Spec Ops (series)

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Spec Ops
Spec Ops Stealth Patrol cover.jpg
Box art for Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol
Developers Zombie Studios
Runecraft Ltd.
Big Grub
Rockstar Vancouver
Yager Development
Publishers 2K Games
Ripcord Games
Rockstar Games
Take-Two Interactive
TalonSoft
Gotham Games
Darkside Game Studios
Platforms Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, Dreamcast, Xbox 360, PlayStation Network, PlayStation 3
First release Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way
1998
Latest release Spec Ops: The Line
June 26, 2012

Spec Ops is an ongoing military video game franchise, created by Zombie Studios executives. The games have primarily been launched on the PC, PlayStation and Dreamcast systems. The first few titles in the series were developed by Zombie Studios, and later titles by Runecraft Ltd. The same goes for publishers: initially the games were published by Ripcord Games, and later by Take-Two Interactive. Other developers and publishers have since been brought in for spin-off titles and sequels[1]

The Spec Ops franchise was intended to introduce a realistic first/third-person shooter experience and immerse the player in a two-man team gameplay. The first two games were well received; and the PlayStation and Dreamcast sequels (developed by Runecraft) were more of a budget priced shooter experience, giving them lower review scores.[2] The latest game in the series, Spec Ops: The Line, was highly acclaimed for its narrative, based on the novel Heart of Darkness.

Series[edit]

Name Year of release Developer Publisher Original platforms
Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way 1998 Zombie Studios Ripcord Games, Take-Two Interactive Windows
Spec Ops: Ranger Team Bravo 1998 Zombie Studios Ripcord Games Windows
Spec Ops: Mission 2000 1999 Zombie Studios Ripcord Games Windows
Spec Ops II: Green Berets 1999 Zombie Studios Ripcord Games, Talonsoft Windows
Spec Ops II: Operation Bravo 2000 Zombie Studios Ripcord Games, Talonsoft Windows
Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol 2000 Runecraft Ltd., Zombie Studios Take-Two Interactive, TalonSoft PlayStation
Spec Ops II: Omega Squad 2000 Runecraft, Zombie Studios Ripcord Games Dreamcast
Spec Ops: Ranger Elite 2001 Runecraft, Zombie Studios Take-Two Interactive, TalonSoft PlayStation
Spec Ops: Covert Assault 2001 Runecraft, Zombie Studios Take-Two Interactive PlayStation
Spec Ops: Airborne Commando 2002 Big Grub Gotham Games, Take-Two Interactive PlayStation
Spec Ops: Airborne Division[3] Cancelled Rockstar Vancouver Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive PlayStation 2
Spec Ops: The Line 2012 Yager Development, Darkside Game Studios 2K Games Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

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