I really disliked Electronic Arts’ digital distribution service Origin when it first came out. After all, EA was forcing me to use yet another service to play PC games (at that point, I was using Steam and GOG and I was more than happy with them.) But after using it for a year or so, I came to like Origin. To be clear, I can do without it and if one of these days, EA decided to get rid of Origin and move all of their games to Steam, I wouldn’t mind it, but there’s nothing downright offensive about Origin. Since it came out, several titles were made available on the service and in this article I’ll be focusing on some of the best and some of my favorite.
What about you? Do you use Origin? What are some of your favorite games on the service? Do you think EA should add more features to Origin? Which ones? As usual, leave ideas in the comments section below.
Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box
Burnout Paradise is, without a doubt, one of the best racing games of the past few years. The title pretty much perfected the formula that Criterion had been toying around for years and the result is a terrific open-world racing game that takes everything Burnout and runs with it. The Ultimate Box includes the original Burnout Paradise, plus update packs and some downloadable content that features additional cars, bikes and more.
Dragon Age: Origins
With Dragon Age: Origins, developer Bioware improved upon a formula that role-playing game developers have been trying to perfect for decades. As a result, the game feels both fresh and classic at the same time and the game was critically acclaimed for its rich and involving world, ambitious scope, re-playability options and terrific combat interface. If you’ve been following CRPGs since the Infinity Engine era, you owe it to yourself to download and play Dragon Age: Origins.
There may be dozens of options when it comes to playing first-person shooters, but when it comes down to it, Battlefield 3 is still one of the best in the genre. The gameplay is solid, the multiplayer matches are bombastic and entertaining and there’s a variety of vehicles, weapons and a fun cooperative mode. There are some problems here and there, such as the linear single-player campaign, the overly familiar formula and the occasional glitches, but if you like Battlefield, it doesn’t get better than this.
Alan Wake: Collector’s Edition
Remedy Entertainment’s survival horror attempt proved that a game structured as if it was an episodic TV series can work remarkably well. The pacing of the game is amazing, the gameplay has some fresh ideas and of course, it helped a lot that the game looks so stunning. Apart from the game itself, the Collector’s Edition features a handful of digital goodies that include an illustrated PDF, the game’s original soundtrack and some developers commentary videos.
With Rayman Origins, Ubisoft Montpellier proved that not everything is said and done when it comes to colorful platformers. The varied level design, delightful aesthetic, extravagant characters and creative world showed that Nintendo isn’t the only developer that can craft amazing two-dimensional platformers.
Like Resident Evil 4 before it, Dead Space felt like an unsettling survival horror game that had great pacing, amazing enemy design, a simple-yet-appealing structure and a bunch of fresh ideas that we had never seen before. The result was a commercial and critical success that everyone who doesn’t get scared easily should definitely check out.
Equal parts survival horror game and first-person shooter, Metro 2033 is based on a Russian novel that follows the story of Artyom as he explores the remnants of a post-apocalyptic Russia. Most of the game takes place in the Metro system, but from time to time, you’ll have to leave the underground levels to explore the city above ground. The lack of a HUD, great amount of visual detail, unique atmosphere and scary moments, make Metro 2033 unique and easy to recommend.
There’s a reason why you’ve heard about this game over and over: this was a pretty unique game back when it came out and it’s still brilliant nowadays. The parts where you use weapons might be frustrating, but when you’re running away and jumping from building to building, there’s nothing that comes close to Mirror’s Edge. A dedicated cult following has secured a sequel, so while you wait for that to come out, you might as well download the original game and play it.
This reboot of a classic action-adventure game is amazing: it looks great, the gameplay is entertaining, the setpieces are loud and bombastic in the best ways possible and Lara’s characterization is effective and deep. This is a spectacular reboot that no fan of Lara Croft should miss.
Mass Effect Trilogy
You’re commander Shepherd and you’re on a mission to save the galaxy. That’s pretty much what you need to know before playing Bioware’s space opera and if the premise sounds interesting enough that it compels you to play the action-RPG, you’ll find yourself in a larger-than-life adventure that has a deep story and compelling decision-making.