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Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line review

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1 year ago

Feature: Listen now to our great story

Podcast: Bad games with a great story

Sit down at the boiling pot, stranger. Let me tell you a tale. A sordid tale, full of fascinating lands and captivating characters. A story of wonder and flame, strangeness and warmth. Would you like to hear it? Great. Just play this rubbish cover shooter for a half hour. I’ll start the introduction when you hit the first checkpoint. Welcome to the RPS podcast, the…

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4 years ago

Feature: The horror!

Have You Played… Spec Ops: The Line?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Spec Ops: The Line [official site] is a pretty fun third-person cover shooter about shooting people in their faces, then sometimes feeling a bit bad or confused about killing them. I think BioShock made folks a bit excited about shooting games where shooting…

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Feature: And seven runners-up too

The 10 Best Games Based On Books

Books! They're like films without pictures, or games that are all cutscene. Old people and hipsters really like them, teenagers think they're like totally lame, and quite frankly we should all read more of them. There are countless games inspired by books - most especially Tolkien, Lovecraft and early Dungeons & Dragon fiction - but surprisingly few games based directly on books. Even fewer good…

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6 years ago

Feature: Williams Vs Yohalem Part The Last

Spec Ops, FC3 Writers On What’s Next, Futurism, BioShock

Who shoots the shooters? Well, I don't think Spec Ops: The Line and Far Cry 3 writers Walt Williams and Jeffrey Yohalem have ever shot anybody, but they are attempting to skewer gaming's shooter genre – or at least give it a good paddling. In the previous two installments of this gigantic chat, we discussed everything from the art of critique, to violence, to the…

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Feature: Williams Vs Yohalem, Pt 2: Blood Dragon

Spec Ops, FC3 Writers On Art, Treating Players Intelligently

When last we joined Spec Ops: The Line writer Walt Williams and Far Cry 3 writer Jeffrey Yohalem, they discussed everything from the problematic nature of modern escapism to Western culture's disturbing disconnection from real violence. Today: art! Or rather, the process of creating it using someone else's money when that's not really what they wanted in the first place. Also, we delve into the…

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Feature: Williams Vs Yohalem, Pt 1

Fire Away: Spec Ops, Far Cry 3 Writers On Criticizing FPS

The shooters! They've become self-aware! Now they're in the vents, skittering around menacingly and writing lengthy commentaries on why the very mechanics that make them tick might just be hyper problematic for, you know, society. Two games, especially, have claimed the forefront of this movement and have succeeded to - erm, depending on whom you talk to - varying degrees. If nothing else, however, Spec…

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7 years ago

Feature: So I turned myself to face me

Trendspotting: How Gaming’s Changing In 2012 (Sez I)

No doubt there are big things yet to come from the last quarter of 2012, but even by October it feels like it's been an uncommonly important, even vital, year for games. The hit rate of great things, expected and unexpected, has been pretty steady, but on top of that there have been major emerging trends as gaming starts to move out of the awkward…

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Spec Ops Dev Diary Shows More Grisly Business

Spec Ops' handsomely bearded writing lead, Walt Williams, talks about the personalities that make up Spec Ops: The Line's team - both player and non-player characters - in a new development diary installment, which you can see below. Williams claims that the moral choices in the game are "about holding up a mirror to yourself", which in my case would reveal a tired-looking man with…

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Spec Ops: The Line Launch Trailer Is Kind Of Problematic

And not just because it seems like a billion of these things have popped up in the past week or so, either. See, a recent developer diary about Spec Ops' potentially uncomfortable marriage of meaty, blood-spattered fun and the grim truths of war prompted me to wonder if the whole thing wasn't like duct-taping a cat and dog together. And while Hollywood tells us that'd lead…

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Just Deserts: Spec Ops Goes Behind The Line

For me, Spec Ops: The Line is like watching a child play with a balloon. Like, I want it to be good, and I think it definitely has the tools to do so - but I'm still tensing every muscle and waiting for a deafening POP. Maybe it's a sign of early onset cynicism, but plenty of other shooters have promised non-black-and-white moral choices and…

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Dubai Or Not Dubai: Spec Ops: The Line Demo

Arriving slightly later than on consoles - boo, hiss - you can now check out the Heart of Darkness inspired shooter Spec Ops: The Line in all its sand-strewn glory. It doesn't just want you to murder your way through armies of crazy people in the remnants of fallen Dubai, but to think a little while you do. And not simply 'which gun should I…

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Just Deserts: Spec Ops MP Trailer Weaponizes Sand

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…

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Spec Ops: The Line Is A Grisly Business

Having read Adam's hands on with Spec Ops: The Line, I've found myself intrigued by a game I suspect I might have otherwise ignored or dismissed as another military shooter. While it's very much about men shooting each other, the themes of the collapsing Dubai being eaten by the desert, not to mention the underlying occult weirdness, looks like something I'd like to explore. The…

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Sand In Your Pants: The Itchy New Spec Ops Trailer

Spec Ops: The Line is on a mission to prove it's not just the sand that's gritty with this new "Community Gameplay Trailer". Whoever the Spec Ops community is, they're sick puppies, as this is nothing but a catalogue of human misery: Argos filled with skulls, a Littlewoods of pain, an Innovations dedicated exclusively to a helmet that stops brain matter from staining your nice…

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Get Some Spec Ops: The Line in June

Ooh, I've come overall military. Let me try that again: "I don't know what I've been told, Spec Ops: The Line is out June 29th". Ah, military cadence is a wonderful medium for delivering game news. The Dubai set Gears of War-ish shooter that Adam liked but I have concerns about is taking advantage of the sweltering heat of summer and potential beach holidays. Imagine,…

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Feature: Talk The Line

Interview: Yager On Spec Ops: The Line

Drawing inspiration from Joseph Conrad as much as the series that it seeks to reinvent, Spec Ops: The Line is a brutal, plot-driven third person shooter. After playing a few chapters of the game, I sat down with senior designer Shawn Frison to talk about Dubai, war stories, and the tension between horror and entertainment.

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Feature: Some hold it, some walk it...

Hands On: Spec Ops: The Line

As I sat in 2K’s lobby waiting to play Spec Ops: The Line, a man played The Darkness II on a nearby consolebox. If I were to estimate, I’d say 84% of his time was spent eviscerating people, tearing them limb from limb, punching gaping holes through their most precious parts and lopping off their screaming faces with a twitch of his tentacles. It truly…

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You Say Du-Bye And I Say Hell-O: Spec Ops

We sent Craig into what I can only assume was the heart of a diabolical sandstorm to take a look at Spec Ops: The Line. Despite misgivings, he admired the impressive spectacle, most of which seems to be due to the game's setting in a decaying and sand-suffocated Dubai. A new trailer, which shows a fair bit of gameplay, does manage to impress with its…

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8 years ago

Feature: Sandy, sure.

Hands On With Spec Ops: The Line

The Spec Ops series has been going since 1998, although came to an abrupt end after eight games and an abandoning of the PC, in 2002. Now, a decade on, it's back with Spec Ops: The Line. We sent Craig to take a look at an early build of the military shooter to see if it's a welcome return. Sand, like bullets, can kill a…

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