What's going on with O.F.? I have been enjoying the original C.O.H. for months. Then I purchased O.F. First, they require me to download a humongous patch file before I can install (I would have been really Teed off if I had only a dial-up connection!). Next attempt to load and play requires another download and upgrade-all of this still for online play, which I have no interest in. Third time around, after being forced to sign up for an online account, I STILL can't get the damned game to simply load up and let me play as a single player! There doesn't even seem to be a way of getting to any phase of game play except ONLINE PLAY! Is there any way to simply load this sucker up and play it??? THQ has gone overboard with this new attitude. I would be reluctant to purchase more of their product in future. I should also add - whenever I log on to this forum I now get dangerous web site warnings from my virus/malware program!
If you can disable your internet connection you can play the game offline, however you will need your disk in so it can validate it. (thats the only way I know of to avoid the online login)
Thanks Texas. Tried it and it works. It's pretty bogus of Relic though, to set the game up this way. Having to disconnect my modem just to play a quick game is just not acceptable. Maybe someday I'll explore the multiplayer aspect, but it should have been made clear on the packaging that this version was made primarily for online play. Do they expect us to go directly to multiplayer without even being able to learn this new version (which IS different than the first) on our own machines?...and to be able to practice methods and tactics? There doesn't even seem to be any information in the docs about how to get to the single-player mode. Big mistake on Relic's part. Doesn't make any sense. How hard could it have been to offer a menu choice for play selection? I'll look elsewhere for my next WWII title.
If anything has been holding me back getting OF, its these kind of stories I've been hearing.
On the other hand, maybe I should just do as I did when I got CoH and just wait almost a year before getting it. On the plus side of things there were several official patches by then, several mods and several community maps to play by the time I'd finally gotten through the campaign.
I tell ya, this fear and paranoia over piracy, while justified - there are just better ways to try to handle things than how relic did. Stardock comes to mind as one way to do things less aggravatingly.
Yes, It's a shame because COH is really an excellent design. I have been gaming since the Commodore 64 days, and I don't think I've ever seen this degree of control imposed on a title I supposedly own (and I used to think just having to have the disk in place to play was bad!). I have never been an online player (I got my first DSL line only about 3 years ago). Now that I have the capability to do so, I feel like I'm too old to be competitive, so I'm happy just to stick with the AI in the game. The COH AI is really quite good, and I have found a lot of replay value in the original game by setting different parameters for myself as I play the same scenarios over and over. I was looking forward to O.F. for the new maps and and a fresh campaign. I'm not disappointed by what I have seen so far, but just getting into the game as a single player was a nightmare. How did anybody find out you had to shut down your connection to get in to the single player mode? Without Texas's advice, I would have tossed this sucker by now! Waaaay more trouble than it's worth. Can't you just see me saying to my wife - "Gee Honey, do you mind if I ask you to stop working at your computer for awhile? I need to unplug the DSL modem so I can play a little COH." The kind of control Relic is demonstrating here is reminiscent of the kind of control another company has exercised over my computing activities in the last few years...so much so that I am now experimenting with LINUX on another hard drive! I don't know how long I will be willing to put up with shutting down my modem just to play this game. It certainly isn't practical in a household where others are sharing the connection. Relic sure screwed the pooch with this one!
Here's a little tip, I noticed you used my advice, In my house we have 3 - 4 people useing the internet at once through a network, its is better to disconnect your computer from the internet rather than kill the DSL connection from the DSL modem, that way you are offline while others can use the internet. In your computers network options you can disable your connection to your DSL or network router. so only your computer is offline and others arn't affected. I have never tried it (I might), but you could possibly try to have your computers firewall block the program from connecting. (don't know of it would work)
That's a great idea, but I don't think that's an option for me, as we have two computers going through a switch (no router) and a DSL modem. Unfortunately my box is the one that's running the DSL software. Might be worth trying though, just to see what happens.
have you tried unpluging your computer from the switch, if it is easy access. but there is probably a network option (right click "disable / enable") to simply disable the DSL connection for the single computer.
Using your firewall to block the game works, i've used my Trend Mirco and Windows Firewall to block OF, so that i can still play while downloading off the net. Unfortuantly i'm strictly an offline player due to my 32k dialup, and with OF blocked when i open up the game, it checks, see's there isn't a connection and prompts for the disc, and it all works just like if you were indeed offline. The only problem is if you want to play online, you either have to use your security programs to unblock the game or disable them altogether.
Texas is right-on! I set up a desktop shortcut for the local area connection to my DSL modem. I can use this shortcut to enable/disable my connection to the modem long enough to play the game. I can now boot up the game (still have to have the disk in for validation) without having to unplug the modem. Whether this still allows my wife's computer to have net access, I haven't tested yet. Thanks Texas.