Mass Effect: Andromeda Now Available For Free Through EA / Origin Access Vault

Andromeda joins the Vault on Xbox One and PC.

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PC and Xbox One owners who haven't already picked up the latest entry in the Mass Effect series can now do so for free, provided they're a subscriber to Origin or EA Access, respectively. EA has added Mass Effect: Andromeda to the library of free titles that Access members are entitled to.

As with all games in the EA and Origin Access Vault, Andromeda is playable in its entirety for as long as you're a subscriber. EA did not provide a date for when Andromeda would be added to the Vault when it announced it was coming recently, but it's suddenly appeared for free to subscribers today.

Andromeda was negatively received upon its release--at least relative to earlier games in the series--and poor sales have reportedly resulted in changes to BioWare Montreal and EA's plans for the franchise. While it's still not the game many were hoping for, post-release updates have improved aspects of it, including its facial animations.

This is the first of several perks that Access members will receive access to in the coming months. Star Wars Battlefront II and Need for Speed: Payback Play First Trials are on the way ahead of their respective releases on both PC and Xbox One. Console players will also get a trial of The Sims 4, as well as a new Vault game in Dead Space 3. Specific dates have not been confirmed.

EA and Origin Access are subscription services that provide discounts on digital EA purchases, Play First Trials, and free playable games. Those free games are available for as long as you're a subscriber and entitle you to everything available in the EA / Origin Access Vault, depending on your platform. An equivalent PS4 service is not yet available.

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Myron117

Ive been looking to play some new games. May as well get a year of Origin when payday comes around.

I hear the game isnt as bad as people say. Apparently its just..."meh"

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Bungmeister

@Myron117: Its reasonably enjoyable - its not epic, but it is possible to get through the thing and be entertained. I think a lot of the "this game sucks hard" crowd are the same idiots that think FSAA and tri-linear filtering are imperatives for a game to be good. Take the F/B with a grain of salt.

There are issues for sure - some of it gets repetitive, you feel more like an errand boy at times than you should. I never connected the criticality of my actions and what happened later and the thing sort of just 'ends'. However, at this point most of the annoyances and bugs have been cleared up. I cleared all missions and objectives without dead ends or problems. I think the biggest issues are just polish and tuning.. its clear the machine called EA needed to redirect resources and just told them to put a bow on this and ship it.

Hope that helps~

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HouseAlwaysWins

LOL.

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EdwardNygma

Not surprised since they pushed a political agenda rather than a quality game. R.I.P.

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Daelusca

@edwardnygma: While I don't always agree with your comments, this one hits the nail on the head,

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G4m1ngOn

LOOOL "Now Available For Free Through EA / Origin Access" - can't you just write "now available through EA's game renting service EA / Origin Access" ? IT IS NOT "for free" you fff........ just get lost.

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LTJohnnyRico

@g4m1ngon: Its added for free ! as in no extra cost ... isn't difficult to work out really !

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G4m1ngOn

@ltjohnnyrico: lol dude, the wish more customers like you? :)

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LTJohnnyRico

@g4m1ngon: The wish more customers like me? ... as in people who understand the game was added at no extra cost ?

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G4m1ngOn

@ltjohnnyrico: even if to follow your logic - it is not added, it is replacement for games that lost value over time. :D Have a good day (i mean it).

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LTJohnnyRico

@g4m1ngon: It hasn't replaced anything .. the only Game being removed is FIFA 14 .. as Later FIFA's are already added .. and yes it is added as in it wasn't there before and now it is .. its not my logic .. its just logic !

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DudeBroPartyYo

@g4m1ngon: It is free on TPB :D

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poe13

This game sucks.

Goodbye Bioware, goodbye Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and any other current and future IPs. The talent has all left and it shows.

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xhawk27

@poe13: Ok drama queen. lol

The C team made this Mass effect game, not the A team they are making Anthem.

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BAKGRIND

@xhawk27: I think that most people are aware that the "C" team was used to make the game. But it was the lack of managerial oversight with a total lack of care and respect for the IP and the the fans from the higher ups at Bioware that sealed its fate. And the thing is that while the "A' team may very well be working on Anthem that title still has no value or meaning for me since I do not play those types of games. And now that Bioware will be in the Destiny clone market still doesn't mean anything to me. I wont buy and play it as the reason I or most play Bioware games is for the rpg aspect of it.

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Master32820

Man this news hurts me again since I pre ordered this mess 😑.

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yukushi

Even if they gave it to me for free I still wouldnt play it because I am busy playing good games, my time is valuable.

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dlCHIEF58

@yukushi: Yet here you are.

