As the latest installment in the popular "Total War" series of RTS/Empire building hybrids, Shogun: Total War 2 comes full circle to its roots and updates the original game with modern technology and new mechanics.

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Different ways to become shogun in Shogun 2 Total War

I know you can become shogun by capturing Kyoto and holding it for a year. Are there any other ways?
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Total war series with a dual monitor setup

In the total war series, specifically Rome and Shogun Total war 2, you can scroll/rotate the map by moving the mouse cursor to the edge of the screen. This works fine on a single monitor, but I have ...
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How to get the most bang for my buck in naval bombardments?

I've been playing Fall of the Samurai, and the naval bombardments are awesome. Except, in traditional Total War style, there are small and important details which the official documentation provides ...
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What are town retainers?

I got this event asking if I wanted to execute a town's retainer or give him 1000 gold for his services. Osumi is the name of the region. It's a pretty fresh campaign, so I'm sure there is nothing ...
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Purpose of rank and file in Total War: Shogun 2?

What is the purpose of rank and file in Shogun 2 units? You can adjust the rank and file on the units and I'm not sure what they're for. I'm assuming for reserve or for offensive, but I'm not sure.
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How do I effectively field kisho ninjas?

Kisho ninjas are army units that can be deployed in Shogun 2. At first glance the unit seems ideal for surprise attacks (they can hide in plain view and deal damage quickly). However they are small in ...
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How does armor work in Shogun 2: Total War?

I've played Shogun 2 for a while now, and something I still don't understand is armor. The unit with the most notable armor is the Naginata Samurai with 9. Compare that to a Yari Ashigaru that has 2 ...
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FOTS - Foreign units disappeared when realm divide

Was playing a Fall of the Samurai dominion campaign (normal difficulty clan with very hard difficulty combats). I rushed to foreign units and bought only Imperial infantry, Imperial guard infantry and ...
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How to abort a siege assault without breaking the siege?

When besieging an enemy castle, it is often beneficial to initiate combat, use up all ammunition that the attacking archers can carry, and retreat - repeating the action turn after turn, until the ...
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Total War Shogun 2 : stuck on Splash screen

This problem has been bugging me for the best part of half a year now, resulting in me not being able to play one of my favourite games. It all happened around the time I got the DLC for Fall Of The ...
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What do I do if other ships are already on the anchor?

I am trying to figure out ship trading in Shogun 2. I went to the location of an anchor on the minimap with my trading ship, and there was already a fleet of trading ships on it from a trading partner ...
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Is there quick matchmaking in Shogun 2?

I was a big fan of the Rome series, and I just recently started back on the Total War series again, by picking up FoTS with Shogun 2. I'm not interested in the campaign or anything, I just want to ...
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Total war: Shogun 2 Computer crashes on splash screen

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post a question such as this but I am not sure if there are any others stack exchanges that this would be more relevant to. I recently purchased the total ...
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Removing in-game ad

How do I remove these in-game advertisements from the menu screen of Shogun 2?
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Tactics on how to siege a castle in Shogun 2?

It seems that every time I try to manually siege a castle in Shogun 2 Total War, I always get my ass kicked, no matter what tactics I use to siege the castle. Even blowing up the entrance with cannons ...
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How do I inspire more units?

I have noticed that I can only inspire one unit, whereby AI inspires several. Is extra inspiration due to some retinue/attribute/# of stars on the AI? or is it simply because AI is allowed to ...
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Meaning of battle outcomes - i.e Heroic Victory

Is there a guide/meaning to outcome of battles in Shogun 2? For instance, close victory, or heroic victory? Is there a consequence? For instance, stars increase more with heroic than close? Or other ...
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How do you execute coastal assaults/amphibious landings?

No matter what I've tried I can't execute a coastal assault - ie, land an army from a ship and attack a castle in the same turn. Even if the castle is right there on the coast, the army always just ...
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How do the “anchor” trading ports work?

On the left (south?) of the map there are a collection of foreign trading "anchors". You can put a trading (or any fleet vessel) there. Presumably this is a good thing somehow. Where can I see the ...
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How to group units without losing custom formation?

I arrange all my units how I want them, then group them (or vice versa). But when I order them to move forward they all wander off in different directions and reform into the default formation. Kinda ...
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Is the looting honour penalty permanent in Shogun 2 Total War?

If your clan loots a province, your daimyo gets a -1 to his Honour rating. Does this ever go away, or does it last for the rest of the game?
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How do retainers work in shogun 2 multiplayer?

How do retainers work exactly in shogun 2 multiplayer? I see that some experienced players are having only one retainer (or maybe I see only one), usually it is "untrained fugu cook" (-2 to all melee ...
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What does realm divide do in Shogun 2

What are all the effects and how long does it last? Can the effects be influenced in anyway?
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How does the multiplayer matchmaking work in Shogun 2 Total War?

I've tried a couple of battles in Shogun 2 multiplayer, where you choose a province and fight against another player with a fixed budget for your army, starting at 5000 koku. My question is, are ...
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Why can't I hire more Metsuke in Shogun 2 Total War?

In my single-player, Hard campaign game - I've found that Metsuke (the secret police of Shogun 2) agents are useful to boost income and catch enemy ninja. What confuses me is why I can't hire any more ...
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Where can I find the quotes from the loading screens?

The quotes in Shogun 2 are amazing. But the loading screen loads so fast. Does anybody know where to get the quotes they show there?