sillybrian Sep 6, 2012 @ 9:52pm
Total War: Shogun 2 won't even launch for the first time.
I just purchased the basic game (not the expansion) and downloaded it from steam. It won't even launch once. This is a brand new machine, running windows 7 x64 pro, and all other games run just fine. My DirectX 11 diag works and says all is good.
When I try to launch the game or even one of the benchmarking tools, it briefly flashes a screen (less than a second) which I can't even read, and then nothing. I can't run any of the DX9 or DX11 benchmark tools, I can't run benchmark game, and I can't play the game.

I've run the integrity check 3 times and it claims that there are no errors with the installation. I've restarted the computer and steam. Nothing has worked so far.

This game hasn't even worked once.

I'd really appreciate any input... it sucks to think this money went to complete waste, and that I'll never trust a Steam download again... any advice?
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dzandian Sep 6, 2012 @ 10:18pm 
I am having a similiar problem, however it will start but it will close out when I attempt to fight a battle. Whats the problem how do you fix it?
boristracy Sep 6, 2012 @ 11:06pm 
It has nothing to do with windows,you need to make sure that you meet the specification that are given on the shogun case, you need to have a minimum of an intel dual core processor,
also a good internet speed, etc, check out the back of you game case and ma ke sure you meet the recommended specification , if it is then mabe your game is falty it happens , take it back to the chop they should replace it.
Dr.לאָל Sep 6, 2012 @ 11:47pm 
Maby try reinstalling the game?
sillybrian Sep 7, 2012 @ 1:23am 
I figured it out, but thanks everyone for your contributions.
JaggedBear Sep 7, 2012 @ 1:42am 
is there any way to give the game more memory to make it run faster?
Teatseeker Sep 7, 2012 @ 3:58am 
what was the fix?
filippo.amerini Sep 7, 2012 @ 4:56am 
I have the same problem ..... it' s about 10 weeks that i don't play , i try yesterday , but the game don't starts . i don't have similar problem with empire and napoleon . And last time i have played many time ago , everithig was well ....
Archangelos Sep 7, 2012 @ 11:53am 
Could be a problem of RAM. How many RAM do you have?. This game needs more. I have 6GB and run well. Could be also a problem of video card: check the compatibility with the specs of the game. In any case I have only DirectX10 and I can play without problem. Try to reduce the video detail of the game at the minimum possible: in this way should work. Than increase the detail step by step.
Nicklaus@CA  [developer] Sep 17, 2012 @ 6:37am 
If you have problems getting Shogun 2 or Fall of the Samurai to start up, please try the following:

1) Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\total war shogun 2\redist
2) Run every .exe file there
3) Access the DirectX folder
4) Run the .exe file there
5) Restart your PC and run Shogun 2
lycoris14 Dec 28, 2014 @ 1:09am 
Hey guys! This thread is old, but I think I found out how to make Shogun 2 work. I've experienced this too, I bought the retail version of the game and installed it. It didn't work for me no matter how many times I tried to Re-install it. But Yesterday I just opened my Laptop and Login in to Steam then before doing anything else I verified the Integrity of the Game Cache of Shogun 2. After waiting for at least 5-7 minutes the validation finished and when I run the game it worked :)). Try this It might be helpful. Good Luck!
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