Spec Ops: The Line

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Spec Ops: The Line
Release dates
June 26, 2012
November 7, 2013
May 14, 2015
Spec Ops: The Line at Co-Optimus
Spec Ops: The Line at SteamDB
 Spec Ops: The Line at Wikipedia
Spec Ops
Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way 1998
Spec Ops II: Green Berets 1999
Spec Ops: The Line 2012

General information

More information Official game site
More information Official forums
More information Spec Ops Wiki - A wiki for the series
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys
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Information All versions require Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Launch game with -nostartupmovies parameter

Game data[edit]

Configuration files location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\SpecOps-TheLine\SRGame\Config\
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/yager/specops/GameDocuments/My Games/SpecOps-TheLine/SRGame/Config/
Advantage This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
Disadvantage Configuration files are encrypted

Save game data location[edit]

Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/50300/remote/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Gold.svg 4:3 and 16:10 are letterboxed; use Flawless Widescreen.[1]
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Bronze.svg
4K Ultra HD Native support WSGF Incomplete.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Default FoV is 72°, can be set up to 95° using Flawless Widescreen.
Windowed Native support -windowed parameter can also be used
Borderless fullscreen windowed No native support
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Default is 4x. See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA) Hackable Can be forced through the NVIDIA Control Panel/AMD Control Center.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support Some players report increased performance with Vsync enabled.[citation needed]
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Fix Changing Anisotropic Filtering level

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\SpecOps-TheLine\SRGame\Config\.
  2. Decrypt SREngine.ini.
  3. Find line MaxAnisotropy=4 and change AF value to 16.
  4. Save your changes.

Limit Frame Rate[edit]

Fix Limit Frame Rate

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\SpecOps-TheLine\SRGame\Config\.
  2. Decrypt SREngine.ini.
  3. Look for [Engine.Engine] class and edit MaxSmoothedFrameRate= to your preference.
  4. Save and re-encrypt SREngine.ini.

Input settings[edit]

In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support Multiple actions under one key (eg sprint/cover/context actions).
Mouse acceleration Hackable Can be disabled by decrypting SRInput.ini and setting bEnableMouseSmoothing and m_ViewAccelEnabled to false then encrypting.
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support Native support
Full controller support Native support
Controller remapping No native support
Controller Y-axis inversion Native support

Change aim sensitivity[edit]

Fix Change aim sensitivity

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\SpecOps-TheLine\SRGame\Config\.
  2. Decrypt SRInput.ini.
  3. Find m_targetingModeMouseViewScalePct=0.6 change it to 1.0. That way it will only scale with FOV which is good for muscle memory.
  4. Save and re-encrypt SRInput.ini.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Music, Speech, SFX, Voice chat.
Surround sound Native support Up to 7.1 output.[2]
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
French Native support Native support Native support
German Native support Native support Native support
Italian Native support Native support Native support
Japanese Native support Unknown Native support
Spanish Native support Native support Native support
Russian Native support Native support Native support
Turkish Native support No native support Native support A Turkish fan patch is available here.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play Native support Versus, Co-op
Online play Native support Versus, Co-op

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native support
Peer-to-peer Native support
Dedicated No native support
Self-hosting Native support
Direct IP No native support

Issues fixed[edit]


Fix Launch the game in windowed mode[3]

No sound during cutscenes[edit]

Fix Fix binkw32.dll[4]

  1. Download the Bink Video 1.99r DLL.
  2. Extract the contents to <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32

Fix Disable HDMI output[5]

  1. Go into "control panel" -> "hardware and sound" -> "device manager"
  2. Search under "audio, video and game controller" for the graphic cards audio device
  3. for AMD: "AMD High Definition Audio Device")-> open the properties -> open the "driver" tab -> deactivate the device

Fix Set stereo sound[6]

  1. Open Windows audio panel (right click on the speaker icon on the bottom right of the screen)
  2. Configure your playback device
  3. Set 2 channels

Crashing and low frame rate[edit]

Fix Install NVIDIA PhysX[citation needed]

  1. Install the latest NVIDIA PhysX System Software.
  2. Right click Spec Ops: The Line in the Steam games list.
  3. Click on Properties.
  4. Under Local Files, select Verify Integrity of Game Cache.

Fix Reset configuration files

  1. Launch the game at least once.
  2. Navigate to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games.
  3. Delete the SpecOps-TheLine folder.
Information This will reset all game settings, but save games will preserved.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.0 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable Native support OS X only.


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio FMOD
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

Edit encrypted configuration files[edit]

Fix Use Rick's tools[7]

  1. Download the decrypter.
  2. Unzip it in a handy folder. Such as %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\SpecOps-TheLine\SRGame\Config\.
  3. Open the file you need to edit with Gibbed.SpecOpsTheLine.IniDecrypt.exe (drag-and-drop).
  4. Make the changes you want in the now unencrypted file.
  5. Save the file.
  6. Open the modified file with Gibbed.SpecOpsTheLine.IniEncrypt.exe, thus re-encrypting it.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
2.4 GHz Quad Core processor
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB 10 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600XT
Nvidia GeForce 8600
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
ATI Radeon HD 4850
Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX
512 MB of VRAM


  1. wsgf (@wsgf) | Twitter
  2. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  3. Game crashes on startup - Steam Users' Forums
  4. No Sound in Cutscenes - Page 3 - Steam Users' Forums
  5. Fix for no sound in cutscenes - Steam Users' Forums
  6. No Sound in Cutscenes - Page 3 - Steam Users' Forums
  7. Spec Ops: The Line encrypted ini files • XeNTaX forums