StickSkills said, "Even with a rudimentary online component, Spec Ops: The Line is a step forward. It’s not the next big thing in its particular genre, but the story it delivers and the manner by which the characters progress through the excruciating decisions make it a unique, compelling ride. Moments of the campaign weren’t fun, but for a reason. The harsh realities of a war without a hero come fast and hard, and Yager Development deserves credit for not allowing too much fun soil the tone. It’s a gem hidden behind weak multiplayer and a style of gameplay done better by many of its contemporaries, but it’s worth digging through the ordinary to experience what lies within the walls of Dubai."