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What happens in Dubai . . .
on 19 October 2013
I'm not a massive shooter fan but when this came up free on PS+ (still is at time of writing), I looked into it and intrigued I gave it a shot. Ok, lots of shots...
Set in the present, Dubai has been buried following an apocalyptic sandstorm. Into the sandy abyss are sent Captain Walker and his sergeants Lugo and Adams on a recon mission to search for civilians and fellow soldiers alike. It is not long before they discover life apart from the wandering oryx. Refugees, CIA and marines from what's left of the 33rd. Unfortunately, none are too pleased to see the new boys in the dunes and they are soon fighting for survival to the backdrop of broadcast taunts and insults from "Radioman" and Walker's ex-boss General Konrad.
As mentioned the story intrigued and combined with solid gameplay I really got involved with this game. Enjoyed might be the wrong word as you are not shielded from the horrors of war here and as Walker you "cross the line" and back several times. Those familiar with Apocalypse Now will relate to the story which itself was based on Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (see what they did there?). Special mention to the loading messages which are quite poignant and provocative. As it progresses you struggle to hold your squad - and your mind - together and although I more or less predicted the fittingly surreal ending, it is worth holding out for.
As for the gameplay, it is best described as "solid" rather than spectacular or innovative. I prefer third person shooters as you get a better overall view of the scene and can relate to your character more IMO. It's essentially an on-rails cover shooter but executed very well with excellent AI and a progressively challenging difficulty. Graphically good, stunning in parts and whilst you don't get to drive, gunning the radio tower from the helo is pretty spectacular. Lots of cheap trophies to pick up on completion, though good luck with getting very far on FUBAR difficulty.
More" mature" than a pound of twenty year old cheddar this is a great game, though "game" may not be the right word.
[ Tip - if you follow a certain path (search online for a guide if necessary) in the final chapter you will unlock an excellent epilogue after the credits. This will give you two choices to follow - and two easy silver trophies for your trouble ]