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Daelusca

@dlCHIEF58: lolololol

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Creepywelps

Bad game from a bad dev with a worse publisher.

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Mogan

@creepywelps: Nah, it's just a game that isn't nearly as good as it should have been, from a developer that's going through transition, with a publisher that is a major corporation.

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Creepywelps

@Mogan: Think what you want. I think it's a shit game, from a shadow of it's former self dev, with the worst publisher going. Terrible all around and I'm happy for it's failure.

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dlCHIEF58

@creepywelps: LOL, there are several worse publishers than EA now...ever hear of Activision?

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Creepywelps

@dlCHIEF58: I have, they're terrible too. I just happen to find each worse. While we're at it, ever hear of Ubisoft??? WB???

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dlCHIEF58

@creepywelps: Hmm, so it sounds to me like you should find a new hobby since nothing pleases you. Bye!

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Creepywelps

@dlCHIEF58: Hey MS shill, care to comment on visceral games?

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dlCHIEF58

@creepywelps: Sure, let me drop a truth bomb on you...SONY has shut down more studios this generation than EA has. Suck on that.

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Creepywelps

@dlCHIEF58: What games did they make, shill? EA is trash. And if you wanna play that game , shill boy. Let's talk Microsoft. You know, the king's of shutting down studios.

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dlCHIEF58

@creepywelps: AWWW, did I hurt your feelings snowflake, can't handle the truth? Can't counter so resort to weak attempts at insults, how typical.

What is ironic is you trashing EA and saying they make crap games, then lamenting that they shut down one of their studios that you wouldn't have bought one of their games anyway. How hypocritical.

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Creepywelps

@dlCHIEF58: I said EA is trash, not the studios. EA has ruined them though. Learn to read, douche.

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dlCHIEF58

@creepywelps: Yet that doesn't change the facts no matter how you twist it. EA's developers make the games for them which you already said they "won't see anymore of your money", thus making you a hypocrite or liar. So which is it?

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Creepywelps

@dlCHIEF58: Yea, they won't see my money. How does that make me a liar or a hypocrite?

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Creepywelps

@dlCHIEF58: Your comment doesn't make any sense. Get lost.

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Mogan

@creepywelps: That seems petty and unnecessarily cynical. : \

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Creepywelps

@Mogan: Not really, I'm simply not an apologist. Your opinion is yours, mine is mine. Nothing else to talk about.

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EstrugaZ

@creepywelps: did you play the game or are you talking off your ass?

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Creepywelps

@EstrugaZ: I did, wish I didn't. EA and bioware won't be seeing anymore money from me. And it's OUT your ass, not off...

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videogameninja

-"Mass effect andromeda now available for free"-

And we will still complain.

-NEVER SATISFIED NINJA APPROVED-

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Pedro

@videogameninja: The life of gamers is hard. They bitch about games more than they play.

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poe13

@videogameninja: some complaining, but most lamenting the fact that a once-great studio that made masterpieces like Baldur's Gate, KOTOR, Jade Empire, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect has now been reduced to ....something less as it is dumbing down its gameplay one IP at a time

-MAKE GAMES GREAT AGAIN AND THE DEVELOPERS WILL STOP LEAVING THEIR COMPANIES POE APPROVED-

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Neurogia

I can easily wait until this game goes completely free for everyone by next summer.

Wayyyyy too many better games to play right now.

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dlCHIEF58

@neurogia: LOL, I guess you'll be waiting LONG time if you think that is going to happen.

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sladakrobot

Shame EA didnt allowed to further improve the game and stopped any kind of single player DLCs. I that context i wished,surprise surprise, ME was in Sonys hands as they tend to have more patience (Drive Club,The Last Guardian) or even MS (ReCore)

I still felt,with passion and energy,that they could turned ME:A into a real success. The potential was there.

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Pyrosa

@sladakrobot: Independent > Sony or EA

(Besides, Sony would have had QTEs added to all the cutscenes ;)

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gamingdevil800

@sladakrobot: I would of preferred them remaining independent. EA, Ubisoft & Warner Bros are all pretty bad publishers right now with their microtransactions. It wouldn't be better off in Microsofts hands cause they have several instances of poorly managing their developers as a publisher. Like trying to buy the rights of Ryse from Crytek otherwise they wouldn't fund a sequel, Scalebound, Obsidians game and the mismanagement of Fable by not approving concepts for a 4th entry in the franchise.

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sladakrobot

@toonarmy20: is Andromeda confirmed to get an enchancement?

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xhawk27

@sladakrobot: It's on the list.

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Mogan

@sladakrobot: I would be surprised, given that BioWare has said any further support for Andromeda with be for the multiplayer only.

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