Spec Ops: The Line

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Spec Ops: The Line
Spec Ops: The Line cover
Developers
Yager Development
Multiplayer Darkside Game Studios
macOS (OS X) Virtual Programming
Linux Virtual Programming
Publishers
2K Games
OS X Digital Tribe
Engines
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows June 26, 2012
macOS (OS X) November 7, 2013
Linux May 14, 2015
Spec Ops: The Line on Wikipedia
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
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Premium Edition also available
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Amazon.co.uk
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GamersGate
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Gamesplanet
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
Singleplayer only
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Version differences[edit]

Premium Edition content includes:
  • FUBAR pack for multiplayer
  • Double XP for a week
  • AK-47 at Rank 1
  • Clan Accesories: Exclusive Skins/Accessories for all classes and Unique and Visually Distinct items

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Set launch options
  • Launch game with -nostartupmovies -nosplash parameters.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\SpecOps-TheLine\SRGame\Config\
macOS (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 follows 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
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\SpecOps-TheLine\SRGame\SaveData
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/50300/remote/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game brightness settings.Available filters are Default, Vintage, and Vibrant.
In-game brightness settings.
Available filters are Default, Vintage, and Vibrant.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Non-16:9 resolutions are anamorphic; use Flawless Widescreen to remove.[1]
Multi-monitor
Use Flawless Widescreen
Ultra-widescreen
Use Flawless Widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default FOV is 72°. See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Set in options or use -windowed parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Default is 4x. See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Nvidia users can force MSAA and TrSSSGAA in Nvidia Profile Inspector with the Antialiasing Compatibility flag 0x080102C1. AMD users can force AA through AMD Control Center.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Flawless Widescreen can set the FOV up to 92° by default.
Change max FOV for Flawless Widescreen[citation needed]
  1. Download and run Flawless Widescreen.
  2. Install the Spec Ops: The Line plugin.
  3. Exit Flawless Widescreen.
  4. Open the folder where Flawless Widescreen is installed.
  5. Go into PluginCache\FWS_Plugins\Modules\SpecOpsTheLine\Dependencies\Scripts\.
  6. Edit SpecOpsTheLine.lua with a text editor.
  7. Find the line fAdditionalFOV = Sender:GetScaledFloat(5).
  8. Change (5) to (2) and save the file.
  9. Launch Flawless Widescreen and adjust the slider.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Do not run the game in borderless mode if using forced MSAA or TrSSAA settings.
Force borderless[citation needed]
  1. Download and run GeDoSaTo.
  2. Edit the SpecOpsTheLine profile.
  3. Add forceBorderlessFullscreen true.
  4. Run the game in fullscreen mode.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Changing anisotropic filtering level[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Decrypt SREngine.ini.
  3. Change MaxAnisotropy=4 to MaxAnisotropy=16.
  4. Save and re-encrypt SREngine.ini.

Frame rate (FPS)[edit]

Limit frame rate[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Decrypt SREngine.ini.
  3. Look for [Engine.Engine] class and edit MaxSmoothedFrameRate= to your preference.
  4. Save and re-encrypt SREngine.ini.

Disable motion blur[edit]

Disable motion blur[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Decrypt SREngine.ini.
  3. Change MotionBlur=True to MotionBlur=False.
  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[citation needed]
  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.

Mouse sensitivity[edit]

Change general sensitivity[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Decrypt SRInput.ini.
  3. Find MouseSensitivity=60.0 and change it to a different value according to your preferences.
  4. Save and re-encrypt SRInput.ini.
Change aim sensitivity[citation needed]
  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.

Mouse smoothing[edit]

Disable mouse smoothing[citation needed]
  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 feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Speech, SFX, Voice chat.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[2]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Spanish
Russian
Turkish
Fan translation. Details missing—please edit this page and add it.
Polish
You can download it from here: http://ironsquad.pl/plik36/
Most languages have the in-game option to select English audio.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus, Co-op
Co-op 2 players
Online play
8 Versus, Co-op
Co-op 2 players

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Xbox button prompts always displayed[edit]

Disable XInput controller for the game[citation needed]
  1. Download NoX360.
  2. Extract the contents to <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\.

D3DERR_INVALIDCALL error[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 graphics card's audio device
  3. for AMD: "AMD High Definition Audio Device")-> open the properties -> open the "driver" tab -> deactivate the device
Set stereo sound[4]
  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[citation needed]
  1. Launch the game at least once.
  2. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\.
  3. Delete the SpecOps-TheLine folder.
This will reset all game settings, but save games will preserved.

White/Black screen after launching game[edit]

Launch game in windowed mode through Steam[6]
  1. Right click the game on Steam.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Select Set Launch Options...
  4. Type in -windowed.
  5. Go to options and then select a screen resolution that is compatible with the monitor used.
  6. Can now select fullscreen in game options if setting is desired.
  7. Can now remove -windowed option from Set Launch Options...

Other information[edit]

API[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[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX v2.8.3.14
Audio FMOD v0.4.32.4
Cutscenes Bink Video v1.9.99.0
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]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600XT
Nvidia GeForce 8600
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible

References