Hello. (TL;DR at the bottom)
I think I have narrowed down the causes of what most people are having issues with.
For me it started small, the game would get stuck in the Loading Screen, I could constantly hear the background audio, see the logo spinning. But nothing would happen.
Forcing me to CTRL ALT TAB out of the game. I could play perfectly for 2 hours and then the loading screen would freeze.
Then it would just shut itself down. Simply put, it would crash. Like I had clicked QUIT.
Just like that, poof game shut down. And sometimes I got the "HKShip.exe has stopped working" message. Again I could play for around 2hours before this happened.
It got aggravating, and then it happened on one particular spot, at that point in the game it would CONSTANTLY close itself down for no reason. And later on it wouldn't even go 10-15 minutes before the came shut itself down, or completely froze, "HKShip.exe is not responding" And then, it just got worse my friends
. I started getting Blue Screens after 15-30minutes in. It seemed like the issues just got worse and worse the further in the game I progressed. Textures started looking weird, all black, purple, green and everything. Now I didn't even get the shut down after 15 mins. Nope now I got Blue Screens after 15 minutes.
So after narrowing it down, it was not my Hard-drive that was acting up. I did validate files, removed the .exe and validated. My memory was not faulty, my computer got plenty of power. Nothing had been installed faulty, nor was any of the hardware faulty.
So with nothing to lose, I decided... Most people (those threads and posts I read) They all had decent gaming rigs that would handle this game without any issues, and they were also running the HD Texture Pack.Yup see the connection there
? So I decided, lets deactivate the HD-Texture pack.
And what do you know! IT WORKED! I have now played for 5hours (To be fair 1-2 hours was in the menu screen while I was AFK) But the game has been running for 5 hours. No issues, Not a single loading screen freeze after a cut-scene or about to initiate one. Not a single Close to Desktop or Blue Screen of Death.
And to further prove my theory, mostly proving it to myself. That the HD-Texture pack was the villain, I decided to turn it back on and play for a while. And what do you know after 15minutes of playing, yup... Another Blue Screen.
So I have reason to believe that there is something wrong with the HD-Texture pack, so until Square Enix fixes that. You should all play without it. I will post comparison pictures with HD Texture off and on, there is not a big difference at all!
TL;DR - Turn off HD-Texture Pack in the Options. That was causing you to get Blue Screens, Game shut down and Loading Screen of Death
HD Textures On - http://twitpic.com/andd7e/full
HD Textures Off - http://twitpic.com/anddp5/full
HD Textures On 2 - http://twitpic.com/ande07/full
HD Textures Off 2 - http://twitpic.com/ande8r/full
HD Textures On 3 - http://twitpic.com/andeht/full
HD Textures Off 3 - http://twitpic.com/andepm/full
I originally posted this on the STEAM Forums first, you can view the post here. If you want to: http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?p=32524313#post32524313