There have been some severe initial issues with this game resulting in many refund requests to various (r)etailers. Whilst the demo was nothing short of brilliant, the retail game has problems, some noted below...
The game *must* autoupdate online when installed. If it cannot contact the update server it will fail the install, removing all installed files. The update server was down until around 13:00 BST 23/08/07 but appears okay now. Anyone who has attempted to install before this and had a failure, please try again before considering going for a refund.
This game has a limit of 2 simultaneous installs - this is not noted anywhere in the manual. If you attempt a 3rd install the install will fail. If you have a system crash and need to reinstall the OS more than twice the install will fail. Your only option is to ensure that you have uninstalled the game via Add/Remove Programs before a reinstall is performed or an install on another PC. If you pass the 2 install limit without having uninstalled a prior install, you will be required to contact the game's support services to resolve the issue.
Please note that the number-of-copies issue is an attempt to cut down on game piracy - but apparently is making the issue worse for us, the paying gamer.
For further information and to read masive amounts of heated language, go to forums.2kgames.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=42
NB: I do not work for, or have affiliation with, either play.com or any company involved in the production of Bioshock. If I worked for the latter, it certainly wouldn't be using Securom either! At least it isn't Starfarce (sic)
Reason for 3 stars - It looks to be a brilliant game, marred by some severe initial issues. (But S.T.A.L.K.E.R. worked eventually, didn't it?)