Spec Ops: The Line

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Spec Ops: The Line
Spec Ops The Line cover.jpg
Release dates
June 26, 2012
November 7, 2013
May 14, 2015
Spec Ops: The Line at Steam Charts
Spec Ops: The Line at SteamDB
 Spec Ops: The Line at Wikipedia
Spec Ops
Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way 1998
Spec Ops: Ranger Team Bravo
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 Instructions

  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use -nostartupmovies

Game data[edit]

Configuration files location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\SpecOps-TheLine\SRGame\Config\
Linux ~/.local/share/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
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native 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 WSGF Incomplete.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Default FoV is 72°, can be set up to 95° using Flawless Widescreen.
Windowed Native -windowed parameter can also be used
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
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 Some players report increased performance with Vsync enabled.[citation needed]
High frame rate Native

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]

Mouse control settings.
Gamepad settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native 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
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Native
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Music, Speech, SFX, Voice chat.
Surround sound Native Up to 7.1 output.[2]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Japanese Native Unknown Native
Spanish Native Native Native
Russian Native Unknown Native
Turkish Native Impossible Native A Turkish fan patch is available here.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Native
Online play Native
LAN co-op Native 2
Online co-op Native 2

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native
Peer-to-peer Native
Dedicated Impossible
Self-hosting Native
Direct IP Impossible

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 Poperties.
  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]

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.


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX

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