Crysis Warhead In Stores - Limited Installs & Online Authentication

As announced Tuesday (story), Crysis Warhead should be hitting store shelves today, and as announced yesterday (story), Crytek's first-person shooter sequel is also now available via Steam. On a related note, GameXtract has a screenshot of the EULA that indicates Crysis Warhead allows a limited number of installations, a controversial feature of other recent EA releases (thanks N4G.com). Confirmation of this can be found in an article on the game on PCGH offering hardware benchmarks and other details about the game. Among those details is a confirmation of this DRM feature, saying the game can be activated up to three times. The EULA in the screenshot on GameXtract actually says "The first end user of this License can install and authenticate CRYSIS WARHEAD on a set number of machines." The implication there seems to be this license is non-transferrable. That screenshot also says "CRYTEK reserves the right to periodically validate Your License through subsequent online authentication."
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It doesn't. At least not as far as I can tell. The optimizations are pretty slick, but they do come at a price. Overall texture sharpness is down by quite a bit, and there's a TON of Automatic Quality Control (I'm not sure what it's really called, that's what X used to call it) going on. You'll run up to a shack, and it'll be all blurry and fuzzy like you're playing at 320x200, then suddenly it shifts into the sharp texture in two rather jarring jumps.

I'm not sure what settings you ran Crysis on, but I could never get a playable framerate on 'High', so being able to play Warhead on high is probably where the improvement comes in my case. Also, so far I haven't had any of the blurry textures you speak of yet. I am getting a good deal of pop-up, though.
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