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Game Groups > Games with game-altering copy protection

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.

Limitations

  • 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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Title Released Platforms Genres Moby Score
box cover thumbnail Alan Wake 2012 Windows, Windows Apps Action
8.0
box cover thumbnail Alpha Protocol 2010 Windows, Xbox 360 (+3 more) Role-playing (RPG)
6.6
box cover thumbnail Alternate Reality: The Dungeon 1987 Commodore 64, Apple II (+3 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.2
box cover thumbnail Arma II 2009 Windows Action, Simulation, Strategy / tactics
7.4
box cover thumbnail Arma III 2013 Windows Action
7.5
box cover thumbnail Batman: Arkham Asylum 2009 Windows, Xbox 360 (+2 more) Action
8.8
box cover thumbnail Bomberman 1990 Amiga, DOS (+3 more) Action
7.9
box cover thumbnail Bucky O'Hare 1992 NES Action
8.1
box cover thumbnail Command & Conquer: Generals 2003 Windows, Macintosh Strategy / tactics
8.0
box cover thumbnail Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 2000 Windows Strategy / tactics
8.0
box cover thumbnail Crysis 3 2013 Windows, Xbox 360 (+1 more) Action
7.7
box cover thumbnail Crysis: Warhead 2008 Windows Action
8.2
box cover thumbnail Darkstar One 2006 Windows, Xbox 360 (+1 more) Action, Simulation
7.0
box cover thumbnail Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride 2008 Nintendo DS, iPhone (+2 more) Role-playing (RPG)
8.2
box cover thumbnail EarthBound 1994 SNES, Wii U (+2 more) Role-playing (RPG)
8.5
box cover thumbnail Fast Food Tycoon 1999 Windows Simulation, Strategy / tactics
7.1
box cover thumbnail Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - Ring of Fates 2007 Nintendo DS Role-playing (RPG)
7.6
box cover thumbnail Five Nights at Freddy's 2014 Windows, iPhone (+8 more) Action
6.8
box cover thumbnail Game Dev Tycoon 2012 Windows, iPhone (+6 more) Simulation
7.0
box cover thumbnail Garry's Mod 2006 Windows, Linux (+1 more) Action
7.1
box cover thumbnail Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Xbox 360, Windows (+1 more) Action, Racing / Driving
8.6
box cover thumbnail Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City 2009 Xbox 360, Windows (+1 more) Compilation
8.2
box cover thumbnail Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 PlayStation 2, Windows (+6 more) Action, Racing / Driving
8.4
box cover thumbnail Gyakuten Kenji 2 2011 Nintendo DS, iPad (+2 more) Adventure
n/a
box cover thumbnail Hook 1992 DOS, Amiga (+1 more) Adventure
7.0
box cover thumbnail IndyCar Series 2003 PlayStation 2, Windows (+1 more) Racing / Driving
7.0
box cover thumbnail Just Shapes & Beats 2018 Windows, PlayStation 4 (+6 more) Action
8.1
box cover thumbnail Kirby's Dream Course 1994 SNES, Wii (+3 more) Sports
7.8
box cover thumbnail La Abadía del Crimen 1987 DOS, ZX Spectrum (+2 more) Adventure
6.2
box cover thumbnail Manhunt 2003 PlayStation 2, Windows (+5 more) Action
7.0
box cover thumbnail Mass Effect 2007 Xbox 360, Windows (+1 more) Role-playing (RPG)
8.6
box cover thumbnail Merchant Prince 1993 DOS Strategy
7.4
box cover thumbnail Michael Jackson: The Experience 2010 Nintendo DS Action, Simulation
6.5
box cover thumbnail Mirror's Edge 2008 Xbox 360, Windows (+1 more) Action
7.9
box cover thumbnail Moto Racer 2 1998 Windows, PlayStation Sports, Racing / Driving
7.6
box cover thumbnail Nevermind 1989 DOS, Amiga (+1 more) Puzzle
6.5
box cover thumbnail Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis 2001 Windows Action, Simulation
8.2
box cover thumbnail Overlord 2007 Windows, Xbox 360 Action
7.7
box cover thumbnail Pokémon Black Version 2010 Nintendo DS Role-playing (RPG)
8.5
box cover thumbnail Pokémon Black Version 2 2012 Nintendo DS Role-playing (RPG)
8.0
box cover thumbnail Pokémon HeartGold Version 2009 Nintendo DS Role-playing (RPG)
8.5
box cover thumbnail Pokémon SoulSilver Version 2009 Nintendo DS Role-playing (RPG)
8.6
box cover thumbnail Pokémon White Version 2010 Nintendo DS Role-playing (RPG)
8.3
box cover thumbnail Pokémon White Version 2 2012 Nintendo DS Role-playing (RPG)
8.0
box cover thumbnail Postal 1997 Windows, Dreamcast (+2 more) Action
6.3
box cover thumbnail Puggsy 1993 Genesis, Amiga (+1 more) Action
7.6
box cover thumbnail Sacred 2004 Windows Role-playing (RPG)
7.4
box cover thumbnail Serious Sam 3: BFE 2011 Windows, Linux (+3 more) Action
7.5
box cover thumbnail Sid Meier's Civilization 1991 DOS, Windows 3.x (+7 more) Strategy / tactics
8.0
box cover thumbnail Sid Meier's Pirates! 1987 PC Booter, DOS (+10 more) Action, Strategy / tactics
7.7

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