Spec Ops: The Line

XB360, PS3, PC / Action / Release: Jun 26, 2012 / ESRB: M

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Spec Ops crosses The Line on June 26

Spec Ops crosses The Line on June 26

Yager's sandy shooter Spec Ops: The Line will creep to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on June 26. Publisher 2K today also announced pre-order bonuses, in the form of early unlocks and special gubbins for its multiplayer side.

Watch: Using the pre-order bonuses to shoot men »

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Spec Ops: The Line preview

Spec Ops: The Line preview

Working in the games industry makes it easy to become cynical and jaded. Jager Development hands me the controller of their upcoming game, Spec Ops: The Line, and I can't help but think "oh great, another generic cover shooter."

"From the way you play, I see you've played these kinds of games before," the Yager producer notes. In my mind, I think: "who hasn't?" Ever since the introduction of Gears of War in 2006, this generation has been filled with copycat clones--some good, mostly awful.

I was ready to write off the game. Nay, that's what I was expecting. But after two hours of hands-on time on The Line, I walked away impressed, eager to play more.

Read more: Revels in moral gray »

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Spec Ops: The Line trailer journeys into Dubai's heart of darkness

Spec Ops: The Line trailer journeys into Dubai's heart of darkness

It takes a bold developer to follow in the footsteps of Apocalypse Now and base its work on Joseph Conrad's classic novella Heart of Darkness. Apparently that's not challenging enough for Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager, as a new trailer also eyes up media portrayals of violence--within a genre where the core actions are "crouch behind cover" and "shoot a face." You have to admire Yager's spunk.

Watch: The new Spec Ops: The Line trailer »

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Spec Ops: The Line delayed again

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Spec Ops: The Line delayed again

The sand-covered war zone of Spec Ops: The Line is being pushed deeper into Take-Two Interactive's release calendar. According to the publisher's fiscal results, the third-person shooter is now scheduled to arrive on the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 sometime within the "first half fiscal 2013."

Originally, Spec Ops: The Line was slated to launch in 2011 before it was pushed to the end of the 2012 fiscal year (ending March 31, 2012). The financial report update now means that the Yager-developed, Dubai-based title will launch between April 2012 and September 2012. Read more »

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Spec Ops, XCOM Slated for Fiscal 2012; 'No Update' on Max Payne 3

In its latest financial report, publisher Take Two has adjusted its release calendar to coincide with recently revealed information but threw in a few surprises for good measure. Though the calendar lists known dates for Duke Nukem Forever and L.A. Noire, the company also listed the PC and Xbox 360 reboot of the XCOM franchise and the Dubai-based Spec Ops: The Line for release in the "Fiscal Year 2012."

Both titles had previously been announced for release in 2011. Take Two's new fiscal year calendar runs from April to March the following year. So XCOM and Spec Ops are now windowed within the period of April 2011 through March 2012, giving both games opportunity to release within the previously expected window; however, there comes a new possibility that neither title will launch this calendar year. Read more »

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Spec Ops: The Line Xbox 360-exclusive Multiplayer Beta Registration Opens

Another multiplayer beta is on its way to the Xbox 360, this time for the sand-covered shooter Spec Ops: The Line.Registration is now open on the official Spec Ops: The Line website, but comes with a few caveats. The closed-beta will only be available on the Xbox 360 (for Gold members), the number of participants will be limited and all selected users must "sign" a non-disclosure agreement.

According to the "thank you for signing up" page, 2K Games will roll out more invites over time, beginning the closed-beta with a "small number of players" before "ramping up to full size." Spec Ops: The Line is coming to the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC from Yager Development and is scheduled to hit stores sometime in 2011.

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Spec Ops: The Line E3 2010 Preview

Though Spec-Ops: The Line shares a name with the popular PC and PlayStation franchise, this new title, being created by Yager Development for publisher 2K Games, shares nothing with those older entries beyond the moniker.

Players control an elite force as they travel to Dubai, which has been half buried under the desert following a series of cataclysmic sandstorms. Outlaws and looters roam the sandy wasteland as the player searches for a US Colonel that has gone missing. Read more »

"The player is Captain Willard Walker, sent to track down Colonel Kurtz Konrad. Video Games. ..."
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Spec Ops: The Line E3 Media Shows 'Sand Has No Loyalty'

Ooh it's a tricky substance, that sand. One moment it's lying innocuously on the beaches of Dubai then the next, it's whipped up into "the most devastating sandstorm ever recorded" and turns the posh holiday resort into an island of "blasted opulence." Such is the world of Yager's squad-based shooter Spec Ops: The Line.

Spec Ops: The Line boasts the unique selling point of "Dynamic Sand," meaning players can "turn the tables on foes by crushing them under a cascade of sand cast down by a strategically placed shot" but also must face sandstorms with gale-force winds. Publisher 2K Games warns that "sand has no loyalty"--words to live by. Read more »

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2K's XCOM Reboot Coming in 2011

2K's XCOM, the "re-imagining" of the classic strategy series as a "mystery-filled first-person shooter," now has a release window: 2011.

Upon its announcement earlier this year, the game--coming to PC and Xbox 360 from BioShock 2 veterans 2K Marin--was not provided with any sort of a release estimate. Read more »

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'Spec Ops: The Line' Announced (Updated)

"I admit my methods are unconventional, but they are necessary," declares the debut trailer for upcoming over-the-shoulder Dubai-set shooter Spec Ops: The Line.

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Where the Wild Things Are? In This Trailer, Silly

Maurice Sendak's beloved children's novel "Where the Wild Things Are" has spawned more than just a Spike Jonze-directed feature film, it's also resulted in a video game. What, you don't believe me? Here's a trailer. Is that proof enough for you, punk?

The game arrives next week, same as the movie, with its PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii editions handled by Amaze and the Nintendo DS version coming from WayForward. Read more »

"I must have read Where the Wild things are 50+ times as a kid, and never once did I wish it was ..."
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Where the Wild Things Are: I Hope You Like to Jump

"We've got a lot to see, Max," says the Wild Thing. "I hope you like to jump."

I'd have to check, but I'm not sure "I hope you like to jump" was a line that Maurice Sendak wrote. Maybe it was cut from the original manuscript. Maybe this is canon and I just don't know it.

Then again, this isn't Where the Wild Things Are, after all; it's Where the Wild Things Are: The Movie: The Videogame. In which you fight bugs and, like all good members of gaming royalty, swing from poles. Read more »

"Great, now they are making games for furries. I shudder to think what's next. "
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