Latest Origin Sale Offers Cheap Mass Effect 3, Takes a Pop at Steam

Origin offers up to 70 percent off certain PC games, but promises that they'll be "games you'll actually play."

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How's your Steam backlog looking? EA's latest Origin advert, revolving around its latest player appreciation sale, looks like it's taking a jab at the rival digital platform. "Your backlog can wait," says the advert, as it offers up a selection of deals for games "you'll actually play."

What are these games, then? How about NHL 09 for $2.99, Medal of Honor Warfighter for $5.99, or SimCity Societies for $5.99? Oh. On the other hand, you can pick up Mass Effect 3 for $5.99 if you're yet to make your mind up about whether you hate its ending or not.

While Origin is still yet to garner up the same kind of admiration from PC gamers as Steam, you can't knock EA's continued attempts to develop the service: it's offered up Battlefield 3 and Dead Space for free and implemented a fairly nifty return policy, for instance. Let's hope EA keeps investing in the platform, although I'm still not going to buy a copy of FIFA Manager 12 in a sale, no matter how cheap it is.

You can see the full list of discounted games on the Origin store.

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Discussion

145 comments
annocrypto
annocrypto

"Games you'll actually play"

Yeah, if you get past the activation process which is currently broken for Mass Effect 3, BF3, Crysis, Alice: Madness Returns, Plants vs Zombies, Syndicate and other games.

First time in 2 years I buy something off Origin, why did I do that I've no idea.


Here's the link to the issue btw; http://help.ea.com/en/article/some-games-wont-activate-in-origin/

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Trust me EA, playing Mass Effect 3 once was enough.  Never again.

Anigmar
Anigmar

I love a good discount, on Steam, Origin, GOG, retail... Steam has great discounts all year long (midweek madness, weekend madness) aside from the holidays and summer. The client software is robust and well featured but Valve's customer support is awful. They take days or even a week to answer and they're not willing to help at all. Origin has a long way to go but their support is fast and good.

pound-u
pound-u

70%? Steam goes up to 75%, EA. Sometimes even more. And offering up old games like NHL 09 doesn't make me want to play your games over games that I own on steam.

arrow2thekneeXD
arrow2thekneeXD

Shut up EA!!! You put out Broken half finished games and fill them with Micro-transactions! No one prefers you over Valve!

n0xinab0x
n0xinab0x

Does anyone know if there's any more Steam sales (Big sales like uh..Spring) before Christmas?

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

You gotta give it to 'em -- that was a good jab. We all know steam sales are 20% what people want and 80% what-people-didn't-know-they-wanted-then-ended-up-realizing-they-actually-didn't-want-after-playing-the-obscure-game-for-10-mins-and-never-touching-it-again.


Still better than Origin.

Wraith3
Wraith3

How about you discount the freaking ME3 DLC already?!?!

seanwil545
seanwil545

Uninstalled Origin right after the Titanfall Beta....no plans on going back.

Saidrex
Saidrex

Don't buy Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam expansion - servers are empty!

Zloth2
Zloth2

Dragon Age 1 and 2 but none of the DLC?  Mass Effect 2 and 3 but none of the DLC or even Mass Effect 1?  How dumb do you think we are, EA?  The only good deal I see is Alice: Madness Returns and that was rather so-so (blah game, awesome artwork).

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

The reason people have such a massive backlog is because of how good the steam sales are. It's like when you go into a supermarket to buy some groceries and end up coming out with a new toaster and kettle because they were on sale at a price so good you thought it'd be insane to NOT buy it. You don't need them, but you buy them anyway.

And Origin is still too damn expensive and has a very ugly layout. Until it fixes itself I won't be using it. Regardless of how good the sales are. It means I'll miss a few games that I was interested in (slightly...because EA)

holtrocks
holtrocks

Really Valve hate ITT???? Why? Steam is a excellent service. 

deathstream
deathstream

Glad to see EA stepping up with Origin.  Steam needs competition badly.  I hope other publishers follow suit.

