Download top PC games from EA for free (and legally)

We've seen this topic discussed on the forums, yet reckon the deal is attractive enough to put on the front page, after all who doesn't want free PC games?

EA's PC platform Origin has launched a promotion offering a free game, every month to each user. The scheme named “On the House” is available to anybody who registers before the 8th of May and installs the client software.

Currently Dead Space is available for download, the popular third-person survival horror game. The title will change each month so don't worry if this particular one is not for you. Although, once you click download, it's yours to keep with no strings attached.

A similar service that Microsoft offer on the Xbox 360 allow for Gold members to gain two freebies every 4 weeks. This scheme has proven hugely popular, offering titles to the likes of Hitman: Absolution and Saints Row: The Third. We suspect EA are aiming to gain attention similar to Valves Steam that often has attractive offers on digital downloads.

Origin has recently stopped the sales of physical media online, so it was a surprise to see such a great deal so soon. Keep an eye out on the Origin store as you may be able to pickup some more A-List titles for free.

Check out Origins "On the House" promotion here.

Source: Origin via ThePokedPenguin (on our Neowin forums) | Image via EA

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Sweet :) Thanks for the info! Didn't know about it. I can now finish some unfinished business I have with that game!

Personally I already have it on Origin, but keen to see what else they offer. My Steam Library is far larger than my Origin Library, but it is growing. I don't have any issues with buying games from Origin. EA do have some great franchises.

Nogib said,
This "deal" has been going already for 3-4 weeks! How can it be called news at this point?

Indeed, we just thought we would alert users who were not previously aware of the deal, especially as the deadline for eligibility is on the 8th :)

Nice try EA....you'll have to do better than some 6 yr old game that literally 8 people are interested in though.

I had bought 2 games, a fair period apart from each other and way before the Sim City debacle, and i had issue with both of them. It took me 6h of chat support (over two days) for the first and i think 3h for the second to resolve nothing with them. I fixed it by getting a pirated version of each, so i naturally thought the issue was with Origin. The first was Mass Effect 3 and it kept crashing while i visited certain planets, the second one i don't remember what the issue was.

LauRoman said,
I had bought 2 games, a fair period apart from each other and way before the Sim City debacle, and i had issue with both of them. It took me 6h of chat support (over two days) for the first and i think 3h for the second to resolve nothing with them. I fixed it by getting a pirated version of each, so i naturally thought the issue was with Origin. The first was Mass Effect 3 and it kept crashing while i visited certain planets, the second one i don't remember what the issue was.

I always call Origin support. It tends to work out better for some reason.

For me the chat has worked out great a few times.

Of all the massive companies out there, EA has a superb customer service. MS, Google, Apple and such can take example of EA (even though it sounds so terribly wrong to use EA in a positive example)

Which one? Sim City 4 Deluxe is available on Origin (and has been since Origin launched); what they are still working on is being able to use existing serials (for games that launched prior to Origin) ON Origin - Valve's own record isn't exactly spotless in that area, either.

SharpGreen said,
Still not enough to convince that Origin is not completely pointless.

I like to dual-load my games among multiple digital distribution platforms. Some games I get on steam have codes that can be redeemed on other platforms. For EA that would be origin. I got Sims 3 plus a nice chunk of the expansions available on both Steam and Origin.

shinji257 said,

I like to dual-load my games among multiple digital distribution platforms. Some games I get on steam have codes that can be redeemed on other platforms. For EA that would be origin. I got Sims 3 plus a nice chunk of the expansions available on both Steam and Origin.


I much prefer to have all my games in one place so I don't have to have multiple apps running to do the same thing.

Dead Space has been free for a while now. And they starting to release their games for free on Origin is something I really enjoy :) That alone makes it better then steam's "try a weekend, get hooked" traps.

Probably going to be the oldies, but I won't mind, there's a few I would want to try but never enough to buy them. Or the old CnC games (with working multiplayer) would be great :D

thanks. Hopefully you'll remind us on the neowin site each time :). Downloading the game now. Got Left for Dead 2 for christmas for free too :D.

