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A whole bunch of EA games are free for a limited time on PC, thanks to a brand new trial offer from the video game publisher.

Origin Access, the PC subscription-based EA game access system, is hosting a seven-day free trial for interested customers. Over 50 games are hosted for free via Origin Access's trial period, including Crysis 1 through 3, Mass Effect 1 through 3, Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline, and Dragon Age: Origins through Dragon Age: Inquisition, just to name a few.

The trial offer is simple. Players go to the official Origin Access trial page and sign up for the seven day trial via the "Join Free for 7 Days" button. From there, players can play games from Origin Access's collection for as long as they want. If they like what they see, they can pay $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year for full access to the library of games. Of course, you don't have to pay for the monthly or yearly version if you don't want to; you can enjoy Origin Access for seven days and cancel any time.

There's a couple benefits to signing up with EA's Origin Access model. For one, Origin Access members can try upcoming games before they're out. Mass Effect: Andromeda, for instance, is slated for a trial version on Access on March 16th, right before the game releases on March 21st. And while Battlefield 1 isn't available as a full game on Origin Access yet, players can experience 10 hours in-game via Access before purchasing the title.

It's better to act sooner than later, though. Origin Access's trial offer ends March 7th, so the Andromeda trial won't be live alongside the offer. But free access to Andromeda is certainly a strong incentive to subscribe nonetheless.

Here's the Games You Can Play

So what games can you pick up and play during the free trial? Here's a list of games available on Origin Access, according to the official trial page and PCGamer:

  • The Banner Saga
  • Battlefield 3
  • Battlefield 4
  • Battlefield Hardline
  • Crusader: No Regret
  • Crusader: No Remorse
  • Crysis 1
  • Crysis 2
  • Crysis 3
  • Dead Space 1
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dead Space 3
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Dungeons of Dredmore
  • FIFA 15
  • FIFA 16
  • Jade Empire
  • Mass Effect 1
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Medal of Honor Allied Assault
  • Mini Metro
  • Mirror's Edge
  • Mirror's Edge: Catalyst
  • Need for Speed
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • Peggle
  • Plants vs Zombies
  • Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare
  • Plants vs Zombies GW2
  • SimCity
  • SimCity 2000
  • The Sims 3
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • This War of Mine
  • Titanfall
  • Torchlight II
  • Trine
  • Trine 2
  • Unravel

The list appears similar to the EA Access system, no? That's for a reason: EA Access originally was released in 2014 on Xbox, offering a subscription-based system for Xbox One owners to play a backlog of EA games. Origin Access was later launched in January 2016, following a similar model.

However, EA Access doesn't have a free seven-day trial mode offer. Instead, EA Access trial codes are offered now and then, allowing Xbox players the opportunity to sample EA's system before deciding whether they want to buy: much like Netflix's free month trial.

Origin Access gets a leg up on EA Access by offering a seven-day free trial. Clearly, EA wants potential subscribers to get a taste of what the service has to offer. So go ahead, give it a shot: if nothing else, it's an excuse to play over 50 games for free for a week.

Will you subscribe to Origin Access? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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