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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
The biggest complaint from the other reviews is the DRM. The DRM has changed since then. When this game first came out, you can only install this game three times one one machine, and that's it. That's why everyone was upset about it, and they had the right, I was upset as well. But it's changed now. The DRM is still there, but it's not a bother anymore. It restricts you to 3 installs per month. After a month, those 3 installs reset. Unless you love uninstalling your games every week, I doubt 3 installs per month will be a hassle for you.
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210 of 260 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2009
Yes, this is a DRM based review. Why is this important? Because the major game publishers appear to have decided that even though you are rewarding their efforts with your hard earned money, you don't actually OWN this title. They have decided that they will decide how and where you will use their product. For the record I do not condone piracy, but it is equally unacceptable to limit my legal use of the game or to try to make it difficult or impossible for me to resale the title later. It is unacceptable to install programs on my PC that monitor how I use the game and seek to monitor my compliance with their terms and conditions. The only way to keep the publishers from shackling us with this and making it the "standard practice" is to yell as loud as possible everytime time it happens. If you will let me legally use this however and whenever I want, you will be rewarded with my money, otherwise, not one red cent!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2009
I loved the original (on Windows) and was looking forward to this. Sadly, I found that Atari has chosen to limit the number of times I can install this game. Since I like to replay old games every couple of years, this is completely unacceptable. They claim it's to limit piracy, but everyone knows you can just go download the game if you don't want to support the people who worked to make it. But really, in cases like these, the pirates get the better deal. I LIKE to BUY games in order to SUPPORT the work of the developers. However, I refuse to buy games that I won't be able to play in the future. Maybe if it were $9 it would be worth it with these limitations -- as it stands, no (pre-order or otherwise) sale.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2009
Dark Athena is another game that I was considering purchasing, but after reading about the anti-consumer DRM, 3 activations, no revoke tool, I canceled any plans to own the game. Some publishers just don't learn. Any intelligent business would be able to look at EA's Spore debacle and think 'Hmm, that really hosed sales of their game. Maybe we should try a different approach.' But no, Atari marches on like the lemmings off a cliff.
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58 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2009
I will also have to say what a big disappointment it was to find out this game has DRM. I had to return Farcry 2 because it had problems running on my system. I now suspect the problem to have been the DRM software installed on it.

I feel gun shy thinking of shelling out any money for a game with DRM. I feel like I'm just taking my chances. Just 3 installs as well? I have to agree, that's not owning a game. That's renting.
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58 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2009
Almost bought this game, thankfully I read these reviews first. Don't let DRM infect your PC. Remember, once they shut down their activation servers you'll never be allowed to play your game again. You're buying a soon -to-be worthless plastic disc, not a game.
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88 of 110 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2009
I'm sure that people won't have to look too hard to find the cracked version, it's out there already (not that I particularly care; I hated the movie so I figure I'd hate the games too). That's what makes these draconian DRM schemes all the more ridiculous: the games are cracked, stripped of the DRM and available to be pirated before they hit the store shelves more often than not. I believe this game was officially released on April 7, 2009 and it is apparently available cracked on April 8, 2009. That's just laughable and it goes to prove that the DRM isn't there to prevent piracy; it's all about controlling how you can use the product after you pay for it.

Clearly the decision to force DRM on games -- especially extra-horrible DRM like this game has -- isn't being made by computer-savvy or intelligent people. When this game fails to sell well, watch those same idiots blame its failure on piracy instead of DRM. They're predictable that way: just imagine how a greedy, stupid person would react and there you have it (see: RIAA, MPAA, BPI, etc., for further evidence of this reptilian behavior).
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77 of 96 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2009
I'll just admit that Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher's Bay (this game's prequel) was an absolutely amazing experience. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this... until I saw the "requires internet connection to play" notice on the back of the package at a local retail store. Needless to say, I put the game back on the shelf pending more research (I will NOT buy games that included limited internet activations). As it turns out, Dark Athena uses the most stupendously draconian DRM the PC gaming world has ever seen: your $50 buys you exactly 3 installs. Period. You don't "get any back" when you uninstall nor can you revoke activations like you can with EA games (which I also refuse to buy since they use limited activations - revoke tools or no). From the moment you buy the game - you can only install it 3 times and then it's done; You can't install it ever again - it just won't run after that. Yup, you are essentially paying full retail for a use-limited rental. Please don't support rentware by purchasing this game. Send Atari the message that you won't stand for this kind of abuse in the only language they'll understand... [lack of] money.

I was a huge fan of the original and a guaranteed buyer for this installment - but Atari lost my business because they don't know how to treat me, a willing, paying customer, with even a modicum of respect. I won't be swindled, abused, or taken advantage of - and I certainly won't PAY for that treatment. SHAME ON YOU, Atari.

To Starbreeze - I'm really, truly sorry that I won't be able to pay you for your hard work on this game. Hopefully you'll be able to arrange a Steam release without the 3rd party DRM... and the sooner the better. I'll await that day with my Amex at the ready.
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88 of 110 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2009
With the Prohibitive DRM in this game, I will never pay money for it. With these wacky DRM schemes which do nothing to stop piracy, but end up treating legitimate customers like they're criminals, you never own the game. You're just renting it from them, should they ever go out of business or stop support on the product, you can't use the product you bought anymore. Meanwhile, pirates are using a superior product, with no activation which works BETTER than the purchased one. No thanks, I'll pass.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2009
I played Escape from Butcher Bay on the original Xbox a few years ago. That was a fun game. Unfortunately, Atari (a company that is already in terrible financial shape) has decided to saddle their newest release with a "copy protection" scheme so insane it's amazing they're even allowed to market the game as a product you buy.

I'll break it down quickly: you are limited to installing this game three times, and once you hit that limit, there's no way of resetting the number. It looks like you'll probably have to call up Atari and beg them to reset your install count once you've used it up. And that's if you're lucky.

The simple fact is Atari is treating its paying customers like criminals and you shouldn't cop to them. Besides, someone's going to figure out how to pirate this game anyway... in fact, I'm guessing a lot of people will pirate it even if they could afford to buy it just to send a message to the publisher.

Lastly, Atari have been in a state of financial decline for some time now. They were delisted from NASDAQ a year ago. They could close up shop any day now. Then how will you be able to play this game? The simple answer - you can't.

Not worth the disc it's pressed to.
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