Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line is a new original title from 2K Games that features provocative and gripping Third-Person modern military Shooter gameplay designed to challenge players' morality by putting them in the middle of unspeakable situations where unimaginable choices affecting human life must be made. Features include, a gripping, storyline reminiscent of Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness but set in a ruined Dubai, tactical squad-based Delta Force gameplay throughout a horizontally and vertically oriented world, devastating sandstorms which can be used in combat, a variety of multiplayer modes and maps, and deep support featuring two factions.
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.

Gameplay


Spec Ops: The Line is an action-packed Third-Person Shooter that delivers heart pounding physically close combat through a squad-based play mechanic. Players lead a team of three characters, Captain Martin Walker, Lieutenant Adams and Sergeant Lugo. Each character has his own distinct personality and specialized skills, and the mature story they each play a role in explores the dark side of war in a realistic way, in which there are no good outcomes, only hard choices. As missions are completed more advanced weapons and equipment are made available. In addition, the desert environment of Dubai is brought into the game in a unique way with stunning visuals, and dynamic sandstorms that actively effect level designs, and which can be used to help and hinder progress. The vertical interiors of Dubai high rise buildings also provide tactical advantages and risks that can used be by players. Multiplayer campaigns bring new modes and unusual situations and environments to expand the single player experience.

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.
  • Customisable, Class-Based, Blazing Multiplayer
Minimum Requirements
OS: Windows XP SP3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 equivalent
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 6 GB free
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600XT (256 MB memory)
DirectX®: 9.0
Sound: DirectX Compatible
Additional: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include: STEAM Client, Microsoft Direct X, Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, Visual C++ 2005 SP1 RedistributableCompatible
Recommended Specifications
OS: Windows Vista/7
Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad Core processor
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 10 GB free
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/ATI Radeon HD 4850 (512+ MB memory)
DirectX®: 9.0
Sound: DirectX Compatible
Additional: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include: STEAM Client, Microsoft Direct X, Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, Visual C++ 2005 SP1 RedistributableCompatible
Minimum Requirements
OSX: 10.7.5
Processor: Intel Dual Core processor
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 6 GB free
Video Card: Radeon HD 4670/4850/4870
Sound: Stereo Compatible
Additional: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game). Two button Mouse recommended.
Recommended Specifications
Maverick OSX: 10.7.5
Processor: Intel Dual Core processor
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 6 GB free
Video Card: - Radeon HD 5670/5750/5770/5870/6630/6750/6770/6970, GeForce 8800/9600/120/130/Quadro FX 5600, GeForce 9400/285/320/330/Quadro FX 4800, GeForce 640/650/660/675/680
Sound: Stereo Compatible
Additional: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game). Two button Mouse recommended.
Minimum Requirements
OS: Ubuntu 14.10, Mint 17.1 or similar Linux Distribution
Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
Memory: 4GB
Hard Disk Space: 6 GB Free
Video Card: NVidia/AMD OpenGL 4.1/OpenGL level 3.2 compatible Video RAM: 512Mb
Sound: ALSA/PulseAudio compatible
  • PC Master (Greece)

    Were it not for some technical issues and console-related shortcomings (gamepad controls and no anti-aliasing), Spec Ops: The Line would be one of the best games for 2012. But, things being as they are, it remains merely a diamond in the rough, destined for wicked crazy status within the following years. Definitely superior to the related series of Kane & Lynch, it proves that, with a steady vision and soul, a genre so clichéd like military shooters, can not only surprise us pleasantly, but totally overwhelm us. [August 2012]

  • Spec Ops: The Line isn't a perfect game. The multiplayer is essentially a miss, the gunplay is somewhat formulaic, and the controls have a bit of a snag, but it is a great return to the franchise.

  • It does not forget the madness of war.

  • It truly deserves applause for the courage to confront us so harshly with our own character, even if our choices sometimes seem forced or useless. But if it could have found another way, less tiresome and monotonous, to let us get to them, it would have had substantial chances to become a classic.

  • A solid third-person shooter that delivers intense action and a compelling setting, but relies too much on established mechanics, rather than delivering something new. The story however really stands out - a grim and challenging reflection on violence is something you won't find in any typical shooter. Fortunately it's also missing that dull patriotism you've come to expect from today's military action games.

  • Pelit (Finland)

    Spec Ops: The Line tries new and interesting ground on storytelling, but falls short on the action department. Still, it's worth playing through for the atmosphere and few different endings alone. [Aug 2012]

  • CD-Action

    The game might not be polished in every detail and has a low budget feel to it, but it's been a while since I played a shooter with such a great story and I doubt we'll be getting another like that soon. [August 2012, p.58]

  • A big surprise among military shooters. Spec Ops will present you a dark story that's opposing the well-known clichés of the other military games. It's a pity, however, that the action part doesn't go along with the game's storytelling.

  • PC PowerPlay

    It's as though someone took military shooters and asked why their protagonists aren't psychological trainwrecks. [Aug 2012, p.66]

  • PC Gamer

    A generic shooter with lots to say. Spec Ops: The Line trades quality gaming for quality narrative and interesting characters. [Oct 2012, p.72]

  • Spec Ops: The Line stands out in a few ways. Most notably are the sandstorms, the beautiful environments and a story inspired by Apocalypse Now. Sadly, other aspects of the game might not stand out as much.

  • LEVEL (Czech Republic)

    Expectations were greater than game could have achieved. Yet the new Spec Ops game is a good excuse to stay home and play. [Issue#220]

  • As it is, the story must be commended for tackling the horrors of war and the effect it has on the human mind, and the techniques it deploys to accomplish this. It tries things no other modern military shooter has even come close to, boldly stating that shooters don't always have to be wrapped in mundane and convoluted storytelling, and that's quite the accomplishment considering the oversaturation of the genre.

  • On one hand we have to deal with lots of mistakes and bugs, mediocre graphics, a poor order giving system, stupid AI and a short single player campaign. On the other hand Spec Ops has expressive characters, cool locations (Dubai looks great) and a grown-up, memorable story. The most painful thing about Spec Ops: The Line is the fact that "unused potential" is the best way to describe it.

  • Remove the original premise and beautiful sand-swept skyscrapers of Dubai, and all that remains is a humdrum TPS with Marcus Fenix's DNA at its core.

  • The disconnect between the gameplay and the narrative elements of Spec Ops: The Line is numbing, which makes it more difficult to contemplate the murky morality of war in the way the game wants you to.

Spec Ops: The Line
$29.99 $10.50
Title: Spec Ops: The Line
Genre: Action, Adventure
Released: 28 June 2012
Developer: YAGER
Publisher: 2K
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  • Full controller support
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