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the_gaming_guy
22-12-2008, 16:29
Which is better, paying 25 in a shop for the disc, or paying 30 on Steam for a download version? :confused:

I want to consider the following factors:

Ease of installation
Ease of activation
General playability
Updates

Thanks for your input :)

Nomis07
22-12-2008, 16:31
There's only one way to find out......

the_gaming_guy
22-12-2008, 16:31
There's only one way to find out......

Fight?????? :D

lee50_11
22-12-2008, 16:32
i prefer the DVD myself

The Hornet
22-12-2008, 16:33
I bought the DVD and from installing the game, activating it and installing the patch took 15 minutes with no problems at all.
My tip would be don't use steam to activate it use uniloc!

ST33L PH03NIX
22-12-2008, 16:35
Ease of installation: I'd imagine it would be the same on both download and disc version but you'd have to wait for the program to download first on steam.
Ease of activation: You could activate using Uniloc if you bought the disc but then you wouldn't get auto updates. But the steam download means you can only activate with steam which is no bad thing but you haven't got a choice.
General playability: no difference
Updates: steam is auto-updated and if you activate via steam it makes no difference whether you have a disc or a downloaded file.

in my opinion, getting a disc would be better as it's cheaper...

Nomis07
22-12-2008, 16:38
Fight?????? :D

I'm glad someone got it :p I will always prefer the DVD version, but i'm sad and like to have the box etc.

Arkim
22-12-2008, 16:38
Always prefer the hard copy version of the game, if it's available to me of course.

1. Pop in the DVD
2. Press Install
3. Download & Install the patch (again, point and click)
4. Play.

Don't really see how difficult it can get.

Uniloc also is very easy to activate through as well and from what I've been reading, there's been more cases of people having problems with Steam,than Uniloc, and this is after the initial activation problem period when the game was first released.

the_gaming_guy
22-12-2008, 16:50
Ok, seems like I'll head for the shops. If you can't tell already, I'm not much of a PC gamer, I'm and Xbox 360/PS3 man mainly. But FM has me hooked!

Evilmaniacuk
22-12-2008, 16:51
Yeah, me too....i'll throw in my two pennies....DVD all the way

Carradona
22-12-2008, 17:01
Im too old school, It's not the same without a dvd box collecting dust :)

MrPompey
22-12-2008, 17:05
DVD, box and printed manual win everytime for me

Download also = internet bandwith, time plus uses up your allowance if tour IP provider has given you a cap

bod1035
22-12-2008, 17:09
Steam, but thats only because i am to lazy to go to the shop. I must say it was the first time i used steam and had no prolems.

Johnny van Axeldongen
22-12-2008, 22:10
Buy it on DVD, and then use the key to activate it on Steam.

tfkdougal
22-12-2008, 22:14
DVD Copy i think

backpackant
22-12-2008, 22:16
I had a lot of problems with Steam when it was just the demo, so I went for the DVD and no probs whatsoever.

ThE BoMBeR
22-12-2008, 22:17
I prefer DVD... The only downside is if it breaks or has great scratches lol

andy19850
06-01-2009, 11:34
what was your step by step process when installing FM 09
could you tell me everything you did step by step, i bought it and i am having real difficulty trying to use uniloc
so if its no trouble could you help me
Thnks

aiston
06-01-2009, 11:45
Ok, seems like I'll head for the shops. If you can't tell already, I'm not much of a PC gamer, I'm and Xbox 360/PS3 man mainly. But FM has me hooked!

It's the best way, steam has given so many people so many problems, in all games. Steam should be destroyed :P

There must be atleast 2-3 threads a day of people complaining about steam on this forum.

CaptainPlanet
06-01-2009, 11:48
what was your step by step process when installing FM 09
could you tell me everything you did step by step, i bought it and i am having real difficulty trying to use uniloc
so if its no trouble could you help me
Thnks

There are some activation help threads at the top of the page.

stvndysn
06-01-2009, 11:48
i have the dvd and activated through steam so i dont need the dvd now, saves it getting scratched :)

Barry-AVFC
06-01-2009, 11:48
DVD is cheaper and more reliable imo

Nicki
06-01-2009, 11:50
I prefer the steam download, I have been using steam for years and have bought most of my games through steam and I have never had any problems with it.

The only bad thing is their prices for europeans and their idea that 1 dollar is worth 1 euro.

aiston
06-01-2009, 12:29
i have the dvd and activated through steam so i dont need the dvd now, saves it getting scratched :)

If you installed normaly, you still would'nt need to use the DVD ;) so it wouldnt get scratched either.

JumbledSausage
06-01-2009, 12:43
Which is better, paying 25 in a shop for the disc, or paying 30 on Steam for a download version? :confused:

I want to consider the following factors:

Ease of installation
Ease of activation
General playability
Updates

Thanks for your input :)

For me it makes little difference now as you no longer need the DVD in the drive to play the game. Personally I prefer DVD because I like the feeling of owning something "solid" rather than just a set of files (though I assume you could burn them to DVD?).

TheOriginalJez
06-01-2009, 14:14
(though I assume you could burn them to DVD?).

Strictly speaking I don't think it's allowed. I'm really sad - I have a shelf of CM/FM games from 97/98 onwards (and CM2 but that wasn't bought in order) - to 'Jezs' Football Manager 2009' (courtesy of play.com heh) - my collection wouldn't work without the box!

TomHAVFC
06-01-2009, 14:21
You have to buy the boxed game. It's tradition!

sleepwalkingpolarbear
06-01-2009, 15:06
Buy the DVD version, and register it with steam, best of both.