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Bioshock 2 PC To Require GFWL

With that basket on her shoulder, I can't help but think of singing Bullet with Butterfly Wings.

Bioshock 2 will be releasing in relatively short order, and with that comes the release of the information about what will come with the game for those of us playing it on PC.

If you have the retail disc, there will be an online check via SecuRom, including an install limit. This is not incredibly dire, as the install limit itself will be fifteen computers. Some may still be annoyed at the principle, however.

More worrying is the fact that it will require PC gamers to be running Games For Windows Live to access any online content. This means achievements and multiplayer. The problem with this piece of news it that it excludes many countries who do not receive support from GFWL. And yes, if you bought the game through Steam (perhaps the four pack with some friends so that the price came to $34?), you will still need to be running GFWL, though not have the SecuRom check.

Personally, I recall being annoyed by the online check for the first game, after it gave me hassles installing the game due to problems on their end (launch day purchase here). Considering the hype for this game, and its having an established fan base, I would like to think that will be less a problem this time. Seeing as I have also preordered it on Steam, which has its own forms of DRM, that is not the portion that bothers me.

GFWL, however, is a platform that still needs a lot of work, and I know many gamers who refuse to support it, opting out of games that require it. Thus far I have not had issues with it, but I am in a country that has its full support, and have played all of two games through it (Fallout 3, and its DLC, and the freely given Tinker). What of you, readers? Anyone have plans for the PC version and not grabbing a physical disc version of it?

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5 Comments

SealedSun said:

I personally like GFWL for the most part (the name is hideous, and why must the UI be so "low res"?). Especially as it is connected to my Xbox LIVE account.

VorpalBunny said:

While I enjoy that it's connected to my Xbox LIVE Account (actually, in my case, it's switched--I created my account on GFWL first), I find the UI to not only be unfortunately low-res, but clunky and non-intuitive.

Shin Gallon said:

I'm likely getting the game through Steam, but I haven't had any problems with GFWL with Arkham Asylum or Red Faction Guerrilla, so hopefully this will be the same.

CC said:

Looks like I will miss this, like I did Mass Effect and Bioshock 1. I wish they wouldn't force you to download malware to play a game that shuts itself off after so many installs...

Maybe it is just a clever design to support piracy.

chris said:

bioshock 1 didnt use any gfwl clients lol, it was stand alone.

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