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Enabling Anti-Aliasing (AA) & VSYNC For Total War: Shogun II - NVIDIA Graphics Card Method 1A
This game does not come with an anti aliasing option. However, many graphics cards are capable of forcing anti-aliasing and VSYNC upon games and applications.
For NVIDIA cards, the common method (this varies depending on your card) is to:
1) Load the NVIDIA Control Panel (can be accessed in system tray generally or Control Panel)
2) Click on "Performance & Quality Settings", then the "Add Profile" button & enter Total War: Shogun 2
3) Click on the "Browse" button, select the Shogun Two EXE, then check the checkbox that's located next to it in the associated application list
4) Under "Application" be sure to select the entry you just added and uncheck "Application-controlled"
Here you can edit your settings, such as VSYNC, Ant aliasing, and Anisotropic Filtering.
Enabling Anti-Aliasing (AA) & VSYNC For Total War: Shogun II - NVIDIA Graphics Card Method 1B
If the menus are different for you, then you may have a different NVIDIA Control Panel. Try the following instead:
1) Load the NVIDIA Control Panel
2) Under "3D Settings" choose "Manage 3D settings" in the menu, then under the Program Settings tab select the game from the drop down menu if it is present, otherwise click "Add" and navigate to the game's EXE
Here you can mess with sampling, triple buffering, vertical sync, gamma correction, texture quality, GPU acceleration, and antialiasing. Simply override instead of using the global settings. Hit "Apply" when done.
Enabling Anti-Aliasing (AA) & VSYNC For Total War: Shogun II - ATI Video Card Method
Forcing antialiasing on for ATI graphics cards is pretty similar to the procedure done for NVIDIA video cards.
1) Load ATI Catalyst Control Panel and expand the 3D menu
You are now to the tweaking option. You can adjust Anti-Aliasing, Anisotropic filtering, and other things here. Just make sure to click "Apply".