Excerpt: An immense sandstorm rocked the gorgeous Middle Eastern city of Dubai. The event was so catastrophic that members of a battalion, the "Damned 33rd," on their home from Afghanistan decided to aid in relief efforts. Unfortunately, to no avail... In the wake of their failure, an upsetting radio signal found its way out of United Arab Emirates, issued by one John Konrad of the Damned 33rd.
Summary: A deeply engaging narrative set in a unique sand-dusted Dubai, Spec Ops: The Line is a terrific adventure that lacks a bit in the gameplay department. It's certainly worth a spot in your summer playlist.
Conclusion: If you buy Spec Ops: The Line hoping to get a good third-person shooter, then you won’t be disappointed. Aside from the issues with the covering system, I found The Line to be extremely enjoyable and satisfying. The various weapon types and frantic gunfights as you and your enemy try as hard as possible to out flank one another, make every encounter intense and forces the player to give their all to obtain victory.
Excerpt: There's a statistic out there that only a small amount of players finish the games they start. Be it because they lose interest, they run out of time or they just simply don't -- they'll never know exactly what their missing. For the first hour or so of Spec Ops : The Line , I finally understood what they were feeling -- and a big part of me didn't want to finish.
Excerpt: It's pretty fitting that Spec Ops: The Line borrows both fonts and HUD decals from Gears of War. After a sexy menu that bleats out a whiny Hendrix-esque version of The Star Spangled Banner, the game's first sequence is a turret section that looks, sounds and feels exactly like Epic's chunky billion-dollar juggernaut. This identity crisis continues throughout the whole of this seven-odd hour campaign.
Excerpt: Spec Ops: The Line is unabashed in its Heart of Darkness influences. Joseph Conrad’s classic journey upriver through the Congo, and later Vietnam and Cambodia in Apocalypse Now , replaced with the golden sand dunes of a desolate Dubai. The once oil rich metropolis reduced to hell on earth as a series of historic and apocalyptic sandstorms ravage the Middle Eastern paradise and its towering landmarks.
Excerpt: Spec Ops: The Line is a third-person shooter video game developed by Yager Development and published by 2K Games. The player controls Captain Martin Walker, who is accompanied by two other Delta Force team members to rescue a U.S. Army Colonel Konard and investigate the failed extraction of civilians via a convoy from Dubai which has been desecrated by sand storms.
Pros: Gripping story, Unique environment, Story affects characters
Excerpt: If we were to base our impression of war solely on video games, it wouldn’t seem like that bad of a place to be. Despite video games' attempts to mimic the dramatic sensibilities of film, the depiction of war in games rarely goes beyond the trivialization to which we have grown accustomed.