I rented Spec Ops because I kept on hearing AMAZING things about the storyline...dark, gritty, and above all super original.
Giving credit where credit is due, the story of the campaign is, in fact, original as all helluva and SUPER heavy. There definitely cross lines that I've NEVER seen crossed in a video game before, and the morale choices made by the character you play REALLY gets you thinking, which is an excessive rarity in modern popular media in general, let alone with video games.
If Spec Ops was presented in a strictly story telling medium, it would be nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately, Spec Ops is, in fact, a video game, and the gameplay itself is fairly flawed. It's labeled as a tactical cover based shooter, and it SERIOUSLY skims on the tactical side of things. You have two squad mates who you really can't tell to do anything other than "SHOOT THIS THING HERE". Considering the number of times you're grossly outgunned combined with the fact that this game is not at all generous when it comes to you're character's ability to take bullets to the face, it would have been REALLY nice to have been able to use my squadmates to flank the shiitake out my enemies.
Instead, 90% of combat involves trying to pop out and shoot enemies in the head in the incredibly small window you're given before you die from being exposed for too long. Combine this with the INSANE flinch you experience whenever you take a hit, and gunfights can get REALLY frustrating REALLY fast, especially later in the game.
Still though, if you have some patience to wade through the frustrating gameplay, it's definitely worth a rental and a single playthrough.
First of all this is a 3rd person shooter, I'm not saying there bad but this just isn't right to be in 3rd person. second the realism of it is terrible i was able to shoot someones head off with my pistol. third most of the time you are sneaking witch i love but when i reload he screams RELOADING!! and gives away our position, fourth all of the guns do the same damage its just a matter of machine gun or no machine gun. fifth you can tell your teammates to take out someone which is cool but what happens is, "take him out" "got it taking him out.....................................taking aim...............reloading.......(shoots and misses) Reloading......" and thats when we start to get shot at. sixth and final reason its all in the desert you see the city in the distence and youll walk for miles and there it is still sitting over there not any closer. And my final reason on why i dont like this game is there isnt really a storyline you just find some americans they get shot go find more they get shot. oh look its an american oh wait he just got shot lets go get shot too because were american. IF YOU LIKE SUPER EASY 3RD PESONE SHOOTERS WITH DOZENS OF DEAD AMERICANS GO AHEAD AND BUY IT!!!!