Almost 99% of the titles that gets released or distributed by EA affiliates i.e. Westwood will be using the new incarnation of the Macrovision guys at California SafeDisk 2.8X.
Now as for backing up any title with this protection, The results are not quite as uniform as one might expect.
I attempted to backup a game with a similar copy protection scheme (NFSHP2) and here is what happened.
Using the latest version of Clone made an inaccurate image of the original using any Liteon Gear combination specially the DVD LTD-163 and almost their entire range of their burners.
Next attempt was to use the LTD-165H as a reader, which is an exceptionally fast and accurate reader, using the latest version of Clone.
Once the images from LTD-165H was burned to the CD the CD played back perfectly on the LTD-165. Now there is the catch.
This CD Only plays normally on the LTD-165H and in no other ordinary drive. (Took me a while to figure that out as I have two LTD-165H as a reader.
As LTD-165H is an exceptinally good reader it has been able to read the seemingly IMPERFECT copy of the SD2.8X quite perfectly as the main game .exe had no problem at sector verification at start.
I have personally have tried the DDump and CDRWIN and Nero and CD Mate in a variety of combination in terms of read and write in different units and came up with this conclusion.
Out of all the programs mentioned above ONLY CDMATE was able to give me an accurate image which was able to be played in almost every ordinary CD-ROM. That is true in any combination, whether the image was made from LTD-165H or the CRW-4816A Asus. Although others have reported success with DDump and Nero or CDRWIN.
Some howI have my doubts about Nero or CDRWIN have actually writing the image in a RAW mode as they have claimed they have
atleast in my case, hence provided me with a non working copy
The final result was successful.
Unfortuneatley at the moment Clone is very much disadvantaged as no combination of settings is allowing a perfect image to be made no matter what the gear.
This is in controdiction to my findings originally when I was at the impression that I was able to make a sussessful backup of the SD 2.8X using Clone and LTD-165H or Asus CRW 4816A.