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    Spec Ops: The Line - Xbox 360/PS3/PC





    Spec Ops: The Line’s is Yager’s new (Well old considering it hasn't just come out) third person shooter in which you take on the role of Captain Martin Walker of Delta Force with two other soldiers beside you, Lugo and Adams. Their mission is to infiltrate Dubai, a city that has now been hammered by sandstorms bigger than anything seen before and recon the area for anything about Colonel John Konrad and his unit, the Damned 33rd. It isn't long until the mission turns into a rescue mission as they suspect that Konrad is still alive. Though to get to Konrad you have fight through the insurgents that have taken control of Dubai and even against the Damned 33rd, by the time you reach the end goal you would have made choices that would question your own morality and question whether the choice was right or wrong.

    The main difference between Spec Ops: The Line and the likes of Call of Duty is the fact that where as in Call of Duty the soldiers you play as seem to be immune to killing people it is the complete opposite in Spec Ops: The Line. As you progress further and further through the story and make certain choices throughout the game you see the personalities of the three soldiers change from what you usually see from soldiers into something best described as killing machines. With no one cheering them on the atrocities that they witness slowly breaks them down and they start to lose the plot.

    The Mechanics of the game are best compared with Gears of War; Spec Ops relies a lot on cover based firefights, definitely when you raise the difficulty of the game it makes run and gun almost impossible. Some of the guns can be annoying to aim, or rather annoying to aim if you’re trying to get a headshot. If you’re just aiming to kill by any means necessary then it is pretty simple like any other shooter. For the most part of the game you have the ability to yell orders and Lugo and Adams which comes in handy when you want to direct fire away from you so you can possibly flank around and finish the enemy off when their distracted by your squad mates, this can come in handy especially against juggernauts. Along with choices you can make during the game you can also at times have the option to run and gun into a fight or just sneak around not alerting anyone, so the game does consist of some elements of stealth. The only annoying thing about the mechanics is dodging a grenade; you have no barrel roll like dodge you can find in Gears of War so when it comes to an enemy chucking a grenade at you it can be quite annoying to dodge it when you’re behind cover.



    The game does consist of a lot of choices for cover, even though you’re practically doing the same by just covering behind them it is nice to see a variety of things you can cover behind. There are also a few places in which you can kill your enemy through environmental hazards such as sand building up behind a window where the enemy is, you just shoot it and it’ll slowly crack and brake, causing the sand to kill the enemies. There are also parts of the game where you have to fight during a sandstorm which is a nice add on, considering you are in a place ravaged by sandstorms, it’d be a bit weird if you didn't come across one throughout the whole game. Even though the whole time you are in Dubai which mainly consists of destroyed buildings and streets full of sand there are still a variety of different areas you fight in, such as the inside of destroyed buildings, on rooftops, on vehicles and helicopters, in a shopping mall (Even though it is full of sand, still a bit of a change). Though even though you spend most your time with sand surrounded areas it doesn't get all that boring considering you wouldn't expect any less with the area you are in. So as long as you don’t go into the game expecting a snow mission, space mission, jungle mission or any sort of mission that doesn't involve sand you’ll be fine.

    The Soundtrack is pretty decent, nothing remarkable where you’ll look back and think “Oh yeah I want to listen to that soundtrack because it was pretty epic!” but it does the job in complementing the actual game.

    As for the multiplayer it isn't anything special, it doesn't compare to that of Call Of Duty’s multiplayer, not that anyone would expect it to considering the budget of the game wouldn't even come close to that of the budget Call Of Duty would have. Even with that in mind it is a little bit disappointing and probably won’t have you playing it more than a couple of hours, if there is anyone still playing the online on it.

    + The fact you can make choices during the game, which may not affect the ending of the game, or the path but might actually make you question yourself in picking that choice.

    + The game is pretty dark, and where as in normal military shooters the team tends to shrug off killing people, in this one it does end up effecting how they act.

    + It has replay value

    - Even though it has an online option the online is next to no fun and might keep you interest for all but a couple of hours if you’re lucky.

    - The dodge mechanics don’t exist, so when dodging and grenade it can be rather frustrating if you’re behind cover.

    - Isn't that important of a negative point, but the campaign is pretty short like any other military shooter, although the story puts them above certain ones.



    Even with the crappy online in mind the game is still worth the buy even if the story doesn't take long to complete it is still one of the best stories I have played for a military shooter. Considering the price for the game is pretty cheap by now I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone who doesn't mind shooters. The story is really good and the fact that by the end of it you’ll most likely be questioning your morals and whether you picked the right or wrong choice in some of the scenes. The fact that the game does have a twist at the end adds to enjoyment. It also has three different endings that you don’t necessarily have to replay the game for, instead all you have to do is restart the last chapter and play through it in a different way, though it does have replay value with the different choices you can make during the actual game and this is something you’ll want to do if you’re aiming to 100% this game, which isn't that hard. Three playthroughs is all you need to max the game out considering in the first one you’ll get most of the gun achievements done, in the second one you’ll be doing the harder difficulty and be finishing off the gun achievements (And Intel if you want to) and then you’ll need to play through it one more time to finish the hardest difficulty called “Fubar” so the game can easily be maxed out within three playthroughs.

    Score: 8 out of 10

    I want to give it a 10/10 because the story really was amazing, but the fact that some of the mechanics were poor and the online was pretty pants bought it down to 8 out of 10. Considering the price for it by now is pretty cheap it is definitely a hidden gem I’d recommend to anyone.


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    It's pretty basic, I got bored so just decided to write it, and well reviews aren't my strong point sooooo Not sure if the last/third image was too much, if you guys think so I'll remove it. Just thought I'd post it to liven this part of the forum up slightly..

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