The disc version will cost you double what the digital version costs, and it's set up so that you don't actually play the game off the disc, but rather you have to download the game from the disc. So either way, you're going to download it to your system. Save yourself some $$ and just buy it from the PS store.
Aside from that, my country's PS Store is a fegit and charges us way more than the US PS Store and the price, while being lower, isn't that far from the price of a physical copy.
Also, you mentioned that the disc merely initiates the download for the full game. Does that mean I can download the game only twice like all other downloaded games or will I be able to download it countless times since I have the disc ? -- "I don't believe in maaaagiiiiicccc." - Zhang Jiao, Dynasty Warriors 3
I just started the disc version yesterday. I got it from www.play-asia.com.
I wanted the disc in case they ever decided to take it down from PSN. Plus, I just like having it on my shelf. Anyway, I don't see why some people take issue with the disc installing the game to the HDD. It's pretty much how any other disc-based game works. Most of my games install game data to the HDD so it's basically the same thing that Okami does.
You don't download it like you would from the store. It just installs the game from the disc, but it does install it just like it would if you had bought it from the store. I hear you still need the disc in the system to play the game even though it's installed (makes sense since it's a disc-based game), but I haven't bothered testing that since I don't see what it wouldn't be true.
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