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I find the topic title to be misleading, it made me expect to open a list of games that can be played without DRM and I myself see a disc-check as being DRM. I find it a great hassle to switch disc each time I play the game plus disc-checks often make use of the method of adding bad sectors to the disc, the disc-drive has trouble reading, but the DRM checks for it, like the old SecuROM did, causing disc-drives to wear down much faster than it would have otherwise, reducing it's lifespan immensely. In the old days of discs, it was always the drive which was to break down first on older computers of mine.

So a list of DRM-free retail games for me would include games like:

Brothers in Arms - Hells Highway: installed from disc, but doesn't make an internet connection phoning home and the disc needs not to be inserted for playing.
Quake 4 can have its CD checks patched out with the latest official patch.
Also Hitman Collection is DRM-Free
http://www.amazon.com/Hitman-Collection-Pc/dp/B004D8QAAO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381686768&sr=8-1&keywords=Hitman+Collection
Battlefield 2 runs without DRM after the latest patch, no disc-check needed anymore.

The same for ArmA II, so I've read, but haven't checked for myself yet.
The Void and Defcon (UK)
Far Cry Collection doesn't require online activation despite the blurb on the back saying that it does (Thus new retail copies of Far Cry 2 no longer need to be patched of their DRM). World in Conflict Complete also doesn't require online activation (The Soviet Assault expansion, which was released on 2009, never had any DRM whatsoever.)

I would also like to ask about 2 specific games: Alien Breed Trilogy and Shadow Warrior. Does anybody happen to know whether those 2 games require Steamworks to play? While Mastertronic does mention that Steamworks is necessary for Deadly Premonition and Alan Wake's American Nightmare, there is absolutely no mention of it on Serious Sam 3, despite the game being Steamworks only.
Post edited January 17, 2014 by Grargar
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Grargar: Far Cry Collection doesn't require online activation despite the blurb on the back saying that it does (Thus new retail copies of Far Cry 2 no longer need to be patched of their DRM). World in Conflict Complete also doesn't require online activation (The Soviet Assault expansion, which was released on 2009, never had any DRM whatsoever.)
Both are a little old for this list.

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Grargar: I would also like to ask about 2 specific games: Alien Breed Trilogy and Shadow Warrior. Does anybody happen to know whether those 2 games require Steamworks to play? While Mastertronic does mention that Steamworks is necessary for Deadly Premonition and Alan Wake's American Nightmare, there is absolutely no mention of it on Serious Sam 3, despite the game being Steamworks only.
Alien Breed Trilogy requires Steamworks.

That's interesting about Shadow Warrior though, I had no idea a retail version was coming out (I bet they're not even going to bother trying to get a USK rating for it here in Germany, or else they may end up only speeding up the blacklisting process). DRM-free versions have been released already, so DRM-free is not unthinkable, although the same could have been claimed of Giana Sisters, the retail version of which ended up being infected by Steamworks. I'll certainly keep an eye on this.