Spec Ops is a third-person cover-based military shooter set in a ruined Dubai that has been isolated and largely destroyed by titanic sandstorms. It’s not usually the sort of game I’d go within a hundred miles of, but then there’s something rather unusual about Spec Ops. Something that prompted several people I know to repeatedly insist I buy it and play through it, even though they knew that I hate third-person cover-based shooters that don’t come with a space opera RPG attached, and that I especially hate third-person cover-based shooters about American soldiers stuck in the desert. Eventually I ran out of excuses (the problem with repeatedly saying “I’ll buy it when it drops below £5” is that eventually it will drop below £5) and caved, and you know what? I’m kind of glad I did.