Make no mistake – Spec Ops: The Line is not your typical modern military shooter. Taking place in a gorgeous, sinister locale and featuring a well-crafted storyline, The Line takes narrative chances that are rarely seen in the genre. You and your two-man Delta Force team are sent to Dubai to search for survivors of a devastating sandstorm, and what happens along the way is a look into the darkest aspects of humanity. While action abounds, its deeper layers of character, loyalty, and honor are what make it memorable and so different than other games of its ilk. As The Line makes its way to the Mac platform, here’s a look at 8 reasons why it’s worth your time.
Spec Ops: The Line thrives on colorful, deliberate level design; its self-conscious take on the shooter genre (by way of Apocalypse Now), and its reversal of traditional player incentives. Originally released in June 2012 on other platforms, Spec Ops' recent release on Mac captures every concept from the original for better and worse. It's as well-built a package as any modern AAA shooter — crisp, quick, and brutal — albeit saddled with some stop-and-pop repetition and decrepit multiplayer modes. However, for all the game does well, the Mac port unfortunately limps along with sluggish and inconsistent performance.