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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