Spec Ops: The Line

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"...it is a great return to the franchise." - gamingtrend.com

"It does not forget the madness of war." - gamestar.de

It's been 6 months since Dubai was wiped off the map by a cataclysmic sandstorm. Thousands of lives were lost, including those of American soldiers sent to evacuate the city. Today, the city lies buried under sand, the world’s most opulent ruin.

Now, a mysterious radio signal is picked-up from Dubai, and a Delta Recon Team is sent to infiltrate the city. Their mission is simple: Locate survivors and radio for Evac. What they find is a city in the grip of war. To save Dubai, they’ll have to find the man at the heart of its madness—Col. John Konrad.

Key Features:

  • A new portrayal of the military shooter experience with twisting narrative uncertainties.

  • Action packed 3rd Person Shooter gameplay provides an up-close and personal view into the brutality and emotion within the combat.

  • Command an intelligent and powerful squad of Delta-Force soldiers in a dangerous and unpredictable combat zone.

  • Cross “The Line” in a mature story that explores the dark side of war, where there are no bright outcomes, only bad or worse choices.

  • Unique Dubai setting strikes the imagination and transports players to a larger-than-life playground for vertical gameplay and stunning visuals.

  • Sand-filled Dubai provides new gameplay experiences including sand avalanches, and powerful, disorienting sandstorm combat.

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Customer reviews


Get it for the story

Valoo321 | Aug. 18, 2015 | See all Valoo321's reviews »

This game has an amazing story with such a twist. It's emotional and surprising in so many different parts, and really paints the picture of the madness or horrors of war. You aren't the action hero that powers through the hordes of bad guys to come out triumphant to live happily ever after. Instead, you're confronted with awful dilemmas or having to do awful acts in order to be able to save your team or yourself as you trudge through the deserts. The environments are very very linear. The areas that you end up fighting in don't look too different, you're either in the sand, or in a building, or in a building in the sand fighting bad guys. You duck behind cover and blast away in each area, and then move onto the next. So the gameplay is pretty linear and doesn't hold much, but it's definitely the story that kept me walking through this game. The controls felt fine, responsive and solid and didn't have any problems throughout the game. The end of the game makes you question everything you just played, and there are several areas where you can see definitive changes in the characters - both in what they felt they had to do, what they do after that, and how the interact with each other. I felt like this writing was just fantastic, and made me want to find out what happens. Overall, it wasn't what I was expecting. I loved this game and the story has definitely stayed with me. The gameplay was ok, but mostly just that. As the title says, get it for the story.


Worth it for the storyline alone

slavakoy | July 18, 2015 | See all slavakoy's reviews »

The shooting mechanics are serviceable but not great, and no gameplay mechanic sets this apart from any other modern war shooter. The highlight, and focal point, of this game is the storyline, and this one. is. brilliant. It builds up beautifully to deliver a spectacular 1-2 punch straight to your stomach, while also managing to deliver an overarching point in a way few games have ever managed. And without giving too much away, in a way even the generic shooter mechanics are a spectacular part of the narrative. I've played and replayed this game on the strength of its story alone. The gameplay is good enough to carry you through the emotional roller-coaster the narrative successfully creates.


This game is....bad

Kane987245 | June 19, 2015 | See all Kane987245's reviews »

I know it is not the best shooter in the world but this game STILL had a bunch of bugs and glitches the ruins experience for me. Overall feels like a generic shooter with little to not replay value. Once you are done, it is not a game that gives you much to go back to or explore. I am sure some effort went into the game, but it is not something i would be proud of playing.


Intriguingly Different

ph03n1x_sa | June 10, 2015 | See all ph03n1x_sa's reviews »

I'm not sure how I ended up buying Spec Ops: The Line, but right before I did, I stumbled upon numerous positive reviews. When I started the game, however, I was a little disappointed in the fact that it played like a generic 3PS/military-based game with a fairly linear storyline. Thankfully, after sticking it out, it took on a much different feel, with you, the antagonist, making decisions that would ultimately influence the game's ending. While the graphics at certain points are on par with what you'd expect, you won't care too much about it once you've become fully engrossed in your choices on each following mission. I would thoroughly recommend this game, it's both exciting and thought-provoking.


Not what you'd expect

gamma_rad | June 10, 2015 | See all gamma_rad's reviews »

A great game, While it starts out, and plays mostly as a generic third person shooter, the game excels at one thing most games in the genre have left behind - Storyline. I wont spoil the plot for you, but suffice to say this is great. the little details, the conversations between NPCs, the subtle hints which are made apparent at second throughways, this game has masterfully executed its story. Other than the amazing storyline, this game is fairly generic, especially in terms of mechanics - but its all part of the story.