The lights are on
the most casual gamer can tell you that military shooters are a dime a
Just about every major conflict from modern history has been recreated
digital form, as well as countless fictional wars set in the past,
future. With the dominating presence of titles like Infinity Ward's
Warfare 2 and DICE's Bad Company 2, what does 2K Games expect to bring
genre with its 8-year-dormant Spec Ops series? After being treated to a
demo of the game, we have the answers. Here are the most promising
2K's new third-person shooter, Spec Ops: The Line.
World's Most Luxurious Ghost Town:While
most modern day shooters have players blasting through small jungle villages or the dilapidated settlements of underdeveloped countries, Spec Ops takes place in Dubai, one
most opulent cities in the world. That luxury is lost however, when a series of sandstorms leaves the
half-buried and abandoned, with no one left to maintain order. The
the most haunting atmosphere we've seen in a military shooter, as the wealth and decadence of the city's privileged citizens is contrasted with the
death left in the storm's wake.
The sandstorms also have an impact on
gameplay, and not just by obstructing the player's vision: In a trailer
game, a firefight with a squad of enemies perched in a high rise is
when the sand beneath the protagonist's feet begins disappearing. It
turns out he
was unwittingly standing on the submerged glass dome of an adjacent
the dome shatters, the sand begins to pour through the hole like a
hourglass, leaving the protagonist hanging from the cover he had been
refuge behind. After shooting at a few more enemies, the protagonist
through the roof on to the sand below, and the firefight resumes in the
area. Not only are the graphics impressive, but the disorienting effect of the city being buried in tons of sand gives Spec Ops a surreal atmosphere not often seen in a genre usually focused on realism.
The Horror! Of War
Storylines in military shooters always seem to take a back seat to the
pieces, focusing on overly simplistic "good guys vs. bad guys" formulas.
Ops looks to provide a more complicated take on war and the impossible
that can plague its participants. 2K is citing the classic war film Apocalypse
Now, as well as its source
material, Joseph Conrad's The Heart of Darkness, as major
inspirations for the game's
storyline. The premise certainly reveals a few similarities: As Delta
Walker, your mission is to enter Dubai to discover the fate of missing
Colonel John Konrad. Konrad originally stayed behind in Dubai to help
that couldn't evacuate before the cataclysmic storms hit, but has since
contact with the military.
His grasp on reality may also be missing:
narrative during the trailer suggests he may be performing unspeakable
on the people left in Dubai, in the name of some mysterious higher purpose.
demo, this included a dozen bodies that had been strung up on lampposts
deserted street, and the use of white phosphorus on an unnamed military
still not clear who the enemy you'll be facing in Spec Ops is, but if
remains true to the spirit of the works it's drawing inspiration from,
likely won't be an easy question to answer. 2K says that some moral
also be incorporated into the gameplay, so expect to make some tough
of your own.
Expectations2K is confident that Yager Development will use the story and setting of Spec Ops to create a military
that plays differently than what most veteran gamers expect from the
They tell us that players will be presented with situations designed to surprise and
their moral preconceptions. Unlike the infamous airport scene from
Warfare 2, however, Yager will give players more control over how
play out. The game will feature contextual commands that you can issue
squad, and we're told that good squad management can greatly impact your
efficiency on the battlefield. The environment is also a factor: You'll
to take advantage of the vertical interiors of Dubai's buildings to gain
tactical advantage over your enemies, and dynamic sandstorms can change
designs in ways that may help or hinder your squad.
The game will also
a full set multiplayer options, including co-op and team-based modes. We
to hear details about a multiplayer beta soon, but so far 2K is only
that the multiplayer will focus on new modes and "unusual situations and
this newest installment of Spec Ops will resurrect the franchise, or get
by the plethora of other military shooters on the market, remains to be
What we do know is that 2K is trying to take the series in a new
and in an ever-stagnating genre, a little change can be a good thing. For more info on Spec Ops: The Line, check out the next issue of Game Informer.
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Sounds interesting. Looking forward to hearing more about it. A FPS where you have more contro over what happens sounds good.
Not sure about this one yet..
I watched the first trailer for this a long time ago and I got really excited about it. A great military shooter with an interesting story and setting sounds great to me, especially if the gameplay delivers. If you are interested in the game try to find the trailer it got me really pumped for this title.
This sounds much more engaging than your standard military shooter. Long as the actual game play stands up to par, count me in.
This looks like it could have some potential.
While the history of the "Spec Ops" series kind of leaves a shadow of uncertainty on this title, the attention to providing a compelling story has gotten my attention and I hope Yager can come through both in terms of story and gameplay, it would be nice to have a redefining moment within the military shooter genre, or at least an intriguing story to accompany a competent campaign
This could be good.
Lots and lots of potential in this game... only time will tell if it will be unlocked.
this... looks... AWESOME!!!