Spec Ops: The Line

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Spec Ops: The Line
Spec Ops: The Line cover
Yager Development
Multiplayer Darkside Game Studios
OS X Virtual Programming
Linux Virtual Programming
2K Games
OS X Digital Tribe
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows June 26, 2012
OS X November 7, 2013
Linux May 14, 2015
Spec Ops
Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way 1998
Spec Ops II: Green Berets 1999
Spec Ops: The Line 2012

General information

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


All Windows and Linux versions require Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Launch game with -nostartupmovies parameter[citation needed]

Game data[edit]

Configuration files location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\SpecOps-TheLine\SRGame\Config\
OS X $HOME/Library/Application Support/Spec Ops The Line/GameDocuments/My Games/SpecOps-TheLine/SRGame/Config/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/yager/specops/GameDocuments/My Games/SpecOps-TheLine/SRGame/Config/
This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
Configuration files are encrypted except for the Apple OS X Steam port configuration files, which are unencrypted.

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4:3 and 16:10 are letterboxed; use Flawless Widescreen.[1]
Use Flawless Widescreen
Use Flawless Widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default FoV is 72°, can be set up to 95° using Flawless Widescreen.
Set in options or use -windowed parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Default is 4x. See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced. See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

NVidia users - FXAA
  • Force FXAA through the NVidia Control Panel.
NVidia users - MSAA
  1. Force MSAA through NVidia Inspector using the 0x080100C5 compatibility flag.
  2. Delete 0x00000005 in the "Antialiasing-Behavior Flags" field.
AMD users
  • Force AA through AMD Control Center.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

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]

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 keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Disable mouse acceleration
  1. Go to the Configuration file location.
  2. Decrypt SRInput.ini.
  3. Find m_ViewAccelEnabled=true change it to false.
  4. Save and re-encrypt SRInput.ini.

Change general sensitivity[edit]

Change general sensitivity
  1. Go to the Configuration file location.
  2. Decrypt SRInput.ini.
  3. Find MouseSensitivity=60.0 and change it to a lower value according to your preferences (most people find 30.0 a good value).
  4. Save and re-encrypt SRInput.ini.

Change aim sensitivity[edit]

Change aim sensitivity
  1. Go to the Configuration file location.
  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.

Disable mouse smoothing[edit]

Change aim sensitivity
  1. Go to the Configuration file location.
  2. Decrypt SRInput.ini.
  3. Find bEnableMouseSmoothing=true change it to false.
  4. Save and re-encrypt SRInput.ini.

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio CC Notes
A Turkish fan patch is available here.


Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]


Launch the game in windowed mode[3]

No sound during cutscenes[edit]

Fix binkw32.dll[4]
  1. Download the Bink Video 1.99r DLL.
  2. Extract the contents to <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32
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
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]

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.
Reset configuration files
  1. Launch the game at least once.
  2. Navigate to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games.
  3. Delete the SpecOps-TheLine folder.
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
OS X only.


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio FMOD
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

Edit encrypted configuration files[edit]

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