Total War: Shogun 2

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Total War: Shogun 2
Shogun 2 Total War Box.jpg
Release dates
March 15, 2011
July 31, 2014
Total War: Shogun 2 at Steam Charts
Total War: Shogun 2 at SteamDB
 Total War: Shogun 2 at Wikipedia
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Key points

Disadvantage Multiplayer is not cross-platform.[1]

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys
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Information All Windows versions require Steam.

Version differences[edit]

Information The Mac App Store version is a complete edition with all DLC but does not include multiplayer.[2]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Shogun2\scripts
OS X <user-id>/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/Total War SHOGUN 2/AppData/scripts

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Shogun2

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution Native
Multi-monitor Unknown
Ultra-widescreen Native
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Unknown
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Unknown

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Impossible
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native


Information Multiplayer modes are not cross-platform.[1]
Information The Mac App Store version does not include multiplayer.[2]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Unknown
Online play Native 8
LAN co-op Unknown
Online co-op Native 2

Issues fixed[edit]

Random Stop Working Error[edit]

Disadvantage No proper fix known yet.

Fix Verify Your Game Cache

  1. Find Total War: Shogun 2 in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game name
  3. Select Properties
  4. Navigate to the Local Files tab
  5. Select Verify Integrity of Game Cache...
  6. This may take a while, just wait for it to finish
  7. Once it's done press OK
  8. Launch the game


Information If this doesn't fix the problem, you may need to re-install the game

Shogun 2 not starting[edit]

Information If the game doesn't start, try deleting preferences.script.txt:

Fix Delete preferences.script.txt

  1. Go to %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Shogun2\scripts
  2. Delete preferences.script.txt
  3. Run the game again.

Mouse Cursor Unrestricted[edit]

Information The game does not restrict the mouse cursor, meaning that on multi-monitor configurations instead of moving the camera, the mouse will go onto the other screen, effectively crippling the ability to effectively move the camera in that direction.

Fix "Cursor Lock" fix

  1. Download Cursor Lock
  2. Open Cursor Lock Setup.
  3. Select "Open Program" and then find the path to the Steam executable (usually %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Steam\Steam.exe)
  4. Select "Open Program Args" and put in -applaunch 34330.
  5. Select "Lock Program" and then find the path to the game's main executable in the installation folder.
  6. Click the "Create Shortcut" button to create a permanent shortcut to the game with Cursor Lock.

Extreme Loading Time[edit]

Information Shogun 2 suffers from rather ridiculous loading times (the first loading splash screen can take over 5 minutes to load. However, These can be partly shorted by switching from DirectX 11 to DirectX9.
Disadvantage This will restrict the game to use Shader Model 3 and MLAA among other things.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Dual Core or 2.6 GHz Single Core Core i5
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista/7)
2 GB (XP)
4 GB (Vista/7)
Hard disk drive (HDD)
20 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
AMD Radeon HD 5000/6000
Nvidia GT 240


  1. 1.0 1.1 Total War: Shogun 2 - Features | Feral Interactive
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yours for the taking - Total War: SHOGUN 2 for Mac is out now | Feral News