Spec Ops: The Line - Preview

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Release Date: 19/06/2012

We preview Spec Ops The Line on PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360

The games market is crammed with outstanding shooters and most of them are huge sellers, too. So any developer looking to bring a new entry to the genre needs to carve its own unique niche. Step out of the shadows Spec Ops The Line, a third-person thriller that brings the true 'horror' of war kicking and screaming to the forefront.

Inspired by the brilliant 1979 movie Apocalypse Now and its source novel, Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness, The Line is a brooding, nerve-shredding shooter that marries tactical gunplay to the raw survival instincts of Resident Evil. But there aren't any ghosts or zombies lurking in its dark and sandy corridors; the terror in this game is of the real, very human kind. Scared? You should be petrified...

Third-person shooter with consequences Spec Ops the Line at GAME

Hello, Dubai

While games like Call Of Duty and Battlefield focus on the chaos of the battlefield, The Line devotes its energies to crafting a terrifying adult story. You star as an army captain who is packed off with two fellow troops to Dubai to investigate the whereabouts of a missing US colonel called Konrad (note the literary reference). A year prior to the narrative, Dubai had been ravaged by a vicious sandstorm, forcing the nation to call America for help. But while Konrad was the man sent in as a saviour, he hasn't been heard of or seen since. Cue one big, scary mystery...

As you enter the ruins of Dubai, it is very clear that Konrad has gone stark raving bonkers and established a violent yet primitive dictatorship over the city's survivors. Lawbreakers are hung from scenery, deadly warnings are scrawled on broken buildings, and opponents are brutally tortured, their screams echoing out of battered speakers that are strewn throughout the dusty environs. It's a far cry from the sunny paradise that's popular with holidaymakers today.

Dubai is the setting for the bleak Spec Ops the Line on PS� Xbox 360 and PC at GAME

War Games

Its developer has already declared this game to "explore the dark realities of war" while placing players "in difficult situations where the line between right and wrong become increasingly blurred". And its many trailers have shown stark and disturbing scenes of hostages being executed, and piles of haggard corpses propped up against decaying walls.

In one gut-wrenching scenario, you encounter two prisoners hanging from a bridge, and with Konrad's menacing tones delivering orders through crackling speakers, you're charged with deciding which of the two men is to die - or, if you're brave (and/or foolish), trying to take out the hidden sniper.

With its battered, sun-scorched setting, eerie locales and realistic fire-fights, Spec Ops The Line is a raw and unflinching experience. Gun ammunition is at a premium, and you can't recharge your health like you do in Call Of Duty. There are hard decisions to make as the story unfolds, and some of its set-pieces are amazing. Just be warned though: Spec Ops The Line is a game that wants to do more than thrill you - it wants to haunt you too.

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