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. Though we like to glorify soldiers in our entertainment, it’s impossible to look past the toll that killing takes on a person’s psyche in real life.
Excerpt: I’m going to let you in on the predicament I’ve gotten myself into: I really want you to play Spec Ops: The Line . As a critic, this mindset doesn’t pop up as often as you might think; we may often want to impress upon you how good or bad a game is, and we’ll take some professional pride in how well we may be able to translate this, but it’s not like we’ll personally decide to champion every title we find ourselves enjoying.
Summary: Despite its flaws, Spec Ops: The Line is currently in contention for Game of the Year in my opinion, sitting at the moment I am writing this review only behind Mass Effect 3 . If you are looking for a modern military shooter that is about as far removed from Call of Duty as you can get, this is the game for you. Spec Ops: The Line gets a 9 out of 10.
Excerpt: GamerNode Public Service Announcement: There be SPOILERS ahead!! There is only one way to investigate areas and get a closer look at objects and people in the periphery of Spec Ops: The Line : down the barrel of a gun. That may seem trite, and true of most third person shooters, but there’s something different with the feeling – the rule – of it here. While playing, I was uneasy.
Conclusion: Spec Ops: The Line successfully manages fairly high marks in regard to production values and playability, and also attempts to tie some meaning to its polished and enjoyable kill-or-be-killed gameplay. It’s kind of like having some philosophical chewing gum to go with your war. You feel like there’s something to think about, but it’s not going to bother you as you go about your business.
Excerpt: , the more you realize what developer Yager was trying to do. However, although interesting and even stimulating, the concepts broached within this hectic adventure are mostly missed opportunities. While I always appreciate a nod to morality and philosophy in any form of entertainment, I can’t overlook the somewhat generic gameplay and the fact that clichés can - and do - infringe upon higher artistic aspirations.