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Total War: Shogun 2 is a game where you take your chosen warlord and conquer as much of Japan as possible, ideally resulting in the establishment of your own shogunate. Like all Total War games, Shogun 2's goal is simple, but complicated to reach. The game's not just about the battles, even if that is the part many of us like best, and the prospect of taking over feudal Japan seems a lot easier when you're not the one juggling generals, provinces, resources, research and diplomats. Luckily, there are a number of cheat codes available to ease your burden, so you can focus more effort on making your Daimyo the next Shogun, and less on worrying about pesky resources like "money" and "time!"
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Please note that these cheat codes may or may not work without a little effort. The general concensus is that these are most likely to work with an un-patched version of the game. With even the hard copy version of the game requiring Steam registration, this is a little more complicated than it might normally be. To stop your Steam client from automatically patching your game, use the following steps. If your game's already been patched, you may need to uninstall and reinstall the game in order to get these cheats to work.
- Open up your Steam client and click on the "Library" tab. This will show you a list of all the games you have purchased / registered on Steam.
- Right-click on the Shogun 2 icon in the list. (Yours may look a little different from mine, don't worry. It'll work no matter how you've got your list set up.)
- On the drop down, select properties. A smaller window will pop up. In this window, click the updates tab.
- On the drop down here, set automatic updates to "Do not automatically update this game."
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If you still can't get the cheats to work, or if reinstalling your game seems a little unappetizing, you'll need to download a "trainer." This is a separate application that works in the background while you play the game. There are a lot of these out there for download, you just have to do a little bit of Internet detective work to find one you like. Searching for Shogun 2: Total War cheats on YouTube is a good way to see them in action, get links to downloads and find instructions on how to use them.
Most of the trainers will be able to do all the same things the cheat codes do, they just take a little more effort to set up and use. You may need to download more than one in order to get all the features you want. You will most likely need to remember to open up the trainer before you play, and you will have to tab back and forth between the trainer and the game in order to use the cheats they provide.
The effort may be well worth it however, as some trainers will do cool stuff the cheat codes don't do. For example, the one featured here can give your units unlimited movement, or unlock all the arts of war in a single turn. There are also trainers built for all the different patch levels, so you don't have to worry about reinstalling, just finding a trainer that fits your version.
Using a trainer is actually my personal recommendation in the case of this particular game. It's very dubious whether the built-in cheat codes will actually work with your setup, and the trainers provide a lot of very cool and useful features that the cheat codes don't cover. You may have to work a little to find a trustworthy one that has all the features you like, but they are free to download and their developers are more likely to answer your questions if you have any problems using them.
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If you're not using a trainer, you'll simply need to type these in on the map screen while you're playing the game. (An example of the map screen is shown in the picture to the right). Now, without further ado, the cheats themselves.
- .matteosartori - Reveal the entire map.
- .daggins - Reveal the entire map.
- .muchkoku - Unlimited money.
- .prototypearmy - Makes your armies invincible.
- .ifoundmesomecu - Makes all provinces provide copper.
- .conan - Allows you to play the game as Clan Hojo. (You may have to start a new game.) You'll have no construction abilities and negative money.
- .viagra - On the next turn you'll be able to build armories in any province.
- .foundmesomeau - Increases your gold.
- .foundmesomeag - Increases your silver.
- .foundmesomecu - Increases your copper.
- .spylookahead - Kill any character without your spy dying.
- .booyakasha - Construct buildings and units faster.
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Screenshots from Total War: Shogun 2 and Steam provided by the writer.
VG FAQ Shogun 2 Cheating Guide, http://vgfaq.com/index.php?title=Total_War:_Shogun_2_Cheating_Guide:_How_to_cheat_in_Total_War:_Shogun_2