NOTH­ING MORAL IN COM­BAT

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - LEVEL UP - —ALL RE­VIEWS BY ARUP DAS

I must con­fess that when I got my hands on Spec

Ops The Line, I thought here comes an­other third­per­son shooter ti­tle which will join the un­end­ing list of for­get­ful games. But I am happy to say that the game made me eat my words with its strong game play and bril­liant graph­ics.

The stage is set with se­vere sand storms cre­at­ing havoc and bring­ing the glit­ter­ing me­trop­o­lis of Dubai to its knees. In the chaos and de­struc­tion all around, you find that Colonel Con­rad’s 33rd In­fantry Division had ig­nored evac­u­a­tion or­ders and stayed back to help the lo­cals. The Bat­tal­ion had sub­se­quently dis­ap­peared in the storm. Now it’s up to the Delta Force Bravo team—Cap­tain Walker (that’s you), Lugo and Adams—to res­cue Con­rad and his boys and help the lo­cals.

But noth­ing is ever so sim­ple when this res­cue mis­sion quickly turns into a blood bath—the twist here is that Con­rad and his team have gone rogue. So not only do you end up fight­ing the chal­leng­ing weather con­di­tions and the in­sur­gents but also your for­mer US Army col­leagues.

In terms of graph­ics, de­struc­tion never looked so artis­tic and beau­ti­ful. The dust haze and the bat­tered build­ings have been por­trayed to per­fec­tion. The game it­self is sim­ple: shoot, duck and make sure your two team mates stay alive. But the sim­plic­ity of this game is a dou­ble-edged sword as it be­comes repet­i­tive and pre­dictable.

A fea­ture in this game which is worth men­tion­ing is that you have to take some tough de­ci­sions like pun­ish­ing a fa­ther for steal­ing food or an Amer­i­can sol­dier caught in­dulging in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity. This adds some re­al­ism to the game as noth­ing in life is ever black and white. There are some game­play mo­ments that will leave you all “wow”— like when there is a head shot, you can get to ad­mire your shot in slow mo­tion.

Spec Ops: The Line will keep will keep you glued to the screen but it’s not an iconic game that you will want to play again and again as it lacks new op­tions.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Good sto­ry­line, strong game play, ex­cel­lent graph­ics.

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