Total War: Shogun 2

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Total War: Shogun 2
Total War: Shogun 2 cover
The Creative Assembly
OS X Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows March 15, 2011
OS X July 31, 2014
Total War
Shogun: Total War 2000
Medieval: Total War 2002
Rome: Total War 2004
Barbarian Invasion
Rome: Total War: Alexander
Medieval II: Total War 2006
Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms
Empire: Total War 2009
Empire: Total War: Warpath
Napoleon: Total War 2010
Total War: Shogun 2 2011
Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai 2012
Total War: Rome II 2013
Total War: Attila 2015
Total War Battles: KINGDOM 2015
Total War: Warhammer 2016
Total War: Arena TBA

Key points

Multiplayer is not cross-platform.[1]

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Mac App Store
All Windows versions require Steam.

Version differences[edit]

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

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Setting Up
  1. Download the Package File Manager and extract it in a new folder.
  2. Open PackFileManager.exe and click the Cancel button on the Enter Directory screens.
  3. Select Yes if asked to decode the database files.
  4. Under Game, check if STW is selected.
  5. Under Options, select CA Packs Are Read Only, then choose I'm not afraid, coward!
  1. Under File, Open CA pack, select movies.pack
  2. Double Click on movies.pack and movies in order to expand the list.
  3. Select the desired file, then push the Delete key in order to erase it. Delete the following files.

   4. Push the Ctrl+S keys in order to save any new changes.


Due to the many files saving might take up to a minute.
Splash Screen
  1. Under File, Open CA pack, select boot.pack
  2. While in the list Double Click on boot.pack and navigate to boot.pack\ui\frontend ui\loadingscreen
  3. Select, then push the Delete key to erase it.
  4. Push the Ctrl+S keys in order to save any new changes.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Shogun2\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

The differences between the DX9 and DX11 modes are negligiable. If the loading times get too long switch to the DX9 mode.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Setting Up
  1. Open preferences.script.txt in the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Find the following lines, and set them to these values.
gfx_fullscreen false;
fix_res false; 
fix_window_pos false;

    3. Launch the game and wait for the main menu to load, then Alt+Tab to the Desktop.
    4. Use the Fullscreen Toggle Script.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

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


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

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
Versus, Co-op
Co-op: 2 players.

Issues fixed[edit]

Random Stop Working Error[edit]

No proper fix known yet.
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


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

Shogun 2 not starting[edit]

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

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.
"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]

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.
This will restrict the game to use Shader Model 3 and MLAA among other things.

Freezing on 32-bit systems (Windows)[edit]

The game freezes because Windows cannot allocate enough memory on x86 systems.
Prepare the OS to be able to use beyond 2GB address space with a userva of 2.5GB
  1. Open Start Menu
  2. Type: cmd or Command Prompt
  3. Right click on the Command Prompt program and select Run as Administrator
  4. In the Command Prompt screen, enter bcdedit /set increaseuserva 2500
  5. Wait for the confirmation message.
  6. Reboot the computer.
  7. Launch the game.


To undo this change, follow the same instructions but use the bcdedit /deletevalue increaseuserva command

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