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?
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: Alone, shell-shocked and bloody, you stagger into the impossibly opulent lobby of a Dubai hotel. The walls on either side glow blue, and cast rippling reflections on the floor. Brimming with brightly coloured fish, the aquarium bears the illusion of limitless depth. This casual display of wealth is as jarring as any of the horrors you’ve witnessed outside.
Summary: The Blast Factor: Spec Ops: The Line is a bold and daring take on the war game we all know and love that manages to take the genre mainstays and turn them on their heads. The game has its fair share of gameplay quirks, but they become tougher to notice when you’re this invested in the plot and what it means for the characters. Spec Ops: The Line is one of those games that not only begs to be played all the way through but deserves to be experienced.
Conclusion: Should you buy Spec Ops: The Line? Well, it's the usual yes and no. Yes if you enjoy the setting and like the idea of a descent into the madness of a buried city, but no if you're fed up of cover-based, Unreal 3 engine-powered shooters. If you get it, you can force your way through the carnage to get to the more interesting nuggets of non-shooting.
Conclusion: Spec Ops: The Line is a cut above the usual generic military shooter with solid gameplay backed up by a story that pulls you in and doesn't let go. And it makes you think. It's a grim day at the beach for sure, but then war is hell.