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Jun
10
2014

E3 2014: Dreadnought announced, from Spec Ops: The Line developers: YAGER

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Independent publisher Grey Box has issued a call to battle stations today, announcing it is working with Berlin-based studio YAGER to create Dreadnought, an aerial armada action game for PC. Set in a futuristic era of war and refuge, players will take on the role of a mercenary spaceship captain who owes allegiance to no nation, fighting for glory amidst a galaxy of chaos. …continue reading » E3 2014: Dreadnought announced, from Spec Ops: The Line developers: YAGER

Aug
21
2012

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Jul
13
2012

Spec Ops: The Line Review

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– Scott Ellison

Our Score: 4 / 5 – Awesome

The idyllic city of Dubai, resting between the Persian Gulf and sand is not a likely place to be sieged by a sandstorm. But the biggest sandstorm ever recorded has hit the United Arab Emirates in Dubai, and the 33rd Battalion (nicknamed “The Damned 33rd”) are sent in to help with rescue and evacuation efforts. Only, they’ve disappeared too due to another major sandstorm. Delta Operatives Walker, Lugo, and Adams are sent in to assist. Playing as Captain Walker, you lead the charge.

When gunfights begin, you’re rushing to cover, kicking sand around as the hot sun beats down on you. Gameplay is overall basic third-person shooter trappings. You’ll take cover, blind fire, and throw grenades. Perhaps iterations and improvements on the formula is the ability to pick-up any weapon and there is no reserved “primary” and “secondary” slot, just two weapons can be carried at any time. Ammo is a scarcity but there is plenty of weapons to be picked up.

Nailing a headshot is mildly disturbing as the game pauses for a second as you can see the blood spray or witness the entire head disappear from your enemy. The sand is both the villain and the hero of the game, as it has put you where you are. It can also be used to your advantage where buildings somewhat covered in sand can have the glass shot out to drown enemies much quicker than putting them down with bullets. Sandstorms occur at specific moments, and are as haunting as you’d imagine them to be: deafening and reduce visibility to almost nothing.

The art direction is gorgeous. Colors were put to great use that includes vivid transitions of oranges to blues, greens, reds, and purples with exceptional lighting. Characters and their gear are detailed, though environment details can be hit and miss. I’m no architect, nor do I know the building blueprints of Dubai. But the interior designs of buildings seemed to be very similar constructed.

The strongest case I can make for the game is in the writing, it gave me chills and left my mouth agape on several occasions. Accurate depictions of military lingo, conversations, and the breakdown of these characters over time are phenominal. Cusses, insubordination, and hard choices happen more often than you’d think. And the situations are left to your own devices. it can make things go from bad to worse or from bad to still bad. Your crew will react and give you their thoughts but still follow your orders. These decisions can have consequences but do not affect the end game. Cutscenes can get over the top, almost ruining the gritty gameplay and fantastic writing.

Spec Ops: The Line is nothing like the other Spec Ops games that came before it, and that’s to The Line’s credit. It does a lot of things right. What it doesn’t do right particularly well is making your objectives clear. “Run!” is not very descriptive, so when you get near your objective marker to die by helicopter gunfire – you’re dumbfounded. You can’t take cover or shoot back, just run. Well, it turns out you need cat-like reflexes and need to perfectly execute the action from when the game returns control to you. This nullifies what would be some truly epic moments of desperately trying to survive overwhelming odds. It doesn’t help these issues extend to the checkpoints, which are badly placed either before or after a cutscene that doesn’t give you much to work with. Luckily most cutscenes can be skipped.

Multiplayer is mostly forgettable. It’s competent but nothing spectacular. Feels good, looks good. But it just isn’t well executed or any interesting. I understand the need for longevity, but the story and choices drive the replayability. It was a gamble to implement multiplayer. Without the multiplayer, Spec Ops might have been released sooner. There is no Co-Op, but it wouldn’t be beneficial to the experience.

The Line of the game’s subtitle is open to interpretation. But it’s safe to say it refers to the “line in the sand”, or “the line that shouldn’t be crossed”. Those phrases come to light in many ways as the game is constantly dancing in shades of grey. Spec Ops: The Line is one of my favorite stories in recent memory. The characters are interesting and the actors behind them give powerful performances. Unfortunately the bad checkpoints and overall basic gameplay get in the way of a good time. There are truly some hair-raising moments you won’t want to miss.

Retails for: $59.99, recommended purchase price: $49.99

Jul
01
2012

Amazon kicks off a PC Games Summer Sale Starting Today

(Thanks to NeoGAF Thread OP Nelo Ice for compiling the list and Tony from Amazon for letting us know)

Amazon is having themselves a Summer Sale of PC Games. There are some spectacular deals especially among newer games like Max Payne 3, Spec Ops: The Line, and Syndicate – all of which I’ll be grabbing. Many of the games will be special in that they’ll have Steam-redeemable keys. Tony at Amazon worked hard with the team to get Steam keys as they know people have their preferred platform.

