Spec Ops Writer on Violent Games: 'We're Better Than That'

Walt Williams, lead writer of last year's subversive (and flawed) shooter Spec Ops: The Line, began his talk at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco with a bit of flair: "It's going to maybe sound like I'm being critical of violent games," Williams said, "but I want to say right off the bat that I don't believe … » 3/27/13 2:00pm 3/27/13 2:00pm

What Does A Marine Think Of Spec Ops: The Line's Criticism of War?

It's coming up on the end of the year, which means it's time to start looking back. And amid the Kickstarter campaigns and DRM-debates that kept 2012 so interesting, one game keeps coming back up: The brutal Spec Ops: The Line. It was a clever game that despite its hum-drum 3rd person shooter trappings was also a… » 12/03/12 2:00pm 12/03/12 2:00pm

Spec Ops' Multiplayer Developer Defends Mode Called 'Cancerous' by the…

The studio responsible for the multiplayer component of Spec Ops: The Line, whose lead designer called it a "cancerous growth" foisted upon the game by publisher 2K Games, defended its work in a statement today. » 8/31/12 1:45pm 8/31/12 1:45pm

The Full Story Of Spec Ops: The Line, From Audacious Storytelling to…

You may or may not have heard this already, but despite outward appearances, Yager's third-person military shooter Spec Ops: The Line was a surprisingly artful, even audacious game. It wrestled with big ideas like player complicity in onscreen violence, military slaughter of civilians, post-traumatic stress disorder… » 8/28/12 8:00pm 8/28/12 8:00pm

How To Kill Civilians In A War Game

Civilian casualties are rare in video games. Every real-life war results in a terrible loss of innocent life; collateral damage is a grim reality of battle. Yet most war video games play out across perfectly crafted arenas in which each "team" is clearly marked and civilians are nowhere to be found. » 7/24/12 7:00pm 7/24/12 7:00pm

Spec Ops: The Line: The Kotaku Review

Spec Ops: The Line takes place beneath a sea of sand, deep within the Arabian Desert. In the game's fiction, the once-opulent city of Dubai lays in ruins, stripped and wrecked by the wrath of nature. (And I mean: The hubris of this place! Maybe Dubai kind of had it coming.) » 6/26/12 11:00am 6/26/12 11:00am

The violence is an issue as…

I Hope Video Gaming's Apocalypse Now Fixation Isn't Just An Excuse for…

It's starting to look as though game developers have moved their cinematic ambitions beyond the story of Charles Foster Kane and on to something a good deal more violent and possibly more attainable. To put it glibly: Apocalypse Now is the new Citizen Kane. » 6/18/12 8:00pm 6/18/12 8:00pm

Take a Gander at the Sand, Suffering and the Destroyed Luxury of Spec…

Might we be seeing soldiers cry—or, at least get very pensive—in Spec Ops: The Line? Maybe. It may be set in the architectural wonderland of Dubai but bad shit's going to down in 2K Games' upcoming military shooter. These screens and concept art shots show the shattered steel and glass of Dubai festooned with bodies… » 2/06/12 5:00pm 2/06/12 5:00pm

Why Dubai Is the Perfect Video Game Playground

Looking at a random aerial shot of Dubai might lead you to think you're looking at a future New York. Or London. Or Hong Kong. But this place actually exists, newer than those places and more remote, too. The hyperreal city sits on the edge of the Arabian Desert, boasting skyscrapers and man-made islands unlike those… » 2/01/12 2:00pm 2/01/12 2:00pm

C'est La Guerre: Here's a Look at Modern Warfare 3 Spec Ops Survival in…

Survival Mode's one of the biggest tweaks to the multiplayer portion of Activision's upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It's a variation on Gear of Wars' Horde Mode experience but wrapped up in present-day paramilitary flavor that's made the Modern Warfare series such a dominant franchise. » 10/04/11 10:40am 10/04/11 10:40am