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I'm looking to get Far Cry 4 for my computer. I do believe the game is thirty gigabytes, and my internet is capped. If I were to get the game on a disk, would it still use bandwidth, or would it install directly to my hard drive?

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    Which game? It's going to depend greatly on the game, and what version you get. – Frank Jan 8 '15 at 0:53
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    Depends on the game, which for some bizarre reason you elected not to mention. Some games include most or all of the necessary data on the disk. With others, the disk is just a download code. – Studoku Jan 8 '15 at 0:56
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    Without a game, we can't reasonably answer your question. Asking us to detail this functionality for every single game in existence is a little much. I've edited your question to be specifically about Far Cry 4 as that's the one you're asking about. – Frank Jan 8 '15 at 1:46
  • @Jake Yes, the game matters enormously. Some games package very little on the disc and require a download for the rest; for some games the whole thing is on the disc and you only need to download patches (and those aren't necessary). – Chris Hayes Jan 8 '15 at 2:45
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    @Jake You are not getting hate on this site. I don't understand why people like to throw this word around so much. Hate is a very strong emotion and I highly doubt that's something experienced by anyone while commenting on this question. People were simply puzzled why you didn't include the name of the game. That is all. – deutschZuid Jan 8 '15 at 3:07
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Though the majority of the game will be installed, forum posts such as this (from 2016) suggest that:

the version that comes on the DVD's is outdated by almost 2 years

and that

and many of those 8 patches were several gig in size anyway

This post is, in itself, probabably outdated by now.

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http://forums.nexusmods.com/index.php?/topic/452910-installing-skyrim-from-the-dvd/

This post details how to force Steam to install a game from the disk instead of download. There will most likely be an update or 2 after install, but it probably won't even reach a half gig.

  • I don't think this would apply with Far Cry 4 since it's a UPlay game, not a Steam game. The DVD version wouldn't come with a Steam key. – user86571 Jan 9 '15 at 0:56

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