Max Payne 3 – $29.99 (50% off) – This is the Steam version. 50% runs 7/1-7/4 (end of day 7/4) and will then be 33% off through 7/14

Spec Ops: The Line – $24.99 (50% off) – Steam activate-able – this will run from 7/1-7/14

Syndicate – $14.99 – Origin activate-able – this will run from 7/1-7/14

Bioshock Dual Pack (Bioshock 1 + 2) – $7.49 Steam activate-able – this will run from 7/1-7/14

X-Com Complete Pack – $2.99 – Steam activate-able – this will run from 7/1-7/14

The Darkness II  $12.49 – Steam activate-able – this will run from 7/1-7/14

Rockstar Classics Pack – $14.99 – Steam activate-able – this will run from 7/1-7/14

Crusader Kings II – $9.99 – Steam activate-able – this will run from 7/1-7/14

Plethora of Paradox Games – $19.99 containing (all Steam activateable) runs 7/1-7/7:

  • Crusader Kings II [Download]
  • Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shields DLC Pack [Online Game Code]
  • Crusader Kings II: Mongols DLC Pack [Online Game Code]
  • Crusader Kings II: Ruler Designer DLC [Online Game Code]
  • Crusader Kings II: Songs of Albion DLC [Online Game Code]
  • Crusader Kings II: Songs of Faith DLC [Online Game Code]
  • Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Holy Land DLC [Online Game Code]
  • Magicka Collection [Download]
  • Magicka: The Stars Are Left DLC [Online Game Code]
  • Majesty Gold [Online Game Code]
  • Majesty 2 Collection
  • Victoria II [Online Game Code]
  • Warlock: Master of the Arcane [Download]

Plentiful Paradox Package – $12.49 (all are Steam activate-able) runs 7/1-7/7 contains:

  • Crusader Kings II [Download]
  • Magicka Collection [Download]
  • Magicka: The Stars Are Left DLC [Online Game Code]
  • Sword of the Stars – Complete Collection [Online Game Code]
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter [Download]
  • Victoria II [Online Game Code]

Pint Sized Paradox bundle – $7.49 (all steam activate-able) runs 7/1-7/7:

  • Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shields DLC Pack [Online Game Code]
  • Crusader Kings II: Mongols DLC Pack [Online Game Code]
  • Crusader Kings II: Ruler Designer DLC [Online Game Code]
  • Crusader Kings II: Songs of Albion DLC [Online Game Code]
  • Crusader Kings II: Songs of Faith DLC [Online Game Code]
  • Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Holy Land DLC [Online Game Code]
  • Majesty Gold [Online Game Code]
  • Warlock: Master of the Arcane [Download]
  • Majesty 2 Collection

Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition – $7.49 (Steam activate-able) runs 7/1-7/14

Duke Nukem Complete Pack – $7.99 (Steam activate-able) runs 7/1-7/14:

  • The base game – Duke Nukem Forever
  • The DLC Pack – Duke Nukem Forever Hail to the Icons Parody Pack DLC
  • And the DLC Pack – The Doctor Who Cloned Me DLC Pack

2K Strategy Pack – $19.99 – runs 7/1-7/14

  • Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Game of the Year Edition [Download]
  • Sid Meiers Civilization IV: The Complete Edition [Download]
  • The Stronghold Collection [Download]

2K Shooter Pack – $19.99 – runs 7/1-7/14

  • BioShock 2 [Download]
  • BioShock [Download]
  • Borderlands Game of the Year Edition [Download]
  • Duke Nukem Forever Complete Pack [Download]

2K Mega Pack – $39.99 – runs 7/1-7/14

  • BioShock 2 [Download]
  • BioShock [Download]
  • Borderlands Game of the Year Edition [Download]
  • CivCity: Rome [Download]
  • Duke Nukem Forever Complete Pack [Download]
  • Mafia II [Download]
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Game of the Year Edition [Download]
  • Sid Meiers Civilization IV: The Complete Edition [Download]
  • The Stronghold Collection [Download]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – $29.99 (50% off Steam activate-able) – runs 7/1-7/14

Battlefield 3 – $35.99 (40% off, only redeemable in Origin) …continue reading » Amazon kicks off a PC Games Summer Sale Starting Today

Jun
09
2012

E3 2012: Spec Ops: The Line

Front facing demos of the game were of the Singleplayer Demo released in May. The ones on the back side though, were later in the game at Chapter 13 and things have not gone well with the crew. Sparing the details, this looked very end-game and invokes all of the mechanics in order to survive. Even on Normal, sheer quantities of the enemies will swarm and flank you causing you to reassess your position and keeps you on the move. Ammo is at a premium and requires that you pick up dropped weapons to be successful. You’re separated from the squad and as you regain radio contact with them, you are faced with more challenging enemies all while dealing with the emotional damage that has incurred in your time in Dubai, questioning who you’ve become in this journey. Spec Ops has great gameplay with solid gunplay, and tapping into these characters for their emotional capacity is really interesting.

I definitely want to see the whole thing. …continue reading » E3 2012: Spec Ops: The Line