Following a mid-2014 launch with a library of just four free games, EA Access has gone from strength to strength and now boasts a catalogue of 30+ free games available to anybody that subscribes to the service. And unlike other services like PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live, the free games are available indefinitely – EA has even confirmed that the company will never remote games from the ‘vault’ of freebies.
The service is available in the form of EA Access on Xbox One and Origin Access on PC, but PS4 users are out of luck. According to Sony, EA’s subscription service doesn’t offer the kind of value PlayStation fans have come to expect – especially with such a large PlayStation Now library already available to gamers on the platform.
With a large collection of free games available from EA, which should you focus on? Here’s where we list the best free games currently available on EA Access.
Battlefield 1 was hugely popular when it was released at the end of 2016, providing huge-scale multiplayer FPS action and fully destructible environments. The World War 1 setting provides a unique backdrop, and the anthology-style campaign is both incredibly enjoyable and opens your eyes to the futility of war.
It’s a spectacular game with a technically impressive multiplayer – what more could you want from a free game?
Find out more in our Battlefield 1 review.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
2016’s Mirror’s Edge Catalyst was the second in the Mirror’s Edge series, and saw the return of the free-running mechanics loved by many in the first game. You spend your time in the shoes of Faith running, leaping and (of course) fighting in the city of Glass, zipping up walls and making death-defying leaps from rooftop to rooftop to avoid enemy pursuers.
It’s an open world game too, meaning you’re free to explore the entire city at your own pace, slowly upgrading your gadgets and honing the art of free-running and martial arts.
Star Wars Battlefront (and DLC)
There were complaints about the first Star Wars Battlefront game – namely the omission of a single-player campaign – but most agreed that the multiplayer looked gorgeous and provided hours of fun. Unlike the newer Battlefront with a convoluted upgrade system, the first Battlefront provides an easier online experience for casual fans.
Why? Unlike with BF2, Battlefront gamers can randomly come across Heroes during games, allowing lower-skilled players the opportunity to play as their favourite Star Wars heroes without needing a score of 8-10,000 first. Regardless of skill, it’s a visually stunning game with an active community, and you get access to all DLC for free too!
Titanfall 2 aimed to take the vast feedback collected by Titanfall gamers and provide a fast-paced mech-focused first person shooter – and despite relatively low sales, we think the game delivers. While many overlooked Titanfall 2, we’re not quite sure why. The fast-paced multiplayer combat is high-risk, high-reward and the updated combat mechanics provide you with a deadlier Pilot than ever before. And who doesn’t like fighting giant robots?
If multiplayer isn’t your thing, there’s also a single-player campaign full of twists and turns.
Need for Speed Rivals
If you’re in the mood for a bit of racing, Need for Speed Rivals may *ahem* be up your street. The premise of the game is simple – you drive around an open world taking part in races you come across (both single- and multiplayer) whilst avoiding your number one enemy – the police. The game includes high-intensity police chases that get progressively tougher as you go on, along with a plethora of cars and upgrades to choose from.
Admittedly, Battlefield 4 is getting a little long in the tooth now, but it still holds a place in many FPS gamers hearts. It was arguably one of the greatest shooters around when it was first introduced back in 2013, and five years later, DICE still keep a small number of BF4 servers running.
While Battlefield 1 provides a great overall gaming experience, the sheer collection of artillery and weaponry available in Battlefield 4 makes it too tempting to miss for some.