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    I know many of you savvy players from previous games in the Total War series are already using this. But I think it's worth mentioning because this "hidden" feature might be hard to find for new players.

    The standard camera has a limit on how high up in the air you can go. The unrestricted camera lets you go as high up as you want, which gets you a much better view over the battlefield.

    Most experienced players use it and you should too.

    There are two ways to enable unrestricted camera:

    1. Manually editing the preferences.script.txt file in the notepad, changing the following line:
    default_camera_type 2; # default_battle_camera <card32>, default battle camera: 0-totalwar 1-rts 2-debug #

    or

    2. Using this small app, which has a user interface for conveniently making the above changes to the preferences file.

    https://sourceforge.net/projects/ope...a.exe/download



    The app works with ETW, NTW, and TWS2.

    Note: Changing any preferences from within TW will overwrite the camera settings, which means you have to exit TW and enable unrestricted camera again.
    Last edited by blutzeit; March 20, 2011 at 09:33 AM. Reason: added screenshot

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    Does this work in multiplayer as well? And if so, won't that give the players using it a bit of an unfair advantage?

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    Yes, it works in multiplayer. No, it's not unfair, because almost everyone is already using it.

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    Great! manually edit preference files...........HOW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FEARLESS View Post
    Great! manually edit preference files...........HOW!
    "Manually editing the preferences.script.txt in the NOTEPAD..."
    AKA right-click, select "Edit."


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    Quote Originally Posted by FEARLESS View Post
    Great! manually edit preference files...........HOW!
    So many tutorials in the forums, search for it.

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    That I know but what do I type in?........................am I missing something here besides a brain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FEARLESS View Post
    That I know but what do I type in?........................am I missing something here besides a brain?
    Read the OP.

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    Default Re: Unrestricted Camera

    Is it possible to unrestrict the camera a little bit, but not as much as you can do here? I don't really want to be able to scroll underneath my armies/the earth.

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    No.

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    It is possible to edit RTW or M2TW to do the same?

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    where is the the preferences.script.txt file located?
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    Quote Originally Posted by selder View Post
    where is the the preferences.script.txt file located?
    C:\Users\Liam\AppData\Roaming\The Creative Assembly\Shogun2\scripts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdiad View Post
    C:\Users\Liam\AppData\Roaming\The Creative Assembly\Shogun2\scripts
    Don't forget that this folder is hidden, maybe that's why they can't find it.
    Go to control panel>folder options>enable hidden files and folders if you have not already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YD23 View Post
    Don't forget that this folder is hidden, maybe that's why they can't find it.
    Go to control panel>folder options>enable hidden files and folders if you have not already.
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    I was looking for the preference file,easy to find in Vista but looked everywhere in W7 and couldn't find it so your app is just the job.I opened hidden folders
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    Last edited by Jihada; March 17, 2011 at 01:16 AM.

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    is there a tutorial or post that describes what all the settings in the preference file do?

    I want to record FRAPS videos and I want to slow down the camera pan/tilt etc to make it more enjoyable to watch at the sacrifice of speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by da_bradler View Post
    is there a tutorial or post that describes what all the settings in the preference file do?
    I want to record FRAPS videos and I want to slow down the camera pan/tilt etc to make it more enjoyable to watch at the sacrifice of speed.
    Most entry names are pretty much self explanatory.
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    camera_move_speed 100; # camera_move_speed <float>, Set camera movement speed #
    camera_turn_speed 5; # camera_turn_speed <float>, Set camera turn speed #
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    Default Re: Unrestricted Camera

    Quote Originally Posted by General Tibbetts View Post
    It is possible to edit RTW or M2TW to do the same?

    -Tibbetts
    The only way to do similar with R:TW is to use the 'movie camera' on replays of custom battles.

    The -movie_cam switch on the shortcut target allows it to be used in such a way.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jihada View Post
    I was looking for the preference file,easy to find in Vista but looked everywhere in W7 and couldn't find it so your app is just the job.I opened hidden folders
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    It's in the same place with Windows 7 as it was with Vista.

    In fact it's a little easier to find in Windows 7 - simply run %appdata% and follow the path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blutzeit View Post
    Yes, it works in multiplayer. No, it's not unfair, because almost everyone is already using it.
    not for ranked games... played a matchmade game last night and it does not work.

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