Review: Spec Ops: The Line
Posted on: 2012-06-28 17:23:20
A smart, compelling, but confused shooter
By Ben Griffin for CVG UK
Remember the bit in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness when Marlow picked off 500 people from behind cover? Er, us neither. But, despite its almost ceaseless violence, this German-made third-person shooter is less 'inspired' by Conrad's novel as full-on remaking it. (Or, at least remaking it via Apocalypse Now.)
The similarities between the two stories, barring Spec Ops' change of location and time (oh, and its continuous stream of punches to the jaw, gut and beltline - with a couple of ass-boots thrown in for good measure), are many. Here, after a series of catastrophic sandstorms half bury Dubai, unhinged Colonel John Konrad (along with his Damned 33rd) stays to help. After weeks of no contact and a bunch of horror stories, some fear Konrad's crossed the line. Your three-man Delta Force is sent to track him down and find out the truth.