What a ******* disappointment. In short, it's been released with a crash which stops tons of people from playing it - Total War forum boards are inundated with people who can't get past the startup / splash screen. Furthermore, the patch that was released at the same time means that many people who were happily playing Shogun 2 now can't get it to work. Since Thursday I've uninstalled / reinstalled about 8 times, had to reinstall all drivers, update BIOS, uninstall Google Chrome and attempt any number of workarounds suggested by the tech geeks. In short, it won't ******* work and now I can't play Shogun 2 either. I've been a Total War fan since the very first incarnation and have always bought every expansion etc, usually on pre-order. it's mugs like me that make this company believe they can release half-ready, inadequately tested shite that crashes for x% of players. and before anyone asks, I very much doubt it's my PC spec. I build my own to good specs - Nvidia GTX 580, i7 2600K processor, 8GB Corsair RAM, Windows 7 (64 bit), SSD etc. not had any problems with any other games in the last 12 months, and can play all current games at top graphic detail without any probs. so, my recommendation - wait till they've patched it before buying. will update this thread when they do.