Posted by Blake Kerosene @kerosenegaming
Big time gamer writing about my passion. I'll be doing reviews, articles and continuing my "Kerosene Games" section I started on WordPress.
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EA access is an app on the Xbox One that allows members to play a selection of 21 games for free, and play some upcoming and newer games for a limited time. I decided to purchase a one-month membership to try it out. It is definitely underwhelming, out of the 21 games, 12 are sports games, mostly last year's games. If you're not a sports fan, this may not be for you. For the non-sports fan there are 9 games available, the ones that really stood out were Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age Inquisition, and Dead Space(360 version). There are only 6 game trials, each trial lasts 10 hours which is a decent length of time. These are not demos, they are the full game and if you purchase the full game later on, you can continue your progress.

Download times are what you might expect and vary depending on the user's internet connection. I've downloaded 4 games now, both Battlefield's and Dragon Age took way longer than expected, including not downloading while my console was in sleep mode. It could have been an internet problem, but I've never had any issues like that with any other game. Even though there are not many items on each menu, it can be pain to use. If you go too far on the menu and it will navigate to the next section, going back does not take you to the most recent game you scrolled from, it takes you to the beginning of the previous menu. One benefit of having EA access however, is receiving Premium accounts for both Battlefield games on the list.

EA access costs $4.99 for one month and $29.99 for a full year. I think I'm going to wait for a larger selection before I spend $30 for a full year of service. If you're not a sports fan, or have most of EA's sports games, this may not be for you. The variety is scarce and it would be better to wait until a larger list of games rolls out. I can see what EA is doing and it's a good start, but the games are just too bare bones at the moment.

Score: 7/10