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 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

Disadvantage Game uses encrypted configuration files.

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series
More information Spec ops: The Line 2K Forums for game


[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Amazon.com Steamicon.png
Steam Steamicon.png
Information All versions require Steam.

[edit] Essential improvements

[edit] Skip intro videos

Fix Disable intro moviesLink

  1. Navigate to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\SpecOps-TheLine\SRGame\Config\
  2. Decrypt SREngine.ini
  3. Look for [FullScreenMovie] section and delete the lines starting with StartupMovies

[edit] Encrypted configuration files

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 To edit one of the files:[1]Link

  1. Download the decrypter
  2. Unzip it in a handy folder
  3. Open the the file you need to edit with Gibbed.SpecOpsTheLine.IniDecrypt.exe
  4. Make the changes you are required to do to the now unencrypted file
  5. Save it
  6. Open the modified file with Gibbed.SpecOpsTheLine.IniEncrypt.exe

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location

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

[edit] Save game data location

Windows Steam\userdata\<user-id>\50300\remote

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

[edit] Video settings

Graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.png 4:3 and 16:10 are letterboxed; use Flawless Widescreen.[2]
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Limited.png
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) Native Default is 4x. Can be adjusted up to 16 by editing MaxAnisotropy in SREngine.ini
Anti-aliasing (AA) Impossible
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native Some players report increased performance with Vsync enabled.[citation needed]
High frame rate Native Default frame limit is 5000 FPS.

[edit] Input settings

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 Unknown
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

[edit] Audio settings

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Music, Speech, SFX, Voice chat.
Surround sound Unknown
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Unknown


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Unknown 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.

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] No sound during cutscenes

Information The problem appears to be that bounded to multiple causes, like wrong audio routing, wrong codecs or surround audio setups.[3]

Fix Disable HDMI outputLink

  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[4]Link

  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[5]Link

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

[edit] Issues unresolved

[edit] Crashing and low frame rate

Disadvantage Users have reported crashing, low frame rates.[6]
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.[7] The game runs on 3840 x 2160 screen resolution by default, see below for fix.

Fix Crashing on LaunchLink

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 - ErrorsLink

Step 1: Apparently PhysX is not installed properly sometimes so no matter what GPU you have (AMD or NVIDIA) you need to install latest PhysX driver from [8].

Step 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 filesLink

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.

[edit] Integrated graphics

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 cardLink

[edit] Mouse speed

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.

[edit] System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 equivalent 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
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. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2780254
  4. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=33837231&postcount=40
  5. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=34087929&postcount=43
  6. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2842826
  7. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3014351
  8. http://www.nvidia.com/object/physx_system_software.html
  9. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2769339

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