posted by luckyberry (BARBOURSVILLE, WV) Aug 31, 2012
Member since Jul 2010
It isn't anything revolutionary, but The Line offers a solid albeit flawed third person shooter. The shooting mechanics are some of the best I've seen in a third person shooter, but the weapons all feel very similar. The Line tries to mimic other Triple-A titles by offering some on the rails segments, but they are easily the weakest parts of the game. The lack of squad commands is disconcerning with the friendly A.I being just plain awful. It may seem as if I have more bad to say then good, but honestly this is a really solid game. The story is suberb, with an excellent twist at the end. The graphics and sound get the job done. Replay value is moderate due to the fact that throughout the game you can make some choices, and you may want to replay to see how something else played out. While not as polished as Gears of War, Spec Ops: The Line is still a solid game.
Multiplayer-N/A (didn't play it)
Spec Ops: The Line is one of those rare games where the story nearly eclipses the gameplay. There is some powerful imagery throughout the game that will stay with you long after you’ve played it, and the choices throughout add to the replay factor because you’ll want to go in and see what would have happened if you had made a different decision. There are a couple of helicopter missions that feel a bit tacked on, and it can be difficult to tell friend from foe (probably by design), but for the most part the campaign moves along at a fast clip, driven by dialogue and discoverable narrative intelligence in the form of audio logs.
Disturbing does not necessarily mean bad, as there have been plenty of movies, television shows, and books with disturbing scenes in them (I’m looking squarely at you, Joffrey Baratheon) that while troubling, can still be entertaining. Spec Ops: The Line takes that truly to heart, delivering an experience here that recalls Apocalpyse Now and combines it with our own military troubles in the Middle East and sets it on a backdrop of shifting sand.
While we definitely wouldn’t recommend this game for children, it is a highly provocative and cerebral game. It feels strange to use the word “enjoyable” here, but this is definitely a game worth playing, even if just for the story alone.