Spec Ops: The Line Is No Trip to the Beach

Sandstorms, helicopter crashes, falling skyscrapers, and Nolan North! These are just some of the things you can expect to find in Spec Ops: The Line.

Sand is going to get everywhere when Spec Ops: The Line hits the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC later this month. 2K's new third-person shooter takes place in Dubai, where you play the role of Captain Martin Walker, voiced by none other than Nolan North. We were sent copies of the game to check out ahead of the launch, so we got suited up and captured some footage.

Spec Ops: The Line's introduction is pretty explosive, as you're thrown straight into a helicopter dogfight.

This is the first of many ambushes that Walker and his team find themselves in during the course of the game.

The team frequently finds itself fighting against large numbers of enemies. The clip below is an example of the action sequences that take place in the single-player campaign.

Walker is one tough bastard--falling from skyscrapers doesn't seem to pose too much of a problem. After falling, Walker then has to fend off attackers on his own, while his team race to save him.

Spec Ops: The Line will be released June 29 in the UK and June 26 in the US for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. If you're eager to see more of the game, check out our episode of Now Playing where Guy and Mark blast their way through an abandoned building.

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38 comments
God-of-Gaming
God-of-Gaming

not going to waste my time or money on this...

stan_boyd
stan_boyd

I played the demo, I thought it was decent but I wanna know how long the campaign is.

speed45823
speed45823

After watching the now playing of this game, I just wanna take my player and make him jump off Burj Khalifa.

DARREN636
DARREN636

no trip to the game shop either.

white_wind
white_wind

I don't know much about this game but will definitly get it because I live in Dubai :D

GabrielAlmeida7
GabrielAlmeida7

Now that I played the demo, I can say this isn't a very good game. Regarding gameplay, there are lots of games with a better one, like Max Payne 3, Ghost Recon Future Soldier. The graphics aren't all that bad, but still are very inferior to some games. O thing that bothered me is the fact that you can't drop to a below floor unless the game tells you to press the corresponding button. You can be standing at the edge of a cliff, your objective is down below, but you can't jump down unless you go to the place of the edge the that game wants you to go, only then the command to jump down will become available. Oh, and if you scare easily, this game's not for you. During it's trailer, displayed at the end, there are some gruesome scenes featuring tortured and executed soldiers

GabrielAlmeida7
GabrielAlmeida7

I'm not very sure about this game. I like games with good storylines, but a good gameplay is also important. Unfortunately, this one seems to lack a good gameplay. Has anyone noticed that the guy shot THROUGH the cover in the 1:09 minute of the third video?

SiniStar121
SiniStar121

So, my question is. What is this game doing to stand out or lead the way for other shooters to follow. I don't see where I should pay $60.00 for something I have already seen before... accept in HD I guess.

ayusheus
ayusheus

I loved the demo mostly because i was paying more attention to the storyline..   and the suspense it built up was awesome.

 

nothing makes a game better than having an awesome storyline..  hope it gets better and beyond expectations and doesnt fail

IamNick2k11
IamNick2k11

Demo is ok I suppose but does nothing at all different, I reckon it won't score to high though :( about a 6.5 or 7 if it's lucky.

jokerdk
jokerdk

Demo was really bad and booring, they promissed superb sand effects and its even worse than in Rage. 

tehwatever
tehwatever

i dubai, there's plenty of africans, chinese, indians, pakistani and southeast asian people living and working there. if this game only feature arabs i'm calling bullshits. otherwise looks good so far.

ramyland
ramyland

.....played the demo and this is one of the most boring , dull , linear , arcade , bad graphics game i had the "pleasure" of checking!.....

Ibra8
Ibra8

nooooo but I like the beach

RobertBowen
RobertBowen

I played the demo for this game (on PC), and the graphics and animations are great.  The hints of story make it seem like it could be interesting.  But unfortunately it basically plays like a lot of other third person cover shooters.  The idea that you can command your allies to focus fire etc., just didn't go far enough for me, and didn't always work.  Some of the AI was a bit clunky.

