Spec Ops: The Line Will Challenge Your Morality

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Spec Ops: The Line Will Challenge Your Morality

2K Games has announced the intriguing Spec Ops: The Line, a third-person shooter that could deal with some heavy issues.

2K Games' Spec Ops: The Line was recently unveiled at the 2009 VGAs. The game, in development by Berlin based studio YAGER, is a modern day third-person military shooter set in the abandoned and destroyed city of Dubai. Spec Ops' title evokes feelings of Socom or Ghost Recon, but it actually has more of an Uncharted vibe to it.

Playing as U.S. Army Captain Martin Walker, you are part of a rescue operation in Dubai investigating a distress signal presumably received from U.S. Army Colonel John Konrad. Before devastating, city-destroying sandstorms hit Dubai, Konrad and his squad remained in the area to protect citizens that weren't able to escape, and they were feared dead until the signal was received. The sandstorms play a large role in combat, often changing battlefield situations on the fly. Multiplayer will also be thrown in the mix, which will be tied into the single-player storyline somehow.

Most war games tend to fall into the category of "yet another one," but Spec Ops: The Line could be a title worth looking out for. The trailer paints the picture of a conflict between a man utterly changed by the choices of war and the group of soldiers trying to bring him home. 2K Games says Spec Ops will "challenge players' morality by putting them in the middle of unspeakable situations where unimaginable choices affecting human life must be made." This storyline, combined with the game's dynamic environments that can change at random, has me very interested. Spec Ops: The Line will be released sometime during Take-Two's 2011 fiscal year, which doesn't begin until November 1, 2010, so don't bug your local videogame store employee about this one just yet.

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Meh, yet another war game. I think im set with MW2 until BFBC 2 comes out.

also, Berlin based studio YAGER.

YAGER BOMB!

That looks fairly good! MW2 & Gears together

I know this question has probably been asked hundreds of times over shooter history but I still want to know how this guy can fight thirty enemies and come out of the battle without even a papercut...

Deofuta:
Meh, yet another war game.

And what? Would you like a shooter were you play a fat, angry, old man living alone in a rundown home in an empty field who spends all his time on his pouch and takes potshots at kids who every so often come on his property?

If you have an idea for a shooter that doesn't involve some type of battle I'd love to hear it. (No sarcasm. I live off original ideas)

It seems pretty cool. It's got the "Apocalypse Now" vibe, with the crazy commander and stuff, but that's not a bad thing.

Frankly, I don't care about games claiming to 'challenge player's morality'. The whole 'choose your path' fad in games went from the choice between 'Messiah or Satan' to having you choose between two unspeakable evils. I remain unimpressed.

Du Jour Jaricho:
I know this question has probably been asked hundreds of times over shooter history but I still want to know how this guy can fight thirty enemies and come out of the battle without even a papercut...

It's a video game. 'Nuff said.

Spec OPS?! I've still got the PSone Stealh Patrol! Making a new game after 8 years in a series is either going to go wrong or be the best thing since something.

Looks pretty good. I like 3rd person better than 1st so hopefully I'll get to play it.

Du Jour Jaricho:

Deofuta:
Meh, yet another war game.

And what? Would you like a shooter were you play a fat, angry, old man living alone in a rundown home in an empty field who spends all his time on his pouch and takes potshots at kids who every so often come on his property?

If you have an idea for a shooter that doesn't involve some type of battle I'd love to hear it. (No sarcasm. I live off original ideas)

Have you tried The Saboteur? That's an original WWII game if there ever was one.

What does pique my interest is the setting of the battlefield in this game. Initially I thought it was going to be in a climate-change-wrecked future where the world is engulfed in deserts - implausible - but sandstorm-terrorized Dubai is actually a pretty cool idea, and close enough to realism, too; deserts are constantly shifting, and a good storm could well wipe away the ground beneath your feet. Props to whoever came up with that.

Deofuta:
Meh, yet another war game. I think im set with MW2 until BFBC 2 comes out.

After watching the trailer, though, I think this game has as much in common with those two games as Pokemon does with Street Fighter.
Sure there is 'fighting', but it's way too different to compare.
I've got my eye on this one.

Cool,cool.Looks nice,has a good vibe to it.

Off Topic:Was the song in that video by Björk?

"Spec Ops: The Lin"? The trailer seems to be missing a portion of the left hand side.

That looks very good. I personally will keep my eye on it

AkJay:
It seems pretty cool. It's got the "Apocalypse Now" vibe, with the crazy commander and stuff, but that's not a bad thing.

Damn it now, you have increased my want for a game were the main character seems to come from a Werner Herzog movie.

