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GF Rating
7.5

3043 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
7

Good

Better Controls than Maxpayne, better story too

posted by neoVVL (SEMINOLE, FL) Jul 2, 2012

Member since Jul 2012

2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

Not much of a fan of 3rd person shooters, but this game is really good. The story is great and you go though the game thinking, am i really a good guy? Graphics are up to date but not great, gunplay feels realistic, overall a great 3rd person shooter even if you aren't a fan of the genre.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

I was fairly disappointed

posted by Existence (SALT LAKE CITY, UT) Jul 29, 2012

Member since Jul 2011

1 out of 7 gamers (14%) found this review helpful

Trophy hunters beware, "very hard" was probably one of the most infuriating things I've experienced. It does have online MP, but no online trophies (which I'm happy about).

To Reviewers:
Please base your reviews on playing on all difficulties before writing a review. Some games have a lot of problems that may go unnoticed on easier difficulties, which leads to the game being misrepresented (looks better than it actually is).

Basic Concept:
Spec Ops reminded me a lot of Uncharted just with a military theme attached to it; 3rd person shooter with cover usage. Unfortunately, unlike Uncharted, there is not much variance in what you're doing from chapter to chapter. It is more or less segment after segment of shooting waves of enemies, and that's pretty much it (although there are a couple of parts where you get to use a vehicle). However, I did find the scenery to be one of the few things the designers did well.

Story:
Although other reviews like to term it "engaging" I don't feel it really was. It is certainly interesting in comparison to most military-themed FPS games, but at the end of it I found that it made little sense when I tried to consider the entire storyline. The game is fairly violent and grotesque at certain points (I would say more than most), so be warned if you have reservations about that. There are "choices" but only 3 or 4, and the final one is the only one that changes things (the ending).

Problems:
If you do stick on Normal or Easy, the game is only around 6 hours if you stretch it. Problems that arise while playing harder difficulties (it's more pronounced on very hard) include:

-Horrid checkpoints
-Stupid suicidal allies (if they bleed out it's game over)
-Poor grenade indicator/grenade throw range
-Being shot through cover
-Poor cover placement at times
-A severe lack of ammunition in certain segments

I do think the game plays well on lower difficulties, but unfortunately if you stick to just that, it's fairly repe

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GF Rating
3

Bad

Nothing special

posted by matt6g (WARREN, NJ) Jul 27, 2012

Member since Jul 2012

1 out of 11 gamers (9%) found this review helpful

This game is nothing special. It is a generic, war-based 3rd person shooter. The levels are short and boring and have a normal "start to finish" layout. Broad storyline. The cover system is awful, enemies are oblivious and foolish, not to mention the AI director is garbage. The graphics aren't very impressive either - fine lines are very edgy and unclear, and every object seems "glowy," it doesn't look good. This game doesn't have much to offer, don't waste your time waiting for it to come in the mail! Get something that is worth it!

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