OK, for two days now I have had this issue. I cannot get past the cryptic screen after hitting Engage. it times out and says it cannot connect to the on-demand patch server. I have seen several threads discussing this same issue. The fix was to go to Options and check the "Show all games" box. Did that, didn't work. Then I get this 4GB - yes gigabyte - patch. Five hours I sat through this patch, same error pops up when I tried to log in. So I reinstall the game, another half a day. Same error, then I get another 3GB patch. i sat through this. I tried the "show all games" fix again, and again it doesn't work. I just tried logging in again and the thing wants to push a freakin' 5GB PATCH. WTF??????? And I still can't get past the Cryptic screen!!!!!
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Yes. When I turn off the demand patching is when I get the multi-gig patches on login. And I have tried both with and without the forced verify. Till blocked at the Cryptic screen. I am now trying the other trick of logging in/out of Champions to see if that works. But Champions is ........ downloading a patch. Fortunately slightly less than a gig. Been a while since i played that one.