8/10 – Unique narrative, setting, and refreshing commentary within a very functional cover-based shooter.
Spec Ops: The Line is not long, which ended up working in its favor; I was able to blast through it primarily for the intriguing story and enjoy the romp. The shorter length also prevents Dubai from becoming stale; you’ll encounter plenty of the opulence Dubai is known for juxtaposed with the effects of devastating sandstorms and violence. I played through the game on Normal difficulty (guessing 8-10 hours) and it was challenging enough to be entertaining without being frustrating – a couple difficulty spikes near the end being the exception. Multiple endings can be experienced by simply replaying the last (brief) chapter, but if I didn’t have a massive library of other games waiting for me to play, I’d probably replay through the game entirely to gain a better appreciation for it.
Note: I did not play the multiplayer component, so I’m only commenting on the campaign. I’ll add impressions here if that changes.
If you’re looking for a mindless shooter with a long campaign, look elsewhere. Otherwise, Spec Ops: The Line is really refreshing.