Everything from war-torn images to the sounds of death are all I can think of. It's now 1:17 AM and while my eyes are exhausted, I simply can't rest. Spec Ops: The Line has destroyed me. The gritty, disgusting story is all I can think about. For the first time that I can remember, a video game has honestly changed me.
There's only one word that can describe what I'm truly feeling:
There are very few third-person shooter war games out there that will be remembered for their story. Scratch that - very few war games in general that can claim such a prize. You're in control of Captain Walker, the leader of a three-man operative group known as 'Delta Squad'. Your mission is to find and rescue survivors in Dubai, a once thriving, wealthy city that's now a victim of war.
Or so you thought. What was originally a rescue mission turns south quickly, leaving Delta Squad at the forefront of a war they never asked to be a part of. A war they are now forced to fight, and have unfortunately taken us along with them.
Nearly every decision you choose has a fatal consequence. Whether it's an immediate reaction or one that will change the face of the generation doesn't matter. The choice has to be made, and war is never clear cut. Decisions such as which actor in a petty theft deserves to die, or whether or not the command should be given to massacre involved civilians. It's decisions like these that leave you feeling like you're nothing more than a murderer.
Let me be very clear, Spec Ops: The Line is not a "fun" game to play. It will test your moral compass, make you feel like you were raised the wrong way, force you to make unfair decisions, and then spit in your face. It's a dark, disturbing video game that will make you think twice about what our soldiers are going through.
And if you aren't affected by it's story, then you're most likely a sociopath.
In terms of gameplay I actually found it refreshing. Movements are quick and responsive, with each gun feeling different than the next. The cover system, while certainly not perfect, saved my life more than a few times. You can command your fellow squad mates to eliminate specific enemies, focus fire, and stun a group as well. They are not invincible to damage however, so do be careful when issuing these commands.
It's tough to explain exactly what makes Spec Ops: The Line as great as it is without spoiling the story. In an age where video games based around war are a dime-a-dozen, The Line truly stands out. Not just in it's presentation, but in the way it handles war as well. It's a must-play game worthy of the attention. Hats off to Yager and 2K Games for creating a game about war that actually feels like war.