LTK_70:
Frankly, I don't care about games claiming to 'challenge player's morality'. The whole 'choose your path' fad in games went from the choice between 'Messiah or Satan' to having you choose between two unspeakable evils. I remain unimpressed.

Du Jour Jaricho:
I know this question has probably been asked hundreds of times over shooter history but I still want to know how this guy can fight thirty enemies and come out of the battle without even a papercut...

It's a video game. 'Nuff said.

I believe you've missed my point, I'm only saying is that I want developers to at least try to make sense of the protagonists Godliness. There's just something about the trailer that makes me question this regular gaming occurrence.

While on the subject of the trailer, anyone know who's voicing the colonel? He sounds familiar...

I feel like my comments for these announcements are blending together..

NEW GAMES LOOK INTERESTING. I TOO WONDER WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE.
I WONDER IF THEY WILL BE GOOD, IN WHICH CASE I WILL BECOME EXCITED FOR THEM, AND THEN WHEN RELEASED I'LL MAKE COMMENTS ON HOW GOOD OR BAD IT IS, USING MY OPINION FOR FACT.

That looked pretty cool. Shifting enviormental planes has always been pretty sweet in my eyes as it gives the battlefield life.

I clicked on this thinking it was something about Spec Ops for MW2...

Like, maybe the DLC for MW2 on it's way looks so good it will change your morality?

Fail.

It looks like you might need to take down the sandy version of Colonel Kurtz.

Spec Ops...what a lame name for a game that looks this cool...

That actually looks cool. The whole sandstorm bit is creative. This might be worth looking forward to. Of course, I've got plenty of time to wait until then. Let's hope Bad Company 2 can hold me over for almost a year.

AkJay:
It's got the "Apocalypse Now" vibe,

Basically this, and having a sandstorm in the middle of a gunfight sounds pretty interesting.

Distorted Stu:
That looks fairly good! MW2 & Gears together

Looks like they are bringing the whoop, and the ass into one location =D

AkJay:
It seems pretty cool. It's got the "Apocalypse Now" vibe, with the crazy commander and stuff, but that's not a bad thing.

That's exactly what I was thinking. Having not known the Colonel's name at that point, I bet myself that his last name would be Kurtz. Now knowing what it is, it starts with a K, and is essentially the last name of the guy who wrote Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad, for those who don't know), so I figure I was close enough.

I suspect I will enjoy this if only for the Heart of Darkness references. Although it might end up being too much i.e The Directors Cut of Apocalypse Now.

Well, someone finally wants to make a game resembling Apocalypse Now. I hope they won't cock it up.

EvmansRiggers:
Basically this, and having a sandstorm in the middle of a gunfight sounds pretty interesting.

More like a gunfight in a middle of a sandstorm, don't you think?

IS THAT GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE!?

DO WANT, DO WANT.

Can't challenge a utilitarian.

Though it is in a genre I don't usually enjoy, some of that footage was pretty impressive, and setting a Gears of War clone in a modern city, must have taken testicles of wrought iron. This trailer has peaked my interest.

Meh just looks like another shooter. On top of that i think that all shooters should be fps since tps doesn't really bring the feeling. About all that morality, while 2k has been making bioshock and basketball they probably didn't see any games since most of video games now have "challenged morality" and from what i see in the trailer its to kill or not to kill an enemy........im not impressed.

Oh my dear spec ops, what have they done to you? What happened to the days gone by of fighting Argentinians in Antarctica to recover downed satelites? Infiltrating Pakistani nuclear sites? Decimating Colombian drug cartels?

This game isn't fit to ware the title.

Looks like it could be good. Definitely reminds me of Apocalypse Now.

All I can say at this point is Dubai is a neat-ass setting. Even destroyed and abandoned. The way it is now, with all sorts of insane architecture, ridiculously rich people, and the rampant crime and forced labor, makes it the perfect setting for a video game. And the sandstorms sound really interesting, especially after seeing the ground drop away from the player in the trailer...
My curiosity has been piqued.

Hmm. 'Uncharted' gameplay with a Joseph Conrad touch? Now THAT I can get behind.

Ooh, ooh-- also, I know it's a little early to be thinking of DLC, but they should totally have Johnny Cash as a playable character.

So you can, you know, WALK The Line. Ehh? Ehhhh?

Sorry.

Spec Ops: The Line Will Challenge Your Morality

Yes, I will eat the babies and then burn down the orphanage.

Looks to be an interesting game, I'll keep an eye out. Dunno whether it'll take precedence over some of the other planned purchases I have, but it's certainly not turned me off the game.

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