Spec Ops: The Line

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

  • Unique mental approach to gameplay – Great visual presentation
  • Cute design – Good number of levels

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.



Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on January 18, 2014. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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