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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist PC Game
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Ubisoft $uck$ again 12/28/2013

This review is from: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist PC Game

Pros: None

Cons: I’m giving this one egg because there is no zero rating. I got this game for free with my new video card. First I had to upload a key, which then allowed me to download the game? No, this got me the download code. Then to install it I had to install the Ubisoft exe even though it was already installed. Then you have to run the Uplay exe, meaning I had to go to the desktop shortcut or Program Files shortcut? No, I had to drill down into my files to find the exe. Despite downloading the new Uplay exe directly from Ubisoft, on first run it wanted to give me the latest upgrade. WHAT did I just download then? Finally, I can now download the game and play? No, after downloading SCB directly from Ubi and starting SCB, it told me I had to download the latest update. Again, WHAT did I just download? Finally I’m ready to play? NO, that exe was only to allow me to start the REAL program, because then it told me I had to download the REAL latest game upgrade. So I FINALLY get to play the game? Nope. I tried to play it again few minutes later and it told me there was a patch to download—1.01, which it kept reminding me about every time I tried to start the game. I went into settings and turned off every online/sync setting I could find, but it still insists on updating. All done? Nope. Got ANOTHER Ubisoft Autopatch, patch 1.02—ooooh boy. By the end of the day, I had updated SCB three times. And these were not small patches, but 500MB. Does it ever end?

Then when starting SCB, you need admin rights so it can run Uplay so you can finally start your game. Admin rights to run a game?! I’m sure this twitch in my left eye that occurs every time my cursor nears the SCB icon will calm down eventually.

There is probably a fix to get around the constant updating, but shouldn’t it be this difficult. Does Ubisoft have such narcissistic programmers that they think we’re all sitting at our PCs waiting for the latest miraculous update from on high?

I finally get to play, but it won’t save my game. I have to start all over. And when I quit, it won’t let me access my desktop. I have to use Task Manager. Again, I’m sure someone has found a fix (but not Ubisoft), but I don’t buy games to become a programmer.

I will never play another Ubisoft game again, and this one was free!

ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs BSOD with XP 11/19/2012

This review is from: ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Price

Cons: Initially ran Win 64. After a few months, I had issues with BSODs—rare, just enough to be annoying. Installed the latest updates, still nothing. I then tried XP Home (had an extra copy)--wow, really bad. I had to try two different USB keyboards to find one XP Installer would recognize. After the installation, it either wouldn’t recognize my USB thumb drive (tried several) or it instantly BSOD’d. I updated everything, but still bad. I gave up and installed Linux Mint 12—no problems. The graphics are a little buggy, but not sure if it’s the board or my NVIDIA FX1700 card. I removed the Mint recommended driver and it works better, but still get random flickers.

COOLER MASTER Elite NV-334-KWN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great color--not the std red or blue. Plenty of room for front expansion. My PNY GeForce 9800GT graphics card fits fine. I also added a multi card reader to the extra 3.5 inch slot. Both sides of the case comes off--great feature.

Cons: I'm spoiled with HP case quality, so the tool-less design is not impressive--mostly fragile plastic parts. The metal tabs for the card slot openings are a one time deal—once they’re out, you can’t put them back in, so plan carefully before punching them out.
The metal openings are stamped and not finished off, so are very sharp--I sliced three fingers just lifting the case out of the box.
The oddity—every time I touched the front of the case, it acted like a reset and rebooted the computer. I could also turn it on from cold by touching the front. Nothing would happen when I touched any other part of the case, only the front lower mesh grill. The manf inadvertently isolated the metal from the rest of the case. Any static, say from your body, had to go thru the MB to get to ground. The MB interpreted this as a reset command, and rebooted. I attached a ground wire from the grill to the case. Problem solved, but not before buying a new power supply.


Chris C.'s Profile

Display Name: Chris C.

Date Joined: 12/01/04

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  • First Review: 12/19/06
  • Last Review: 12/28/13
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