Spec Ops (series)

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Spec Ops
Developer(s) Zombie Studios (1998–2001)
Runecraft (2000–1)
Big Grub (2002)
Yager Development (2012)
Publisher(s) Ripcord Games (1998–9)
Take-Two Interactive (2000–1)
Gotham Games (2002)
2K Games (2012)
Platforms Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, Dreamcast, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, OS X, Linux
Platform of origin Microsoft Windows
First release Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way
April 30, 1998
Latest release Spec Ops: The Line
June 26, 2012

Spec Ops is a series of tactical shooter video games. The first two games were developed by Zombie Studios, while Runecraft assisted development on the next three games, and the sixth game in 2002 developed by Big Grub.

The first two games were published by Ripcord Games, with the following three published by Take-Two Interactive, and the sixth game in 2002 published by Gotham Games.

The series was revived 10 years later in 2012 as a third-person cover shooter with Yager Development taking over development and 2K Games taking over publishing.


Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way (1998)[edit]

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Spec Ops: Ranger Team Bravo (1998)[edit]

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Spec Ops II: Green Berets (1999)[edit]

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Spec Ops II: Operation Bravo (1999)[edit]

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Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol (2000)[edit]

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Spec Ops: Ranger Elite (2001)[edit]

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Spec Ops: Covert Assault (2001)[edit]

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Spec Ops: Airborne Commando (2002)[edit]

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Spec Ops: The Line (2012)[edit]

Spec Ops: The Line, the most notable and widely recognized game in the series, rebooted the Spec Ops series in a way that was unconventional compared to the series's past installments. Instead of being a tactical shooter, it was a third person cover shooter with arcade style gameplay. It received widespread critical acclaim and cult classic status for its dark story that explores the morality and psychological consequences of war and the shooter genre itself.

However, the game was considered a commercial flop, leading to the Spec Ops series being cancelled indefinitely again following its release.[1]


  1. ^ Moser, Cassidee (2014-07-21). "Don't Expect a Sequel for Spec Ops: The Line". IGN. Retrieved 2017-07-22.