Spec Ops: The Line shows off story, gameplay videos

Wednesday, 23rd November 2011 12:04 GMT By Johnny Cullen

CVG‘s gone live with gameplay and story “montage” videos of Spec Ops: The Line, showing the Yager third-person shooter’s big aspects, including its setting in Dubai. Nolan North’s on voice control again for main character Captain Walker. Man’s got to provide bread, and all that. Videos are after the break.

Spec Ops: The Line launches next spring for PS3, 360 and PC.



  1. Yoshi

    “Come on, lets find a way down” XD Hmmmm lolz

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    Crappy third person shooter and nothing more.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    So it’s advanced warfighter with even less inspired dialogue and some kind of hugely surprising supernatural TWISTY moment.

    I never played that a million times!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Maximum Payne

    @2 Well that could be said for gears then.
    There is no Supernatural in this game.Just a sandstorm.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    Really like how there’s slack talk at the beginning and changes drastically near the end.

    @2: Oblivious, as always.

    @3: You mean the sandstorm, right?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    @5 More like the pillar of bloody fire. Sandstorms happen when you live in the desert, but Dubai isn’t exactly going to destroy itself.

    These soldiers get dispatched to Dubai because there’s been some kind of “incident”, and the city has been destroyed by what the US thinks is a nuclear weapon, and then they send in the ultra space marines, which apparently number all but three men, to get the last of their guys out, and investigate.

    Which leads to the big fat SURPRISE, that it’s not what they thought it was.

    That’s my guess, beyond the obvious Apocalypse Now deal going on. It’s so tired and worn out that it’s not even funny :P

    #6 3 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    @6: Nope. From what i understand, the Sandstorm is the incident. A huge chunk of US soldiers has been send out to Dubai to rescue the people who didn’t make it out. They failed, are stuck there, and the US send a team of three to investigate if there are any survivors.

    The surprise is that the US soldiers who got there HAVE survived and Dubai turned into complete and utter shit. It’s Heart of Darkness set in Dubai.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    @7 Fair enough, sandstorm, nuke, the plot device is still the same.

    It’s Apocalypse Now with a psychological/supernatural component, without the screenplay of Coppola and Milius to back it up, and apparently left to some overwhelmed videogame writer.

    That’s just a little too ambitious in my mind.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    THIS based in Dubai? Sounds good!

    #9 3 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    @8: Still don’t see any supernatural component here. You really want Milius on this? After his fantastic work on Homefront? Really?

    @9: No, the book “Heart of Darkness”. The one Apocalypse Now is based on.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    @4, Gears Of War 3 is not that generic as you might think.

    Here, Spec Ops just trying to do the same thing all over again with some special Twist in it and with the same TPS mechanics.

    Maybe it’s a cool game in the end, but for now i don’t see something great in it. Probably going to check this out because there are not a lot of Tactical TPS’s these days.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    @10 It doesn’t have to be supernatural, it could just be “psychological”. Maybe those burning, bleeding towers are a visual representation of someones insanity.

    I’m not a Milius fan, although the Coen brothers are, and I consider them the best currently living writers on the planet. That’s beside the point though. He is a highly conservative, not very succesful screenplay writer, who is famous mostly for being able to come up with single lines that are remembered for eternity.

    Like your napalm in the morning, and similar lines.

    I don’t really want him writing anything, games or movies, but obviously Apocalypse Now was mostly Coppolas vision, and based on his past performance as a writer, I think it’s safe to say that it’s mostly his achievement, although Milius gets credit where credit is due.

    What’s shown in those videos have very little to do with that. It’s just another couple of soldiers who are “so clueless that something bad is about to happen” in the most childishly naive way, engaging in dialogue that has no relevance to the characters or what they’re doing, but is purely there to tell you that they’re Delta Force and they’re on a mission, in the middle of a post-apocalyptic desert, leading into gameplay that might as well be in Advanced Warfighter, Rainbow Six or any other generic Ubisoft TPS.

    I’m just saying that it’s a far cry from being in the same league.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    @12: “I’m just saying that it’s a far cry from being in the same league.”

    As Apocalypse Now? I never argued about that. But when i saw the developer interview, i kind of believed (and still do) that this game is trying to be different.

    Only a Handful of Games actually has character-progression and this is something you can’t show in a 3 min. long video.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 Fair enough.

    For me it just looks like a mix of games that I’ve already played.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. YoungZer0

    @14: Let’s hope not. I’m still waiting for a tps with mature themes and difficult decisions.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DSB

    The Witcher 2! You’re all set!

    I think the modern space for action games is just totally stuck in a rut. BF3 tried to be a thriller as well as an action movie, but with all the Ubisoft games and CoDs, I don’t think any publisher is really willing to risk moving away from that.

    Depth just doesn’t mean money. It’s a huge shame that all we’re left with is worn out stereotypes and equally tired plots. I don’t think it would make any game worse if someone was to add an original story and a bit of personality to the people in it.

    #16 3 years ago

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