Spec Ops: The Line

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War games are sometimes made to be simple shooters. One that test only your skill to press a button quickly or react to a certain situation. But, there are games that like to challenge players' morality by putting them in the middle of situations that they weren't prepared for. Ones that will challenge the very fabric of who you are, and force you to make choices that you'll have to live with for the rest of your life. For those seeking that kind of depth and challenge, welcome to Spec Ops: The Line.
Set in a ruined Dubai, you'll take part of a Delta Force squad that has been given a mission that is both dangerous and mysterious. 6 months ago, Dubai was wiped off the map by a sandstorm of biblical proportions. Many lost their lives, including many American soldiers. But then, a radio signal was picked up from the ruined city, and your team is sent to investigate what is going on, and if there are somehow survivors there. But the truth is far more than simple, and you'll find just how dark the story gets as you progress.
You'll control a three-man squad, each of whom have unique personalities and traits and skills that you'll deal with not only in combat, but through the story itself. For much like a real war story, the choices you make affect the ones around you. The ending will be one directly influenced by you. This isn't your average war game, this is a tactical and gripping game. This is Spec Ops: The Line.

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2018-05-10

Spec Ops: The Line is a hell of a game. On the surface it's a conventional third-person military shooter, but it goes places and does things that you don't very often run into in videogames. I will say no more! Except to say that it is currently free on the Humble Store. Spec Ops was definitely not a hit when it came out in 2012, probably because it looked at a glance like an unremarkable shooter, where you and the rest of Team Ooh-Rah go in and shooty-bang-bang some guys and 'sav...

2018-03-29

Spec Ops: The Line is free over at the Humble Store right now. It’s only available for 48 hours, ending March 31st at 10am Pacific, so I advise you to go there now. Congratulations! You are hopefully now the proud owner of a game about the horrors of war. It’s hell, in case you hadn’t heard, and many people are unsure what it’s good for. Hu-ah. Here’s wot our Alec thought back in the day. (more…)

2018-03-29

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2018-03-21

PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum

  • 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 SPECS:

Recommended

  • 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

MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum

  • 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 SPECS:

Recommended

  • 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.

LINUX SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum

  • 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

    Recommended Graphics Drivers
    • nVidia: NVidia 340.65 or better. 331 series are unsupported.
    • AMD: AMD Catalyst (aka fglrx) 14.12 or better
    • MESA drivers and Intel Graphics are not currently supported.
maxim dinu
maxim dinu
Spec ops it's a tactical first person shooter that stands out as a moral experience of the atrociousness of war. Good tactical options, nice physics engine and passable graphics, with a good sound, the game it's an option for those whom are fan of the genre. For me the only downfall of the game was that the game seemed like a pause from cut scenes but the single player experience it is an intriguing story venture in a world of war and terrorism. I heard that the multiplayer is not popular as the game is some kind old but the single player at a low price it's a must. 6.5/10
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mac daniel
mac daniel
This game will mess up with your brain. Hard! I loved it!!
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Aleksi Kallio
Aleksi Kallio
When I bought this I thought it was just another third person shooter but when I played through it I loved it, the mechanics are pretty simple but the story is very good, 5 stars you should get this!
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