Written by Twisted Ideas
Extra Credits has done a better job at explaining this game than I ever will but I bring this up because it deserves a look. Spec Ops: The Line deals with issues with the modern military genre that other games and series haven’t and probably can’t. This is a game that’s self-aware and instead of using that for parody or satire it’s something more meaningful.
Publisher: 2K Games
Platforms: PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Spec Ops: The Line takes place in Dubai. A series of sandstorms have left the citizens of Dubai trapped in their city with limited food and water. The US military’s 33rd Battalion were sent as relief workers but became trapped as the sandstorms worsened. The situation became so bad that the 33rd Battalion declared Martial Law. A Delta Force squad led by Martin Walker are sent to confirm the whereabouts of the 33rd Battalion. What Walker might find that he his enemies may not be who he expected.
Spec Ops: The Line looks and plays like every brown/grey shooter on the market. Where Spec Ops stands out is in its narrative. There is a drastic difference in tone when you reach the mid-point of the game. The game becomes more bizarre and you start to question Walker’s sanity. As you look deeper into the game it isn’t a look at the horrors of war but a commentary on the entire genre
This is a game that took a lot of risks in a market that doesn’t support that way of thinking in-game development. Spec Ops: The Line tackles a lot of sensitive issues regarding war. The us of chemical warfare to having the enemies be American soldiers is something that many Americans would frown upon. This is a game that should spark discussion or even self-reflection.
Why should you get it?
Spec Ops: The Line is a mediocre shooter but deals with sensitive issues of war in a more meaningful way than anything else you can pick up off the shelves today. This is a game whose narrative opens up discussion directly to the player and no matter how you take it, it will stay with you. If you can spend the time to look over whatever flaws you find with the gameplay you will see that Yager Development has done something special. Spec Ops: The Line stands out more than Call of Duty, Battlefield and many modern war shooters have done in years. This is definitely worth a look if only for that.