Dubai. A glittering beacon in the endless desert. Until the desert reclaimed it with a devastating sandstorm.
That was six months ago. And now, in Spec Ops: The Line on Xbox 360, your mission is to head back into the city and locate the source of a mysterious radio signal...
Returning To Duty
Spec Ops: The Line marks the return of the Spec Ops series after a decade. This third-person shooter puts you in the role of Captain Martin Walker as you lead your Delta Force team through the sandstorm-ravaged streets of Dubai, evacuating any survivors. What sounds like a simple rescue mission turns into something far more complex, a city not only in ruins but in the grip of violence, with survivors battling for control. And at the heart of this darkness is the long-thought-dead Colonel John Konrad.
Crossing The Line
If you're looking for a tough, mature and narrative-driven game that pulls no punches, this is it. Spec Ops: The Line goes beyond simple 'right or wrong' decisions and into the moral ambiguities of war itself. Facing tough choices and impossible odds, how far will you go? Do you dare to cross the 'line' and do what has to be done? And who really is the enemy here?
The ruins and deserts of Dubai are a key part of Spec Ops: The Line. The once-opulent city would make for an interesting enough warzone before it's destruction, but the sand makes things so much worse, and seems to have a mind of its own, shifting in unpredictable ways, helping or hindering your mission. Storms and gales will whip up without any warning, paths can be cleared or blocked at a moment's notice and visibility reduced to mere silhouettes in an orange haze.
The city ruins provide key areas of cover, which match the third-person shooting perfectly. Much of the surroundings are destructible, too, adding an extra element of realism - and potential danger. But this can also be used to your advantage - take out a window or support beam and release an avalanche of sand to take down your opponents.
The 'I' In Team
As Captain Walker, you are flanked by two teammates who are as much part of the mission as you are. Combining squad control tactics with intelligent AI, you command your squad mates but they retain a certain amount of independence and character - characters who are also affected by the moral decisions that have to be made.
Spec Ops: The Line also features a host of multiplayer options for both competitive and co-op play and the chance to personalise and customise characters from both sides.
Pegi Rating:Suitable for people aged 18 and over.
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