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Review: Spec Ops: The Line photo
Review: Spec Ops: The Line
by Allistair Pinsof

After all the door kicking, screaming, blindfire, grenade tossing, and turret handling, a soldier always walks away from battle alive with a strong moral compass intact. This last detail is the most disparate departure from reality that modern military shooters make.

Though we like to glorify soldiers in our entertainment, it’s impossible to look past the toll that killing takes on a person’s psyche in real life. To say the least, virtual soldiers seem to have a knack for shrugging off this psychological weight as easily as a shotgun blast to the shin.

Spec Ops, however, is a game that likes to remind the player that every murder is paid in blood or, in the very least, a small loss of identity. As the narrative drives forward. the soldiers of Delta Force start to lose their morality. With no superior to give them orders and no comrades to cheer them on, they are reduced to killing machines walking a long road, hoping for an answer at its ends -- not so much unlike the player.

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9:00 PM on 06.25.2012

Talking narrative with Spec Ops: The Line's lead writer

When Destructoid's Steven Hansen previewed Spec Ops: The Line back in February, he notably enjoyed its emphasis on narrative and atmosphere, adding that it looked to be "the necessary antithesis to the chest b...

Tara Long

5:30 PM on 06.20.2012

Live show: Spec Ops: The Line early play on Mash Tactics

Spec Ops: The Line intends to show you some of the hellish choices a soldier makes on the battlefield, but not until June 26th. If you can't wait to get a taste of the war, Mash Tactics has got you covered! King Foom is getti...

Bill Zoeker





12:19 PM on 06.04.2012

E3: Spec-Ops: The Line to get downloadable co-op

Because it's 2012, and every action game ever needs co-op, Spec-Ops: The Line will receive downloadable cooperative missions. No word if the entire campaign will be co-opified (a word that is totally not made u...

Maxwell Roahrig

11:00 AM on 04.20.2012

Here's a Spec Ops: The Line multiplayer trailer for you

Spec Ops: The Line boasts four-player class-based competitive multiplayer action for your enjoyment. A new trailer shows off the online features in which two factions -- The Damned and The Exiles -- will fight each other. Th...

Jim Sterling

5:30 PM on 04.07.2012

PAX: Hands-on & chat with Spec Ops: The Line Lead Writer

At PAX East this week, Max Scoville stepped into an abandoned bus near the 2K booth to chat with Walt Williams, the Lead Writer of Spec Ops: The Line, which is set for release this June. Watch to learn more about the game's storyline, its cinematic influences, and how you can use sand to your advantage!

Tara Long

10:00 AM on 03.28.2012

Borderlands 2 will be playable at PAX East!

Borderlands 2 will be playable at the 2K booth next week! You'll be able to mess around with the Gunzerker and Siren character classes in Caustic Caverns.  Additionally, Spec Ops: The Line will be playable and 2K will ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:30 PM on 02.21.2012

Spec Ops: The Line now set for release in late June

Spec Ops: The Line is gearing up for release on June 26, 2012 in North America and June 29 for international audiences. As much as I'm still down for third-person shooters, it's mostly the setting and narrative tone -- the st...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 12.22.2011

Guitars and gunfire fill this Spec Ops: The Line trailer

I think I last saw this game at E3 two years ago, and heard very little about it since. Those worried that Spec Ops: The Line might be dead, however, can rest easy for Christmas with a brand new trailer.  There's plenty...

Jim Sterling

9:00 PM on 11.08.2011

Take-Two announces further delays to XCOM, Spec Ops

Publisher Take-Two Interactive has announced that the forthcoming XCOM will be delayed into "fiscal year 2013" along with first-person shooter Spec Ops: The Line. This follows a positive financial report for the second quarte...

Alasdair Duncan

12:30 AM on 01.09.2010

Blood and sand: New Spec Ops: The Line images have both

The official word on Spec Ops: The Line fascinates me. Promises of a deep, fulfilling narrative and compelling moral choice are all too common, but something about that eerie reveal trailer continues to make me believe that Y...

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