2K have dropped a demo for their sand-strewn shooter Spec Ops: The Line today. It'll be available to all on PlayStation 3 owners, though only Gold Membership holders will be privy to the demo on Xbox 360 for now. Free subscribers will need to wait a week until 15th May.
You can check out Carl's Spec Ops: The Line preview here, and it launches on 29th June for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
Spec Ops: The Line has only made the barest of dents in our gaming news up to now, but since I was able to get to grips with the pre-alpha build without any preconceptions, I was able to appreciate Yager's upcoming title on its own merits. It's a third-person shooter set in the cataclysmic ruins of Dubai after a series of massive sandstorms reduced the city to a lifeless desert... and though it's still taking shape, it's easy to see what they're driving at.
The story and setting is more than a little confusing, but here's what we know. Playing as grizzled lieutenant Martin Walker, you'll lead your team into the supposedly sterile environment to find a couple of missing Spec Ops squads... only to find that their commanders have gone full-on Apocalypse Now crazy. They're both carving out their own kingdoms and exploiting the terrified looters and inhabitants to do so.
The demo started in the destroyed ruins of an opulent hotel. Destroyed beauty has provided the art style for many many shooters, but Dubai provides a jarring contrast between the opulent hotels and arid sand dunes. Seeing crystal giraffes next to decaying bodies and genuine squalor is an obscene take on Dubai's massive class disparity. A falling mercenary shattered a recessed fish tank, showing off some seriously impressive glass effects even at this early stage.