Origin Access is out now on PC. What is Origin Access you may be wondering? Why, it’s EA’s subscription based service for the PC. They’ve been doing it for the Xbox One since August 2014 as EA Access, but now denizens of the PC can join in on the festivities, too!
At a glance, Origin Access seems to be the same thing as EA Access, just with a slightly cooler name, as PC gamers deserve. For 4.99 a month, you can gain access to nifty benefits like the vault, first trials, exclusive discounts, and of course, endless PC gaming. Because you know the PC gaming you’ve been doing for the last few decades? That hasn’t been endless, but this my friends, this is endless PC Gaming. In addition to everything else, you’ll get 10% off all Origin Purchases.
Let’s start with the vault. The games you’ll gain access to include such EA hits as:
Battlefield 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Battlefield Hardline, Battlefield 3, Sim City (2013), FIFA 15, Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, Need for Speed: Rivals COMPLETE edition, Dead Space 3, Dragon Age 2, Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition, Dead Space, The Sims 3 Starter Pack, This War of Mine.
So basically, for 4.99 a month, Origin Access will give you access to a bunch of EA games you probably already bought for dirt cheap through various humble bundles over the last few years… plus This War of Mine. I don’t get what that game is doing in there, either. EA says they’ll be adding more titles as time goes on, so that’s a plus. Hopefully we’ll see more non-EA games.
Origin Access’s trial, at least, has some potential. Starting February 4th, you can check out Unravel a good five days before it comes out.
I know of a lot of people who’ve paid for EA Access just to trial a game before it came out. I have a few friends who did it for Dragon Age: Inquisition. So maybe “Origin Access” isn’t really a good name for the service. Maybe it should be called “4.99 Origin Preview.”
Jesting aside, if any of the games in the vault interest you, then 4.99 isn’t so bad. It seems unlikely that the discounts and other benefits alone will make the cost worth it, though. Unless you really want to buy all future games through Origin, which you probably don’t, despite the fact it’s really not so bad. Long live Steam and its monopoly, I guess.
Hell, I pay more per month to listen to music.