Spec Ops: The Line E3 trailer features a man making the same face in a variety of situations

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Spec Ops: The Line apparently tells the story of a man with a unique capacity to be facing nonchalantly in the wrong direction when things break, explode, or catch fire. I'm not sure that the presence of blank-stare-man does the game very many favours: a human actor maintaining their composure in the face of disaster is a statement. When we're talking about a game character, it looks a bit like your animation system has broken.

Which is a shame, because the game itself is looking very pretty - as the bounty of new screenshots below attest. Sand-wrecked Dubai is the setting for a third-person modern military shooter that's more about the horror of war than fist-pumping bombast. Chris Antista was very impressed when he saw it back in February - check out his preview for hands-on impressions.

Screenshots of both singleplayer and co-op modes are below.



Chris Thursten

Joining in 2011, Chris made his start with PC Gamer turning beautiful trees into magazines, first as a writer and later as deputy editor. Once PCG's reluctant MMO champion , his discovery of Dota 2 in 2012 led him to much darker, stranger places. In 2015, Chris became the editor of PC Gamer Pro, overseeing our online coverage of competitive gaming and esports. He left in 2017, and can be now found making games and recording the Crate & Crowbar podcast.