Well I that is because the DRM is kicking in. I have seen in NFOHump that SKIDROW (Who cracked this game) has released a crack fix for it, removing some DRM calls that caused problems.
So make sure you are using it. Also it says you have to block the game with firewall in order to play it as a cracked copy, so do so.
And yes, I don't get the idea on why all these developers want to risk their business by putting in more and more complicated protection to their games. It only forces us LEGIT buyers to turn into WAREZ copies.
UbiSoft should be reading this - They will certainly earn more if they remove their crappy DRM.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance.
I use XP
I personally already find the game extreemly anoying however. I HATE mini games. I hope whoever is making the trainer fixes the mini games like you did in Max Effect.