ok i was talking to another guy in school and we some how got into a conversation about Steam. and here is some of the things we wanted to know. Does dawn of war II require Steam to play. and do all Valve games require steam to play. anyone shed light on this?
1st January 2005
Don't know about DoW, but as for the Valve developed games I own, the answer is yes and no. You need Steam installed, and the game fully updated thru Steam, but you can opt to play in offline mode, in which case you're not connected to the Steam servers. I suspect it's the same for any game purchased thru Steam as well, but not sure.
DoW2 does require Steam to play.
I installed through a retail version (off the DVD) simply because; a) It's faster than downloading the damn thing b) I got a nice preorder tin & the Sterngaurd set. Because Relic utilises Steamworks, the game requires Steam to play it. For online gaming, it requires being signed into Games For Windows Live aswell.
Any Valve game from before Steam don't necessarily need Steam to play them, but other features may be best utilised with Steam. For example, if you've got an original copy of Half-Life, you won't need Steam to play it. Post-Steam Valve games require Steam to play.
Empire: Total War is another game that requires Steam to play.
Any game that has any link with Steamworks will require Steam to play. This does mean that patching is automatic (if you choose to allow it), which saves manual downloads and installs. It also means that you don't need the disk in the drive to play the game.
thanks ill be sure to tell my friend about all of this.
ok he told me earlier today that he played dawn of war II yesterday and he said he played it without steam. is he BSing?
29th January 2007
He either want YARR MATEY on you. Or he's playing it with the steam community shut down. Eitherway, you need to e signed in to the authentication server(steam) in order to play at least online.
Actually, being signed into Steam is enough for offline play of the campaign only.
For online you have to be signed into GFWL too.
President of Novistrana
19th January 2003
Steam is a like a STD, regardless if you want it or not, you can't get rid of it.
Depends on the STD. Not all are untreatable.
Besides, I haven't had major problems with Steam, and I welcome the advantages it's given me in regards to gaming.
Heck, I've certainly made liberal use of it's back-up facility after a Hard Drive failure a couple years ago. It beats reinstalling and reupdating every single game, when you can just restore it to its previous state prior to the problems.
29th January 2005
I don't mind steam with DoW II. However I do detest G4WL's system. I've had issues with it in DoW II as well as Fallout 3.