Spec Ops The Line (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) Box Art(http://www.specopstheline.com)  Rated M for Mature by ESRB.   In Spec Ops The Line, sandstorms have ravaged Dubai into a no man’s land, as the US Army’s 33rd Battalion stood by, helpless, with the citizens of Dubai as they watched their city become engulfed in sand walls. No communications or help could get in or out, until the U.S. Government was able to intercept a message through the wall, and send a small Special Operations unit in to investigate. This is the stage of the story where the player takes control of Captain Walker of the Spec Ops, who is joined by two other members of Delta Force, as they begin a quest to assess the Dubai situation, find out what happened to the civilians, and try to resolve the mystery of the disappearance of the 33rd Battalion as well as the citizens trapped within Dubai.

Spec Ops The Line (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) Box ArtSpec Ops The Line (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) Logo(http://www.specopstheline.com) Rated M for Mature by ESRB.  In Spec Ops The Line, sandstorms have ravaged Dubai into a no man’s land, as the US Army’s 33rd Battalion stood by, helpless, with the citizens of Dubai as they watched their city become engulfed in sand walls. No communications or help could get in or out, until the U.S. Government was able to intercept a message through the wall, and send a small Special Operations unit in to investigate. This is the stage of the story where the player takes control of Captain Walker of the Spec Ops, who is joined by two other members of Delta Force, as they begin a quest to assess the Dubai situation, find out what happened to the civilians, and try to resolve the mystery of the disappearance of the 33rd Battalion as well as the citizens trapped within Dubai.

 

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Graphics:
Since Spec Ops The Line takes place in sandstorm-ravaged Dubai, the environments look appropriately desolate. The game does a really great job at making Dubai look like a city overtaken by sand, creating not a sand castle, but a sand prison, for any inhabitants that remain trapped inside. The shadow effects from the sand, as well as the gritty sandy textures, will make you thirst for a cold drink before you are into this game for very long . Spec Ops is a third person shooter, and the game’s engine handles the movements and actions of you and your squad mates very nicely. The graphics are highly realistic, and give everything a very gritty and harsh look to accompany the mysterious story of Spec Ops the Line.

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Sounds:
Since the game focuses mostly on army soldiers, you’ll hear all sorts of shouts and strategical plans being barked out across the battlefields. Delta Squad and the enemy soldiers all have crisp voice acting, which adds to the realism of the army theme.  Throughout the campaign there is also a mysterious DJ who set up home-made speakers around Dubai, and he controls the city through these speakers. The mystery DJ also plays some very classic rock and roll songs, and even some that are about wars. This was a really nice touch that helped to cast a dark and somewhat sinister shadow on the situation inside Dubai.

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Gameplay:
Being a third person shooter, Spec Ops The Line plays very well. It doesn’t offer anything exciting or new from past third person military shooters, but the gameplay itself is solid. The uniqueness and suspense of the story is really what makes this Spec Ops game unique and worthwhile, but the shooting portions serve their purpose in adding excitement and transition passages for the story. One nice touch I really enjoyed with the gameplay was the sand. If the enemies were shooting beneath glass covered in sand, you could shoot the glass above them, and the sand would fall and pile on top of them. It’s the little touches and emphasis on the environment and excellent, dark story that help Spec Ops the Line to be such a satisfying experience. The multiplayer is fairly solid, as well, but nothing to brag about. It certainly feels like the story was the primary focus of Spec Ops the Line, and the multiplayer was kind of just tossed in to add another feature to crow about on the cover jacket.

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Innovation:
While Spec Ops The Line is a very sound third person shooter, and makes effective use of squad commands, it doesn’t add anything new to the formula. However, the Dubai setting offers a fresh venue for battles to be staged. Since the city is so isolated, it adds a very creepy vibe to the atmosphere. The story embedded within Spec Ops The Line is as dark and mysterious as the Middle East itself, and one I didn’t expect to come out at all from a military shooter.

Longevity:
Spec Ops The Line definitely subverts the genre of wartime videogames with its compelling and dark story. While the gameplay may not be as fun and engaging as other third person shooters, it still satisfies. The campaign itself is pretty long, and the multiplayer portion online plays well enough. Other war games have a lot to learn from Spec Ops the Line’s story. The game takes a very bold step in showing gamers the truth and darkness behind war, and how sometimes nothing can really go right.
 

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