Don’t Expect To Play A Game About Hacking On A Hacked iPhone
Deus Ex: The Fall might not be the sequel to Human Revolution that we were all hoping for when first announced, but it certainly looks like one of the better iOS games to hit the market in a long time. Early reviews suggest a rich story with some tight gameplay that rarely deviates from the console versions, making it a very tempting purchase for anyone with an Apple device. That is, unless said device is jail broken.
Users from around the world, as well as me, have experienced a bit of a problem. After the lengthy opening sequence and a quick tutorial, players are introduced to the shooting mechanics of the game, which seem pretty intuitive. Click an enemy, and then click to fire. Simple enough, unless your iPhone is jail broken, in which case the game will immediately alert you that you cannot shoot. Try again and the same message pops up, preventing you from progressing at all through the game, despite the ability to utilise stealth.
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It may sound like a neat way to counteract piracy, until you consider the fact that jail breaking an iPhone is not illegal in the slightest. What is illegal is downloading paid applications for free, but the act of jail breaking is within the law. This makes this preventative measure rather ridiculous, because it’s also affecting users with jail broken devices that actually purchased the game legally via the App Store. So after a $7 purchase and a near 1.5, GB download, you’re left to deal with this.
Some users have managed to find third-party applications that trick the game into thinking that the device is not jail broken, but it’s rather ridiculous to force consumers into such a situation, especially when those who purchased the game legally are actually doing nothing wrong.
Simply put, Square Enix fucked up.