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5 months ago

EA’s Origin Access Premier subscription is live, but maybe not worth it yet

It's all change over at Origin today. Not only have they retired their On The House freebie giveaways, but they're rolled out their Origin Access Premier subscription service, first announced at E3. For a not-insignificant £15/$15 a month (or £90/$100 a year), you can get access to the usual Origin Access games (now known as 'Basic'), plus get early and full access to EA's big…

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1 year ago

PSA: SteamWorld Dig is free on Origin (for now)

This is Brendan coming to you live from the Gamer Network offices. The whole RPS team is meeting up in real life today and talking about you, the reader, behind your back. And although I'm here with them, I'd never do that. I've always been respectful of you, and I'd never call you "the fickle mass of human excrement", if that's what you've heard. Anyway,…

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2 years ago

Blastoff! Mass Effect 2 free on Origin

Mass Effect 2 [official site], the game I'd say mmmight be my favourite of BioWare's fab sci-fi RPG series, is currently free through Origin. Grab it now and it's yours for keepsies. If you've not played a Mass Effect before and are curious now that Mass Effect Andromeda is due in March, here you go! You'll miss out from not having played the first game--I…

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Origin Lifting Sanction-Fuelled Block Against Myanmar

I get it: keeping up with news is bor-ing. It's all, "This person said this, the other person said that" with only brief joy in "this skateboarding otter saved that family from a fire" before plunging back into "our country invaded that country, this policy is doing that" and it's like ugh, I'll wait until Hollywood make movies out of the exciting bits, thanks. So…

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Keep Forever: Dungeon Keeper Is Free Right Now

The original Dungeon Keeper [Origin page] is free for a limited time, through Origin. If you download it before the offer expires (EA aren't saying how long it'll last), you can keep it forever, or until your Origin account turns to dust - whichever comes first. First released in 1997, Dungeon Keeper is a strategy game in which you manage an underground lair, protecting your…

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3 years ago

Origin Puts Unravel’s Yarny On Trial

Unravel [official site] is currently on trial over on Origin. I assume that means Yarny will finally have to answer for his woolen crime spree*, taking to the stand as a jury of his peers (balls of yarn) listen to witness testimony and shake their heads at the awfulness of... Oh. Apparently it just means that you can try playing the first level of Unravel…

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Need For Speed: Most Wanted Free On Origin

"It’s Burnout Paradise 2," John declared in his Wot I Think of 2012's Need for Speed Most Wanted [official site]. "It's Burnout Paradise: This Time There Are Cops." I'm wondering: gosh, how ever did this game pass me by? Maybe it was speeding - ha ha! Good news for me (and possibly you!): NFS Most Wanted is free on Origin right now.

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EA’s All-You-Can-Eat Games Subscription Comes To PC

If you like a lot of big-budget on your biscuit, join this club. Enormo-publisher EA just announced that its previously console-only Access service is now available on PC, as a bolt-on for its Origin game store. Pay a monthly Origin Access subscription fee of $4.99/€3.99/£3.99 and you'll get all-you-can-eat access to a (currently) small archive of recent EA titles. Perhaps more likely to flog subscriptions…

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BioWare’s Jade Empire Is Free On Origin

BioWare may be all about dragons and space-robots nowadays, but a decade ago they'd set aside their wizard hats and pulse rifles to binge hard on martial arts movies. The result was Jade Empire, from that interesting phase when BioWare shifted from, y'know, RPG-y RPGs, to their more action-focused modern ways. It's a mess in a lot of ways, but it may be interesting to…

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Frogzapoppin’: Zuma’s Revenge Free On Origin

Zuma's Revenge [official site] may be a lesser sequel to PopCap's fine ball-blasting action-puzzler Zuma (it's essentially a colourful Resident Evil 4 without player movement, yeah?), but it's still some pretty fun froggy action. If you have an Origin account (and probably if you don't too), it's perhaps worth downloading for free as the latest freebie in the scheme EA chose not to call "Ahhh…

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4 years ago

Original Origin: EA Giving Away Ultima VIII For Free

Though rarely doing much with the rights to the old PC games which once made EA's name, they do at least have this pleasant habit of occasionally making some retro delight free for a week or two. This time, it's Ultima VIII Gold Edition, the Richard Garriot-designed roleplaying game from towards the twilight of the Origin years.

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Cure Me Good: Bullfrog’s Theme Hospital Free On Origin

Can we all knock off work early? If we stick together, surely The Man will be powerless to stop us as we march in unison out our offices, taxis, shops, warehouses, workshops, fields, pools, forests, and skies to go play Theme Hospital. Bullfrog's fine comedy hospital management sim is currently free on Origin, see, but I can't go pop the balloonoid noggins of people suffering…

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Sim City 2000 Is 20 Years Old And Free

Last year's SimCity was, in the end, pretty average. Its launch and the outright bullshit that EA span around it was a disaster, but the game was simply a quite disappointing entry in a formerly brilliant series. And I'd argue it was never any more brilliant than in Sim City 2000. Which makes it splendid news that just now, Sim City 2000 is free!

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Have You Played… Crusader – No Remorse?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I wasn't sure if I remembered Crusader: No Remorse more fondly than I should and then I noticed that it's free on Origin at the moment, so I downloaded it to check. You should download it as well because it might well be…

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Kilrathi Gratuit: Wing Commander 3 Free On Origin

Mark Hamill might be wearing those dusty old wizard robes again, but 20 years ago, the Wing Commander games were the only hope of Hamillaniacs to see him zapping about in spaceships and all that. Perhaps in the spirit of his renewed Star Warring, or patting Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts on the back for Star Citizen, or--who knows!--possibly even promoting their service, EA are…

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Trialfall: Origin Kicks Off Free Timed Trials With Titanfall

According to Origin, I have played Titanfall for three hours. I enjoyed those three hours but look, the world has so many other video games, and I feel antsy staying indoors on a sunny day, and Titanfall's giant revolver is so far down the unlock line I couldn't bear to be apart from it. It is certainly worth a try, though, especially as it'll be…

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5 years ago

Ode To Joy: Peggle Free On Origin

Do we really like any of this stuff? We are doing it all ironically, yeah? I mean, guns and shooting and murder and spaceships and walking and wacky physics and animals and Simulators, it's all a bit much, isn't it? I'm only doing this because it's rubbish, yeah? Perhaps we should think about the affected 'irony' that curtain-twitchers insist ruins modern culture, but we can…

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Store Wars: GOG Launching Its Own Steam-Like Service

GOG's been slowly moving from strength to strength for years, but now it looks like CD Projekt's DRM-free baby is ready to step into the big leagues. GOG Galaxy is set to be a client-based service with friends, achievements, automatic updates, and the like ala Steam, only it's entirely optional. No online game activations required, no sign-ins needed to play. You can play with friends…

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Battlefield 3 And Plants Vs Zombies Free On Origin

Battlefield: Hardline is mere weeks away from being shown off for the first time, and Battlefield 4 just got microtransactions. What's an already overwhelmed Battlefield neophyte to do? Why, dive into a different Battlefield altogether, of course. I mean, I guess that's rationale behind EA's decision to make BF3 100 percent free as part of Origin's On The House program, and - while things haven't…

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April Cowers: Dead Space Free On Origin Until May

What is the most terrifying thing? I mean aside from spiders. And human nature. And that one episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Yep, that's right: being forced to admit there is a legitimate reason to open Origin, to dig it out of your PC's sullen grave of a start menu and rack your brain to remember your password. But at least now you can…

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