Spec Ops The Line is easily my favourite shooter of the year. I played a few this year, Far Cry, Halo and so on but none came close to how much I truly enjoyed Spec Ops The Line and the incredible story it told. So heads up, this contains a major Spec Ops plot point, and if you haven't played Spec Ops yet. You totally should because it's an awesome game.
The moment I talking about is a very important moment in the game, so here's the situation. Basically, I need to get to a certain building, but in front of me is a ton of guys. Luckily, I have a mortar. So I casually blow up all the bad guys in my way, on the last shot I saw loads of people crowding in to a tent. KILL THEM ALL.
Then I have to walk through the valley of my destruction, this game is about the horrors of war and this moment reinforces it, watching all the people caught in my chaos crawl for their life. Then I stumble across a guy who tells me they were just trying to help... to help? I walk in to that tent where I saw tons of guys scramble in to tent. Civilians, all of them. All dead because of that last mortar shot. I was horrified.
It made me question a couple of things, firstly, when I used to play Call of Duty and I'd casually blow up guys with a predator missile. Blowing up little dots on a radar like they were nothing, Spec Ops made me think. These are real guys (Well, real within the game universe.) that I see as a little mark in on a screen. Like that part of Call of Duty 4, with the AC-130. Looking back on it now, it's a really cold moment. Just blowing guys up with out a second though.
The second was how radically different this is to a Call of Duty shock moment, CoD's shock moment is designed to make you hate the enemy, to help portray them as ruthless and aggressive. Spec Ops's shock moment makes you hate yourself. YOU did this, YOU killed all these innocent people. It was an incredible moment that struck me.
Oh and don't even get me started on the ending. So. Damn. Good.
I honestly can't recommend this game enough. It's so damn good just for story telling strength alone.