SPEC OPS: THE LINE REVIEW
A special experience?
Posted by PlayDevil.com Staff on Jun 29, 2012 15:28 (Jun 29, 2012 15:28)
Written by: Mark
Let's go to war!
It seems that almost every other release in this day and age is a shooter, and very few can seem to compete with the popularity of the Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises and more often than not seem to trail behind.
The latest offering in the shooter genre comes from 2K Games and is entitled "Spec Ops: The Line". Questions remain as to whether this one can offer enough to compete with it’s nearest rivals?
Spec Ops: The Line takes place in Dubai which six months previous had been just about wiped out by sandstorms and now is an almost barren wasteland populated by refugees and outlaws.
During the sandstorms many people fled the country apart from few whom were incapable of escaping. In an attempt to rescue the remaining survivors, US Army Colonel John Konrad and the 33rd infantry remained within the country but mysteriously disappeared and were believed to be dead until a weak distress signal gave hope that at least some of the infantry remained alive.
From this point the player takes on the role of Captain Walker who along with three other Delta Operators infiltrates the country in an attempt to locate Konrad and his infantry and bring them home.
In all honesty throughout the game I found myself absolutely riveted to the fast paced storyline which had many twists, turns and thought provoking scenes which never lets up from start to finish and proves a real thrill ride which very few games in recent times have been able to replicate.
The game itself takes the form of a third person shooter which draws heavily from the now successful run, gun and cover mechanisms with three team mates who assist you in completing chapters of the story and unlike many similar games you actually feely that the team mates give you assistance needed rather than being there to make up the numbers.
It would be fair to say that throughout the game the overall gameplay is pitched at a very high standard and features excitement throughout, with action flowing very well alongside the main storyline with some very impressive firefights against massive numbers of enemies who range from the aforementioned refugees and outlaws to fellow soliders whom are treating everyone as enemies.
The range of weaponry at your disposal is also mightily impressive with various handguns, machines guns, rifles, sniper rifles and grenades all of which feel different to use and have differing effects when it comes to defeating the enemy or destroying the mostly interactive surroundings. In addition are the melee attacks which are useful if you get too close to enemies, however a further neat twist is the option to execute fallen enemies whom you may not have finished off first time.
A further useful tool is that by pressing the RB button the player can target enemies and issue commands to your team mates for them to shoot those identified which proves crucial particularly in the more tricky situations.
I have already alluded to the run, gun and cover mechanics and it would be fair to say that for the most part these work well and cover, switching and sliding cover moves are very easy to pull off and it is a good job, such is the pace of proceedings and the relentless enemy gunfire which you encounter throughout.