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.
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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A top gameVerlyn | April 2, 2015 | See all Verlyn's reviews »
Spec Ops is amazing. I didn't know much about it but I decided to buy it since it was on sale. What an excellent surprise. The graphics' are gorgeous. They really looked good, ranging from luxury hotels to sandstorms, shooting your way out of a falling building to shooting from a helicopter, the graphics really helped a lot with the immersion. Gameplay wise, I liked it. Not its strongest feat, but it certainly does the job. For anyone with 3rd person shooter experience, I would suggest playing it on Hard. It can get really hard at times, but it is very rewarding once you complete it. The story is what really sets this game apart from other shooters. I have played several 3rd person shooters and I have to say I like this story way better. It kept surprising me and going places other games don't even get close to. I highly recommend this game.
A masterpiece!Ho0pz4sho | March 28, 2015 | See all Ho0pz4sho's reviews »
This game is like no other. The graphics are beautiful, taking you from open desert areas to narrow streets, from skyscraper rooftops to war-destroyed buildings. The gameplay might be a little bit clunky from times, since the keys are mapped a bit different from what we're used to, but you'll get the hang of it really fast.
But the story. The story is the true masterpiece. Based on a novel, it offers an experience that you'll never forget. You'll have to make choices. And those choices will mark your outcome as an in-game character and as a real life gamer. Trust me when I tell you that this game will change the way you see certain aspects.
The game also has a multiplayer option. I only recommend it after you've completed the game several times. Yes, several times, because based on your in-game decisions, the game has different story lines and endings.
It's a game that everyone should play.
A pleasant surprisePeJot | Nov. 5, 2014 | See all PeJot's reviews »
A very surprising game. Much more than I expected.
Graphics are pretty much what you can expect from Unreal Engine game - looks a bit plastic or artificial, but the overall design and quality are very good. Textures are fairly high resolution compared to some lazy console ports. Sound is OK - nothing extremely good or bad to remember. Voice acting is really good - it's enough to look at the people involved (Bruce Boxleitner, Nolan North, Jake Busey...)
The game plays like any other 3rd person cover-based shooter. The mechanics are exactly what you would expect of that kind of game and I'm quite convinced even this serves a purpose in the overall design of the game.
The best element of the game is its story and how great it plays with your expectations. You play as Captain Martin Walker, member of Delta Force, sent to lead a 3-man elite squad looking for survivors in Dubai. And for majority of the game you do play a standard video game cliché - "best of the best", elite soldier until both you as the player and your character realize that not everything you see is true.
A must play shooterOGBulletMagnet | Oct. 29, 2014 | See all OGBulletMagnet's reviews »
I just finished this game for the first time and i can say without the slightest doubt that i will carry some of the things i saw and did in this game with me forever. Now don't let that discourage from playing this game, the controls and the game play are visceral and deliver a feeling of gritty, disheartening realism that the typical shooter could only hope to achieve. Let it be known this certainly is not a game for everyone, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try it. So after this rambling i can assure this game is well done the controls are tight enough to not hold you back from continuing and the story is by-far the most gritty and well done I've ever had the pleasure of playing.
An assured recommendation and what is probably going to remain one of my favorite games of all time.
The Less You Know The Betterbwrussell | Sept. 12, 2014 | See all bwrussell's reviews »
First off if you ever think you are going to play this game stop looking for info on it and while the main hook may have already been spoiled that is far from the only one so don't write it off. The things I can say about this game are the mechanics are solid and satisfying, the slight time dilation when you get a head-shot really carries weight. The controls can be a little wonky at first but they work (mine only showed Xbox prompts which didn't help). The graphics hold up well so far and while the setting dictates the brown color palette there are some splashes of color provided by the graffiti spread around the world. There are also some pretty impressive establishing shots spread throughout. The story was a risk for the developer which definitely payed off but, while it was absolutely the best choice, I feel the intentionally bland marketing limited sales a bit and pushed the impact below the radar a bit. Please hold out through the end for this one, you owe it to yourself to dig into this story and let it impact you, however it touches you. Even if you find it hard to play. There is so much more I'd love to say and discuss about this game but I've already said too much. Just play this, as soon as possible.