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I saw a copy of Mass effect in a local store a few days ago, and am thinking of buying it... TYhough the copy i saw said it requires (direct quote) "periodic online activation"on the box... Does it? what kind of DRM does it use, cos if it's anything more intrusive than bioshock's then i'm not going to finance such rubbish.

Also, would it be worth my $$$? will it tun in my sig rig? will i like it? I like a good story in a game and liked, no, loved Bioshock and CoD4, story-wise, and i enjoyed Crysis... Assassin's Creed is IMO meh...
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There's no periodic activation...Not sure what you're talking about. And it will run on your rig ok. I would definitely recommend it.
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I read that you can only install the game 3 times and it "phones home" with each activation. It's a very similar copy protection scheme as what Bioshock has.
     
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i bought mine off of direct2drive and havent noticed anything fishy. activated once and that was it
   
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My store-bought copy seems fine.

I believe it does register online the first time you run the game, and probably again when the DLC comes out. Think you've a limit of 3 or 5, but I've not even noticed it so far so don't care
    
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Is there an activation limit if you buy it from d2d?
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I saw a copy of Mass effect in a local store a few days ago, and am thinking of buying it... TYhough the copy i saw said it requires (direct quote) "periodic online activation"on the box... Does it? what kind of DRM does it use, cos if it's anything more intrusive than bioshock's then i'm not going to finance such rubbish.

Also, would it be worth my $$$? will it tun in my sig rig? will i like it? I like a good story in a game and liked, no, loved Bioshock and CoD4, story-wise, and i enjoyed Crysis... Assassin's Creed is IMO meh...
Alright mate, the PC version is £30 brand new

If you have a 360 I recommend getting it for that. I just purchased the Special Edition the other day for £30 buy one get one free. I got the Special Edition for 360 and Jericho for PS3 for only £30. If you have a 360 I seriously recommend that deal, it is at GameStation.

BTW these games were brand new, not second hand.
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i.) The periodic activation requirement was removed months ago, before the game was even released for PC.

ii.) It's proving rather difficult to get BioWare to say what counts as an "activation" (or, if you believe BW reps, to get EA to say because they claim they're in the dark about it). It's speculated you can uninstall/reinstall unlimited times given the exact same OS/Hardware, but no one is quite sure what changes will eat up an activation (three max).

I know I have changed OSs, a new sound card, a couple HD wipes on the old hardware, and am still able to install the game. Unfortunately I don't know how many activations I have left (if any or all), and couldn't tell you what needs to happen to your system for it to register an activation.

Worth it? Sure, it's a fun game. Just get settled into your setup first
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I has to reactivate for every patch you get
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thanks for the replies .

i don't own a console, if i did i'd be playing GTA IV . but basically, i think it'll be okay. from the looks of it, one-time online activation is the method that will be used to try and stop piracy: not like it will work. is the story good? like Bioshock good? i heard someone on here say this title redefines character interaction, and is up there with HL2 and Bioshock...
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