Spec Ops: The Line is an action-packed Third-Person Shooter that delivers heart pounding physically close combat through a squad-based play mechanic. Players lead a team of three characters, Captain Martin Walker, Lieutenant Adams and Sergeant Lugo. Each character has his own distinct personality and specialized skills, and the mature story they each play a role in explores the dark side of war in a realistic way, in which there are no good outcomes, only hard choices.
As missions are completed more advanced weapons and equipment are made available. In addition, the desert environment of Dubai is brought into the game in a unique way with stunning visuals, and dynamic sandstorms that actively effect level designs, and which can be used to help and hinder progress. The vertical interiors of Dubai high rise buildings also provide tactical advantages and risks that can be used by players. Multiplayer campaigns bring new modes and unusual situations and environments to expand the single player experience.
A new portrayal of the military shooter experience with twisting narrative uncertainties.
Action packed 3rd Person Shooter gameplay provides an up-close and personal view into the brutality and emotion within the combat.
Command an intelligent and powerful squad of Delta-Force soldiers in a dangerous and unpredictable combat zone.
Cross “The Line” in a mature story that explores the dark side of war, where there are no bright outcomes, only bad or worse choices.
Unique Dubai setting strikes the imagination and transports players to a larger-than-life playground for vertical gameplay and stunning visuals.
Sand-filled Dubai provides new gameplay experiences including sand avalanches, and powerful, disorienting sandstorm combat.
Customizable, Class-Based, Cross-Platform Multiplayer on Steam between PC and Mac
Every part of me wanted to enjoy THE LINE, and occasionnaly, while blasting enemy defenses with rock'n'roll music in the apocaliptic Dubai I did, but mostly, playing through the game was a chore. A straight look at the horrors of war with horrendous gameplay mechanics (this one reminds why I hate third person shooters) and rather lousy controls (you use the same button to jump or melee, the spacebar to run or cover). It basically plays like 'Frontline commando', yes the free app, and although the scenery is beautiful and many levels feature a lot of verticality within the broken buildings, it's repetitive as hell, and the mac version is a little glitched with weird performance issues and mouse lag.
The game had great press and reviews, hailed as the mature alternative to Call of Duty, but besides one great moment around the middle of the game, SPEC OPS is totally streamlined and would play exactly like COD if it was first person (and it would probably be a better game thanks to more reactive controls). The game plays on rails and there are no important choices to be made as advertised. You will be forced to commit atrocities and deep down the story (although inspired by Apocalypse Now) doesn't make much sense and the soldiers are rather flat, with no specific characteristics. There are other games out there that bring criticism to the genre itself and a much more subtle mind♥♥♥♥ (like Bioshock Infinite) with better gameplay, so i suggest you only get this if it's on sell or just watch the youtube movie that compiles all the cinematics so that you know what the fuss is all about.
PS: Coop and MP are virtually unplayable thanks to the controls (the same button does several actions so half the time it won't work, you'll hit an obstacle when you want to jump or execute a soldier when you want to melee the one next to him) and almost no players are online. Also the game is very sentitive to the hot corners on the mac so you have to deactivate them with a script or work around by adding an extra input key if you don't want to force pause the game when aiming through the barrel, breaking down the action and causing many unnecessary deaths.
No feedback given on this review.Was this helpful? YesNo
When creative story telling meets generic gameplay
by dotmacck, USA - Jul 9th 2014
I've been wanting to play this game for ages, not for the gameplay, I heard this game has some interesting story-telling elements that I think I should experience it myself. Some of the expectations are actually true, while the moral choice is subtle and creative, it leaves no impact on the whole story. The story is engaging and keeps you guessing till the very end, however, the ending leaves a little to be desired, it fells into hollywood cliches and overall feel underwhelming.
I used mouse and keyboard to play the game, the shooting feels a little loose. AI movements are okay and squad command is shallow and unnecessary. Overall, the gameplay is typical 3rd person shooting gallery, not amazing.
I enjoy my playthrough of the game. It's an interesting take on modern military shooter, but this game suffered from generic gameplay and overall unpolished presentations may or may not due to its long development circle.
1 shopper found this helpful.Was this helpful? YesNo
by Sedor, Germany - May 18th 2014
A different story than usual, it has nice graphics and it is great how the actors communicate.
Only problem I have with this game is, that it seems to have problems when more than one screen is at your system. When moving the mouse to the right it suddenly activates the second screen and the game is no longer the active window, you are out of action.
1 shopper found this helpful.Was this helpful? YesNo