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.

Customer reviews


The horrors of war

884okeoJ | July 13, 2014 | See all 884okeoJ's reviews »

When I heard about Spec Ops: The Line, I wrote it off as a generic third person shooter with a sub-average story. As it turns out, this gritty war story is anything but. The plot of Spec Ops is one of the more disturbing ones I have ever played through. It starts as a typical middle eastern war affair, but as the game progresses, delves into the mind of your main character, making you question your every decision in a way few games do. The graphics are beautiful for the time, and the gameplay is quite good. Spec Ops: The Line is a must-play.


A definite must play

ashleyfork | July 3, 2014 | See all ashleyfork's reviews »

I picked this up knowing that it wasn't going to be a classic shooter game, for a start it's third person unlike many other shooters. But don't think that third person experience will make you feel in any way detached from the main character.

Every decision you make has repercussions, and this game certainly plays up to that. The creators of the game somehow manage you, the player, feel responsible for the decisions you take - unlike other games where often consequences are aimed at the person you're playing.

Even though it took me a while to pick up and play this game after purchasing, once I did, I couldn't put it back down again. As the title says, a definite must play!


Great Story

RGsSeveredHand | June 19, 2014 | See all RGsSeveredHand's reviews »

The story in Spec Ops stands head and shoulders above most shooters. It challenges the player to think in ways not typical of the genre as you fight through Dubai trying to evacuate its inhabitants. Spec Ops does not try to glorify war and shows the true cost of conflict.

The voice acting is also strong which really adds to the great story even more, with the main protagonist voiced by Nolan North - who also played Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series.

The graphics are amazing. The bright colors really bring life to a desert city. The gameplay in itself is alike to many other third person shooters and is nothing special. But I will reiterate, I got this game just for the story which I had heard a lot of praise for, I was not disappointing and would recommend this game to anyone who likes a good storyline.


Amazing and deep experience !

punisher0051 | June 11, 2014 | See all punisher0051's reviews »

Best story in shooters ever, it makes you care and feel really bad at times, not that much about a soldier but about human, storyline is very immersive and telling you anything about it would be pure crime, and with great story comes beautifull locations, visuals in general are just great same as music. This game is pure gold worth every penny you saved.


Not Your Average Shooter

Shane_For_Wax | June 10, 2014 | See all Shane_For_Wax's reviews »

A lot of people passed on Spec Ops: The Line when it was published. Mainly because it seemed to just be another military shooter in the same vein as Battlefield or Call of Duty. But those who decided to give it a try were rewarded with a fantastic story, a new take on military protagonists, and were forced to think about ethics and morals.

Yes, ethics and morals. You're made to do some pretty bad things, all in the name of 'the end justifies the means'. If you aren't wanting to have your heart twisted and deal with angst, you won't want to play this game.

This game shows how gritty and hard military life can really be. Make your choices and live with them.

Beyond the story, it's your typical third person shooter with controls that we're all familiar with by now. They don't mess with the formula too much.

All in all, a recommended title.