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11 Games Like Spec Ops: The Line

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.
 

These games offer a similar experience or are about a theme that Spec Ops: The Line addresses. Also, if you want to play a game like Spec Ops: The Line but don’t have PC or Xbox 360, these are a good alternative.

 

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 29/06/2012

Platforms: PC and Xbox 360.

Genres: Fighting, Narrative and Shooting.

 

 

The Stanley Parable

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 and a half hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Stanley Parable is an interactive drama with no combat or action to speak of apart from walking around and interacting with everyday objects. You guide a silent protagonist, Stanley, while discouraging narration plays in your ear. As you discover...


Returnal

Platforms: PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Returnal is a sci-fi adventure played in repeating rounds that slowly change the world and your character. You are a pilot stranded on a mysterious planet and must investigate and fight through the world to both survive and solve the repeating problem.


Valiant Hearts The Great War

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Valiant Hearts is an adventure game set during World War I. You play four characters who help a young German soldier find his love in a story about survival, sacrifice and friendship. This is achieved by solving puzzles and interacting with various...


Papers, Please

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 5 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

You play the role of a border-crossing immigration officer in the fictional dystopian Eastern Bloc-like country of Arstotzka. You review each immigrant’s and returning citizens’ passports and paperwork according to an increasing list of changing...


Through the Darkest of Times

Platforms: Android and PC

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Through the Darkest of Times is a strategy game that conveys the sombre mood of the dark period of history between January 1933 and May 1945. With interactive drama, it tells the story and the struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich.


This War Of Mine

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo, this is a war game where you play the civilian trying to survive during the fighting. You face tough decisions on how to spend time and resources each day to maintain health, hunger and mood levels until a...


Bioshock (Series)

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 13 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Bioshock is a first-person shooting game set in a fantastical underwater city. A dark story unfolds about the misuse of surgery and gene therapy. Players must make a decision about whether to save the children they find or harvest their energy for the...


A Plague Tale: Innocence

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 10 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

A Plague Tale: Innocence follows Amicia and her little brother Hugo as they use stealth to escape soldiers and swarms of rats. Against the stark threat and darkness of the world, the sibling relationship develops as the two learn to trust one another....


Call of Duty Modern Warfare (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X and Series S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Call of Duty (COD) and Modern Warfare are games that recreate the adrenaline of being in a warzone. The games have walked the line between glamorising this kind of heroic violence and recreating the horror of the experience. Either way, these are games...


Assassin’s Creed (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 30 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Assassin’s Creed is a game where you enter a past civilisation and explore pseudo history of real events and locations from the past. You can climb the environment extensively, interact with different characters, collect items to unlock more the...


Gears of War 5 (Series)

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X and Series S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 15 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 3 players in the same room and up to 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Gears of War is shooting game about a conflict between humanity, the subterranean reptilian hominids known as the Locust Horde, and their mutated counterparts, the Lambent. It's a big brash game franchise with six games, a comic book series and five...


 
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Spec Ops: The Line is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Spec Ops: The Line in the following lists:

Face Tough Decisions

Games create virtual worlds where you can experience life from other perspectives. This can be entertaining and light-hearted, but also presents ethical scenarios that require you to think carefully about consequences.

The games selected here each place you in a challenging situation to give you a first-hand experience of what it’s like. It may be nail-biting, heart-breaking or desperate, but often, through all the trials and tribulations, there is still hope. Either way, unlike reading books or watching films about these subjects, here you are emotionally implicated in the choices you are faced with.
 

Branching Stories With Multiple Endings

All games offer you agency. You can win or lose. You can complete them or stop at any time. But there are some games that offer a story that genuinely branches. Where you end up will be different from other players. This not only makes your actions really matter but also gives you a reason to play them again.

Setting aside games that evolve through simulation, or games where once you die it's game over, these branching narrative games tell a story that ends in a certain way because of the choices you made.
 

Interpret Deeper Meaning

Image 159The games in this list have been the subject of a series of articles I have written about video games and faith. Firstly, from 2013-2015 for ThirdWay magazine, and more recently for Youth and Children's Work (YCW) magazine.

These are two publications for Christian audiences, that have invited me to shed light on what a range of video games might mean for those communities. I aim to make connections with faith, the bible and the experience of these video games. This is one way to interpret them which of course invites further and possibly counter interpretations from other perspectives.

YCW articles:
Firewatch | Everything | Bury Me My Love | Abzu | Wilmot's Warehouse

Thirdway Articles:
Proteus | Joust | Uncharted 3 | Alan Wake | This War of Mine | Journey | Limbo | Spaceteam | A Dark Room | Altos Adventure | A Year Walk | Bioshock Infinite | The Last of Us | Disney Infinity | Everybody's Gone to the Rapture | That Dragon Cancer | Spec Ops The Line | Papo and Yo
 

Be The Bad Guy

Video games usually let us step into the role of the hero. Sometimes our heroics result in many henchmen or even innocent bystanders getting killed. But our hearts are thought to be in the right place.

The games on this list, however, are all great examples of where you intentionally ruin other people's days. Whether that's playing the blood sucking alien in Carrion or just stealing, breaking and hiding things in Untitled Goose Game it's both intriguing and entertaining to not play by the usual moral rules of the game.

Then there are games where you think you are doing things for the right reason but this turns out not to be the case, like Braid or Spec Ops The Line. Or games where the slow drip of doubt builds until you regret your actions, like Shadow of the Colossus.
 
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