Spec Ops: The Line is a narrative driven, 3rd-person military shooter, set in a sandstorm ravaged, war-torn, present day Dubai.
It's been six months since Dubai was wiped off the map by a cataclysmic sandstorm. Thousands of lives have been lost, including those of American soldiers sent to help evacuate the city. Today, the city lies buried under sand - the world's most opulent ruin.
Now, a radio signal is broadcasting from Dubai. A Delta Force team is sent to infiltrate the city and find its source.
Their mission is simple: Locate survivors and radio for evacuation. What they find is a city in the grip of a violent struggle for control. In order to fulfil their mission, they'll have to find the man at the heart of this madness - the elusive Col. John Konrad.
Completed the game - most shooters are based around solid game play with some looney tune cartoon storyline tacked on but Spec Ops is a properly adult themed story accessed via a game - definitely not for the youngsters. There are several options to make during the game all of which are morally uncomfortable. This would make a good movie. It's seems trite to complain about some shortcomings in the graphics and game mechanics. Truly a breath of fresh air in tired genre.
Lurch24 May at 10:15 @Tea - it was a sudden change from sinister background force to outright terrorists but Earth could prove a great location. Level design was another concern of mine tho - DS1 and 2 felt like real-ish locations converted into shooting galleries. DS3 felt too much like shooting galleries dressed up as locations. Hope they get the balance back in subsequent games.
Tea24 May at 9:29 That I agree with, wasnt expecting them to go that direction but religious zealots tend to condone terrorist type activity. It might more sense if dead space 4 takes place on earth after the events in awakening. I want to what happens between earth gov and unitologists now
Lurch24 May at 9:23 Not yet, but I decided to check out a condensed playthrough on Youtube. It was certainly an improvement and I liked the more traditional ending but still some damage has been done to the characters and universe they created in DS1,2 and the books,comics. I just found the Unitologists progression to terrorists a shame.
Tea24 May at 9:18 @ lurch - Have you played the awakening expansion?
Lurch24 May at 9:16 Sadly most survival-horror always seems to lead into action-horror eventually. I was really worried about Res Evil 6 but as soon as I played it for what is was (essentially a crazy action adventure with zombies) I enjoyed it for what it was worth and enjoyed some couch co-op. DS3 I found was great in SP. It was mostly the stupidification (I want this to be a real word!) of the story that most annoyed me.
Tea24 May at 8:59 yeah me too! if that does well hopefully it will help revive the survival horror genre
RagnaXBL24 May at 8:57 exactly,thats why i'm looking forward to The Evil Within