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Sony responds to Warhawk DRM issues

Have you heard? You won't be able to share Warhawk, like you have all your other PSN games. Although you can install the game on to five different machines, the fine text in the PlayStation Store reveals that you can only play the game from one of those machines within a 24 hour period. "One time fee for download or use solely by the purchasing PSN account on up to five PS3 units, with no more than one activated PS3 unit within a 24 hour period. Content may not be used by any other account."

So, will this practice of limiting access to downloadable games become commonplace? No. In a statement to Next-Gen, Sony explains that Warhawk needed a different DRM scheme in order to "protect our investment" and "maintain our ability to offer a 24-hour free online gameplay experience." Understandable, considering how the PSN is free of charge. However, make sure you read the fine print before download your next game -- things might change on a case-by-case basis.

[Via Joystiq]

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1. Oh, so NOW you wanna talk Warhawk. Be sure to read my review in the NC Soft article comments. FIRST!!!!!

Posted at 4:34PM on Aug 28th 2007 by Titty Pink

2. Makes perfect sense to me. I don't begrudge Insomniac for doing this - and let's not forget this is as much the developer's decision as it is Sony's, perhaps more-so.

As long as those downloading the title are CLEARLY made aware of the impications of the restrictions imposed by the DRM.

I for one am going to wait for the EU BluRay release in September.

Posted at 4:36PM on Aug 28th 2007 by chappers2000

3. Are there any bots for offline play, or is it online only?

Posted at 4:42PM on Aug 28th 2007 by James

4. online only. i find it amazing that people dont realize that yet.

Posted at 4:45PM on Aug 28th 2007 by Toby

5. Didn't see anything about bots...but didn't look for it either. I remember there being an offline multiplayer option, but thats it...bots or not, its nothing like rollin in on ground troops from the mighty Warhawk!!!

Posted at 4:46PM on Aug 28th 2007 by Titty Pink

6. Anyone bitching about this should be ashamed of themselves. Pay for the game yourself, and don't use 3000 different PSN names because you suck at playing a game. I have one PSN name thats all I need.

Posted at 4:46PM on Aug 28th 2007 by SimplyB

7. Make sense for them to do this. I mean if they kept w/ the same licensing scheme, technically 5 friends could split the cost of one game between 5 people. This would be bad not only for Sony, but for the developers and the gamers in the long run. Besides, if you really enjoy something that someone created, don't you think they deserve a pat on the back by way of paying them for their hard work.

Posted at 4:54PM on Aug 28th 2007 by Chris Nakagaki

8. Who are the toolboxes that would actually think this game was sharable? If you're that stupid maybe you should still be playing Gamecube or something.

Posted at 5:00PM on Aug 28th 2007 by Kspraydad

9. this prevents me from buying the PSN version. AND i cant find a retail version anywhere (and I live right outside of a major US city). so yeah--sony needs to respond to why i can't buy their game on their release date.

i know today is the SHIP date. it just stings so much more knowing so many people are playing this, and I can't yet. I mean, people are BEGGING to pay sony an extra 20 bucks for this game, but they wont because they are impatient like showstopper haha

Posted at 5:11PM on Aug 28th 2007 by GRANTED

10. I totally agree about protecting investments and all that but isnt it strange that if I DL it on my PS3 that my roomate cant play it on my PS3 unless he plays as me. I would think he could play it under his sub account on my PS3 just for the purpose of using his name kinda like windows accounts on a PC. It is still only on one PS3 and can only be used one person at a time. Kinda strange it will allow me to install on 5 diffrent PS3's but no user but me can us it on mine.

Awsome game though!

Posted at 5:11PM on Aug 28th 2007 by wonway01

11. This is Good,. i don't even think it should be as high as five.

This should be common place otherwise one person could buy a game and share it with all his friend,. and SONY and/or the company who made the game would be losing out is no different then Piracy!!!

You wanna share it with your friend??,. GO buy the Blu-Ray version SImple as that!!

Posted at 5:18PM on Aug 28th 2007 by Tim Parsons

12. Well I've logged about three hours on Warhawk so heres a rough review for you guys who are holding out for one reason or another.