ECH71
ECH71

I'll take Origin over Steam any day. Valve and their arrogant treatment of users who signed up the day Steam was released.


*spits*

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

Yea, about half of the game you wan't to play, then you just gotta pay for the DLC and say goodbye to your initial 70% savings...

blutfahne
blutfahne

Liking Origins in the USA is like liking soccer or buying a Mac.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Yeah, but... ORIGIN.


Eew.


SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Origin's biggest mistake will be not offering Dragon Age Inquisition trough Steam.  Which means I'll have to wait until Origin puts it on sale in 2020.  I'd buy it new on Steam though.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

Steam midweek madness - Injustice and Mortal Kombat 75% off. Yeah EA definitely games I'll never get round to playing.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Oh, so THAT is their jab at Steam and their large number of users with unplayed games? The comfy chair would do more damage than that. If Steam didn't discount so many of their games so frequently, there wouldn't be such a large amount of unplayed games in people's game libraries. We are spoiled with discounts on Steam and now suffer the luxury problem of having more games than we have time to play. We have more games than ever, at a lesser cost than ever. I hope Origin can save us from that predicament by waiting until they perform price cuts on old games as well as making discounts rare.

delta5931
delta5931

Dunno bout you, but I've got, at least one hour in each of my games. Heck, I have 400 hours in TF2. I have like 3 on Battlefield 3, the only game I have on Origin.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

"Gooood. Goooooood. Your hatred (EA) will only make the Steam Summer Sale stronger!"

-Darth Sidious

etgarmoyal
etgarmoyal

its not working the code isnt working 

Pupchu
Pupchu

NHL 2009... 2009!

Link3301
Link3301

This is like rc cola making fun of coke.

arqe
arqe

@pound-u yeah because steam goes %75 with new releases right ? i hate your kind and laugh at the same time ...

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@deathstream 

More of your typical apologist banter.

Origin is s.hit and so is EA.  They aren't even offering any of the DLC with the Dragon Age and Mass Effect games.  If you think this kind of a joke of a promotion is going to "compete" with Steam, then you are breathing in too much steam off the pile of BS you are trying to shovel off on everyone.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@ECH71 Early adopters for anything in the gaming industry seem to get screwed over. You'd think we'd learn our lesson. 

ECH71
ECH71

@Pyrosa The way Steam has been treating us day-1 users, I can say the same for Steam: ewwww.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@SingletreeAve  Amazon?  GameStop?  I hear there are some places where you can buy games in those antique boxes, too.

delta5931
delta5931

@Hurvl I've got at least an hour on each of my games. I've got 400 hours on Team Fortress 2 alone. I've only spent about 2-3 hours on Battlefield 3. And I got that for FREE.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@rawkstar007 "Discounts!!! Unlimited discounts!!!!!!!!!!!!!" *shoots price cuts out of his fingers, cutting down all resistance*

pound-u
pound-u

@arqe @pound-u  Yeah, because Origin always has 75% off on new releases, right? My kind? "My kind" will always own you. Suck it!

EmericaCky2K
EmericaCky2K

@arqe @pound-u


I kind of have to agree with Pound. I'm not impressed with the games in this sale, and the average Steam Summer sale throws out actual new games for half off, and games that are from last year for like 75% off. 


Tomb Raider was 75% off last summer, and at that time it was only 4 months old. 

DarkAztaroth
DarkAztaroth

@arqe @pound-u Well ... Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition is currently 75% off and it's semi-recent It's not even any kind of special sale either, that's just midweek madness.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@delta5931 @Hurvl I like to play one game at a time and I spend a lot of time on the games I'm currently playing, so most of my games are unplayed. I really fit in with the Steam backlog results, although I only own like 30 games on Steam.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@bernard978 @Link3301 Ok.  How about, it's like Budweiser making fun of Guinness.  Do you guys have Budweiser?  God I hope not.  Wait, that doesn't quite work because Budweiser is actually popular, but you get the idea.