I got a free boxed copy from a friend who was working on the game at EA at the time. I wouldn't have bought it at retail. My friend himself told me the PC port was crap, and all versions were riddled with bugs. He was very unhappy about the state of the game upon release. And he expected the game to do poor-to-average. All this talk of piracy is just an easy way out.
Personally with low expectations I found the game surprisingly fun. Would have been a good buy at $20.