices they face make for an intense gripping ordeal that will stick with you long after the game has ended.

Make no mistake, this isn't a Gung ho, 'Hooah!' Military shooter. Spec Ops aims to make you question your actions, objectives and who the bad guys really are, and, in many ways it has succeeded.