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Shogun: Total War

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Shogun: Total War
Shogun: Total War cover
Creative Assembly
Expansion Dreamtime Interactive
Electronic Arts
Re-release Sold Out Software
Gold Edition post-2005 and digital Sega
Release dates
Windows June 13, 2000
Metacritic 84
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time, Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Free-roaming camera
Controls Menu-based, Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS, TBS
Themes Historical, Japan
Series Total War
Shogun: Total War on HowLongToBeat
Shogun: Total War on IGDB
Shogun: Total War guide on StrategyWiki
Shogun: Total War on MobyGames
Shogun: Total War on Wikipedia
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General information

Official site for the series
Official forum
Total War Center - A large fan site for the series with an active modding community
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc 2 DRM[Note 1]
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Gold Edition. Slightly updated for modern system & widescreen support.
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A free demo version is available from GameFront.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Mongol Invasion Comes bundled with the Warlord/Gold Edition.

Essential improvements


Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/345240/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegames\[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/345240/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
The Steam version does support widescreen resolutions. The original retail version does not.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail version only.
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail only - Electronic Arts Brasil.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
Official server browser has been shut down.

Connection types

Issues fixed

Game won't run

Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows XP SP2.[3]
Set the resolution to the lowest available.[citation needed]

Unable to run on more than the lowest resolution

Use Sephus's ddraw.dll[4]
  1. Download the fixed ddraw.dll.
  2. Place it in <path-to-game>.

Game crashes in some battles

Fix battle scripts
  1. Follow this guide to fix the battle script files.
This seems to happen only in the Steam version.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium MMX 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7.0a compatible


  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 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/345240/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (345240) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. 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).