posted by UnemployedNinja (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Oct 9, 2013
Member since Sep 2013
I didn’t play the multiplayer component and I assume it works, so I'm withholding talking about it further.
I haven’t played any of the other Spec Ops games; I played this game with only it in mind. I found the game to be enjoyable. You get into cover and you shoot your foes. It works just fine. This game is gritty. The story drops the player into a dark pit from which the protagonist does not escape. I’m glad to report that it did not feel like the story pulled any punches. On top of the gameplay and story, this game wants players to replay the story to experience events differently- or at least redo certain chapters for achievements. One of the things I noticed is the voice acting- as the story progresses, the characters’ tones change accordingly; it's a nice touch and makes the experience feel more cemented.
On the flip-side there are some aspects that were frustrating. I played this game on the normal difficulty, but I died with some frequency. A number of my deaths did not sit right with me. Sometimes going from cover to cover feels like trying to land a hard jump in Super Mario Bros. ~ treacherous. There will be times where you will be forced to take on a number of foes using a mounted turret, and these sections netted me some deaths too because it puts the player in harm’s way with no alternative on how to precede (you are exposed enough to be shot when using the turret). I also found the A.I. of my squad to be lacking at times. It feels pretty frustrating to have a comrade next to you as you are flanked & subsequently killed. I feel Spec Ops missed an opportunity to have team commands – I would have like commands as simple as: Stay put, Follow me, or Move here – I don’t think it would have been hard to implement either.
With this game made, I feel that this team should get another shot at making another good shooter; there’s a solid foundation to tell another story. The next game they make could be more than a game you rent, it could be a game you buy.
I really enjoyed this game. It has a very good, deep story and the voice acting is top notch (Nolan North). The gameplay is fun as well. The controls are tight and you don't have to fight with it in order to control well. Overall it was better than I even thought it would be. A very under the radar title that should not be missed