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 Less You Know The Better

bwrussell | 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.


This ain't your generic Call of Doodie clone

bibboorton | Sept. 9, 2014 | See all bibboorton's reviews »

I don't play a lot of military shooters, but when a friend showed to me No Punctuation, I found him quite entertaining. Watching his videos, he said Spec Ops was his 2012 game of the year, so from then on, I've been wanting to give this a try.

I now finally understand why this was Yahtzee's game of the year. The story is great and there wasn't a dull moment throughout. And somehow, I connected with the characters. This ain't no forgettable campaign, guys. This is special. Highly recommended!


Don't read any reviews

soapybop | Sept. 6, 2014 | See all soapybop's reviews »

If you are thinking about buying this a don't know a lot about it yet then don't look into it any more, buy it. The best way to play this game is to go into it as you would a game like battlefield. I got this game in a bundle and didn't know anything about it. i was blown away. Everyone always talks about the story but the graphics in this game were outstanding. The game looks like it was developed for pc. As for the story, this game really hits you hard, especially if you play a lot of games. I've heard people say the story makes the game hard to play and not fun, but was able to enjoy how different it was.


Good Story, Excellent game.

mizentrop | Aug. 30, 2014 | See all mizentrop's reviews »

This had me when I saw the trailer. A more than just a shooting game, a story - and an authentic one, the real face of war. The Spec Ops Series definitely did a great job on this game: Great graphics, good controls, battle management, but most of all - a great story. This sin't your run of a mill, third person shooter just because you want to keep playing, keep finding the intel bits, keep exploring Dubai - just to unveil what really happened. Even if you aren't a fan of these kind of games - you should play it, just for the story, IMO at least. Other than the great story, this is a great TPS with stunning graphics, great enemy AI (in normal level the enemy will try to flank you and flush you out with grenades), a nice variety of weaponry from your standard Desert Eagle pistol an RPG, Shotgun, Sniper etc. On the negative side: your team's AI isn't that good and will stand in the open for no apparent reason, enemies seem to take an unreasonable amount of damage until they die, battle management is a good idea but sometimes forces you team to relocate and to be exposed. Overall: Really good and fun game that delivers a punch with its story.


Unique Story

karatee9 | Aug. 24, 2014 | See all karatee9's reviews »

I don’t think anyone is going to play it because of the shooting or graphics. What is does have is one of the best storylines I have seen in a game. Yes it could be longer. But the story fully makes up for that. After playing this game I hated myself for it. I don’t usually play games for the plot or to understand the character; in fact, though a sin it is I have been known to skip cut scenes in games. But not this one. They develop the game more and don't take away from the experience, or the flow of the game. I just wish i had heard of it sooner.