Can anyone vouch for Stardock's "Impulse" service?

#1 Posted by Lamashtu (252 posts) -

I'm thinking about finally picking up Sins of a Solar Empire as part of the Trinity package (and maybe Demigod while I'm at it) through Stardock's "Impulse" service. I've bought plenty of games through Steam, but I'm unsure if I want to bog down my computer with another game distribution program on my taskbar.

I'm also wondering if there's an offline mode (much as Steam does) as I've got a rather finicky internet connection in my dorm (though I'm confident I won't have nearly as much trouble with the online authentication as Ubi's DRM).

Thanks.    
#2 Posted by Jeffsekai (7017 posts) -

I have Demigod on it...its fine.

#3 Posted by Jeffsekai (7017 posts) -

I use it for Demigod, its fine not a system hog like Steam from what I can tell.  and I believe it has offline mod as when i didn't have internet i could still play demigod.

#4 Posted by sexy_nipples (66 posts) -

It is far easier to use than Steam. I still love Steam though. 
 
Impulse is great. You don't need it to be running if you want to play the games you bought from it unlike Steam. You can just put a shortcut on your desktop. You never need it on unless you want to download a game from Impulse.  
 
Oh btw, I have a code for Demigod that lets you buy it for $7.50. It might be expired, not sure, let me check. Also pick up The Witcher for $10 on Impulse and Gal Civ 2 Ultimate Edition. 
 
Sins of a Solar Empire is fantastic. 

#5 Posted by sexy_nipples (66 posts) -

damn, that code expired uggggggggggh 
 
February 2010 lol. 

#6 Posted by Giantsquirrel (601 posts) -

Definitely get Sins. DEFINITELY DEFINITELY DEFINITELY.
 
Oh, but Impulse is kinda shit. It once merged my account with a friend's, leaving one profile with 2 copies of Sins. Made no sense.

#7 Posted by Lamashtu (252 posts) -
@sexy_nipples:
@Jeffsekai:

Thanks. I had assumed that Impulse worked like Steam and I'm relieved that it's not the case. Now if only my PC could hurry up and get back from RMA...
#8 Posted by sexy_nipples (66 posts) -

There are some games that you can trade in as well which is awesome. As long as they have the GOO protection system.  

#9 Posted by JoelTGM (5592 posts) -
@sexy_nipples said:
" It is far easier to use than Steam. I still love Steam though.  Impulse is great. You don't need it to be running if you want to play the games you bought from it unlike Steam. You can just put a shortcut on your desktop. You never need it on unless you want to download a game from Impulse.   Oh btw, I have a code for Demigod that lets you buy it for $7.50. It might be expired, not sure, let me check. Also pick up The Witcher for $10 on Impulse and Gal Civ 2 Ultimate Edition.  Sins of a Solar Empire is fantastic.  "
Does it have a friends list?  and can you redownload a game without paying for it again?  I was surprised that with iTunes if you delete a song or movie they charge you again for it, whereas with Steam the games you buy are forever yours.
#10 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -
@DOUBLESHOCK said:
" @sexy_nipples said:
" It is far easier to use than Steam. I still love Steam though.  Impulse is great. You don't need it to be running if you want to play the games you bought from it unlike Steam. You can just put a shortcut on your desktop. You never need it on unless you want to download a game from Impulse.   Oh btw, I have a code for Demigod that lets you buy it for $7.50. It might be expired, not sure, let me check. Also pick up The Witcher for $10 on Impulse and Gal Civ 2 Ultimate Edition.  Sins of a Solar Empire is fantastic.  "
Does it have a friends list?  and can you redownload a game without paying for it again?  I was surprised that with iTunes if you delete a song or movie they charge you again for it, whereas with Steam the games you buy are forever yours. "
There's no friends list, well, not yet. I think they might start something up. You can re-download your games too. I've done it so many times with Sins. Impulse is exactly like Steam. The only difference is that with Stardock games, if you want a boxed copy, you just pay an extra $5 they'll ship it to you, and you still get the download. Another thing also, I suggest you check on eBay for Demigod. I picked it up on there for $10. Brand new.
#11 Posted by Babble (1270 posts) -

Besides the fact that many people who also use Steam tend to like to consolidate their games on one service, I have heard good things about Impulse. I have not personally used it before though. 

#12 Posted by xyzygy (9637 posts) -

I hate RTS's, and I fucking LOVE Sins of a Solar Empire.

#13 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11034 posts) -

Impulse is alright for what it does, I guess. I also heartily recommend Galactic Civilizations 2. It's basically Civ, but in space and somewhat less boring.

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