By SJSchmidt93 13 Comments
I've never played Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory before, and I noticed it a mere $5 on Direct2Drive. (You can find the rest of the $5 games, in celebration of D2D's 5th anniversary here.) I figured I'd buy it since apparently it's an incredible game. (92 on Metacritic).
So I payed for it, and then figured the download would be rather easy, like Steam. Turns out I was wrong. It's even worse than the not-so-great new Gametap web-based format. The make you download a fucking zip-file. A zip-file? What? Why? Then you have to download and install the stupid download manager and load the zip file into it so it can extract it and install it. Man, all you gotta do is on Steam is buy the damn game with your account, it'll add it to your list, and you click install, why does this have to be so hard? And I'm going to make an assumption that D2D isn't going to automatically patch it as does Steam, not that SC: CT has any patches coming out, but there's still 40 more $5 games to be released, so I might buy some of those regardless of the insane inconvenience of D2D.
If I remember correctly, doesn't Steam like automatically activate your key if the game has one? I remember when I bought CoH it just automatically entered the key for me, I didn't have to copy it in or anything, well D2D doesn't do that.
Also, the lack of community on D2D and not being able to talk to my friends when on Steam and see what they're playing and all that good stuff is also a huge loss.
I'm not sure why anyone would use D2D, unless it's an occasion like this where they have a great deal or for whatever reason D2D has a game Steam doesn't.
Bottom line: Don't use Direct2Drive.