Spec Ops: The Line
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"...it is a great return to the franchise." - gamingtrend.com
"It does not forget the madness of war." - gamestar.de
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It's been 6 months since Dubai was wiped off the map by a cataclysmic sandstorm. Thousands of lives were lost, including those of American soldiers sent to evacuate the city. Today, the city lies buried under sand, the world’s most opulent ruin.
Now, a mysterious radio signal is picked-up from Dubai, and a Delta Recon Team is sent to infiltrate the city. Their mission is simple: Locate survivors and radio for Evac. What they find is a city in the grip of war. To save Dubai, they’ll have to find the man at the heart of its madness—Col. John Konrad.
- A new portrayal of the military shooter experience with twisting narrative uncertainties.
- Action packed 3rd Person Shooter gameplay provides an up-close and personal view into the brutality and emotion within the combat.
- Command an intelligent and powerful squad of Delta-Force soldiers in a dangerous and unpredictable combat zone.
- Cross “The Line” in a mature story that explores the dark side of war, where there are no bright outcomes, only bad or worse choices.
- Unique Dubai setting strikes the imagination and transports players to a larger-than-life playground for vertical gameplay and stunning visuals.
- Sand -filled Dubai provides new gameplay experiences including sand avalanches, and powerful, disorienting sandstorm combat.
Intriguing.Zharwyn | May 16, 2013 | See all Zharwyn's reviews »
This game was one of the hidden gems of 2012. However, I didn't play it until 2013. I regret waiting, because it is worth a playthrough. While the gameplay is pretty average at its best, it's not what makes the game worth playing. Play this game for the experience, because of the story. I can't guarantee that it will be the joyride of your life, simply because it's not a game you play to have fun. The game can make you feel downright uncomfortable and appalled. Don't let this discourage you, though.
The campaign is quite short but it sucks you in. It takes about 5 hours to complete. If this makes you doubt getting the game you then I can safely say that it has some replay value. There are 50 achievements and some are based on the choices you make while you play. There is even a co-op mode. I can't say anything about the multiplayer, since I didn't try it out, although I reckon it might be quite dead.
Fantastic look at warsweetcuppincake | May 14, 2013 | See all sweetcuppincake's reviews »
I tend not to play military shooters because they're all the same at this point. The Line brings something new to the genre. On it's surface, it seems very much like every other shooter, but it's not. It offers compelling characters in your squad members, gives you meaningful choices, and most-importantly, a fantastic storyline. Fans of shooters should play to see how great the genre can be. Fans of solid storytelling should play because The Line does better than most games. It's pretty tough at times, and getting killed over and over in the same battle disrupts the flow of the game. Aside from that, I have no complaints. There's a reason why this unassuming game has been talked about so much.
Nice game, but you got to love itBlueFireGaming | May 11, 2013 | See all BlueFireGaming's reviews »
I will come straight to the point: Spec Ops The Line is a nice game, but you got to love it. This third person shooter has a focus on the story, and the choices are something really difficult to make. That's one thing that is really well made, you need to think before you choose or do something!
The graphics and sounds are quite well, not the best but also not the worst. The multiplayer on the other hand is just a waste of time and money. It feels rushed in and shouldn't have been put in the game completely (maybe they could've improved the singleplayer in that time a bit).
If you are a story focused kind of guy (or girl), this game is great, but if you just want to shoot stuff, there are better games out there. The story is a one-time experience which you won't see in any other game in this genre!
Thrilling and engrossing romp down the insane rabbit holeElitistCuisine | May 9, 2013 | See all ElitistCuisine's reviews »
Spec Ops: The Line has a rather disappointing first half, due to the stereotypical "We are soldiers! We fight bad guys!" bravado that is exhibited constantly. Still, I pressed through and got to the halfway point, when the story really picked up. The story is an excellent exploration of soldiers and their dreams, and nightmares. It explores tough subjects like PTSD, as well as Dissociative Syndrome, and fleshes them out excellently. I cannot describe how well they do this without spoiling the game, but just remember to hold on, mostly for the story.
Gameplay: The gameplay leaves some to be desired. The guns feel very nice and weighty, and the enemies crumple in realistic ways when you shoot them. Not only this, but you are constantly running out of ammo, so it forces you to keep modifying your behavior in the middle of combat. And the sand mechanic does allow some creativity, other than the "blow up barrel next to bad guy" cliche.
Of course though, the controls are severely wonky. Tapping space sets you into cover, as well as starts you sprinting, and shift makes you vault over objects. I discovered on my first ride through, on normal, that half of my deaths were due to confusion in the controls, and jumping into the enemies bullets/grenades.
Simply put, The Line is a thrilling adventure, and will leave you feel mildly shellshocked when you finish. But just remember, this adventure is very difficult to maneuver.
Murder most fouldamodarko | May 8, 2013 | See all damodarko's reviews »
This was my hidden gem of the year, left aside as a mindless shooter and another dilution in the market. I could not have been more wrong.
I picked this up on a dry gaming month, GMG had it on sale and for dirt cheap, I figured i'd knock a few shots out of it. From the start, it had me hooked.
Without giving away anything, this game is action packed, fun and most of all, thought provoking. This game has the best story arc I have seen in a shooter in a very long time. The game play is basic and intuitive, letting you get on with what you're doing and pop in for some fun, what keeps you are the characters and their story.
Unsure of who your friends are, who your enemy is, you dig and dig with an ever escalating consequence to your actions. Three quarters in I felt myself having to justify my own actions and choices. I felt I had to race to the finish, that ends will justify the means, I needed something to alleviate the burden that I had placed, through my own choices, on my shoulders.
This game is a must play. There as some wonderful little dynamics added to environmental combat (Using your surroundings). The soundtrack is chunky and really elevates with aggression and tension. You feel for the characters and you want them to make it out alive.
Just to close, I loved it, it was original, it had it's own freshness to add to the market. It was the first shooter in a very long time, that as soon as I finished, I just hit play campaign again without exiting so much as the title screen. It can be picked up cheap, get it. My only regret is not paying more so the developers got as much as they gave.
TL;DR Cheap to buy, worth every cent and if nothing, love the story/soundtrack.