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22-12-2011, 04:20 PM #1
The DRM check thread (a public service)
I don't know if this will work, but here's the thought: This is a general purpose thread for people concerned about the DRM on a game to ask the community about it, in the hopes that someone on the forum will have already had some experience with that title.
To get things started, Arkham City has GfWL, correct? Is that true even of the Steam version? I ask because the DLC is being sold through Steam, is this one of those "copy the code and punch it into GfWL" DLC situations? Gratzi for any info.
22-12-2011, 04:27 PM #2
I can't talk about Arkham City, but it sure was the case with Arkham Asylum Steam. So, odds are, Arkham City Steam comes with double layer of DRM goodness with Steam & GFWL.
Ok, nvm, scratch that, just checked the Steam Store. It's not just GFWL; it's worse. It also has SecuROM. So it's Steam, GFWL and SecuROM. Lovely.
22-12-2011, 04:31 PM #3
22-12-2011, 04:34 PM #4
Thanks folks! Sounds like I'm better off getting it somewhere outside Steam. Boxed prices on Amazon are comparable to the Steam sale price anyway.
Last edited by vinraith; 22-12-2011 at 04:37 PM.
22-12-2011, 04:58 PM #5
The non-Steam version has SecuRom AND GfWL. Had I known that, I would have gotten the Steam-version instead.
It's mindboggling how much I'm willing to bend over for this game. Still sooooo good.
22-12-2011, 04:59 PM #6
22-12-2011, 05:02 PM #7
Just when I was planning to buy Arkham City on Steam.....
22-12-2011, 05:07 PM #8
Oh, whilst I'm here and whilst it's relevant:
If the servers are down, you cannot activate your copy, thus you cannot play the game. You will have to wait for server maintenance to end before you can play. As for those who have an activated copy, the multiplayer is (obviously) non-functional in offline mode, and you're restricted from some game features such as upgrades for your Ark.
22-12-2011, 05:08 PM #9
22-12-2011, 05:12 PM #10
Because they can? SecuROM has more forms than just checking a disc. Online activation, release date checks, yadda yadda yadda.
22-12-2011, 05:17 PM #11
Fair enough, they expanded then since SecuRom 4.0, which was the last version I really had to have a look at.
Still - get it on Steam. Keeping the disc in the drive is a pain.
The game is so brilliant, they'd have sold more copies without GfWL at least, I bet.
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22-12-2011, 05:51 PM #17
Anyway, I'm with Smashbox in that 2070's DRM is a damned shame, and I'd have bought it by now if not for that. When and if Ubi do lighten their grip I'll probably grab a copy, I just hope for the developer's sake it's not a $5 game by then.
22-12-2011, 06:03 PM #18
22-12-2011, 06:05 PM #19
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DRM is the only reason I've not bought Batman: Arkham City yet. If it had been Steamworks only I'd have bought it full price on release. My policy is never knowingly to buy games with 3rd party DRM on Steam. I also try to avoid limited activations if possible on retail discs, though that's getting harder and harder. :-(
22-12-2011, 06:31 PM #20