Posted February 24, 2015
PunkBuster is an anti-cheat tool for multiplayer. It is not DRM and has no effect on single player. You can usually uninstall it after a game installs it (or cancel the installation prompt if it offers one) and then use single player without further nagging.
AnimalMother117: First, I thought that CoD: World at War (pretty much the newest CoD I want on PC) didn't have DRM, but some reviewers were mentioning that it required Punkbusters... I think... anyway, all I wanna do is play single player if I come across a cheap copy.
Many games have widely varying DRM across various regions and re-releases. Having a game listed on a DRM website does not necessarily mean all retail releases of that game use that DRM (or even any DRM at all).
AnimalMother117: I was on SecuRom's website and they said that they supported Medieval II. I thought they were talking about the X-pack only, but while doing a search on my PC I did find something about Far Cry 2 (weird in the sense that it was the only version I own, which is my GOG one). This one I'm fairly certain is nothing, but if anyone could put paranoia to rest, that'd be cool.
DRM-free versions will sometimes write registry keys that mention a DRM by name but are not actually DRM data. This was sometimes done for purposes like showing custom-themed messages for protection errors. Similarly, some games include a fake version of some EXE or DLL that the game called for at some point. Several GOG games have such harmless remnants.
Post edited February 24, 2015 by Arkose