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at some point im gonna have to pre-order BF3 but i dont want another box and in the past ive had disc problems. Ive heard EA only allows you to download the game for 1 year after purchase, not sure if its true or not. And how does EA download manager work?
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For the 1 year thing, it's not like that anymore. You will be able to download has long as their servers are up. I've never used the download manager so I can't comment on it. Why not wait to buy it off steam?
    
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I use EA for a few games and I rather like the software. It does what it was designed for pretty well and it doesn't look half bad either.
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Had some good luck with it myself!
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For the 1 year thing, it's not like that anymore. You will be able to download has long as their servers are up. I've never used the download manager so I can't comment on it. Why not wait to buy it off steam?
I was until they announced their plans to lock my account to one computer and just basically i dont trust them.
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It does its job pretty well IMO.
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It is 'ok' for the most part. Allow me to explain my experience.

I was downloading Dead Space 2, and it reported the file to be 16GB.

Due to me sharing my internet connection I can't continuously download, I do it in incremements. The software has a download pause feature which at first I thought was quite good.

I got 50% of the way through the download, hit pause and went to continue it later, once I hit continue it reported the download to be only 25% complete. Which would be about 4GB, and I checked the download destination and it indeed contained 8GB which is the 50% it reported earlier. I hit pause again, and continued the download once more and it reported it to be only 10% complete this time!

After that I just deleted the 8GB I had previously downloaded and just downloaded the file in one chunk to ensure it wasn't corrupted. In the end it was only 9GB in size too, even though it stated it was meant to be 16GB.

I'm not sure if that was a one off, but I haven't experienced any more problems like that since.

So other than that small issue I have had no problems. I also back up the games on my external HDD and even when you re-install Windows the games don't need re-downloading, simply pull them off your back up HDD and they are good to go. I didn't even need to re-install Dead Space 2, it ran straight off the external HDD with no installation required.

It's nearly up there with Steam in simplicity. I definitely don't think you should avoid the software.
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I've had good experiences with it. I've had to download BF:BC2 a couple times, due to reformatting, and I haven't seen anything negative so far
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It is 'ok' for the most part. Allow me to explain my experience.

I was downloading Dead Space 2, and it reported the file to be 16GB.

Due to me sharing my internet connection I can't continuously download, I do it in incremements. The software has a download pause feature which at first I thought was quite good.

I got 50% of the way through the download, hit pause and went to continue it later, once I hit continue it reported the download to be only 25% complete. Which would be about 4GB, and I checked the download destination and it indeed contained 8GB which is the 50% it reported earlier. I hit pause again, and continued the download once more and it reported it to be only 10% complete this time!

After that I just deleted the 8GB I had previously downloaded and just downloaded the file in one chunk to ensure it wasn't corrupted. In the end it was only 9GB in size too, even though it stated it was meant to be 16GB.

I'm not sure if that was a one off, but I haven't experienced any more problems like that since.

So other than that small issue I have had no problems. I also back up the games on my external HDD and even when you re-install Windows the games don't need re-downloading, simply pull them off your back up HDD and they are good to go. I didn't even need to re-install Dead Space 2, it ran straight off the external HDD with no installation required.

It's nearly up there with Steam in simplicity. I definitely don't think you should avoid the software.

that sounds like my blizzard experience downloading SC2. whenever something weird like that appears, i just start over just in case. I think ill be trying EA download manager, BF3 sounds like a game iwould be playing for years and i dont want to have to worry about losing the disc.
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post #10 of 16
i like steam... everything under one folder.... and you can make backups and all and if u do not have a back up... log into your steam acc and dl then play when dopen... also steam has a pause function that does work
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