Steven Ross wrote: "Today’s shooters are mindless, uncreative, and generic to an extent that hinders the expectations of gamers. Shooters in general aren’t innovative, and they don’t have narrative storylines that embrace never-forgetting experiences. Simplicity is the biggest hindrance in this modern gaming generation and this idea of catering to the casuals has to stop. Luckily, Spec Ops: The Line’s story saves itself from complete failure because its gameplay and multiplayer are disgustingly awful. But the storyline itself cannot accumulate enough bonus points saving it from negative debt."