GameLogical: If you want a living, breathing city, go to Manhattan. If you want to see familiar places trashed by war, weather, and the apocalypse, play a video game. Spec Ops: The Line imagines a Dubai ravaged by a sandstorm. Survivors cling to life in ruined resorts and shopping malls half buried by the encroaching desert. The vistas are frequently striking, especially the views of the wreckage from the rooftops of sand-swept skyscrapers. Spec Ops: The Line is a palm tree and infinity pool vision of the apocalypse, where an oasis of opulence and excess is buried by nature and then further debased by man.