Reviews by gmel8387

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Fantastic story and good gameplay

gmel8387 | July 7, 2013 | Review of Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line has one of the best stories I have ever experienced through a video game. Watching the evolution of the three characters from men with a clearly defined purpose to three soldiers fighting for both their sanity and their lives is nothing short of incredible. The story draws you in and truly makes you feel the experiences of these characters. Although it starts out fairly vanilla as a three man Delta Force squad sent to retrieve COL Konrad, the story quickly descends into a madness resembling Apocalypse Now.

The only issues I have with the game are the short campaign length and the functional yet unremarkable gameplay. The campaign clocked in at about 6.5 hours for me playing on the hardest difficulty available for a first playthrough (you unlock a harder difficulty after completing the campaign). This short length means the fantastic story is over far too quickly, leaving you with the bland gameplay and multiplayer.

The gameplay is a by the numbers 3rd person cover based shooter the likes of which you could find done as well or better in any number of games. The one this that shined in the game was the enemy AI. The enemies you faced were very aggressive and smart, making good use of cover and constantly maneuvering to flank you and your team. It was refreshing to deal with actually challenging enemies.

There are also some tacked on multiplayer modes that are very sparsely populated and no where near as good as the campaign.

For a final verdict, if you're looking for a military shooter with a thought provoking story with the same grit and darkness as Apocalypse Now, look no further. If you're looking for a fantastic multiplayer 3rd person shooter, it's best you look elsewhere.