I actually still haven't played Spec Ops yet, but at this point, given the conversations happening around it, I need to give up on finding a good sale and just pay the full price. It seems like it might actually be worth it.
Anyway, despite not playing the game yet, I did enjoy Tom Bissell's piece on it on Grantland.com and wanted to make sure others had a chance to read it: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8157257/line-explores-reasons-why-play-shooter-games
I'm a huge fan of Bissell, and while this isn't his best writing, it's still very good and inspired me to finally bite the bullet on getting the game. I like that there is something out that is inspiring these conversations, especially in a genre that is so generic. Looking from the outside-in on it right now, I can't tell if it's right to call the game 'subversive' (in the best possible way), but there does seem to be something unique about it and what it's trying to do.
Hell, even the fact that it's just 'trying' is enough to make it interesting.
Also, this article is what makes me actually interested in playing the new Gears game since Bissell is writing it.