GameCritics: There's a scene in Heavy Rain where the main character, Ethan, can murder an innocent man to prove his love for his son. That was a jaw-dropping moment, because he hadn't murdered 300 people on the way to that point. In contrast, Spec Ops desensitizes the player with so much violence at every turn, yet keeps trying to suggest that the player should remain sensitive to violence issues.
I'm absolutely not accepting Spec Ops: The Line as a smart game that brings up the issue of heroism through violence into question. It's about as convincing as Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch being a film about feminism and female empowerment.