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  • 4.0 stars

    "Download Free Android Games"

    March 25, 2014  |   By aliaanderson27

    Version: Games for Windows - Live 3.2.217

    Pros

    software is fast to install if you have everything installed already

    Cons

    Waist of time, software is fast to install if you have everything installed already (.Net framework and other plugins) like me (but i'm a developer). After installation the software launches and i got stuck at login because it refused to accept my Windows Live ID, Windows Live Messenger works with it, but this one don't. So waist of time, and now uninstall everything. Another thing, as always the setup created that stupid folder with letters and numbers that usually is not needed anymore after installation, but windows refuses to let us, to delete it.

    Summary

    <a href="http://www.whatshub.com/">Download Free Android Games</a>

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  • 1.0 stars

    "So you finally bought the game for once and..."

    January 6, 2014  |   By llamaarmyackbar

    Version: Games for Windows - Live 3.2.217

    Pros

    It will be gone soon.

    Cons

    -Made me immediately regret my Dark Souls purchase on steam
    -Tainted my Fallout 3 purchase years ago when I didn't know any better.
    -Lost money due to its inability to configure itself correctly whatsoever
    -No support
    -Yup.. still no support

    Summary

    This has got to be a nightmare. I purchased Dark Souls on steam (reluctantly) and now I'm realizing I'm out ten freaking dollars. I don't give two monkey turds about the loss of money, its the inability to (after it worked for about a day initially) retrieve my original live account or get it to sign in. Typed in my live account and the password I'd been using "We're sorry this key has already been used on another live account," - OH REALLY? ARE YOU SURE? GOSH. What a load of crap. I can't even just get the marketplace to come up anymore, and no support or help pages ever load. I'll just wait until Dark Souls 2 comes out, but even now I could by a Playstation 3 and a copy of the game and be having a freaking blast not dealing with games for windows live. This has got to be the worst purchase I've ever made. I try to legally own the game and I'm immediately punished for it. What a deal breaker. If you have any plans to purchase anything on steam, you better make sure it doesn't utilize GFWL at all.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I buy my games but.."

    November 29, 2013  |   By Yimjim

    Version: Games for Windows - Live 3.2.217

    Pros

    None at all

    Cons

    Too many to list

    Summary

    I buy my games but I've had this software stop me from playing my games to often. From now on I'll be pirating all games with this included.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Everything wrong with modern gaming"

    November 27, 2013  |   By dejvog

    Version: Games for Windows - Live 3.2.217

    Pros

    Made me realize that DRMs are what's killing the gaming industry.

    Cons

    -punishes the player for buying legal software
    -buggy
    -non-functional updates
    -prevents you from playing
    -horrible support
    -frustrating setup
    -zero compatibility with basically anything

    Summary

    GFWL breaks your game. Even if, after a couple of days, you manage to set it up, get it working with your router, firewall, tunngle/hamachi etc and it successfully downloads and install all updates (and that will most likely NOT happen), it will bide its time and break one day. You download an update or a driver, and bam! You can not play anymore.
    Avoid any game with GFWL. Be careful though, even some games on Steam and Origin require it.
    If you really want the game, buy it, but don't install! Pirate and crack it instead. It will save you time, frustration and sanity.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Should've won awards for being so terrible."

    July 28, 2013  |   By VeryUniqueUsername90

    Version: Games for Windows - Live 3.2.217

    Pros

    I was going to say good looking, but I can't actually load half of it.

    Cons

    It crashes your game.
    It's a miracle if it doesn't take away from a game.
    Hasn't been updated for the current century.

    Summary

    I downloaded this thing for GTA 4 and Bioshock 2, the best thing I can say is that I didn't notice its existence for GTA 4. I can't even play Bioshock for longer than it takes to load the title screen before it crashes. I've fully updated the game and it still tells me I'm missing something. When they say it downloads the updates then weren't lying, that's all it does. It would seem Microsoft doesn't know how to actually install anything. Anyone who says they liked this never played a steam only game.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrible, Buggy, and Outdated"

    July 25, 2013  |   By thatguyphilip

    Version: Games for Windows - Live 3.2.217

    Pros

    it actually makes you pay closer attention to the drm packaged with the games you buy in the future

    Cons

    buggy
    frustrating
    nonfriendly user interface
    intrusive
    noticeable
    restrictive
    the list goes on and on

    games for windows live is that stepmother you hate.

    Summary

    microsoft's attempt at creating a successful drm resulted in what is probably the most massively embarrassing sorry excuse for software i have ever seen in my entire life.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Ruining games on PC."

