Summary: After all the door kicking, screaming, blindfire, grenade tossing, and turret handling, a soldier always walks away from battle alive with a strong moral compass intact. This last detail is the most disparate departure from reality that modern military shooters make.
Excerpt: So, the day has finally come. For the second time since joining the Everyday Gamers, I have challenged myself to do 30 Reviews in 30 Days. As I have done this before, I know it can be done, but it is still a challenge.
Excerpt: There’s nothing wrong with violence in video games. It is, after all, pretend. You’re not killing someone; you’re firing if/then statements out of texture-wrapped polygons into skeletal meshes until the in-game physics kick in. There’s no reason to feel bad or reflect; it’s all a puppet show.
Pros: Interesting, well-developed characters, The engaging narrative is bold, and flies in the face of its contemporaries, Beautiful locations and fantastic set piece battles
Cons: The spotty cover system, Sand amounts to being nothing more than an explosive barrel, Controls aren’t strong enough to make multiplayer worthwhile
Excerpt: Spec Ops: The Line is technically a continuation of a tactical shooter series that started on the PC platform in the late ‘90s, but this sequel significantly deviates from standard operating procedure.
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...
Summary: Spec Ops: The Line is a game rife with contrast. In the sandstorm-wracked city of Dubai, refugees huddle in crude shanties erected in the opulent atriums of luxury hotels, and soldiers construct rough outposts in swanky rooftop clubs.
Pros: Engrossing amalgam of art and architecture, Memorable moments, both humorous and shocking
Cons: Stiff movement mechanics, Relentless killing overrides moral dilemmas