Spec Ops The Line
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.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
The year is 1962. JFK is President and the Cold War has the nation gripped by fear – but a far more powerful and insidious enemy than communism is threatening America. Known only to a select few, a top-secret government unit called The Bureau begins investigating and concealing a series of mysterious attacks by an otherworldly enemy. As special agent William Carter, call the shots, pull the trigger and lead your squad in a gripping third-person tactical shooter set within a high-stakes, covert war to defend humanity. The Bureau’s mission is clear – survive, adapt and overcome the enemy threat to protect the citizens from the truth.
Born the son of a poor immigrant, Vito is a beaten down Italian American who is trying to escape the life of poverty that consumed his childhood. It was on the streets that Vito learns that joining the Mafia is the only route to wealth and respect for people of his standing. Wanting to escape the life of hardship that his father led, he dreams about becoming a “Made Man.”
A petty criminal his whole life, Vito, along with his childhood friend, Joe, will descend into the world of organized crime. Together, they will work to prove themselves to the Mafia as they try to make their names on the streets. Starting with low-level jobs like robbery and stealing cars, Vito and Joe escalate quickly up the Mafia family ladder... but the life as a wise guy isn’t quite as glamorous as it seems.
This bundle is actually great - Spec Ops: The Line while being incredibly average third person shooter with bland graphics and soundtrack, it stands out incredibly with shoot outs in desert storms and really well done writing, which will make you think about shooting in games little different. The approach writers took is actually great. Mafia 2 is also solid game with great writing and stellar voice acting and soundtrack, but extremely streamlined gameplay and awful AI make it only good. The worst in this pack is XCom: The Bureau, which was in extremely long development, and it could've been good, but it turned out as incredibly average third person shooter that completely removed anything that was enjoyable in the Xcom series. Overall, this pack has 2 really good games, and one that is average. Still, you will get easily 30-50 hours out of them, so I think it is worth it, even if there is one game that is meh.
Here are 3 games that really worth your time and money, though some of them are more then others. Spec ops the line is a journey for the soul, that has a captivating story, and an important message, while at the same time it's a really fun game to play. Yes, it is kind of a power fantasy, where you wreck the place, and kill hundreds, if not thousands, yet this time, you will actually slowly learn to think about your enemies as people. I'm not merely recommending this game, i Think it should be obligatory to play this for anyone. Maffia 2 is really pretty, and plays rather well, but it's not as free as it's predecessor. The story is better though, and the characters are really likable...unfortunately :( Anyway, this is too a spectacular action game with lots of tough firefights and car chases, that you shouldn't miss, if you like third person shooters. The third game is not bad, but for an xcom game, i expected better, after the Great Firaxis reboot. This game has some original ideas, that are pretty neat in my opinion, and i had to admit, i liked the new portrayal of the aliens, and their invasion here made a lot more sense, the only problem is that the game is too easy, and your teammates are so bland, that you will not care if some of them die during the mission...but that's not very likely to happen. Or, actually, the few times it happens, you will die as well, have to start over from the checkpoint anyway. Besides that, it is a fun TPS, just not as great as it's parents: Xcom and Mass Effect.
Spec Ops the line is a third person shooter that tells a good, if predictable, story somewhat similar to Apocalypse Now. The actual gunplay itself is good enough to make the game enjoyable but it is praised more for its story that offers commentary on military shooters and believing that your character is the hero. Mafia 2 is a game that also has fairly enjoyable gameplay but excels in its story about a young man that returns from WWII and finds work with the Mafia. The Bureau is a third person squad based XCOM prequel that never manages to get the gameplay or story to work well or to be that interesting, it's playable but just average. If you don't own any of these titles this is a good bundle to buy if you are interested in games with decent action but that focus more on telling an interesting story.
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