Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line draws critical attention in upcoming ebook

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While Spec Ops: The Line might not have been one of the year's best games, it was definitely one of the most interesting - a shooter with a very different perspective on war, and a development team ballsy enough to see it right through to the end. It also inspired Brendan Keogh to try his hand at a sadly-rare bit of long-form game criticism - Killing is Harmless: A Critical Reading of Spec Ops: The Line.

Due out on the 16th, this 50,000 word epic promises to leave no stone unturned, going through every square inch of Spec Ops and picking it apart - from the opening optimism of soon-to-be-fallen hero Walker to the [CENSORED], the horror of the [REDACTED] and unforgettable [THAT BIT].

In short, all the spoilers! Consider yourself well and truly warned.

'Well, at least he left an iconic corpse...'

"While with most other games I could perhaps sum up their themes and how they conveyed them in a thousand words or so, I found this to be impossible with The Line," he explains on his site. "To analyse The Line, I needed to analyse all of The Line, from the opening menu screen to the end of the final epilogue. I needed to look at every single little bit of the game from start to finish to see how it all goes together in such a way to make me ask the questions I asked. So that is what I have done."

Killing Is Harmless will be $2.99 for the first month, going up to $4.99 after that. It'll be in PDF form, with versions catering for Apple and Amazon devices planned for afterwards. Check Brendan's site, Critical Damage, for updates and links to the book when it goes live for download next Wednesday.