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A Descent Into Madness,
This review is from: Spec Ops: The Line - PC (Video Game)
Let me start off by saying I never do reviews, but after playing what I think already has the title of "Sleeper Hit of 2012" written all over it, I felt compelled. Many people might glance at this game and think it's another military shooter (its generic name doesn't help). It's not. The game is a modern day Apocalypse Now, with similar themes both to the movie and the novel Heart of Darkness. The combat is general third person shooter affair, but its fluid and gets the job done. Where this game truly shines is the story and it's great voice actors. The main character is voiced by Nolan North (but without his Nathan Drake swagger), but before you roll your eyes at the fact that he's in nearly every video game, think about why that is. The guy is a damn fine actor, and this game is his best work. I won't say anything about the plot (if you want the gist and the set up for it, look at the game description) but know that the game is exactly what the title of this review is: a descent into madness. The game starts out like a normal shooter, with one wise cracking squad mate, the typical "take this guy out" squad orders and what not. But it soon takes a turn for the worse as you get deeper into Dubai, and tension between you and your squad mates heat up as your various sets of morals and personalities clash. Even in gameplay, when you give an order to take out a specific enemy later in the game you bark and scream at your squadmates rather than just giving a stern order. As the game goes on, the character models change to reflect the hell they go through. Standard military uniforms eventually turn to little more than rags tied together, and wounds taken are bandaged. I could go on and on, but the less you know about the game, the better.
If you're tired of the Call of Duty and Battlefield-esque Hollywood blockbuster games and like good stories, look no further. This game is a must play, simply put.