Spec Ops: The Line

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


All Windows and Linux versions require Steam DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Set launch options[citation needed]
  • Launch game with -nostartupmovies -nosplash parameters.

Game data[edit]

Configuration files 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
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.

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.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

AMD users can force AA through AMD Control Center.
Force MSAA/TrSSAA[2]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Search and open the game profile.
  3. Set Antialiasing Compatibility to 0x080102C1.
  4. Set Antialiasing Behavior Flags to None.
  5. Set Antialiasing Mode to Override any application setting.
  6. Set Antialiasing Setting to Multisampling (2x, 4x, 8x).
  7. Set Antialiasing Transparency Supersampling to Supersampling (2x, 4x, 8x) (if you want Transparency SSAA).
  8. Apply changes.

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.

Change general 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 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[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.

Disable mouse smoothing[edit]

Change aim sensitivity[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 options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Speech, SFX, Voice chat.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.
Most languages have the in-game option to select English audio.


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\.


Launch the game in windowed mode[4]

No sound during cutscenes[edit]

Fix binkw32.dll[5]
  1. Download the Bink Video 1.99r DLL.
  2. Extract the contents to <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32
Disable HDMI output[6]
  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[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

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.

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
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. NVidia Anti-Aliasing Guide (updated) - Guru3D.com Forums - last accessed on 2016-12-31
  3. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  4. Game crashes on startup - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  5. 5.0 5.1 No Sound in Cutscenes - Page 3 - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  6. Fix for no sound in cutscenes - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  7. Spec Ops: The Line encrypted ini files • XeNTaX forums