Summary: It's not the number of installs. It's not the number of times DRM requires to "phone home." It's not whether or not less wary consumers can call up now and get new activations NOW. It's about buying a service not a product. Services end when a service provider ends, or chooses to stop offering the service. Products exist until they break or at least until they no-longer serve a function (we have no use for them).
Summary: I feel like such a idiot. I should of read all the reader reviews through Amazon before I went out and purchased Crysis Warhead. Even the sales clerk at the retail store where I bought the game from last Friday tried to warned me to not buy the game. I should of listened. I bought the first game Crysis last year and I installed that game on my computer and it installed fine. I love playing that game.
Summary: Crysis is simply amazing, and I expect Warhead to be excellent also. I've waited for this release, but sadly, I will not be buying it. The DRM in this game is a deal-breaker for the following reasons: 1. Securom 7, the DRM scheme, installs itself on your computer and is as hard as a computer virus to uninstall.
Summary: How long will it take companies to understand that people who are willing to pay will pay and people who steal will steal, regardless of what DRM they implement. To defeat it, all that is required is for one group of hackers to crack it and then it will be everywhere for free anyway - and this always happens. All odious DRM like this does is cause some people who want to be law abiding and would otherwise pay to steal it so they don't get the DRM on their machine.
Sorry, can't deal with being treated like a criminal
Erik J. Meyer "Redwulf", Amazon
23 October 2008
Summary: I always pay for games. The only crack I ever use is a No CD crack, because I hate switching disks. I will never buy another EA game though (and I've spent hundreds on them over the years) unless they stop treating honest consumers like criminals. The draconian DRM they inflict upon us does NOTHING to stop actual piracy, but is an onerous burden to those who DO pay. Yes, that's right.
I've used 2 of my installs and still haven't been able to play
A. Crandall "deadline", Amazon
23 October 2008
Summary: Would you buy a DVD that was limited to playing only on certain DVD players in your house, and then when you buy a new DVD player you have to call the company and beg them for another "activation" (which they are not obligated to give you)? Of course not. That's why DIVX discs went out of business. Would you purchase a book that only worked with certain registered reading lamps?
Summary: This game uses the same horrible DRM scheme that is found on Bioshock, Mass Effect, Far Cry 2, Spore, Dead Space, Sacred 2, and Red Alert 3. I refuse to purchase a game that requires me to ask permission to install the game. There are several games that I own that I have had to install more than five times for various reasons.
Summary: Yet another game ruined by "activation" DRM. For the price of a game purchase, you're getting a rental you can only play until you've needed to install it a certain number of times, or they take down the activation server, whichever comes first. (And of course you have to have an internet connection that can reach that server...) On top of that, you're left with software of unknown quality or function running on your machine, even if you uninstall the game.
Summary: This product contains malware in the form of DRM that only allows 3 installs. If you're lucky, they may let you install it more if you contact their customer support. I think it is important that we let these people know that DRM like this is unacceptable. I would not recommend this product or any other product with this DRM and I hope you will reconsider buying anything from EA that has this DRM until they remove it.
Summary: I will not pay for a game that I can not say I own and that I may not be able to play 10 years in the future. I replay many of my old games and would be very angry when the company finally does go out of business and I can no longer play it. In addition to that reason the DRM installs software that is extremely difficult to remove even for advanced users. Although the game may be a decent shooter, I will not purchase it. Stop harming the legit customers!