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Spec Ops The Line- On the Beach
on 30 June 2012
Spec Ops The Line
Things you need to know : it's a third person shooter, with a cover system which borrows from the likes of Gears, GRAW and Splinter Cell but unfortunately doesn't surpass or match these games for the effortless manner you get into cover.
It's set in Dubai after a major catastrophe, and it's stunning.
Shooting out windows to engulf enemies is a great amount of fun. Just as it was in Hydrophobia to shoot out the windows and wash folk away.
Starting the game with a turret mission was always going to be a bold move. Especially as I hate turret missions and usually need a couple of levels of fun before I get lumped with one. But as you are shooting stuff the title credits roll so it's more a interactive opening sequence, fine I'll let you off with that one.
The game starts with yourself and two other "ruggedly handsome stone cold tier operators" making your way into Dubai.
The gameplay is good fun, the set ups as well get you going. Storming the tv station as Hush is blaring out some speakers actually sets a really good atmosphere.
Shooting folk in video games should always be fun, if it's not then its obvious you are playing Hour of Victory or Duke Nukem Forever and not Spec Ops the Line. Heads pop, bodies explode and cartwheel past you. Joy.
To unlock FUBAR difficulty you have to play on suicide difficulty. As with most games these day developers assign difficulty to how many grenades can be thrown at you in quick succession rather as AI that flank or suppress you. It's at this point the cover system controls fail you. Not to the point where the game is broken and unplayable but to the point where your wife comes down the stairs to ask who you are swearing at.
On Suicide difficulty I was done in 4 hours & 18 mins. I'd collected all but 3 pieces of intel. Going back for those pieces of intel it became obvious I'd done a Han Solo and sprinted after enemies and not taken notice of my surroundings.
For those interested(I know you are reading for this piece of info) after five & a half hours I had 950G the last achievement (FUBAR difficulty)I'll leave for a rainy day.
The multiplayer, day 1 couldn't get a full lobby. Played 1 round(20minutes) and quite frankly it's very dated, very slow and not very fun. For my multiplayer fun I'll stick with Ghost Recon Future Soldier.
All in all it's a good game, there are frustrating moments (the juggernaut in the strobe room who tried to defeat me by having me have an epileptic fit-that's not a joke either it was ridiculous) there are truly thought provoking moment (the aftermath of the white phosphorous assault) unfortunately this isn't worth £35. Sub £20 or as a rental and you'll get a 6-8 hours of solid shooting fun.