Spec Ops: The Line

20 Dec

Open your eyes, Open your eyes Walker. There could be nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the desert; injured and dehydrated. Enter Spec Ops: The Line; which adds a burning and crumbling Dubai to your desert nightmare. Developed by Yager Development  and Darkside Game Studios, and published by 2KGames Spec Ops: The Line pushes you the player to the brink of insanity. Spec Ops is a shooter that truly pushes the limits of not only the main Protagonist Captain Martin Walker, but also you as a gamer. There are no right choices in this game and we won’t spoil anything in this review but if you like your shooter with a twist; this 2012 shooter could be the way to go!

Welcome to Dubai

Welcome to Dubai

This game was demoed on Xbox 360 and completed on PC. I chose the PC version simply because of the cost. I am sure you could argue controller vs mouse and keyboard or pick apart the pixels but I did enjoy myself on both consoles.  As usual I want to start by saying I enjoy short games with grand stories and Spec Ops: The Line could be that perfect rainy day game for most people.

Weapon of choice

Weapon of choice

Visuals: Spec Ops: The Line is a great looking game; notice I didn’t say amazing. While I did think the Dubai background was gorgeous and certain moments were intense some things just looked dated. The character models looked very similar, the movements were robotic, and there is a vehicle level with fire that seems suspiciously last gen.  That said there were moments (Helicopter scenes, and rappelling out of windows) that were just a joy to stare at and it made me curious as to how there could be such a disparity between visuals.  One thing we will touch on later was how I loved the squad I was with and how they were so different from one another.  While it probably will never win any awards for visuals it is still a great game to watch from beginning to end.

Story:  Welcome to Delta, You play as Captain Martin Walker (Voiced by Nolan North) your squad consists of a straight shooter “second in command”  Lieutenant Alphonse Adams and a wise cracking Staff Sergeant John Lugo. You are sent into the heart of Dubai which at this point in the game is a deserted wasted land with rebels and soldiers replacing tourists and civilians. Your goal is to find Colonel John Konrad and evacuate him from the city; of course things are not always as easy as we would hope. You shoot your way up and down buildings, in helicopters, and trucks, all while fighting hundreds of soldiers and battling the weather. As you progress in the game and your choices add up you see a break down in your unit and in yourself. Dubai mirrors the emotions and troubles Captain Walker and his team face and there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

Gameplay: Spec Ops is a 3rd person shooter; a lot of people either love or hate the perspective ( I didn’t mind the perspective in this game). The controls can be tweaked to fit your style and I found movement and command prompts to be very responsive. I loved being able to tell my squad mates to open fire or go into cover, and never felt that my AI was hindering my ability to progress through the level. Depending on your difficulty level you can either breeze past the levels or pull your hair out in frustration (your mileage will vary)

Test of Time: Definitely not as old as Chrono Trigger our first post on LtapGamer, but with the way technology is moving today what was new a month ago could feel ancient at this point.  I would say Spec Ops: The line will be a great game years to come. The visuals are on par and the controls are very easy to use. One thing I cannot stress enough is how amazing the story was in this game. If you read this and are curious how to play the game, I would suggest getting a good drink and play on the easiest setting. While you may not love the bullet fest levels, the story will compel you to come back again and again. When it comes to 3rd person shooters I love the Gears series and Uncharted and think that this is a game that will stand the test of time. Just like Fight Club is now a cult classic and not the 1 Billion dollar money machine that Batman or the avengers are, Spec Ops: The Line will keep gamers talking for years to come.

BROS System:

Buy Skip or Rent

Cy: Buy! try finding it for under 20 bucks!

Kem: (Never Played it)  Rent


One Response to “Spec Ops: The Line”

  1. Chris January 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Agree with you completely on this. I was expecting another MW2-ish clone, but this is so much more; maybe one of the best “stories” in a game in 2012. Plus, it’s currently $7.49 (as of 1/3/2012) at Amazon, unlocks on Steam. If you got an Amazon $5 coupon/voucher, you can apply it and get this for $2.49.

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