Just Deserts: Spec Ops MP Trailer Weaponizes Sand

Friends, family, and lovers come and go, but two-foot-high walls will always be there for you.
What follows is a moment-by-moment recounting of my facial expressions while watching Spec Ops: The Line‘s multiplayer trailer – in ultra-vision. Exposition-y stuff: an expectant stare followed by an eye roll so hard it nearly detached my retinas at the phrase “This is their war.” Cover shooty runny ‘splodey stuff: a furrowed brow as if to say, “Is this all?” and “Why waste a slow-mo shot on a reload?” Class-based skills and rewards, etc: drooping eyelids, a hint of spittle dangling from the corner of my mouth. SAND AVALANCHE: Eyes wide-open, mouth creaking into a tentative smile, head cocked in much the same way as a dog saying, “Baroo?” Still though, it’s a bit worrisome that they actually had to spell out “Sand is a game-changer,” as though saying, “No, wait, don’t go! We’re sort of different, see?” And see you shall, if you opt to check out the trailer after the break.

Spec Ops is finally emerging from the not-so-quick sands of a somewhat tumultuous development cycle on June 29. I’m tentatively interested, though admittedly, I haven’t seen the game in person since E3 a couple years ago. Adam’s write-up, however, has me fairly hopeful, and even though Heart of Darkness is hardly a novel inspiration for games (please try not to see what I did there; you’ll respect me a whole lot more), it’s taken us on some pretty fascinating treks – for instance, Far Cry 2. We’ll know one way or another soon enough, and I’m sure facial expressions will be involved in some capacity. Unless I’ve lost my face.


  1. Scandalon says:

    As an avid paintball player, I can confidently state those walls are at *least* 3 feet high.

    • Tyrone Slothrop. says:

      Too good for the metric system are you? Splitter!

      • Scandalon says:

        Nope, just cursed to be born in a society that thinks ignoring base-10 in favor of measurements based off the size of body parts of long-dead kings is a good idea.

        (In fairness, the alt-text use feet. I’m sure if it had said metres I would have responded appropriately. :)

    • TCM says:

      Am I the only person who read that as “pinball player”?

  2. marcusfell says:

    I’m not sure if it’s dubstep or an industrial washing machine.

  3. Tei says:

    Looks good, but the third person mode looks really force and make the shooting looks bland and very awkward.

  4. Bungle says:

    Yikes, those animations need work.

  5. Hoaxfish says:

    When you join the army you get a free skull-bandana/facemask, for those regular intervals when society breaks down.

    • Durkonkell says:

      The standard USMC fire team now consists of: Fire team leader, Rifleman, Automatic Rifleman, Skull-Balaclava man.

  6. MeestaNob says:

    That was a pretty terrible trailer. All of the supernatural style, FEAR-vibe that the previous videos had going for them has been replaced with CallofValourGunDudeBroShooter.

  7. bear912 says:

    I thought they weren’t going to have multiplayer… I wonder whose decision it was to include it.

  8. Roshin says:

    So, why would anyone tear themselves away from Battlefield: Call of Manshoot and play this? Because of sand?

  9. BrightCandle says:

    That looks pretty bad. The graphics look pretty dated, the weapon mechanics and impact looks downright terrible and somehow in this game its ok to jump into oncoming automatic fire from 5 feet away because you have a shotgun! Don’t get me started on how awful that sandstorm effect looks, pixel shader effect with no depth to it is just wrong.

    Well that was a waste of mankinds time.

  10. stahlwerk says:

    I don’t think I’m interested, but if I Dubai it I’ll play it for the Qatar-sis.

  11. SuperNashwanPower says:

    ‘Eyes wide-open, mouth creaking into a tentative smile, head cocked in much the same way as a dog saying, “Baroo?” ‘

    Today, Nathan Grayson, you are my favourite LOLDog.

  12. TheWhippetLord says:

    As a qualified Bad Joke Umpire, I’m going to have to book you for that pun.

  13. Splotch says:

    This looks unbelievably shithouse

  14. Shooop says:

    So then, other than weaponized sand and a story very loosely based on Heart of Darkness what’s so interesting about this game?

    It looks like every other 3rd person manshoot that has ever existed.