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I don't usually play contemporary military shooters -- I prefer science-fictional settings -- but I'd read that Spec Ops: The Line was more of a critique of military shooters, so I gave it a try. Having finished it, I think it's kind of amazing. The storyline is similar to Heart of Darkness/Apocalypse Now, but more than that, the game (pretty explicitly) asks the player to think about the nature of violence and the actions we commit when playing a shooter. I don't want to say too much about the game because I think it's best experienced without spoilers, but I found it the most thought-provoking game I've played in ages.

There have been some pretty interesting commentaries on the game by various critics:

Tom Bissell's "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Shooter"
Extra Credits devoted two episodes to the game:


Brendan Keogh's 50,000 word e-book on the game, Killing is Harmless (I'm currently replaying the game, reading the book as I go)

If you're a Playstation Plus subscriber, the game is available for free, but not for much longer. Highly recommended.

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I don't usually play contemporary military shooters -- I prefer science-fictional settings -- but I'd read that Spec Ops: The Line was more of a critique of military shooters, so I gave it a try. Having finished it, I think it's kind of amazing. The storyline is similar to Heart of Darkness/Apocalypse Now, but more than that, the game (pretty explicitly) asks the player to think about the nature of violence and the actions we commit when playing a shooter. I don't want to say too much about the game because I think it's best experienced without spoilers, but I found it the most thought-provoking game I've played in ages.

There have been some pretty interesting commentaries on the game by various critics:

Tom Bissell's "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Shooter"
Penny Arcade's Extra Credits devoted two episodes to the game
Brendan Keogh's 50,000 word e-book on the game, Killing is Harmless (I'm currently replaying the game, reading the book as I go)

If you're a Playstation Plus subscriber, the game is available for free, but not for much longer. Highly recommended.

After reading this thread, I started playing this last night after I had downloaded it a few weeks ago when it became free for PS+ users. Loving it so far. Story seems good, violence is pretty brutal, especially when using a grenade launcher and totally gibbing someone with a direct hit. Just tried to finish Bioshock Infinite and am loving this game a lot more, had to walk away from Bioshock.

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Similar to the OP, Spec Ops isn't something I would've ever played, even for free, having never touched a military style shooter before. But several months ago in another forum, someone had linked the Penny Arcade review, so I was stoked when Spec Ops was added to the IGC for Plus members. I liked it so much, I played three consecutive campaigns to get the platinum and experience the different "moral" choices. I'm also happy to report I now know who "Oscar Mike" is. tongue.gif

I can't recommend it enough, but be aware, it leaves the IGC when the PSN store updates tomorrow (April 2).
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Glad I downloaded this game. Have read nothing but good stuff about it.
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Finished my first playthrough and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I liked how this held a mirror up to both the player and the genre overall and forced you to think about what it all means.

It was interesting to consider the choices I made.

Spoiler!

I started playing through again on Suicide Mission difficulty to try some other options and get the rest of the intel, though I'm dreading a few sections where the difficulty spiked the first time through.

In all, a very pleasant bargain bin experience. $15 well spent.

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I played this when it was first released and as someone who likes a game with a good story behind it, this was one of the best games I'd played in a long time. Whenever the ending of a game stays with you after you turn off the console and makes you contemplate the choices you made during the game, you know you got your money's worth.
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