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Lobotomy solutions for crashes and other types of graphical artifacting

The "Appian Way Shuffle" 
(Nicks "limited lobotomy" or alternate 'Full Lobotomy': and "Redist. Reruns" together!)

Some behaviour including Freezing at Launcher or Title, crashing and other types of graphical artifacting may be solved by eliminating some basic Rome 2 Appdata files, and the Steam files that may be telling R2 that everything is hunky-dory when it isn't!

(Keep in mind that you should have User Account Control OFF or you may run into some problems )

Step 1:
LIGHT LOBOTOMY
Try going to C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\The Creative Assembly\Rome2 and delete the following folders:

army_setups
battle_preferences
fx_cache 
ui_cache
Scripts

FULL LOBOTOMY
Delete entire R2 folder
(If you can’t find Appdata or the R2 files, they may be hidden and Ctrl+F and search should find them. Alternatively you can go to control panel and globally make all files visible.)

Step 2
Exit Steam, then go to C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\STEAM and delete the following:
APPUPDATESTATS.BLOB
CLIENTREGISTRY.BLOB

Step 3
Reboot, restart steam and let it rebuild its files (which it will). Now right click on your game in the Steam Library list. Choose 'Properties'>'Local Files'>'Verify Cache Files' This may take a few moments.

See if you can play when complete. If not proceed with the next step. 

Step 4
Now, 
Go to the following directory:
- C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Total War Rome II\redist
Here you will find these files:

---vcredist_x86-80-sp1.exe
---vcredist_x86-90.exe
---vcredist_x86-100-sp1.exe

(These will show an option to reinstall or repair, although one of them 86-90 may not show anything, this is normal.)

Step 5
Then, go next door to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Total War Rome II\redist\directx 

INSTALL DXSETUP.exe

Step 6
Reboot. 

Then restart Steam (it will update) and now verify cache files for Rome2 again. Play.

 

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