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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I got about 6.5 hours of play the first time through, and thought it was great.
I much preferred Clear Sky myself - better graphics, better performance (when you tweak it) and better gameplay. I got 15.5hrs on my first run through Clear Sky and am just about to play through it again, as first time I didn't even join any of the factions - obviously it's more buggy and less streamlined but the core gameplay is very enjoyable. The problem with games like Crysis Warhead is they're too linear and don't have much replayability. Only if they're exceptional does it work, like HL2:Ep2. Warhead is definitely better than the original, though.

I had a play with Crysis Wars too - it was alright, though nothing on TF2. It didn't really seem too balanced, as pretty much every encounter ended up with the person that spots the other one first winning - rarely was there running / hiding or any tactics.

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