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


Best story of 2012. So, consider it.

MafuMafu | July 31, 2014 | See all MafuMafu's reviews »

One of the best stories I've played. It's not the ordinary war game. This game shows the true face of war and the real price people has to pay. Even if you're not a fan of these kind of games, you should give it a try. It's a fun third person shooter gameplay, with cover-to-cover like in Gears of Wars. The portrait of aftermath Dubai is great, and using the environment to help you is plain awesome. It even has a multiplayer. It's not perfect, but it's pretty fun to play with friends. But, I don't think you'll find lots of people playing it right now, sadly. Besides the story, one of the strongest points of this game is the voice acting. Nolan North as the Captain Martin Walker does an outstanding job that you'll surely enjoy. This is one of the few games I usually recommend. No wonder why IGN chose it the best story of 2012. But, you'll be the judge of that.


A diamond in the rough.

JURGMANDR | July 26, 2014 | See all JURGMANDR's reviews »

This game's single player story is quite good. The controls feel clunky, but get the job done. On that note, let me say that overall the controls do not have a nice smooth feel, nor does the slide into cover mechanic feel as fast or have as much "oomph" as it should (a la Gears of War). The attack command did not seem to work at all other than when prompted on screen( i.e. I'd be sitting their trying to get my teammates to take out certain enemies and the command wouldn't work, I'd get shot, and have to kill the bastards on my own). The guns have no real distinguishing features (at least to me they don't other than perhaps vertical recoil) other than certain attachments (the p90 has a laser sight, the m4 has a suppressor, the scar-h has a grenade launcher, etc). On that note let me say that this is a gory game ( though it could have done it in a slightly more realistic way than headshots always ending in exploding skulls with geysers of blood and grenade kills turning people into giblets). The finishing moves become increasingly more brutal as the game's story progresses, which is a great touch. The AI (at least on normal) is acceptable as they occasionally try to flank you or flush you out with grenades ( on harder difficulties the enemy AI shines while the teammate AI is terrible ). Teammate AI is tolerable on normal and vastly inferior on harder difficulties. The sand mechanic is a nice touch. Overall the game's story is disturbing, well written, but lacks choices that truly matters , the controls are clunky, squad command didn't work (at least for me), the enemy AI on lower difficulties is a worthless, the teammate AI is worthless in general, guns and overall movement lack any visceral punch. Minus the technical flaws, the story alone is worth playing this game for.


Incredible game

philip08533 | July 23, 2014 | See all philip08533's reviews »

Combined with great graphics, game-play, and story, this game is one of the best I have played in a while. The whole time you have no idea whats going to happen or what is going on, and than it is all revealed at the end and it is, in my opinion, mind blowing. It's a typical third person shooter, but unlike most games, it gives you the freedom to choose what happens. Throughout the game you have opportunities to choose whether to kill certain people or not. And it all piles up to the end of the story when you find out whats really going on.


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!