As the offer only lasts until tomorrow, Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. Pacific time, I’ll make this quick. Spec Ops: The Line is set in the city of Dubai that has almost been destroyed by a sandstorm, presumably together with American soldiers who should have evacuated the citizens. After having received a mysterious radio signal, the Delta Recon Team is sent to investigate and soon finds a war raging on that has been set in motion by the mad Colonel John Konrad. Realism in games isn’t always easy to achieve when using action-packed set-pieces, but this game achieves both and even tells a very potent story.
I played this way back in 2014 on PC and it’s telling that I still remember this fondly. Unlike other shooters, especially the Call of Duty series, it has quite a memorable plot that revolves around questioning military orders and moral decisions. Similar to Heart of Darkness, the novel of Joseph Conrad (see the name of the Colonel?), it’s a dark journey into man’s psyche, only with much more stuff blown up in the process. Being able to use the environment to one’s advantage, e.g. shooting glass and sand coming through and overwhelming enemies, is one way to progress, even if having enough ammunition and taking care of each opponent one by one is also a viable option. The game still looks and sounds fantastic and should be played by anyone, even those who’d usually avoid shooters (although one shouldn’t shy away from blood and gore), as it has one of the best endings in the genre I can remember.
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