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Spec Ops: The Line is a modern-combat FPS set in a post-cataclysmic event themed Dubai. Unrelenting sandstorms have all but destroyed the city entirely; and the evacuation (aided by the US army) was a failure). You go in, with your two Delta Squad buddies, to try to assess the situation and rescue any survivors.
The combat is solid, if not simple. You take out enemies in standard FPS fashion mostly, with some ability to dish out commands to your squad members. The atmosphere is top notch, and the visuals can be quite stunning. The voice acting is solid, but some of the lines are cheesy in trying to be funny. The controls are good, and the game itself is stable. The gameplay is fun, but a little limited. You won’t see very much variety in terms of squad commands, grenades, or guns; and can only have 2 equipped guns at a time—which fits the story but somewhat limits gameplay. Still if you switch your weapons out here and there, picking them up from fallen foes (which you probably need to, as ammo is scarce) you can get just enough variety.
One major strong point for the game is the story. And not just the story itself, but the way it is told. The pacing of the story keeps you moving from one combat scene to the next, intrigued with the notion of finding out what comes next. There are some minor decisions to be made here and there; they don’t have a major effect on the progression of the game—they more so just allow you define the character you play. The final decisions you make, however, will determine which of several endings you will see. (You can see all endings by replaying just the last level, no matter the other decisions you made)
Another major strong point for the game is the atmosphere. The setting and general theme of the game are constructed quite well. It is a bit Hollywood-style sensationalist with the sandstorms completely destroying Dubai; but at the same time it’s pretty awesome because it makes for quite a novel setting for a FPS modern-combat game. However, it does put a restriction on the variety of locales in the game, but that’s ok.
All in all, Spec Ops: The Line is a very well put together, story-driven FPS experience with a great setting. Highly recommended for fans of a good story, modern-combat FPS, and a powerful atmosphere.