Originally Posted by saturnotaku
No "Both" option in this poll? It doesn't matter too much to me one way or the other, though I would probably err on the side of Steam. Ideally, all games that can be purchased at retail can/should be activated on Steam, like F.E.A.R. 2 or Just Cause 2. Alternatively, it would be nice to have the option of having a Steam-free single-player install with only the multplayer aspect being tied to the service.
That would be my ideal as well, the game Rogue Warrior did this, and Games for Windows Live basically does this. Want to play offline only? Install the game in offline mode, no online activation is needed and it uses a simple disc check without a client. Want to play multiplayer? Attach the key to your Steam profile and enjoy the Steamworks features.
Best of both worlds.
Unfortunately Just Cause 2, Metro 2033 and others force Steam activation and client usage on you when they are singleplayer games, which annoys me greatly.