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Spec Ops: The Line Review

Spec Ops: The Line

Release Date: June 26th, 2012
Genre(s): Third Person Shooter
Publisher(s): 2K Games
Developer(s): Yager
Multiplayer: 2-8 Player Online
Co-op: 2 Player Online

Spec Ops: The Line Hands-On Preview

Posted by Scott Grant | 09 May 2012 |

A different take on the War Shooter.

If you just look at the images of Spec Ops: The Line you’re probably going to see a bunch of special forces types, with a lot of guns, running around shooting other guys with guns. If you’re like me you might have been feeling a little underwhelmed, and a bit like you’d seen this all before, but after getting my hands on Spec Ops: The Line I can tell you there’s more going on inside this package than just another war shooter.

Spec Ops: The Line sets the stage with a Dubai that has been completely consumed by a series of catastrophic sandstorms that still surround the city six months after descending upon its opulent towers. Colonel John Konrad and the U.S 33rd Infantry were trapped in Dubai while leading the evacuation efforts and were presumed dead until a distress call was picked up. Captain Walker and his team of Delta Operators are sent in to investigate and this is where you come in. Spec Ops: The Line is set to tell a story that is very different from your average war shooter.

Spec Ops The Line

I knew Dubai was in the desert, but this is a bit much.


As you may have guessed, not everyone in Dubai is dead, and a whole lot of them aren’t in a friendly mood either, so there will be a lot of shooting. Spec Ops: The Line is a third-person shooter that will feel pretty familiar as you move from cover to cover. You’ll have the ability to issue commands to your squad with the LB and RB but I didn’t find myself doing this very often as the AI was fairly bright. Sadly, Spec Ops the line offers no co-op in its campaign so the shoulder buttons will be your only friends in this fight.

The way each battlefield is laid out is one of the main things that jumped out at me during my time with Spec Ops: The Line. Stealth plays a big part in each battle and getting a jump on your enemies before they see you can mean getting behind a line of cover that will offer you a strategic advantage. In fact, each battle will play very differently based on whether you approach it stealthily or go in guns blazing. You can also use the environment against your enemies at times, shooting out windows to bring tons of sand raining down on them and other such hazards.

Spec Ops The Line

You know, you guys can use that cover, if you want. Just a thought.


Spec Ops: The Line will feature a full, competitive multiplayer suite with familiar modes like deathmatch and team deathmatch along with a few new modes that haven’t been revealed but will play into the setting of a sand blasted Dubai. We didn’t get to play the multiplayer but we know it will feature four different classes, perks, progression and challenges so we’re interested to see how it stacks up.

Look for Spec Ops: The Line, in stores, on June 26th and check it out in action in the video below. I know I’m already interested to see the rest of the story.



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  • http://www.thecontrolleronline.com/ Peter Carpenter

    Loved what I saw in the demo, can’t wait to check out the whole game.