Spec Ops: The Line and my quest for Dubai
Before I try on any new game, I always try to read a review or two before investing in the game. If I am planning to buy something that still has not hit the racks, I take in the previews. This has always been how I choose my games, and it helps to make an informed decision. So when I was reading the previews and reviews of Spec Ops: The Line, all I read was how mindless this shooting game was. In the face of such uninspiring reviews I had almost decided not to get myself a version of this game.
However, when I did, I was happy I hadn’t relied solely on reviews. Yes, on the face of it, it is just a shooting game, with a military shooter sent to Dubai to rescue survivors of sandstorms, where even the main man leading the evacuation has gone missing for months.
Though our hero Capt Martin Walker finds that this wonderful city has turned into rubbles and there are wild men who have taken over this city of the dead. It is up to our three man team to rescue what is left of the ruins.
The one thing that makes this game stand apart from amongst thousands of other shooting games is that though there are hundreds of enemies being gunned down, our hero and his assistants never do it mindlessly. The moral dilemma of taking a human life always hunts them, and time and again it raises philosophical questions. This contrasts with the killings that take place in bizarre ways and places.
I used my PC to play the game, and the designs and graphics are one of detail and hit you hard. Probably because of the PC the resolutions looked better and more life-like.
The relentless and endless shooting might not go down well with some people, but I am a fan. Bite me!