Pros: Decent lobby setup, allows you to filter your gametype down to a T (min number of players, max number of players, level, etc.)

The weapons seem balanced to a degree. I mean don't try to take on well, ANYTHING with the pistol that you spawn with, but a rocket launcher Vs. the Warhawk is about even, and the Warhawk is very survivable with chaff and maneuvers. Every vehicle that I saw carries at least 2 guys.

The action is fast paced, with colorful levels and EXCELLENT sound. When you're not in a vehicle the sounds of explosions and Warhawks whizzing by is daunting. You really feel small at times just because of the sound alone.

The levels are colorful and robust. There are majority flying levels and majority ground pounding levels. Of course you sort of have to adapt to the level in regards to your choice of vehicle. If you're on an air level and hate flying the Warhawk, you're not totally out of luck, but you'll suffer to a degree.

Cons: The mic setup SUCKS!!!! I have a motorola H700 that I use w/ Rainbow 6 often w/ no problems, and with Warhawk, I couldn't tell if anyone could hear me talking to them. I could hear others, but no one responded to me. Sometime people would call my name (which leads me to beleive that you can only talk to people in close proximity) but they couldn't hear me respond. This is a HUGE drawback to the game. Hopefully a patch will fix it.

The Warhawk controls take a minute to get used to. I never used the SIXAXIS controls, but I had the tendency to use both sticks as if I was walking, and the right stick is for quick evasive manuevers, so it would jack me up. Maybe a practice level that guy can go into to get used to the controls is in order.

To be honest, those are my only cons. I downloaded it for the $40, and I feel that after they fix the mic thing it will be well worth the money. If it a system seller, maybe not, but it IS worth the $40 dollar download, or $40 and a mic...

So have YOU played Warhawk? Whaddo you think?

Posted at 5:20PM on Aug 28th 2007 by Titty Pink

13. Oh, and the sniper rifle kinda sucks. You have to be pretty close to get headshots...the game is the shit though. Can't wait to get off and get on (so to speak)

Posted at 5:28PM on Aug 28th 2007 by Titty Pink

14. This is all fine and dandy but they shouldn't keep you from having your sub-accounts on your PS3 from being able to play it. Sometimes more then one person in a household has their own account such as siblings. Sony f-ed up on that part.

Posted at 5:46PM on Aug 28th 2007 by Josh

15. @titty pink
you do know you have to press L3 in order to talk, right? it's not like Resistence with persistent chat...

Posted at 5:49PM on Aug 28th 2007 by Solace

16. Its only fair what sony is doing...I don't remember anywhere in the past where you could buy a game and then make copys for your friends and that not be "Piracy"....

Anyone that complains about this is a moron.

Posted at 5:52PM on Aug 28th 2007 by derrickgott007

17. SimplyB - some of us aren't loners who play holed up alone in a basement. You know, folks with families, kids, girlfriends, who also like to use the console - who can't play warhawk now unless they each get a separate copy at $40 each.

Think it through: One account only can use it - so no others in the house get to use their own account. I can't believe that my gf can use every game in our library, but this one she would have to get a second copy of or use my screen name.

That’s stupid - and your comment was rude without thinking through the premise.

Posted at 5:53PM on Aug 28th 2007 by NATO_Duke

18. derrickgott007 - Please see comment 17 as you also haven't thought through the problem with this plan either.

You should be careful to think before calling others a moron.

Posted at 5:55PM on Aug 28th 2007 by NATO_Duke

19. For all you people that want it for more than one person BUY RETAIL!!!

There you go,.,problem solved.

Posted at 6:06PM on Aug 28th 2007 by Andy

20. You're the man Solace. Yeah, I downloaded and dived right in just before work, so I didn't have time to feel it out totally. Good tip.

NATO I hear you man. It's not always about piracy. If there is one copy downloaded to the system, all profiles should have access, but I think you could fairly draw the line there. As much as I would appreciate being able to get a free copy off of a buddy, sometimes you just have to bite the bullet...

Posted at 6:10PM on Aug 28th 2007 by Titty Pink

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