    July 12, 2013  |   By MarioFeared

    Version: Games for Windows - Live 3.2.217

    Pros

    At least it makes you think ahead on future purchases to check if it is there or not.

    Other than that, I see no pros for this at all.

    Cons

    Another useless login needed to get in the game, Regardless if you're playing offline or not.

    It punishes honest paying players. Some games take away the saving feature, some take away the online multiplayer and others it fails the game to load because it needs the confirmation of Games for Windows live before it can start. EVEN IF THE FAULT IS WITH THE PROGRAM AND NOT YOURS. Update failed? I'm sorry bud but this Steam game wont work as you want.

    The first time setup is ALWAYS a pain. It always needs updating and its almost certain it will fail a few times before it can run.

    Summary

    I have never encountered something that can turn me off a game as hard as GFWL does. It makes me regret my purchase immediately. I tend to have small gaming sessions during my (1h) lunch break and there isn't a worst sensation when you just installed a brand new game and it greets you with the GFWL login screen. Then I know my gaming session is ruined because it will either take a 20-45 min chunk off my game time or I wont be able to play it at all because my works router blocks GFWL and I cant do anything about it.

    I always thought Steam already in itself was a form of DRM. You buy games off Steam and I would assume it does an authentication with Steam to confirm the game is yours and you paid for it. But with GFWL it forces you to do another login. One that doesn't care you just bought the game and its legit. One that forces you to insert the game key once again. One that if your works router denies access online, it will cripple your game even if you just want to play the single player story mode.

    So there you have it. PLEASE check if your next purchase has it. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE! All games I bought from Steam that has them, I am not able to play them, or if I do, some of them are unplayable. In Dark Souls: Prepare to die edition, if you don't login, it takes away the saving feature, rendering your game useless.

    Many get it to work though. I am not saying its impossible, but it should either work from the get go or the player should be able to turn it off. Forcing me to fiddle with the router to get this to work when the router hasnt given me any trouble before is a sign that many will also give up on it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not even Origin is this bad"

    July 12, 2013  |   By RyanBurnsRed

    Version: Games for Windows - Live 3.2.217

    Pros

    None. It's complete garbage.

    Cons

    The marketplace tab on the client doesn't even show anything, instead it has a link that takes you to the xbox live site where you can buy games. The downloads are painfully slow. I've been waiting for 15 minutes to download a 934 MB DLC, meanwhile on Steam I cover that same amount in 2 minutes or less.

    Summary

    Slow download speeds, with obvious signs of the PC crowd being an after thought. Not only this, but the GFWL client in games as well.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This is the worst gaming service"

    June 5, 2013  |   By MarcRollins89

    Version: Games for Windows - Live 3.2.217

    Pros

    Zero, none what at all.

    Cons

    This piece of godawful software will either break your Steam games or at least add an extra 30 or so minutes of just connecting your game(such as Dead Rising 2, Batman Arkham Asylum & City, GTA 4, and quite a few others)
    And what does GFWL give you for your extra time and effort signing in a using their service? Pretty much absolutely nothing. All their terms and services apply more toward console games and DLC than anything PC related, that is to say the PC coverage/service is total crap and has no real purpose.

    Summary

    All in all this is a game and a deal breaker, I will never buy another game that requires GFWL-- in fact I noticed the Batman Arkham games are on sale for pennies on the dollar($5 a piece) and I almost bought both games until I saw a GFWL account is required to play the game.
    If anything you can buy and download the game and hack/mod your files so your game doesn't have to go through windows live, but that kills all coop that was possible unless you play on modded servers.
    Yeah, stay away from this horrible service as much as you can, and if you can't because a game just looks too good then be aware you will fight to play and even then you might not get to.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Redundant and frustrating."

    May 29, 2013  |   By drake_mertens

    Version: Games for Windows - Live 3.2.217

    Pros

    Um...can't think of one unless you count an additional sign-in screen and wait time as a plus.

    Cons

    1) Totally disconnected from the actual needs of PC gamers - $10 for a decade old account name change? GFY
    Reference to xbox.com for online support? GFY

    2) 5 year support* - PC games have much longer lives than that.

    3) *What support? - online functionality is sometimes unreliable and sometimes completely down for days due to GFWL server problems.

    4) Zero anti-cheater system or support.

    Summary

    With the level of functionality and support this thing actually has, the only valid purpose of the software is to try to generate additional income for Microsoft. GARBAGE.

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