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
Spec Ops: The Line at WineHQ
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

Key points

Information Game uses encrypted configuration files which can be decrypted.

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. Add -nostartupmovies

Limit Frame Rate[edit]

Advantage Not as performance-heavy as V-Sync.

Fix Limit Frame Rate

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

Encrypted configuration files[edit]

The game's configuration files are encrypted.
User Rick has developed a utility on the XeNTaX forums which can decrypt the files, allow them to be edited, and then re-encrypted so that Spec Ops: The Line can work.

Fix Edit one of the files[1]

  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.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\SpecOps-TheLine\SRGame\Config

Save game data location[edit]

Windows <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.[2]
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Bronze.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Default FoV is 72°, can be set up to 95° using Flawless Widescreen.
Windowed Native
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. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\SpecOps-TheLine\SRGame\Config\SREngine.ini
  2. Find line MaxAnisotropy=4 and change AF value to 16.
  3. Save your changes.

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.[3]
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 Unknown Native
Italian Native Unknown Native
Japanese Native Unknown Native
Spanish Native Unknown 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]

No sound during cutscenes[edit]

Information The problem appears to be that bounded to multiple causes, like wrong audio routing, wrong codecs or surround audio setups.[4]

Fix Disable HDMI output

  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[5]

  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

Fix Fix binkw32.dll[6]

  1. Download this dll
  2. Unzip the content inside <installation dir>\Binaries\Win32

Issues unresolved[edit]

Crashing and low frame rate[edit]

Disadvantage Users have reported crashing, low frame rates.[7]
Disadvantage AMD users have experienced the game crashing on launch, with the message, C:\depot\PC\UnrealEngine3\Development\Src\D3D9Drv\Src\D3D9Device.cpp:718 with error D3DERR_INVALIDCALL" rendering the game unplayable.[8] The game runs on 3840 x 2160 screen resolution by default, see below for fix.

Fix Crashing on Launch

Right-Click on the game shortcut in Steam, go to Set Properties, Launch Options and type -windowed. Click OK and launch the game. Set the resolution to preferred choice.

Fix Crashing on Launch - Errors

  1. Install the latest NVIDIA PhysX System Software.
  2. After that, go to your STEAM, open Installed games and right click on Spec Ops: The Line, select Properties/Local Files and click on VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME CACHE. Wait that to finish and now you should be able to run game without crashing with Error.

Fix Reset configuration files

If having performance issues after the initial launch, delete the SpecOps-TheLine folder from %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games before launching. This will not affect save data, but it will reset settings.

Integrated graphics[edit]

Laptops with both integrated (onboard) graphics and discrete graphics may have a tendency to run Spec Ops: The Line on integrated graphics, resulting in markedly poor performance, even on lowest settings.

Fix Select discrete graphics card

Mouse speed[edit]

Mouse speed adjustment in the menu does not always work properly.[9]

In the single player campaign mode changing the mouse speed during gameplay can cause the mouse speed to become extremly high regardless of the value it was set to. It is recommended to set the mouse speed from the options menu before starting gameplay to avoid this issue.

In multiplayer mode the mouse speed sometimes is at an extremely high level regardless of the setting. Contrary to single player mode, setting the value in the options menu before starting a game does not necessarily prevent this problem.

System requirements[edit]

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


  1. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?p=31403913#post31403913
  2. https://twitter.com/wsgf/status/219039164367249408
  3. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  4. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2780254
  5. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=33837231&postcount=40
  6. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=34087929&postcount=43
  7. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2842826
  8. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3014351
  9. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2769339