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GF Rating
7.5

5033 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
7

Good

Competent shooter, excellent theme.

posted by DrunkDave89 (PITTSBURGH, PA) Sep 13, 2012

Member since Jun 2011

I enjoyed this game rather a lot; certainly enough to forgive somewhat clunky controls. The offspring of CoD/GoW is unfortunately somewhat difficult to get into, as high-damage/low-health makes little foibles with the cover system very unforgiving. It took me about 15 tries to get past the final large firefight in the game, and I consider myself a fairly competent 3ps player.

The reason why this game scores a 7 rather than a 5 is because of its theme and story. Though this game is anything but subtle, it is an excellent dark satire of other military shooters, and the psychology of gaming in general. Without too many spoilers, the salient question the game asks the player is: "Wouldn't this have been better if you'd just stopped?" There is a very interesting dissonance between this and the way the game actually works. There is very little choice in how to proceed throughout the campaign, and even with foreknowledge, it is impossible to avoid committing atrocious acts without simply turning off your console. I can draw a parallel between this and Bioshock after the big reveal. In the case of bioshock, even though you know that you are being manipulated, there is nothing you can do about it. In Spec Ops, rather than an outside influence, the conflict is between the player him/herself, and the intentions/ambitions of the player character. I would like to see more games in this vein, and I found the experience enjoyable, definitely worth a rental.

I did not play the multiplayer component, and won't comment on it beyond the fact that I heard from several sources that it is tacked on and really has no place in the game.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

good game

posted by blkmike68 (DIXMOOR, IL) Sep 12, 2012

Member since Sep 2012

lots of action would have loved some split screen play with co-op

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

eh..its ok

posted by adamgg (SEALY, TX) Sep 10, 2012

Member since Dec 2009

this game is fun but to me really i dont think it lives up to the rep of wajt it says. i dont find this gae any difreent from any other shooter i ever played. but it is a fun game.

good..ok grapics and gameplay is pretty cool i like h ow you can shopot a windown and have sand come flying out to kill someone and i like how he runs and gets into cover so its fater then haveingf to press a button

bad..well this game was lacking realistic play like shooting wood cover and makeng it go down and another thing i didnt like was the ammo you got for a gun was judy horrible.

but overall the game is def worth a rent.

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