 

The combat just didn't feel 'tactical' enough, and I was really itching for some greater depth to the range of commands you could give your team.  Think 'Republic Commando' to have an idea of the squad control I would have liked to see in this game.  And I shouted at the screen when you go for a silent takedown - then one of the guys shouts at the top of his lungs and alerts the entire building to your presence.  Totally broke the immersion there.

 

I'm just not sure the gorgeous environments and story can overcome the gameplay mechanics for me.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

what I liked in the demo is that you are not the only one getting shot at and that your AI team mates can actually kill the enemy by themselves

slonekb05
slonekb05

" this game is no trip to the beach"  if you mean this game is no fun . than i agree , game will get a 7 if lucky. demo was just bad

 

 

RealitySpectre
RealitySpectre

the demo was soooo linear and the gameplay was stiff. it was kinda neat to see a new take on the shooter genre, but it really was pretty bad overall

armedvigilante
armedvigilante

the demo for this game was awful and the story wasnt as intriguing as it initially seemed

Stoopid_Fool
Stoopid_Fool

Finally they have some new on this game, looks fuckin sick!

endorbr
endorbr

I'll definitely be picking this one up at some point.

Bhemont
Bhemont

They got me at Nolan North!

UziKill
UziKill

The demo was fun. I might go for this one if the campaign is long enough.

dannyodwyer
dannyodwyer staff

 @white_wind I tried to find my girlfriends apartment in Business Bay, but sadly it didn't seem THAT accurate :P

bjg18605
bjg18605

 @GabrielAlmeida7 You can shoot through wood in the game, and he didn't shoot through the cover, most bullets bounced off the stair rail and those than didn't hit it flew right to the enemies he was aiming at.  I think you should give this game a chance, I thought the demo was great.  Great storyline, the gameplay was smooth except for that dropping down stuff which quite honestly isn't that big of a deal.

ZOD777
ZOD777

 @IamNick2k11 I think you might be right, but I haven't played the demo just yet.  Based on gameplay footage that I have seen, I don't think it is all that great.  The story might save the score somewhat, but I don't think it will get any higher than an 8 at best.  My first indication that a shooter (be it 1st or 3rd person) is not going to be all that good is the visible vapor trails left by the bullets that seem to go way slower than an actual bullet would.  I hate it when you have to steer your vapor trails and lead your target into them.  That is a game breaker for me, and that is what it looks like when I see gameplay footage.

kratos-lll
kratos-lll

 @tehwatever I live in Dubai, and i see more southeast Asians than arabs, they should take that into consideration :P

ScouseLemon
ScouseLemon

 @ramyland I'm getting flashbacks to THQ and it's Homefront attempt. Something looks very familiar!

svenjl
svenjl

@Bhemont Really?! That's your criteria for judging this as a good game? No wonder there's so much bland $hit sitting on people's shelves. No need for creative and innovative gameplay - we have Nolan North. Hurrah!

GabrielAlmeida7
GabrielAlmeida7

@bjg18605 Now I see what you mean by saying he didn't shoot through cover. Thank you. After writing that, I played the demo, and I can say you're right. I liked the atmosphere and the storyline, the gameplay is also good, although I wished the guy had more freedom of movement. Being only able to do some actions when prompted by the game sucks (like when you have to drop to a floor below, you can only do so when you're in the place the game wants you to be).

stan_boyd
stan_boyd

 @kratos-lll I think it will depend on "who" the enemy is, if it is an Arab terrorist group then you will prob see mostly terrorists, just like in Yakuza you fight pretty much all Japanese people yet their are people of other nationalities living in Japan as well, however to be Yakuza you have to be japanese so it made sense that you were fighting mostly japanese.

boags24
boags24

 @svenjl Hurr, no fun allowed.He was making a joke. 

bjg18605
bjg18605

 @GabrielAlmeida7  @bjg18605 Yeah, I definitely agree about the need for more freedom of movement haha.  It can be a pain in the ass sometimes.  Can't always have a perfect game though, it's been a while since one was made.