Metacritic (PC): 76/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 76/100
Metacritic (PS): 77/100
Release: Jun 2012
Reviewed on: PC

Spec Ops: The Line

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Good: Unique mental approach to gameplay – Great visual presentation
Bad: Cover bugs – Enemy glitches
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Spec Ops: The Line combines third person shooting with a war like setting as players get a taste of the psychological impact that drawn out engagements have on those in them.


The story follows the battles of Captain Martin Walker who explores a Dubai in ruin with his team of elite Delta Force. The game is set several months after the catastrophic dust storms that have left Dubai in a state of ruin which has left many civilians in dire circumstances. Upon your reconnaissance mission players uncover something unexpected which leads to many weapon based confrontations.

These fights are all about using cover effectively and commanding your squad in the sandy urban conflicts. Basic commands available to players include assisting a downed squad mate and focusing fire on a particular area or target.

As play progresses new weapons, equipment and mechanics are introduced to give the game a solid progressive curve. Weapons include standard handguns, machine guns and rifles as well as varying fire modes and attachments for each.

While on the surface the game is about following through the story and battling the situations that are thrown at you it is the subtle undertones that really make Spec Ops: The Line the great experience that it is. These were injected into the game to capture the weakening mental state that war inflicts.


Things such as hallucinations, increasingly brutal enemy executions, more violent commands and even in game tips that go from helpful to aggressive.

For a game with great third person shooter gameplay and an interesting look at the impact of war, Spec Ops: The Line is a game worthy of your game budget.


  • A third person shooter focused on the mental impact of war.
  • Use various weapons and upgrade them as needed.
  • Explore a sand filled Dubai landscape.
  • Rely on cover and squad commands to survive.
  • Watch as you subtly go mad from combat.

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Spec Ops: The Line, 8.8 out of 10 based on 8 ratings
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