Spec Ops: The Line [Download]

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Platform: PC Download

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.

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The Dubai skyline partially buried by sand in Spec Ops: The Line
Third-person tactical Shooter action in a dramatic ruined Dubai setting.
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Shocking hand-to-hand combat in Spec Ops: The Line
A rare examination of the ugly realities and choices of modern warfare.
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Make Your Choices in the Face Cataclysm and War

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 evacuation. 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.


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 Game Features

  • A new portrayal of the Military Shooter experience with twisting narrative uncertainties.
  • Action packed third-person oriented 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.
  • A destructive sand element provides new gameplay experiences including sand avalanches, and powerful, disorienting sandstorm combat.
  • Deep and addictive team-focused multiplayer experience
    • Experience a variety of game modes such as classic deathmatch, team deathmatch, and "Rally Point", as well as a unique new mode called "Buried"
    • Featuring sandstorms and sand avalanches - you must utilize both to your advantage to succeed. Take out opponents unable to find cover during the storms. Shoot out sand deposits to bury your opponent alive.
    • Class-based progression system split across two unique factions: The Damned and The Exiles.
    • Each faction has four classes and one unique class. Unique classes provide important gameplay bonus for the player's team.
    • Unlock new perks, weapons, gear and challenges, and more as you progress up the ranks.
    • Play across a variety of Dubai-based maps. Experience intense vertical combat in the world's most opulent ruins.

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Delta squad members firing in unison from behind cover in Spec Ops: The Line
Command a Delta Force team.
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Caught in a blinding sandstorm in Spec Ops: The Line
Devastating sand elements.
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Zip lining from a rooftop in Spec Ops: The Line
Weapons, gear & challenges.
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The Exiles faction members from Spec Ops: The Line
Faction based multiplayer action.
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System Requirements
 Minimum Specifications:Recommended Specifications:
OS:Win 7, Vista and XP
Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 equivalent2.4 GHz Quad Core processor
Hard Drive:6 GB
Video Card:nVidia GeForce 8600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600XTnVidia GeForce 9800 GTX / ATI Radeon HD 4850
Additional Info: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 Redistributable

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Product Information

Platform:PC Download
Release date May 23, 2012
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4.1 out of 5 stars 290 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
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At first glance, Spec Ops: The Line appears to be an incredibly generic game. The trailer shows a soldier standing in front of various war scenes while an ominous narrator talks about "dramatic" things. The name itself makes it sound like it is part of a series of cheap knock-off games you could find in Walmart for 10$. The boxart brings out the cliche black and white soldier with a fire (or brown and white in this case).

But do not let all that fool you. This game is amazing.

I was lured into reading more about it after I saw amazon had it on sale for 50% off. After hearing glowing reviews of the games story, I grew high expectations for the game.

They were exceeded in every way.

The games graphics are lovely, only marred by slightly off talking animations (they seem slightly rigid). The detail on the pc version outshines the ps3 and xbox versions by miles. The game is running the Unreal 3 engine, and it is the best use of the engine I have seen yet (to the point where I did not actually recognize the engine for the first half of the game). Your character looks excellent (which is good considering you will be staring at him for the entire game), full of small details you only notice if you look closely. As the game goes on, your character becomes more and more beat up, wounds covering him and sand caking onto his blood. It is very impressive visually.

Also helping the wonderful graphics along is the art style. Normally I would not expect a realistic modern shooter to have any kind of an art style at all, but this game does. It takes place in a sand-flooded almost vacant Dubai, letting the designers create beautiful landscapes with contrasting colors that give the entire area a surreal feeling.
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Let me start off by saying I never do reviews, but after playing what I think already has the title of "Sleeper Hit of 2012" written all over it, I felt compelled. Many people might glance at this game and think it's another military shooter (its generic name doesn't help). It's not. The game is a modern day Apocalypse Now, with similar themes both to the movie and the novel Heart of Darkness. The combat is general third person shooter affair, but its fluid and gets the job done. Where this game truly shines is the story and it's great voice actors. The main character is voiced by Nolan North (but without his Nathan Drake swagger), but before you roll your eyes at the fact that he's in nearly every video game, think about why that is. The guy is a damn fine actor, and this game is his best work. I won't say anything about the plot (if you want the gist and the set up for it, look at the game description) but know that the game is exactly what the title of this review is: a descent into madness. The game starts out like a normal shooter, with one wise cracking squad mate, the typical "take this guy out" squad orders and what not. But it soon takes a turn for the worse as you get deeper into Dubai, and tension between you and your squad mates heat up as your various sets of morals and personalities clash. Even in gameplay, when you give an order to take out a specific enemy later in the game you bark and scream at your squadmates rather than just giving a stern order. As the game goes on, the character models change to reflect the hell they go through. Standard military uniforms eventually turn to little more than rags tied together, and wounds taken are bandaged. I could go on and on, but the less you know about the game, the better.

If you're tired of the Call of Duty and Battlefield-esque Hollywood blockbuster games and like good stories, look no further. This game is a must play, simply put.
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Spec Ops: The Line is a refreshing new take on third person shooters. Although the gameplay itself does not quite present anything new, it tells a great story accompanied by a varied and beautiful soundtrack.

1. Story: 10/10

The story is highly original by video game standards (although it has been seen in a very popular movie and a classic book). The writers, however, did an amazing job at adapting it for a modern day combat situation, the pace is perfect, the tone is extremely dark. Overall, it's just extremely thought provoking: as a soldier in Delta Force, it's up to you and your squad to evacuate the city of Dubai after it has been pummeled by monstrous sandstorms for the past six months. However, as you get deeper into the city, you realize the situation isn't as cut-and-dry as you thought, and it will come down to you to make some tough decisions. The story primarily unfolds as you progress through the game, giving you no additional information outside of what your character sees and hears. However, there are a few "intelligence items" scattered throughout each level, ranging from tape recordings to dolls, which provide additional (often chilling) narration and back story to the already emotionally charged atmosphere.

2. Gameplay: 7/10

Unfortunately, the Gameplay is the weakest part of this Game. It's just generic compared to other titles in the genre; run behind cover, take shots at the enemy, find your next cover position, etc. You're limited to two weapons, with an available assortment of P90's, UMP-45's, Scout Sniper Rifles, M249's, SCAR-H's, etc, which you'll need to loot from your dead enemies. You're teamed up with two squadmates, but only have very limited control over them, which reduces any strategic element the game may have had.
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