The game start up process takes over 15 minutes. Getting to the main menu does not take too much, but that changes once I try to start a new game or load a save game. The animation moves for the first 30 seconds or so. Then, the screen either freezes or goes blank and the game shows as "not responding". The only way to get it to start after that is hitting ctrl+alt+delete to open my task manager. After that the game will start responding, but for the first few minutes of play the performance is touch and go. My computer meets all the listed requirements and I keep my software updated so I'm not sure how to make starting the game less frustrating.