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Parent Written byjiodjflak August 11, 2012

Amazing game, but definitely not for kids.

SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW The goal of this game is to show the moral ambiguity that comes with war. 2K (the developer of said game) has definitely gotten it right. The gameplay is standard third-person shooter(I.E find cover, pop out of said cover and shoot any exposed insurgents), but the real focusing point of this game is the story. You play as Walker, a member of a three man Delta Force team sent in to a sand-stormed Dubai to find out what happened to "The Damned" 33rd Batallion, find any survivors, and find out what really happened to colonel John Konrad, the leader of the 33rd Batallion. This game prides itself on some of the choices that are presented throughout the game. In this game, there is no clear-cut right or wrong choice. For the sake of explaining the content, there will be spoilers ahead. At one point in the game, you are standing above someone pinned down by a truck, revolver in hand. You are given the choice to either walk away, and let the person die in agony, or further compromise your own morals by executing him. The whole point of the game is to show the moral ambiguity and hard choices that come with war, taking inspiration from the book "The Heart of Darkness". The way the story interacts with the player is quite amazing, making you actually feel bad for decisions that you didn't have any control over (*SPOILERS* there is one scene in particular that sticks out in my mind. At one point in the game, you arrive at an enemy encampment. You are then given the choice to either take the army head on, or use white phosphorus to take everyone out easily. The results are extremely graphic and will make you genuinely feel bad for a decision that you really did not have any choice but to make, as it is one of the most crucial points of the plot). It does character development extremely well, showing the breaking points of each of the soldiers, and their downward spiral towards insanity. Each decision is reviewed at the end of the game, and there are three different endings depending on what you did in crucial moments of the game. All that being said, if you are easily offended by language, this game is not for you. The language worsens as you play through the game (understandably, as the soldiers are forced to make harder decisions, and live with the consequences), to the point where almost every line you hear f--k or s--t. With all that, this game is definitely not for kids. It is an extremely graphic depiction of war, and probably should not be viewed by anyone under the age of 17.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byAn Enigma April 29, 2015

An Unflinching Look Into War

This is one of my favorite games not for being one with good mechanics, but because it most deserves to be played. This is a shooter designed to show how pathetic it is that we seek heroism in war games. It takes on subjects such as PTSD (which your character succumbs to), the use of white phosphorous(which you accidentally use on civilians and see the horrible aftermath of), and how the hypocrisies of civilization are torn from us in real war scenarios. It is incredibly violent while not being gratuitous, gory without being fetishistic, and teaches without being dull. The gameplay is on the level of a normal shooter these days, but it's not what you should be coming for. I recommend this to anyone who can stomach it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent Written byKibles September 27, 2013

Adults only

This is one of the more graphic interpretations of war available in video games. It studies Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the role of the player causing war atrocities, and what being a "hero" means. Intensely graphic, stuffed to the brim with profanity and gore, and incredibly thoughtful, Spec Ops The Line is a game not suitable for kids in any way.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byMoebious February 19, 2013

Underrated gem.

Spec Ops: The Line is a fantastic game that tells a bold story within the genre that it also happens to be a scathing inditement of. This is a game that makes you hate yourself for enjoying military shooter games, and calls you out to think about the choices you've had to make and whether or not this is what it might really be like. It's not a war game really, it's a horror game. I'd honestly be tempted to say give it a go with your kids if they're fans of Call of Duty just to give them something to chew on. But really, it's not for them. It's brutally violent, some of the scenes are really unsettling, I'd say pick this one up and decide for yourself if it's one for the kids.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent Written bysgtjcap December 23, 2012

spec ops the line

Spec ops the line. tells a emotional and fantastic story of 3 delta opreators sent to Dubai to evac civilans out of the country. it is gritty and it shows what war is really like and how it affects not only you but the people around you. you play as Martin Walker he is the leader of the squad and is squad mates are John Lugo and Alphanso Adams. once you get in Dubai you see what has unfolded. Dubai is in chaos you soon realise that you are not alone in the fight. the damned 33rd turns against you and is under the command of John Konrad who you think is your freind but he is rather your enemy ontop of that you are also fighting insurgents. this game is very good in pulling you into the story and making you think what you do before you do not like other games these days. where you just run and gun this game is a very good game and is alright for anybody that is mature enough to handle it and seeing what its like to be a soilder and be in war it teaches kids that its not good to kill other people and teaches them what goes on in our world right now i would say this is by far the most best game this year and keep in mind that it is bloody and you do see limbs off and everything else but after all its a rated m game but i beleive if your kids can handle it then let them play and if they get to sad or something or get scared just shut it off it shows them what real war is like so i suggest you show them rather than hide it from them.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Adult Written byzachs1 July 22, 2016

War is real. War is hell.

A truly horrifying depiction of what war REALLY is. Amazing story inspired by Heart of Darkness. If your kid asks for Call of Duty, buy this for them instead. This game doesn't **** around. The characters are well done, gameplay is mediocre. It is rather difficult. Ammo is scarce, and you die in 2 to 3 hits.
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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent Written byRun boy run. August 7, 2012

Wow, very violent and not for anyone under 17.

This game is to mature for kids and even some teens with its war topics and its somewhat disturbing violence.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing