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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a blast to play, after Steam does it's thing, August 2, 2011
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Just Cause is a game that doesn't try to be any more than it is. A big fun action game with lots of explosions, guns and special effects. The free roaming action (after the first couple of missions) lends itself very well to a game that doesn't take itself too seriously. It is not heavy on story with over the top dialog and acting to match. The shear number of vehicles and guns is impressive and the grapple anywhere mechanic creates a number of intriguing game play scenarios. You should note that this version does use Steam and will need to connect to the Steam servers to verify your product key as well as update the game. The game totals around 5GB with the included DLC. By default the installer won't even use the DVD to install the game and will download the entire package from the Steam servers. There is a command-line workaround to install off the DVD that makes your download around 80MB to update from the DVD version of the game. There has been a recent steam update that is supposed to address DVD installations of Steam titles, but I don't know if it applies to all Steam games or just newer ones. Either way, if you have a slow connection you may be waiting a while to play this amazing action game.
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Initial post: Dec 2, 2011 6:33:18 AM PST
RE: "By default the installer won't even use the DVD to install the game and will download the entire package from the Steam servers. There is a command-line workaround to install off the DVD that makes your download around 80MB to update from the DVD version of the game. "

80mb vs several GB is a huge difference for those on a metered connection /have , or are at or over their download limit.

What is the COMMAND-LINE WORKAROUND to install off the DVD?

(It was my impression that IF you were installing via local media (Physical disc- or content downloaded thru Amazon downloader) that game auto installs from that- and once installed /during the activation process any updates are applied. (EG: That 80mb update you are talking about)

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 9:29:21 AM PST
This is the command-line workaround.

Log in to Steam and click on Library.
Right-click on the game, select Delete local content, and confirm.
Insert the first disc into your computer.
Close Steam (Steam > Exit).
Press Windows Key + R to open Run
In the Run window type:

"C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe" -install E:

Replace E: with the CD/DVD drive you are installing from if is not correct.
Replace C:\Program Files\Steam if your Steam installation is not in the default location.
Press OK. Steam will launch and ask you to sign in if you do not have your password saved. Your installation should continue from the disc.

If you are installing through Amazon downloader, the content will be installed off of local media if you have already downloaded it. For Steam games, the physical copy you purchase is more or less just a product key by default. When you put the disc in it immediately connects to the Steam servers and attempts to download the entire game from the beginning and completely bypasses the physical copy. With the command-line fix, it forces Steam to install the retail physical copy first and update from there.

I hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 1:22:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2012 1:23:30 PM PST
R. Lacy says:
I bought the DVD version and it installed, FROM THE DISC, without a hitch, and I did NOT have to download it. So I do not know what you bought? I read another reviewer who had the same problem?
I bought mine, two weeks ago, through Amazon for $10.99, but it came from Visco Entertainment Inc. in Illinois. WORTH EVERY PENNY
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