Top 5 Free to Play EA Origin Games you should check out NOW
Following it’s initial release on 3rd June 2011, Electronic Arts’ digital game distribution platform Origin has come a long way. Currently, around 12 million people have downloaded and installed the Origin software on their computers.
With Origin, Electronic Arts show direct competition against Valve’s Software Distribution service – Steam. Their latest statistics point that they have around 50 partners – Independent Game Developers and Publishers and have generated over $150 million in revenue so far.
Although Origin is widely popular for serving premium titles from the Electronic Arts stable like Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 and so on, there are some Free to Play offerings that you must check out!
One of the best mixes of Real Time Strategy and Collectible Card Game type genres, Battleforge is a top-tier free to play game. Although you control an army of creatures spawned from the world of common fantasy, Battleforge is a step ahead of most RTS genres due to it’s great hybridization with the Collectible Card Genre.
Totaling 383 cards divided equally among the standards of Fire, Frost, nature and shadow, recent updates have added cards with a mix of powers.
Battleforge brings a PvE mode where you can complete missions and a PvP mode allowing players to choose between ranked and unranked game modes. Unranked PVP allows testing of your cards, strategies and so on while Ranked PVP will reward players with Gold, Elo points and tokens.
Developed by EA Phenomic, Battleforge offers support for DirectX 11. So, if you’ve got one of those new 2010 DirectX 11 cards, you’re in for a visual treat.
2.) Battlefield Heroes
Initially developed by Sweden based Digital Illusions CE (DICE), the responsibility of looking over the game since then has been taken over by Easy Studios. Currently playing host to 10 million players, this is one of the largest EA games on their catalog.
Although this stands as a “lite” version of the Battlefield 1942 game, Battlefield Heroes offers more than just fun with a vast array of Guns and Equipment for fragging away your opponents. In addition, this browser-based free to play game also gives you access to Jeeps, Tanks and Planes and have you engage in vehicular combat on both land and air.
In addition, there are four classes to choose from – Gunner, Soldier, Commando and a Scientist. Although this might seem very common now, each of these classes have their own unique abilities that make them fun to play.
Be a damage class with the Gunner, Support your team as an all-rounder with the Soldier Class, take down opponents from afar with the sniper Commando class or just invent with the new Scientist class. Whatever it is, once you’re on, you are hooked!
3.) Need for Speed: World
Need for Speed: World is a new MMO iteration in the long running Need for Speed franchise from EA. The game has been co-developed by EA Black Box in Canada and EA Singapore and is another free to play title on their catalog.
If you’ve played NFS: Carbon or NFS: Most Wanted, you’ll quickly recognize NFS: World to have borrowed fan-loving elements from both these games featuring the similar culture of illegal street racing, car tuning and police dodging. Add a MMO mix to the whole thing and you get a beautiful massive multiplayer racing game that is very addictive.
The game currently features about a 120 licensed cars from the Muscle, tuner and exotic classes in addition to recently adding performance and visual customization for all players. Basically, no two cars are going to look the same. Add great multiplayer game modes and you get a combination of super fast racing, reflexes and tactical thinking if you want to get competitive on the leaderboards.
4.) Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes
Based on the Games Workshop’s table top game Warhammer universe, Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes is an all new Action RTS title being developed by Bioware Mythic and has been available to play under beta since the 10th August 2012.
Technically termed as a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), similar to the likes of DOTA or League of Legends, Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes takes a massive approach to this genre. Each match is a skirmish between 3 teams with 6 players each! Each scenario lasts 15 minutes and each team uses either a blue, green or orange banners to complete objectives while battling each other.
Players can choose from a list of heroes that they own and even purchase more heroes from gold earned in-game gold or real currency. Every week, 3 new heroes are available for play as free.
Players gain mastery points which can be used to upgrade hero skills. This can then be transferred to any other hero regardless of the skill differences.
If you’re an active Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning subscription player, you can benefit from a 50% boost on all gold and experience earned during the full length of the subscription! Good deal?
5.) Battlefield Play 4 Free
Battlefield P4F is a first person shooter developed by both DICE and Easy Studios featuring content from both Battlefield 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
Battlefield P4F features a class system where you can choose between an Assault, Medic, Engineer and a Recon from either the Russian or American forces. The class system is similar to Battlefield: Bad Company 2 also sporting a leveling system, an in-game shop and other gameplay customization options similar to Battlefield Heroes.
Featuring 32 player online battles, players also get access to upto 16 vehicles including jets, helicopters and tanks which vary from map to map. In addition, there are also some great maps pulled over from older Battlefield titles like Strike at Karkand and Gulf of Oman.