It is possible to trick this to allow you to play without updating by pulling your network connection or writing some firewall rules to block the connection back to the game servers, which will then cause the game to prompt for the install DVD, but it’s all hassle that shouldn’t be required.
Of course, that is assuming that the disk verification actually works!
So I’ve wasted several hours trying to make this product work and I’ve ended up at a stage where the game flat out refused to start with an error about being unable to verify the media, even after a clean reinstall and reboot.
I love the game, but it’s horrific DRM and update “features” have certainly given me a sour taste – I can recommend to anyone considering playing it to skip the retail version and go straight to a pirate download site.
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