Games with game altering copy protection

Group Description

Games that use forms of copy protection where if the game detects that it is a pirated copy, some aspect of the game is changed. This is done to discourage piracy in such a way that is not initially detectable by the pirater. In some cases the game may still be completable by the player, but in others completing the game will be impossible. This can be done in multiple ways:
  • Include messages asking the player to buy the full version, without otherwise hindering game (usually done by developers who aren't particularly bothered if there game is pirated). An example of this is the PC version of Alan Wake, which replaces the loading screen tips with messages telling the player to buy the game, and also gives the player character an eyepatch.
  • Disabling certain abilities that the player would usually have access to. Examples of this include: Batman: Arkham Asylum, which disables Batman's glide ability; and Pokémon Black & White and their sequels, which disable experience gain.
  • Significantly increasing the game's difficulty.
  • Make it impossible for the player to reach the game's normal intended conclusion. An example of this is Earthbound, which will cause enemies to appear more often, and if the player manages to get all the way to the game's final boss the game will freeze and wipe the player's save data.

  • This game group is specifically for games that contain this type of copy protection built into the version of the game that is officially sold. Games where the developer themselves uploaded modified pirate copies to popular game piracy websites (such as Game Dev Tycoon & No Time to Explain) should not be included.

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Five Nights at Freddy's2014Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows, Windows PhoneScottgames2.02
ArmA III2013WindowsBohemia Interactive Studio s.r.o....
Crysis 32013PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.60
Pokémon White Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.75
Alan Wake2012WindowsCenega Poland Sp. z o.o.4.01
Pokémon Black Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc....
Gyakuten Kenji 22011Android, iPad, iPhone, Nintendo DSCapcom Co., Ltd....
Take On Helicopters2011WindowsBohemia Interactive Studio s.r.o....
Serious Sam 3: BFE2011Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 3601C-SoftClub4.18
Pokémon Black Version2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.42
Michael Jackson: The Experience2010Nintendo DSUbisoft, Inc....
Pokémon White Version2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.61
ArmA II2009WindowsGot Game Entertainment, LLC3.27
Pokémon SoulSilver Version2009Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.26
Pokémon HeartGold Version2009Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.14
Batman: Arkham Asylum2009Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Eidos, Inc.4.19
Grand Theft Auto IV2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Rockstar Games, Inc.3.80
Mirror's Edge2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.97
Mass Effect2007Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.04
Overlord2007Windows, Xbox 360Codemasters Software Company Limited, The3.73
Crysis2007PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Garry's Mod2006Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation3.13
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II2006Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.81
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth2004WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
The Sims 22004Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.85
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Selected Covers

Pokémon Black Version Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Black Version
Overlord Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Overlord
Pokémon White Version Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon White Version

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Pokémon Black Version
Loading screen with a dancing minion
Screenshot from Overlord
Title screen.
Screenshot from Pokémon White Version
Game group created by firefang9212 (52217), additional games added to group by Plokite_Wolf (11613)