Zlain said,
thanks. Hopefully you'll remind us on the neowin site each time :). Downloading the game now. Got Left for Dead 2 for christmas for free too :D.

Good to see somebody taking advantage of the offer :)

"A similar service that Microsoft offer on the Xbox 360 allow for Gold members to gain a freebie every 4 weeks."

You got that slightly wrong, Tobias. You get 2 games a month so that's two freebies every 4 weeks. Your line makes it sound like one a month which is wrong, you might wanna change it.

'sup EA? Not selling enough of your same-old same-old franchise games?

Tidosho said,
"A similar service that Microsoft offer on the Xbox 360 allow for Gold members to gain a freebie every 4 weeks."

You got that slightly wrong, Tobias. You get 2 games a month so that's two freebies every 4 weeks. Your line makes it sound like one a month which is wrong, you might wanna change it.

'sup EA? Not selling enough of your same-old same-old franchise games?

It's actually one freebie every 2 weeks. They don't overlap.

shinji257 said,

It's actually one freebie every 2 weeks. They don't overlap.

That's what I meant. One on the 1st of the month, then the 16th until the 1st of the next month, so it's two a month as I said, a month is roughly 4 weeks.

The XBox Live thing isn't quite the same since you have to pay for Gold to get them, so not exactly free. With Origin at least you can get the free games and pay nothing.

Bonfire said,
The XBox Live thing isn't quite the same since you have to pay for Gold to get them, so not exactly free.

With Live it's £6 a month and you get games like Sleeping Dogs, which is around £14.99 again now its gone off GwG, so you DO get something for a lot less. Say they give Sleeping Dogs one fortnight and SR3 the next, that's £30 worth of games (at digital prices of course) for £12 of Live sub cost. So you're saving £18.

Playing online with friends is well worth the £6 alone so the games are technically free as far as I'm concerned. I do actually prefer to save money on boxed games 2nd hand, but the free ones have been ones I don't have, even Amazon can't beat it :)

My immediate thought was that this is an attempt to convince more Steam users that Origin is also worth using. If the games they offer are good it has the potential to work.

Javik said,
My immediate thought was that this is an attempt to convince more Steam users that Origin is also worth using. If the games they offer are good it has the potential to work.

Origin isnt worth using the prices on digital downloads are rediculously high tbh. Download origin keep the free games then buy your games at a sensible price else where

psionicinversion said,

Origin isnt worth using the prices on digital downloads are rediculously high tbh. Download origin keep the free games then buy your games at a sensible price else where

Agreed, I'm not likely to buy much at their regular prices either

Good thing you can buy origin keys from other places or just buy the games itself at discounts and use its keys in Origin.

Its similar to Playstation store, most items on it are way to expensive but you can also buy it from 3rd parties cheaper.

Shadowzz said,
Good thing you can buy origin keys from other places or just buy the games itself at discounts and use its keys in Origin.

Its similar to Playstation store, most items on it are way to expensive but you can also buy it from 3rd parties cheaper.

yeah you can buy watchdogs PC CD key for £22 from cdkeyprices . com im buying the boxed version from zavvi though cus my internet isnt fast so better for me

I just wish that EA would also distribute their games on Steam. Even if it still requires logging in to Origin (like Ubisoft's UPlay), I'd be cool with that.

Yeah, they better reduce prices on new games in some 4 times and offer additional quarterly sales, like Steam does.

I don't know why, but in Mexico (where I am from) games bought on Origin are realy cheap!! For instance Watch Dogs digital deluxe edition sells for US$44.99 while on Steam it goes for $69.99

Maybe if you get access to the mexican store you could get stuff cheap :)

Kushan said,
I just wish that EA would also distribute their games on Steam. Even if it still requires logging in to Origin (like Ubisoft's UPlay), I'd be cool with that.

Ugh. UPlay... I hate that. You can't take backups of your installed games, it messes up progress in savegames due to their halve backed cloud sync, it generates network errors in Rayman Legends, their download speeds are sometimes slooooooooow...

At least Orgin is up to par with steam. (the client that is, not the store and community)

Awesome PR here from EA. I really don't know whether to like or hate them; especially after the Humble Bundle thing they did a while back.