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Ever feel like games are getting too expensive nowadays? Wish you could play a bunch of different games without selling a kidney on the black market? Then maybe subscription gaming is the way for you to play. Subscription-based gaming is no new idea as consoles have been using it for years (Sony since 2010, Microsoft since 2013). Xbox has Xbox Live Gold, PlayStation has PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now, and new to the PC gaming family is Origin Access.
PC gamers may find themselves thinking that playing is cheap enough with Steam sales and the variety of sites that make games available to players. That may be the case for a majority of publishers’ games, but many of Electronic Arts’ titles are exclusively sold on their digital platform Origin.
For $4.99 a month, Origin Access brings you all of the games that are in the Vault, available to download and play as long as you’d like. If you choose to cancel your subscription the game will no longer be accessible, but if you choose to buy the game outright you can transfer your game data over so you do not need to start anew.
The first round of games in the Vault has a solid lineup of EA’s publishing work, promising to bring even more games to the table in the future to the 15 titles already available.
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- Battlefield 3
- Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe
- Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe
- Dead Space
- Dead Space 2
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- Dead Space 3
- Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate Edition
- Dragon Age II
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- FIFA 15
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- Need for Speed Rivals: Complete Edition
- Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
- The Sims 3 Starter Pack
- This War of Mine
Again, all of this is available for only $4.99 a month, which is a pretty standard price considering the cost of its console counterparts. When looking at the bill for purchasing all of these games, the cost is over $340, making the subscription a decent option to look into for gamers on a budget.
As an added bonus for subscribing to Origin Access, after signing up you get an automatic 10% off your Origin purchases while subscribed to the plan. The discount applies to game, DLC, and even third-party games sold through the digital retailer. Even better? The discount stacks Origin sales and promotions so you don’t have to choose between methods of discounting your purchase.
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! Not only do you get access to all titles in the Vault and a discount on purchases, but you can also play games before they are released with Play First Trials. These trials allow subscribers to get a taste of full games (which means you can save progress that’ll carry over) before their official release almost like a demo on steroids.
EA may be late to the subscription game with Origin Access, but they did not show up unprepared. Not only do they have great starting value for games available for download, but they throw in a discount and early trials to sweeten the deal. It’ll be interesting to see how the competition reacts to this new move too.
Source: Electronic Arts