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Spec Ops: The Line
Windows PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
Other: Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB (Windows PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
This is a third-person shooter in which players assume the role of a special operations soldier who battles enemies in a storm-ravaged Dubai. Players use machine guns, shotguns, rocket launchers, and grenades to kill enemy soldiers in frenetic combat. Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and slow-motion effects (during headshots); injured characters emit blood splashes when hit, and continue to incur damage when killed. Players can also “execute” or incapacitate enemies at close range (e.g., punching soldiers in the face or snapping their necks). Some weapons cause injuries such as dismembered limbs or scattered body parts; a handful of sequences depict severely burned or mutilated corpses. During the course of the game, players have the ability to shoot unarmed civilians or open fire on angry mobs. Cutscenes also include intense instances of violence: bloodied characters getting interrogated and/or executed; soldiers getting shot in the head at point-blank range. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue.