It's not the well crafted game play or the creative story that makes 'Spec Ops: The Line' one of the biggest surprises of the year, but being the first game in the series that is actually good.
Most gamers would be scratching their head and wondering, “Hey how come I’ve never heard of this game-series?” While Spec Ops: The Line looks amazing, the series had established its reputation in the late 90's with a bunch of failed attempts at mimicking Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six.
One of Spec Ops: The Line biggest drawbacks is being part of the Spec Ops-series. A game this well crafted would have done well as a standalone title.
It's amazing what can be achieved with a decade long hiatus. Yet don't let the series awful history dismay you, this is a great game.
Spec Ops: The Line is a modern retelling of Joseph Conrad's novella, Heart of Darkness, without any homage's to Apocalypse Now (I say this in a good way). Set in a disaster torn Dubai, gamers take on the role of Captain Walker as he leads his Delta Force unit on a search and rescue mission for a missing Army Battalion.
The moment Captain Walker sets foot on the recreated Highway of Death; the player will sense is not going to be your typical war game. Dubai is buried thanks to a massive sandstorm while the local population is at war with a rouge army factions.
To accomplish the mission; Walker will have to fight into the heart of the city with his squad while making some tough choices. Without spoiling too much all one needs to know is Spec Ops: The Line will not be the hour of glory but a descend into madness.
While the games biggest strength come from its well crafted game play and dark story, it however fails to offer an acquit multiplayer component. As other games compete to offer the best multiplayer experience, Spec Ops: The Line offers a very mediocre multiplayer experience.
Regardless of its minor flaws, Spec Ops: The Line for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC is a summer hit not to be overlooked. Compared to what old school gamers were expecting, this has to be one of the biggest surprises of the year.
Final Score: 4/5