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Old 30-06-2012, 18:21
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Anyone else pick this up yesterday? (or Tuesday if you're in the US). Been playing it for the last two days and it's actually surprisingly good. It plays like Gears of War but with a story that wasn't written by 12 year olds (i love Gears, but the story is hardly it's strongest point). Some of the stuff that happens around the half way point is really dark too, kinda caught me off guard a bit, it's definitely not just another jingoistic "Hoo-rah!" shooter that the trailers make it out to be. If anything it's kinda of like a modern interpretation of Apocalypse Now, set in a half destroyed Dubai.

It's also goregous to look at, with the sand effects rivaling Uncharted 3 imo.

I'd highly recommend it based on what i've played so far.
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:39
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Sounds like in some ways this would give PS3 owners a chance to experience Gears then ?? (in a round about way)
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:38
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I'm not sure about this one. It looks good but I'm sick of splashing out on stuff that I trade in a week later. I might pick it up when it's 20ish.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:26
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I'm not sure about this one. It looks good but I'm sick of splashing out on stuff that I trade in a week later. I might pick it up when it's 20ish.
There is so much rubbish out these days, when a decent title comes along nobody is willing to commit.

There sould be a campagne for longer, higher quality games, then less games could be made, streamline the industry is what I say.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:40
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Played the demo a couple of time and quite enjoyed it. The cover system isn't perfect but I guess you can adapt, the controls were tight and it felt good to play. To be honest, it does seem just like another generic 3rd person shooter but from the reviews I've read it's actually quite original in a number of ways and has a well written plot.

I wouldn't say it was like Gears of War though apart from the obvious fact it's a 3rd person cover shooter, the gameplay is nowhere near as hectic or fast paced as Gears and the weaponry is completely different, which gives it a different feel.

Bad points; Nolan North...again. Sick of his voice.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:41
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I have it, it has a great story and "decent" shooting. Will play it through when I return from my self imposed TPS ban (after just finishing Max Payne 3 and Mafia 2 back to back)
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Old 02-07-2012, 15:06
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Bad points; Nolan North...again. Sick of his voice.
I like Nolan North, but I really wouldn't let him voicing the character put you off the game, if anything having him voicing the character works in its favour because you're expecting his character to be a Nathan Drake type "100% hero", but the character is much more ambiguous in his motivations, something that North puts across in his performance really well.

I'm near the end of the game now and i have to say it's been superb. I'd definitely say pick it up if you're wanting something engaging/mature.
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Old 02-07-2012, 16:31
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It's a pretty short single player.

Interesting moral and other questions and the ending(s) are a nice feature.

Graphically impressive but I feel it could have been so much more than they've made it.
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Old 02-07-2012, 16:50
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Seems to be the way with shooters, FPS or TPS. Short campaigns to whet your appetite for MP.

Do like the look and concept of it. Will wait for this to come down in price though.
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Old 02-07-2012, 19:32
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I like Nolan North, but I really wouldn't let him voicing the character put you off the game, if anything having him voicing the character works in its favour because you're expecting his character to be a Nathan Drake type "100% hero", but the character is much more ambiguous in his motivations, something that North puts across in his performance really well.

I'm near the end of the game now and i have to say it's been superb. I'd definitely say pick it up if you're wanting something engaging/mature.
I'll bear that in mind thanks. I do like the demo a lot. It's just his voice grates on me, that is solely due to Nathan Drake I'll admit. At least he plays a different role in this though, yeah.
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Old 02-07-2012, 19:52
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I'll bear that in mind thanks. I do like the demo a lot. It's just his voice grates on me, that is solely due to Nathan Drake I'll admit. At least he plays a different role in this though, yeah.
Got the game before today great opening hope the rest is as strong

If you don't mind me asking, what annoys you about his nathan drake voice? personally i think its his best role and he himself loves it
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Old 26-12-2012, 06:52
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Got this for Christmas too, a game I've been wanting to try for a little while now. Very impressed with to far, I'm up to Chapter 10 I think and the story has been very good for this style of game, it doesn't glamorise the violence of war and tries to get the player thinking about his actions. It's all very cool and it has great gameplay and graphics. So far I'd put this above Max Payne 3 as a 3rd person cover shooter.

Got the game before today great opening hope the rest is as strong

If you don't mind me asking, what annoys you about his nathan drake voice? personally i think its his best role and he himself loves it
I just dislike Nathan Drake as a character, too squeaky clean for my liking with all the depth of a puddle but I will say North does a good job here in Spec Ops.
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Old 26-12-2012, 15:57
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I just dislike Nathan Drake as a character, too squeaky clean for my liking with all the depth of a puddle but I will say North does a good job here in Spec Ops.
Nathan Drake is far from squeaky clean. There is something dark in his past which we are now starting to find out.

As for Nolan North, I think he is cool. I've seen him in a few films/tv shows and watched a few interviews and on set stuff he has done alongside Naughty Dog. Apparently he does a pretty good Jason Statham impersonation too.
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Old 31-12-2012, 06:23
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Nathan Drake is far from squeaky clean. There is something dark in his past which we are now starting to find out.
Well, to me he's a goody two shoes Indy imposter with a crap haircut IMO.. but it doesn't really matter since Lara Croft's on her way to take back the crown for adventure platforming.

Back on topic, Spec Ops the line, I love this game! Very surprised by it, it also has the best minigun set pieces I've ever played in a game.
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Old 31-12-2012, 17:22
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the demo was good. i perfer 3rd person shooters but theres other games i want before i pick this up
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Old 17-02-2013, 00:22
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I completed this in a day ....it was a good game but a bit too short and no variety .
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Old 17-02-2013, 00:26
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Interesting story, beautiful and unique environments and very mediocre gameplay.
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