I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike

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I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike
I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike cover
Innerloop Studios
Release dates
Windows March 3, 2003
Series Project I.G.I.
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Project I.G.I.
Project I.G.I.: I'm Going In 2000
I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike 2003
IGI: Origins 2022


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

Multiplayer server browser has stopped working due to GameSpy services being shut down.
Wide variety of in-game graphical options.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc 2 DRM[Note 1]
Serial keys for multiplayer available by request to GOG support team.[3]
ZOOM Platform
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Game data[edit]

In-game content settings.
In-game content settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.qvm[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\pc\savegames\[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Menu is always rendered at 640x480.
4K Ultra HD
HUD scales poorly at higher resolutions.
Field of view (FOV)
Toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Default mode in Windows 10. For true Fullscreen use dgVoodoo 2.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)


In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
The game filters very slight mouse movements, making it nearly impossible to perform very precise aiming on the medium-high mouse sensitivity (including the default mouse sensitivity). This can be resolved by installing 1.2 patch from here: http://igi2isfkinder.weebly.com/igi-2-stuff.html or limit fps to 60 or 80 via rivatuner statistic server.
Mouse input in menus
In some cases, mouse doesn't work in windowed mode.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.
In-game language settings.
In-game language settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 with Creative ALchemy. Inject dsound.dll with Auto DLL Injector.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Supports EAX, EAX 2 and EAX 3.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
16 GameSpy server browser no longer works.

Issues unresolved[edit]

  • Couldn`t enable any EAX through Creative alchemy(X-FI).
  • The game filters very slight mouse movements, making it nearly impossible to perform very precise aiming on the medium-high mouse sensitivity (including the default mouse sensitivity). The issue is unresolved, and as a workaround, you may lower your mouse sensitivity.
  • Rarely, after having used the tactical tools (Binoculars, Thermal vision), the game may re-open another tactical tool when you try closing it, and once the player exits, they cannot fire or pick up firearms anymore

Issues fixed[edit]

Graphics not being rendered correctly[edit]

Disable Software Vertex Processing[citation needed]
  1. Start a game.
  2. Go to Configuration.
  3. Go to Graphics.
  4. Disable Force Software Vertex Processing.
  5. Confirm new settings by pressing OK.

Level restart results in a softlock[edit]

Witnessed on multiple different machines, on modern operating systems (including Windows XP[4] and 7) and on versions 1.2 and 1.3[5]
Workaround 1
This workaround is witnessed not to work on the levels of:
  • Deep in the Mines (Russian campaign; level 2),
  • Secret Laboratory (Chinese campaign; level 4),
  • Libyan Rendezvous (Libyan campaign; level 1) [likely due to being spawned in water], and
  • Prison Escape (Libyan campaign; level 2) [likely due to missing the map computer in the beginning]
  1. On many levels (usually those with the precise real-time map), the issue can be fixed via using the in-game map computer twice. Press M twice.
Workaround 2
This workaround needs to be applied every time one needs to restart the level, detrimenting game-play experience substantially
Applying this workaround too many times (about 10 or higher) seems to cause other in-game bugs, such as occasional random switching between windowed and full-screen mode, no-weapon glitch and others
  1. Pause the game (Esc)
  2. Exit into the main menu
  3. Start the game, pick the level and choose "Restart" (or "Load" -> "Restart level")
  4. Wait for the game to reload

Game switches b/w Windowed and Full-screen modes[edit]

Occurs randomly and/or when navigating any game menus after playing for a while
  1. Wait/press ( Enter until the game is in the mode you prefer
  2. Press (LAlt, then (RAlt. The issue should get fixed

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 700 MHz
AMD Athlon 700 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).