It works in something like a film or novel (Heart of Darkness or Apocalypse Now,) because, well yeah, it's not your story. You're simply a passive observer in the story, you don't have any agency in what characters will do, or how they will react. To me at least, the problem is that the by virtue of being an interactive medium the game is admonishing and attempting to make the player feel guilty for a decision that they ultimately have no control of, at least outside of just quitting the game then and there.That's a fair take, but I liked the scene. To me, the story wasn't about you, but about the main characters whom you are following around. Yes, you play as the main guy, but you are not the main guy. I think that the White Phosphorus scene, to me, cemented the idea that this is his story, not yours, and he is making these decisions.
That's how I see it, anyways.
In fact, after I did that section for the first time (and spent a good long while killing infinite spawns,) I thought I had done something wrong, and immediately restarted the level to see if there was something that I had missed.
Plus, vidya and films almost always collapse when saddled with an unreliable narrator.
If they did that they'd probably have run the risk of getting an AO rating.Also the WP scene wasn't gorey enough, the textures were too muddled. You have your Crispy Burny Bois and Skeleton Lads now you could look up the real shit on the internet and compare. The horrifying and shock factor was pretty dull. If anything they really should have showed it up close and not through a cut scene. It's a third person game with some first person mechanics all this shocking shit should have happened in real time through the player's perspective it would have worked better.
I like that it gave some exposure to the source material.I love watching gamers discuss Spec Ops: The Line. It reveals who the cultural illiterates are when they start gushing over a mediocre third-person-shooter because its story (badly) rips off some books and movies they've never read or watched.