EA Origin Access – Is It Worth It?
EA’s Origin Access is basically one of those gaming offers that sounds really economical on paper, but may not be quite so in the long run. It was one of the features introduced a while back by EA on its online platform, Origin. Access allows you take up a renewable membership with EA, at 5$ a month, or $30 a year, in return for full-time access to selected games, including a lot of good titles like Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect 2, etc. This collection of games is being known as the Vault, which is constantly being updated with new titles. Recently, EA confirmed that it will be adding two very successful shooters, Battlefield 1, and Titanfall 2 to the Vault:
Origin Access also lets you try out new games for limited time periods so that you can decide whether to buy them or not. On top of that, Access users will get a 10% discount on games they buy through Origin. On the face of it, it seems to be a pretty good deal. 5$ a month is very little to pay considering you get full access to a lot of good older titles, not to mention the discount you will get on purchases. However, before you rush in to set up Origin Access, keep a few things in mind.
Firstly, the games you will get for free are mostly older titles. So if you are the person who pre-orders the games they like, this would be a waste of money for you, because you would already have the games you get on the Vault. Plus the 10% discount isn’t really that great to warrant a monthly subscription. Sites like G2A, Amazon and Steam often sell these games at even lower rates than you will get on Origin, even with the 10% discount. So instead of wasting 5$ a month to rent old games, its better just to save up to buy one off a sale.
Secondly, a lot depends on the type of gamer you are. If you are a fan of a particular genre, and like to stick to the few games belonging to that category, then Access won’t do you much good. You don’t need to pay 30$ a year to play FIFA 15 in 2017, when you can afford FIFA 18 instead, since you don’t buy too many other games.
So, in short, go for Access if you like to try a out a wide variety of games, and are not obsessed with getting your hands on games on their release date itself. It can help you save a lot of money if you plan on playing a lot of the titles available on Origin. However, if you are not a huge EA fan, or you prefer to buy games than rent them on a monthly subscription, then there are a lot of sites which will serve you better than Origin Access.