Spec Ops Stealth Patrol
|a game by||Runecraft|
|Editor Rating:||3.5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||4.0/10 - 1 vote|
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Priced at only $10 retail, you might think there's no way to lose by picking up Spec Ops at a whim. Of course, that's before you actually turn on the game. Once you do, you'll truly understand the meaning of getting nothin' for somethin'. At first look, Spec Ops doesn't seem altogether too bad--you get to choose your Rangers, each with his own specialty, and then outfit them with a complement of real-life weapons and equipment. But once you're past the entry screens, that air of realism is shattered. Let's start with your Rangers who crawl and roll like they're handicapped. I'm not sure where they learned these moves--they really don't look like they could possibly help them survive in the wild. And in this game, they really don't. In fact, nothing seems to work. You can stand behind a tree and you'll still be hit by sporadic enemy fire. So then you can try to lay flat behind one and it's still of no use. But that's not the only annoying thing--nothing in this game makes sense. It's really easy to kill enemies from a long distance with the machine gun, but then someone five feet away won't die until I empty a whole magazine into his body. Spec Ops can't seem to decide whether it wants to be realistic or action-packed, and even if the developers were able to decide one way or the other, the rest of the game is lame regardless. Save your 10 dollars and buy something more fun, like a bag of rocks.
Hmm, what do you do when a game seems too hard? Do you: a) keep at it until you master it b) consult a strategy guide or c) get really frustrated, smash something then lose all interest? I didn't smash anything, but I did lose interest fast. The premise is a good one--lead special forces on different covert missions, etc. The problem is the missions become too ambitious and confusing. I'm all for depth but only if it can be executed properly. There are too many loose ends..like getting shot by seemingly invisible enemies, having no idea where to go next, and dealing with intuitive gameplay. This game has potential but doesn't pull it off.
Spec Ops is so frustrating that I ended up calling a tester at to ask him what the hell was up with this obnoxiously difficult game. "Yeah, it is quite hard," he tells me. "Have you tried avoiding the guys that shoot at you?" Yeah...l tried avoiding them, pal. But because of the stupid, cheap, crappy, pathetic "we didn't bother pushing it cor it's only $10" Al in this game, it doesn't matter whether I'm lying down, behind a tree and on the other side of a hill from where the bad guys are-they can still drill a bullet into the back of my skull. Even for $10 I still expect a game to be playable, and this really isn't. Do not be tempted by the cheap price.