Possible counterfeit of Splinter Cell? 8 replies

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Chris

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#1 10 years ago

I was shopping on eBay a few nights ago when I found a copy of Splinter Cell (I lost my old copy a while ago) for £2 inc. P&P, so naturally I bought it. What I didn't read was that the discs would be supplied in paper wallets.

The paper wallets thing makes perfect sense if someone has severely damaged the box or altogether. But it makes me a little suspicious when it's in conjunction with the fact that:

  1. The discs seem to be pressed in an odd way. I don't recall it on my old copy, but that might just be my memory, I suppose. It looks somewhat like this:PrinterDots.jpg
  2. The autorun fails to work. It does absolutely nothing at all on my PC, but I suppose the game was designed pre-Vista.

Is there any black-and-white way to check for a counterfeit? I would check the middle of the disc for some numbers suggesting that it is a CD-R, but it's covered up by the artwork.

Also, if it is proven that the discs are counterfeit, and I report to Ubisoft, what will happen from there? Will they give me a copy?

Thanks in advance.

- Chris




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#2 10 years ago

I wouldn't say it's vista, maybe the whole disk is scratched or like the tittle suggests a fake... I also doubt that Ubisoft will give you a copy for a game that you got from some 3rd party and unofficial site like eBay. Maybe you had a warrently on your old one or something, the best bet would be to try to get a game like that off of Steam if they had it, that way you can play it all the time, though I don't need to tell a TF2 player that.

I don't know if there is a black and white way to check for a counter fit, maybe try exploring the disk in My Computer and seeing what shows up, if it looks legit with all kinds of files for the game and even an exe that yeah maybe it's not counterfit, but just broken. If it looks like just something fake with many folders and no signs of actual game files or anything then try getting your money back.




Chris

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#3 10 years ago

It loads without the autorun, and it is on Steam but is not available in the UK.

And of course it is going to look legit in My Computer - a counterfeit disc is just a copy of the original.




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#4 10 years ago

It could easily be fake, its not hard to get a disc image, burn a copy, and print and stick a authentic-looking label on it. Thats one of the main reasons i tend not to buy games, movies, or CD's on eBay unless they are still sealed (as in never opened).

The autorun not working isn't going to tell you though, most of my games never seem to autorun with Vista....

Does it install/run/play properly?




Chocu1a

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#5 10 years ago

yeah, I also think it has Starforce(the original. Might be a conflict with Vista & the DRM. If it will install, try using a fixed .exe to get it to run. I have problems with SecureRom games due to my Nero virtual drive. Assassins' Creed & Bioshock wouldn't run without me using one.




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#6 10 years ago

I think the best way to ascertain weather it's legit or not is it's artwork and weather it allows you to play online.

generally creating the same quality of images on the cd's is somewhat hard and fakes will generally look faded out or not as good.




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#7 10 years ago

I've bought a counterfit JKO before, had pictures of someone who was /not/ Kyle Katarn on the case, and wouldn't play in autorun. I manually opened it and fiddled with a few things until I got it running though- all the files should be there so you should be able to get it to work.




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#8 10 years ago

My copy of Splinter Cell came with my graphics card and as such didn't come with a case or manual, just paper wallets like yours. It's possible that the version you've been sold is the same kind of thing.




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#9 10 years ago

Pressed in an odd way, paper wallets... I think your right, Archaon. It sounds like a cheaply made replica. Unfortunately, versions that come with Graphics cards are often cheaply made.

I had a copy of Counter-Strike, that came with an ATI card. I don't think I could ever get it to update to CS:1.6. Also, it had the first level of HL1, but it would never let anyone off of the train,... (Probably was supposed to fade out, but it didn't.

Without seeing the disc, I would not be able to tell. Perhaps not even if I see the disc.