Origin is EA’s answer to Valve’s digital distribution software Steam, and with their special subscription service Origin Access, they may very well have the upper hand against them. But what is Origin Access, and is it really worth it? Let’s first go over what on earth Origin Access actually is…
Origin Access is a subscription service which gives you unlimited access to over 100 games on the platform; together, all these games are known as the Vault, and more and more games are added to this Vault over time. For only £4 a month, or £20 a year, you will gain unlimited access to these games, and a 10% discount on all Origin games and DLC. You will also get to try out new EA games before they’re realised to the rest of the world.
Now, this all sounds good and all, but why would it be worth it? Well, let’s first go into more detail about Steam and Origin if you’ve just tuned in to the world of PC gaming and have no idea what I’m talking about…
Steam remains the top dog in the digital stores of PC games on the internet, boasting over 125 million registered users at the time of this writing, and having an arsenal of over 700 million games, all ready for purchasing and downloading with your computer.
Thankfully, Origin isn’t a brand new platform, and has its own users and games which easily reach the millions. In fact, there are some games on Origin which even the mighty Steam doesn’t have anywhere in its collection. These games include the modern Battlefield games from 3 all the way up to the brand new Battlefield 5 which is soon to come out sometime in October 2018.
The only disadvantage Origin seems to have over Steam is the price of their games. While Steam has dozens of frequent discounts and sales for their games, Origin very rarely has any random discounts, and most of their games’ price tags have remained the same ever since their release.
While this may be a disaster for players who wished to purchase all the modern Battlefield games to find out what all the fuss is about, or some other of Origin’s most popular games such as The Sims 4 and Need For Speed, this is where Origin Access comes it… and it may just very well be your saviour.
In order to find out if Origin Access is worth it, however, let’s first talk about the price…
Before we start, let’s clear something up in case you’re confused… Origin Access is an additional service attached to Origin. You don’t need to pay for Origin Access to have an Origin account. Having an Origin account is just like having a Steam account, and both will remain free forever. But anyway, back to Origin Access…
You can have an Origin Access subscription for either £4 ($5) a month, or £20 ($30) a year, and you will be able to cancel it at anytime if your finance situation changes, for example. A bad side to this though is you cannot get a refund if you purchased a subscription, no matter when you canceled it. Furthermore, you can only pay for a subscription with a credit card or PayPal, and you cannot purchase a subscription at a physical retail store either…
However, if you cancel your subscription before the next monthly or yearly billing date, and you will still have unlimited access to all the Vault games before the billing date arrives, and you won’t be charged either. All this does sound too good to be true, but it’s surprisingly not.
Remember this, a lot of individual games on Origin cost around £30 to £40, especially some of the more modern games like The Sims 4 and Battlefield 1… Paying £4 a month or £20 a year to have unlimited access to both of these games and more seems like a great value for your money.
However, is this still good enough to warrant purchasing a subscription? Are the games even worth it? We will need to look inside the Vault and find out what games lie within if we want to find out…
Inside the Vault are over 100 games, and in the future more and more will be added to the Vault. Some games in the Vault include:
- Battlefield 3, 4, Hardline and 1
- The Sims 4 Digital Deluxe
- Crysis 1, 2 and 3
- Dead Space 1, 2 and 3
- FIFA 15, 16 and 17
- Mass Effect 1, 2, 3 and Andromeda
- Titanfall 1 and 2
- Need For Speed Deluxe Edition
These are just some of the games which are included in the Vault with Origin Access, and you will be able to have unlimited access to all of these games – you can play them as much as you want without any nasty surprises down the line. Remember, you will have a 10% discount on all Origin game and DLC purchases and you will be able to try out new EA games before they are officially released too; this is called Play First Trials (your PFT progress will also be carried over to the official released game if you unlocked some fancy weapons or made significant progress during the trial).
However, alongside the listed games in the Vault are some indie games – which are games made by a single individual or a small team who aren’t a large or big-budgeted corporation such as EA or Sony – and older EA games from the 90s. While they aren’t all the games inside the Vault, they still may drive some people away from purchasing a subscription to this service.
If you want to see for yourself what games are currently inside the Vault, here is a full list of the Vault games from the EA website.
A word of warning; some countries might have a game missing in the Vault due to their rules about what kinds of games can be sold or made available to their citizens, so before purchasing a subscription, check to see that your country doesn’t exclude the very games you’re purchasing an Origin Access subscription for.
So, is Origin Access worth it? In my opinion, yes it is. It has a ton of great games, and the prices of both the monthly and annually subscriptions are a great value of money, especially when you consider that a lot of the games inside the Vault are priced at £30 to £40 individually.
Furthermore, every game and DLC on Origin will have a 10% discount when you have an Origin Access subscription, and you will be able to play brand new EA games before they are officially released with Play First Trials, with your stats and progress being carried over to the fully released game should you buy it or if it gets added to the Vault later down the line.
But that’s just me. Is it worth it to you, my dear reader…?
Well, that depends. Do any of the games currently inside the Vault interest you? Have you always wanted to play the Dead Space trilogy? Or, maybe you wanted to see how well your PC fares with the graphically demanding Crysis series? Do you get your games primarily from Origin, and not other platforms like Steam or GOG? Do you ultimately want to save money on purchasing games through Origin? If the answer to these questions are yes, then Origin Access is for you.
So there you have it. You now know what Origin Access is, and whether or not its worth it to purchase a subscription. Thank you ever so much for reading, and I hope you have a brilliant day.
Oh, and by the way, if you want to express your opinion about Origin Access, then please do so in the comments section down below… I’m curious to what you have to say about it… 😉
Jamie – the PC Gaming Nerd