Excerpt: If you thought Spec Ops: The Line would just be another military, third person cover shooter then you would be wrong. What appears on the skin as an efficient and well designed cover shooter title is, in fact, underneath a fully blown example of how to differentiate what could be a generic title into something that leads by example and pushes the genre forward rather than just drawing from other sources for its competency. The place? Dubai. The mission?
Excerpt: In my opinion, Spec Ops: The Line can hang it’s hat on being worthy and accessible enough to be played through once as well as being worthy of a second playthrough due to the story it tells and the way it comes together, but that second playthrough isn’t going to happen because it’s just not accessible enough.
Conclusion: At only six to seven hours, Spec Ops: The Line is a rather short experience, but the story is worth the price of admission. Anyone who has played a military shooter in the past five years will probably guess the big reveal at the end before it happens, but the way Yager and 2K drag you along until that very moment is really well done.
Excerpt: And as the mission continuously goes awry and takes an increasing toll on Walker's physical and mental stamina, what was once black-and-white starts to look suspiciously grey. You've personally been walking over hundreds of corpses all day, and making hundreds more. What's one more dead body?
Conclusion: During the development of Spec Ops I was intrigued by this revival but, other than the initial trailer for the game, I couldn’t find myself getting excited by it. It remained elusive for the two years since it was initially announced, hidden behind wave after wave of other larger, more PR-driven titles like Saints Row , XCOM and The Darkness II .
Conclusion: All in all Spec Ops: The Line is a very pretty knock off. It has all the pieces of a quality third person shooter without any of the heart. The gameplay is rough and the story is predictable. Though it brings a few fun new things to the table, they are mostly short-lived. The multiplayer is your typical free for all, team death match, and capture the flag type scenarios. One cool thing about multiplayer is that they included sandstorms.
Conclusion: Overall: If I had a physical copy, I couldn't burn this fast enough. It's not fun, it's not worth the $10 I paid for it, and it's not worth your time. Go buy Budokai HD remix instead. Score breakdown: Read the paragraphs to see if you're interested, as they really tell you what's going on with the 1-star.
Conclusion: News of this game first brinked in 2009. With having nearly 3 years to improve their game, I felt like 2K could done a whole lot better. With a horrible multiplayer and a mediocre single player doesn't make this game what I thought out it to be. If you really want to give this game a go, DO NOT BUY IT. Give it a rent if you must.
Summary: Spec Ops: The Line is provocative and gripping third-person modern military shooter that challenges players' morality by putting them in the middle of unspeakable situation where unimaginable choices affecting human life must be made.