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


Welcome to Dubai !

neokratos48 | Aug. 18, 2014 | See all neokratos48's reviews »

When I first saw a video about this game, I thought that it will be an other game like hundreds of those who were in the market, and I didn't really know what that I was about to play what would turn to be a masterpiece. In fact, I think I have never played a game which really turn me upside down like this one (maybe after thoughts, Bioshock...). In fact, this game is not just a war game like any other one, it is more a game about war, and our connection to violence in videogame. Every single moment, and details seems to be thought to encourage reflection about what we are playing day after day. I think that you can't really understand what the developpers wanted to show without playing it at least 2 or 3 times. The evolution of the main character and the few secondary one is really interresting, and is a real descent into darkness/hell. To me, the best advice I can give you is to play this game, you won't be disapointed !


A beautifull game and a grim story

Danielpf1 | Aug. 6, 2014 | See all Danielpf1's reviews »

This game has one of the better stories among the games released in 2012. It starts you off as captain Walker, accompanied by two squad mates which keep making silly jokes.

First you will notice that this game looks astonishing. In my opinion it achieves battlefield kind of graphic quality without tanking on your pc (pay attention to your shadow, its just the best).

Secondly the story will pretty much grab you as you try to discover what happend in dubai, with good plot twists and excellent writing. The character develepment troughout the game if phenomenal and makes you want to keep playing to see how things develop.

But its the brutality of war that makes this game special. For once this isn't a game that praises the militairy like COD en BF, it shows the devestation it leaves and what it does to the best people. Forcing you to take certain actions and fighting American soldiers while civilians move around the same room, makes you wonder if what you are doing is fine or not. You will never feel entirely happy about what you are doing, but you have to do it just to survive.

TL DR: Good graphics, interesting story which doesnt praise the militairy or war, but shows the dark side, and pretty decent combat system


Shooting ops.

hateah | Aug. 1, 2014 | See all hateah's reviews »

That's one of the best Shooter- action games. It has amazing storyline, good cinematics, movement systme and shooting system. The short scenes are worth it to watch ,because they can tell you so much. The graphics are really really very good! You and ur squad are playing as a american soldiers. The city where u are into you'll see abandoned cars, buildings, stores and everything. But the gunplay is simple as that. You just hide,pop out and shoot.


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.