because I'm trying to load the game and it's telling it's not available in this country and it's cancelled my purchase. Just as it did with Napoleon. I've bought this game legally, Amazon have sent it to me...why can't I even load it! The reason Steam isn't optional is because very few people would bother with it, I certainly wouldn't.
You might get that message because the release date has not arrived yet...
I've used Steam for quite a while and don't mind it at all. Pro's... Don't need disk. Backs up your games so don't need to reinstall from DVD (Done manually) Updates games as soon as the patches get released.
i have to agree with you, i hate when i see players on xbox live or psn playing games a week or 2 weeks before release!!! it`s not fair. but in a way it sucks when you have an AWESOME game like CIV5 in your hand and you can`t play it. but i will play it tommorow which`s the day it meant to be played.
Pre-ordered from amazon.co.uk and received it yesterday so took today off work to give it a run through. Tried to register the product code with Steam only to be told it is not available in the UK. How the h**l can someone sell me something which I cannot then use??????? I am furious about this and not just because I am now sitting on a wasted day off.
If I had realised Civ5 was on STEAM I would not have purchased the game, despite playing and loving all the previous versions. It is invasive, buggy and snail-slow. It ruined Half-Life 2 for me and no doubt will do the same for CIV5, I am gutted! I tried to log into my steam account whilst installing from the DVD - Steam stopped the install without warning and is now installing over the internet, just damned stupid. There should be a word that is more extreme than hate for apps like STEAM.
We're all entitled to an opinion, but steam isnt buggy or slow, it just isnt. I can understand this at the time you played HL2 but its improved a hell of a lot since, and is now a great, slick product. Not sure why you had that install issue, I popped in the disc, entered product key when prompted and it installed from disc, weird.
I laugh really hard at people taking time off work just play a computer game. You guys really need to get your heads checked, especially when you come here and rant about it. Seriously. The game wasn't officially released until yesterday so anyone who had the game prior to that would not be able to REGISTER it on Steam. Next time you'll know better than to skip work, huh?
Or why don't you leave work alltogether and live on benefits instead? I heard from people it's a very rewarding and enjoyable life, you get to live in a nice cool basement and suck on a straw for dinner. I'm an avid gamer but I've got my priorities straight and I know how to both enjoy my spare time and my work.
Steam lovers out there are in a minority. For every "happy" Steam customer out there there is 3 unhappy customers who have bought the unusable product and another 3 potential customers put off for ever. Creative Assembly have found that the sales of the TW series has been ruined by Steam. Sales of TW Empire are 1/10 of what TW Medieval 2 was (including pre-order discounts). Napoleon has been even bigger disaster Sales wise even though the playabilty has improved and the bugs reduced. Steams bugs, DRM and the graphics card requirements have limited the sales. Manufacturers are putting the excuse down to the recession, but the REAL reason is STEAM. Steam is going to kill off the loyal custom to CIV series too. Theres no excuse to release a game with so many bugs and hurdles to jump just to play it. CIV 5 as a game has been also dumbed down. Why take out Religion? Its a big backward step.
While you have the right to your own opinion it's very flawed and based on groundless "facts" that aren't anchored in reality whatsoever. I'm sure those unhappy Steam customers would be unhappy with whatever solution was presented to them.
Generally I think Steam is great if, and only if you have a reliable broadband connection. Otherwise it's a damn hassle. I've recently moved onto O2 mobile broadband where the port that Steam uses is unavailable, so it never works unless I'm in offline mode - which I can only achieve if I can log into Steam in the first place (thankfully I'm on a gaming laptop with good wifi, so it's an occassional visit to hotspot to update and put Steam into offline mode). This has been a nightmare with games like Left 4 Dead 2 where you NEED Steam to even play it and with a recent 5gb update (yes u saw it right, 5gb), thus the word Steam has been followed with several profanities ;/
Overall I find that Steam is a very useful online service but only if you have a reliable broadband service...on anything else it can be sand in the ointment. I would very much like to see the end of this stupid 'jump through another hoop to play' requirement where you have to register online to play a single-player game offline. I know its to try and stop piracy, but c'mon.
Of course it's not true! The vocal minority who hates steam will do anything to try and persuade the intelligent people about their ideas. It's a form of religion for them where they pursue every means necessary, including lies and cheats, to get through. Unfortunately for them the public don't fall for their dirty tricks and understand that Steam is the future. Just as other online platforms are.
Thankyou for your comment in which you were civil and simply related your experience with Steam.
Pay no attention to the comments of certain people. They recieve overwhelmingly negative responses to their comments and seem to have a mind-numbingly fanatical desire to be abusive to anyone expressing an opinion that does not worship Steam.
When the Steam servers are finally destroyed by the increasing number of annoyed gamers that they are creating, and these "fans" are unable to play any games at all because they dont actually own them, well...
Millions of gamers across the world will laugh for weeks and weeks.
I'm sad to see that Mr J Michael, a long lost cousin of G.R no doubt, has jumped on the anti-steam bandwagon and now proclaim the lies here too. Whether you decide to pay any attention to the real facts or decide to still float in your bubble of makebelief one thing is certain; Steam and similar online platforms is the future.
The only thing that's being destroyed here is the people living in the past, like yourself and your cousin G.R, and their dream world that nothing changes. In case you haven't noticed we've been moving in this direction since early 90s and, frankly, this coming as a surprise to anyone is quite horrific.
Coming here with your flawed opinions and spread lies about something that is quite unique for our generation is equally horrific. Maybe it's time for you, your cousin G.R., and the rest of the anti-steamers to smell the coffee and actually take a proper look at it.
I'm not a 'fan' of Steam. I'm a fan of the truth and logical thinking. You sir, and your likes lack both the common skill of understanding what the future is about and the only millions of gamers who are laughing are the ones who understand where the gaming future is lying. It's not in the past, sir, it's in the future.
The days of old are gone, it's time to smell the coffee and wake up. Steam is cutting edge and if you and your cousin G.R. are too blindfolded, too ignorant frankly, to see this then there is little anyone here on Amazon can tell you to change your minds.
Mr Lind, Question: why does M2TW continue to out sell Empire and Napoleon, Answer: no steam. Question: Why does SH3 continue to out sell SH5, Answer: no internet connection required.
Games without internet activation element continue to sell whereas those that have this form of DRM do okay in the initially period then die back. FGS COD4 is more or less matching MW2 for sales now. The customer speaks by prefering games that are user friendly rather than DLC friendly in the long term after the advertising hype. This long term sales factor also indicates that piracy is not as significant as games publishers would like us to believe.
Perhaps the older PC gamer demographic expect to receive more respect than the typically more youthful console demographic, and the oldies also want physical media.