With the Windows 1.5 patch released in December 2003, Ubisoft added a new copy protection scheme as well. The code checks PC's for any clone or virtual drive programs and then fails to launch the game if such devices or programs are found. The EULA does not state once that you are not allowed to have virtual drives on your system during play, it only says that you are not allowed to make copies. While virtual disc tools are often used to prevent physical damage from original CD's or for technical purposes in general, you'll have to uninstall all of them if you want to keep playing.
In the German console version, all blood effects were removed.
The PC and console versions of the game are in fact almost entirely different. The levels in the console version are more linear and you're not able to switch between squad members. The storyline and the theme of the levels is pretty much the same though, but that's about it.
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