In case Metro 2033 wasn't bleak enough a game for you, there's one option sure to both test your trigger finger and your moral stamina. Spec Ops: The Line is one of the darkest shooters available on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. 2K took a leap of faith that gamers would appreciate Yager's reboot of the Spec Ops franchise. However, sales barely broke one million, and even after being released on Playstation Plus, the game still hasn't reached a lot of gamers' radar.
You'll survive through a sandstorm plagued near-future Dubai as Captain Walker, a member of a Delta Force squad that gets pushed to the brink as they go to hell and back. What starts as a recon mission turns into all out war as your morals and skills are both put to the test. Do you choose to kill a fellow soldier to keep yourself hidden or do you let them live? Is it the civilian or the corrupt soldier who pays the price for justice? Are you even human anymore? Is this even reality?
Those expecting a traditional shooter experience need drop those expectations by the door upon entering Spec Ops: The Line. Beyond the brooding narrative, it offers a far more tactically styled control scheme. The shooting puts emphasis the player's aim over auto-aim assisting every shot while strongly encouraging assigning targets to your squad so you can focus on the most pressing hostiles. The campaign, while short, has branching choices decided by gameplay preference over simple "good or evil" decisions. Failing one style of play may result in total failure for the alternative as well but the game continues on all the same. The game's multiple endings also give you a dramatic level of control for how the finale plays out. Last but not least, the game features a brilliant PC port that can scale to many different rigs.
The multiplayer was a wash due to the cumbersome nature of progression and the lack of content for both competitive and cooperative missions, but did feature the unique focus on using line of sight and squad tactics to succeed over super human abilities and magic knifing moves. If you had the right mindset, it could be a rewarding if still completely average experience, sitting somewhere between a squad shooter for co-op and a stealth shooter for the competitive multiplayer.