Spec Ops: The Line review roundup

Spec Ops: The Line is on the verge of release and the media reviews are finally in on 2K’s third-person beach-sim/shooter.

Despite first appearing and being slightly undermined as “another cover-based shooter”, Spec Ops: The Line seems to have impressed across the board, with MyGaming’s editor, James Etherington-Smith, finding the game to exceed his expectations.

The Xbox 360 version of the game currently holds a Metascore of 77, along with 78.82 percent on Gamerankings. The PS3 counterpart fares a little lower, although as impressively, with a 76 and 72.50 on Metacritic and Gamerankings respectively.

Check out some of the reviews below:

MyGaming: 85/100

“Spec Ops: The Line comes with my recommendation for gamers seeking a well-rounded, action-packed story-driven romp through a unique environment.” Read the full review.

CVG: 8.0

“The thoughtful philosophy can go AWOL when the guns come out, but at least when they do, the fun doesn’t follow.” Read the full review.

Digital Spy: 4/5

“Spec Ops: The Line lacks innovation or polish in its gameplay, but makes up for it with a story that genuinely has impact and meaning. Whilst the ending is a bit limp, the overall narrative raises serious questions about the duty of a soldier, and how far that goes. Whilst the multiplayer does not quite hit the same heights, this is still a shooter that stands on its own and is not afraid to show the ugly side of the Call of Duty dream.” Read the full review.

VideoGamer: 7/10

“Yager should be admired for its bravery and effort in building something different – this could so easily have been an entirely generic shooter – but it just doesn’t have the fundamentals to back up its grand ideas or the confidence to go completely off the wall and truly stand out from the crowd.” Read the full review.

Eurogamer: 8/10

“It tries, though. It tries to do something special, and it tries to create something memorable and something strange. In Dubai itself, it genuinely succeeds, perhaps because the reality of the place is already so gaudy, so cloyingly, oppressively weird, that it provides a good hard shove in the right direction before the first bullet’s been fired. There are such a lot of shooters these days, and so many tend to blur into each other if you’re not careful. This one won’t, however – and that’s quite an achievement.” Read the full review.

IGN: 8/10

“Spec Ops isn’t about a war, protecting the world, or defeating some evil threat — it’s about you, the effects of your actions, and events that are out of your control. The sum of Spec Ops’ unexpected story is an army shooter that makes killing people mean something. This, along with its thoughtful aesthetic and intelligent enemy encounters, defies the standard established by low-aiming action games. Multiplayer can’t muster up the same courage, though, and while the hollow online experience doesn’t detract from the single-player campaign’s accomplishments, its reliance on convention doesn’t do anything to elevate it.” Read the full review.

Destructoid: 8.0

“We don’t need to come to terms with killing people, because it’s all fun and games for us. Not so for Captain Walker, who must find reason and purpose in his rampage. Walking that long sandy, bloody road through Dubai is one of the most captivating gaming experiences of 2012 because of it.” Read the full review.

Edge: 7/10

“The first shot has been fired in the battle for a smarter, morally cognisant shooter. The numbers aren’t in its favour and its foes are both relentless and well-armed but, if the genre has taught us anything, that’s never a reason to surrender.” Read the full review.

So, have you made up your mind on whether you’re picking up Spec Ops: The Line?

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