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Posted: 3 years ago, last updated a year ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Spec Ops: The Line is shooting game played in third-person where you with an emphasis on squad-based tactics, and calling in support technology and firepower. Unusually, the player needs to make moral decisions at certain points during the game that determine the fate of soldiers and civilians. How you tackle these also change the relationships with other people in your squad.

The game incorporates several subtle effects to visualize the lead character's increasing mental and physical distress; alongside the degradation of their combat uniforms, Walker suffers visual and auditory hallucinations later in the game, and his executions of enemies become more violent.

Although it's common to play as a powerful soldier, as the narrative unfolds the impact of your choices and the pressure of war and violence on the soldier’s psyche is brought home in surprising and sometimes shocking ways.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/06/2012

Platforms: PC and Xbox 360

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Shooting (Fighting and Traversal)

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: YAGE Rdev (@YAGERdev)




Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 11 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Bad Language and Violence.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Violence, Coarse Language, War Themes.
This is rated PEGI 18 and ESRB Mature. The ESRB expand on the age rating: Players use machine guns, shotguns, rocket launchers, and grenades to kill enemy soldiers in frenetic combat. Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and slow-motion effects (during headshots); injured characters emit blood splashes when hit, and continue to incur damage when killed. Players can also “execute” or incapacitate enemies at close range (e.g., punching soldiers in the face or snapping their necks). Some weapons cause injuries such as dismembered limbs or scattered body parts; a handful of sequences depict severely burned or mutilated corpses. During the course of the game, players have the ability to shoot unarmed civilians or open fire on angry mobs. Cutscenes also include intense instances of violence: bloodied characters getting interrogated and/or executed; soldiers getting shot in the head at point-blank range. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue.


Spec Ops: The Line usually costs £19.99.

Spec Ops: The Line

XBox Store Xbox One £19.99
Steam Store PC £19.99
Steam Store Mac £19.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Spec Ops: The Line Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@YAGERdev) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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