Total War: Shogun 2

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Total War: Shogun 2
Total War: Shogun 2 cover
Creative Assembly
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows March 15, 2011
macOS (OS X) July 31, 2014
Linux May 23, 2017
Total War: Shogun 2 at Wikipedia
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Key points

Multiplayer is not cross-platform.[1]

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
All Windows versions require Steam DRM.

Version differences[edit]

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

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Otomo Clan Pack
macOS (OS X)
Saints and Heroes Unit Pack
macOS (OS X)
Dragon War Battle Pack
macOS (OS X)
The Ikko Ikki Clan Pack
macOS (OS X)
Sengoku Jidai Unit Pack
macOS (OS X)
Rise of the Samurai Campaign
macOS (OS X)
The Hattori Clan Pack
macOS (OS X)
Blood Pack
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Step One[edit]

Setting Up[citation needed]
  1. Download the Package File Manager and extract it anywhere.
  2. Open PackFileManager.exe and select Cancel on the Please point to location of TWH, ATW and R2TW prompts.
  3. On the Please point to location of STW prompt select the game's main installation folder. Select Cancel for NTW and ETW.
  4. Select Yes on the First Start window which says Looking for updated schema files for decoding DB files.
  5. Under Game, check if STW is selected.
  6. Under Options, select CA Packs Are Read Only, then choose I'm not afraid, coward!

Step Two[edit]

Videos[citation needed]
  1. Under File, Open CA pack, select movies.pack
  2. Double Click on movies.pack and movies in order to expand the list.
  3. Click on a file to select it, then push Delete once to erase it. Delete the following files.

   4. Push Ctrl+S in order to save, then wait for the Package File Manager to unfreeze.

Splash Screen[citation needed]
  1. Under File, Open CA pack, select boot.pack
  2. Double Click on boot.pack and navigate to ui\frontend ui\loadingscreen
  3. Select, then push Delete once to erase it.
  4. Push Ctrl+S in order to save, then wait for the Package File Manager to unfreeze.


Reset the Pack File Manager settings if something isn't working correctly.
Cleanup[citation needed]
  1. Push Win+R and type %LOCALAPPDATA% then push OK.
  2. Find the PackFileManager folder and delete it.
  3. Delete the older Pack File Manager folder that was last downloaded and extracted anywhere.
  4. Download the latest version of the Pack File Manager and extract it anywhere.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Shogun2\scripts\*.txt
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/Total War SHOGUN 2/AppData/scripts/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Total War SHOGUN 2/
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Shogun2\
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/SaveData

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Set the Shader Model setting to Shader Model 5 and check the Soft Shadows setting while in the DX11 mode to use high quality shadows.
Switch to the DX9 mode if loading takes too long. If the shadows are blocky uncheck the Soft Shadows setting. Shadows on this mode are worse than in the DX11 setting.
Video settings.
Video settings.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Setting Up[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open preferences.script.txt.
  3. 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
Dolby Surround, SRS Circle Surround, 4.0, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, 8.1 are supported. 8.1 Discrete lower the volume considerably, unknown if it was intentional or a bug.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

VR support[edit]


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

Multiplayer types

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

Issues fixed[edit]

Random Stop Working Error[edit]

No proper fix known yet.
Verify Your Game Cache[citation needed]
  1. Find Total War: Shogun 2 in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game name
  3. Select Properties
  4. Go 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[citation needed]
  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[citation needed]
  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 shortened 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[citation needed]
  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

Incorrect VRAM size detection for modern video cards (Windows)[edit]

The game is limited by its 32-bit nature and will fail to correctly detect the available VRAM size on cards with more than 4 GB of memory.
Override available video memory size[citation needed]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Shogun2\scripts
  2. Open preferences.script.txt
  3. Modify gfx_video_memory setting and set it to -1.
  4. Launch the game and confirm the changes: in Settings, at the bottom, it should indicate Video Memory (MB): 4095


This will effectively set the available VRAM size to 4GB - 1 byte.
To undo this change, follow the same instructions but use the value 0 for auto-detection.

Campaign camera no longer controllable[edit]

Mouse and keyboard camera controls no longer function.
  1. Download EditSF
  2. Open affected savegame
  4. Change System.UInt32 from 0 to 1
  5. Save and reload the savegame from Shotgun 2.
Reload unaffected earlier save game[3]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11 MSAA is only supported in DX11 mode
Shader Model support 3 (low, high), 4, 4.1, 5 SM 4+ is only available in DX11 mode
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Dual Core or 2.6 GHz Single Core Intel 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
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.9.5 10.10.3
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 22 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM 2 GB of VRAM
Not supported: ATI Radeon X1000 series, ATI Radeon HD 2000 series, Intel GMA series, Intel HD 3000, Nvidia GeForce 7000/8000 series, Nvidia GeForce 9400 and Nvidia GTX 300 series.
Intel HD 4000 requires 8 GB of system memory.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) SteamOS or Ubuntu 16.04
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz 3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 26 GB
Video card (GPU) Intel Iris Pro
Nvidia GTX 600 series
AMD Radeon HD 6000 series
1 GB of VRAM
Nvidia GTX 700 series
AMD R7 series
2 GB of VRAM
Nvidia cards require driver version 375.26 or better. AMD and Intel cards require MESA version 17.0.4


  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
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