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


A good story after all

sergebelanger22 | Nov. 17, 2015 | See all sergebelanger22's reviews »

In Spec Ops: The Line, you play as the captain of a squad who needs to find a missing person. The whole story is one of the most interesting for a shooter that I have seen for a while. The sound is good. The combat though is a bit painful. Getting to cover is often a challenge. There are some objects "hidden" here and there. However they are shining, so they are not that hidden. However, they all add a little something to the story. It is most of the time conversation that important people in the story had before the events. The game is not that long, maybe few hours long and there is no replay value, so I would only recommend a rental instead of a buy. But it still worth to be played.


Like a punch to the gut.

rockykoston | Nov. 9, 2015 | See all rockykoston's reviews »

This game has something going for it that you will never be able to put your finger on and when you do, it will hit you hard. Its a good shooter, interesting enough to make you keep playing and as you see the story unfold, a realization sets in, a realization that will either make you feel glad that you picked this game up or the opposite. I would highly recommend this game to everyone who loves a nice story and some twists. The twists will make you question, they will make you discuss this game after its over and in my book, not many games can do that. As a bonus, the game has good graphics, solid gun play and multiple endings. A second playthrough of this game, will make your experience richer. Get out, get shooting and enjoy the ride this has to offer.


You Will Feel Like a Bad Person.

Vausch | Nov. 7, 2015 | See all Vausch's reviews »

This game is depressing. It's an incredibly engaging story, based on the novel "Heart of Darkness" that also influenced the film "Apocalypse Now". It's almost a horror game, dealing with dark themes and deep descent into madness as symbolism is littered throughout every inch of the game. You'll leave feeling a mix of emotional drainage, satisfaction, you might wind up looking at your collection of games and the game industry as a whole and think "What have we been doing?" You play as Captain Walker attempting to answer a distress call in Dubai after a sandstorm has hit. Things go awry very fast as Konrad is being attacked by the American Military for reasons he can't figure out, guided through Dubai by Colonel Konrad on the other side of a radio with your two AI partners Adams and Lugo. I don't want to say anything more because the narrative is easily the strongest point of this game. Spoiling anything would be detrimental and ruin the experience for anyone. It's a third person shooter with an incredibly strong narrative and controls that are functional but slightly off, though this is intentional. Recommended to anyone that enjoys horror games, third person shooters, strong narrative, and games with fantastic stories.


Decent shooter, bit generic, entertaining enough story.

GuardianOfSouls | Oct. 23, 2015 | See all GuardianOfSouls's reviews »

All in all a decent game, it doesn't do anything better than great games in the genre but it combines elements of various games to create a solid product. The story is thought provoking and entertaining. It thankfully doesn't overstay its welcome through the five to seven hours it will take you to play through it. If you want a linear, fairly straight forward simple modern war shooter this isn't a bad choice. Don't expect the world though, it is a solid title with decent mechanics and gameplay; not among the best games in the genre but highly playable.


What are games made for?

borobobo | Oct. 23, 2015 | See all borobobo's reviews »

I chose the above title because a common answer to that question is that games are made for fun and maybe to entertain yourself or just spend your time before doing something else. Well, games are also made to educate you and give you another view on everyday problems of our society and how some choices might affect reality and have bad consequences. Spec ops: The Line is such a game. It's not your everyday shooter game like call of duty or battlefield. It might never be like them but it really has to offer a rich story that in the end will make you question your ownself. Did I make the right decision back then? How many people died because of this? Am I a monster? Were these people enemies or allies? The game has like 3 alternate endings as far as I remember and even though I didn't understand each one of them at first, the creator of the game made it so so that it leaves a gap for imagination or explanation on what that action really is or means. Anyway, it also has some multiplayer deathmatches,co-op missions and other stuff to interact with the community that you can have fun too. Overall it gets a 95/100 from me. And I really hope they make a sequel or a similar game.