I put in my pre-order for Warhammer Online with Direct2Drive yesterday.
Direct2Drive is part of IGN like Gamespy and FilePlanet. When you buy a game from D2D, you don’t get a physical box, game manual or DVDs. Instead, you get a keycode sent to you through the mail and the ability to download the game off the website. The obvious downside is that you don’t install from discs or get any pretty literature. Ya – I realize that some people like to read the manual and like to keep the box. In my case, it just ends up taking space somewhere as I don’t really use it or need it.
For me, the advantages of D2D outweigh the box. First, no store. No store means I don’t have to go somewhere and wait in a line. I might have to wait on a download, but I can do other things during that time in my home at my leisure. Secondly, I have no fear of my pre-order not being in stock, lost in shipping, or sold to someone else by mistake. Third, and most importantly, I don’t have to worry about losing the discs or keycode. At any point, I can simply re-download it if needed.
Wondering if you can run Warhammer Online?
This nifty tool called Can You Run It? will test your computer against the system requirements provided by Mythic. This is particularly handy if you didn’t know if your 1.7 GHz Dual Core Duo is better or worse than the 2.5 GHz Pentium minimum requirement (FYI, it’s better). It also has a nice graphical representation that hints at how much better your setup is over the minimum requirements.