Is EA Access on Xbox One Worth Buying?

We’ve all dreamed of a day when playing your favorite games would become easier. It’s doubtful whether anyone was thinking about something like EA Access when they were dreaming up wild fantasies of how great gaming on the Xbox One with digital titles would be like.

When you cut through the rhetoric and the novelty of a new service being made specifically for gamers, does this service save real users real money? Does it provide them with amenities they can’t get anywhere else? At $4.99, is EA Access worth buying?

As with most things, digital and otherwise, it depends on what kind of gamer you are.

  • What is EA Access?
  • EA Access Games
  • Is EA Access Worth Buying?

Read: EA Access Launches on the Xbox One

What is EA Access?

EA Access is a subscription service from Electronic Arts. Users pay $4.99 for the service monthly or $29.99 a year to get their hands on the different games inside what Electronic Arts calls the Vault. The Vault is simply a collection of digital video games that EA Access subscribers can download without having to pay full price. These games don’t come on a disc. They’re installed directly to the Xbox One’s hard drive. Think of it as Netflix, but for video games rentals.

When the service first debuted, only Xbox One games made it to the Vault. Since then, EA has opened the service up to games that are part of its Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program. Because of this, Xbox 360 games are in the Vault too.

The EA Access Hub app for Xbox One and Xbox One S.

Thinking of it as a rental service is key. If you stop paying for EA Access, all the games you’ve downloaded through the service stop working. You can pick up the subscription and those games will begin working again, but that’s how it works – no pay, no play.

EA Access Trials

Though the digital video game downloads are the most important part, EA Access is also part exclusive club. Users also get access to new video games five days earlier than their release on store shelves.

So for example, Madden NFL 15’s official release date wasn’t until August 26th. However, EA Access users were able to trial the game on August 21st. Mass Effect Andromeda was available for subscribers on March 16th instead of March 21st. These EA Access Trials are timed. Gamers only got 10 hours with Andromeda. What’s more, they couldn’t continue the game’s story after a certain point.

EA Access subscribers got to explore the planet of Eos in Mass Effect Andromeda before anyone else.

EA Access Discounts

Members also get 10% discounts on the digital video games and downloadable content that they purchase from the publisher through the Xbox Store. These can be games available in the Vault or titles not available on the service but published by Electronic Arts.

EA Access Games

The Vault, the area that gamers go to download titles at no additional charge, is pretty stacked with must-play games. This is especially true for sports fans. Right now, that digital download line-up consists of:

  • NHL 17
  • Madden 17
  • Dead Space
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Skate 3
  • Titanfall
  • Battlefield 3
  • FIFA 15
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Battlefield 4
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Madden 15
  • UFC 2
  • Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Catalyst
  • NHL 15
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • EA Sports UFC
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • Mass Effect 2
  • NBA Live 15
  • Mass Effect
  • Peggle 2
  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
  • SSX
  • FIFA 14
  • Madden 25
  • Need for Speed
  • Plants vs Zombies
  • Unravel
  • NBA Live 16
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour
  • FIFA 16
  • NHL 16
  • Madden 16
  • Battlefield Hardline

Recently, EA added access to Madden NFL 17, less than a year after it debuted on disc. Subscribers can play a current game in the franchise alongside their friends who paid full price for the game back in August. $30 is a lot more palatable than $40 knowing that there’ll be a new Madden NFL title out this summer.

Is EA Access Worth Buying?

So is EA Access a good deal? Should Xbox One owners rush to their console to pick up a subscription to play Electronic Arts’ selection of games for $4.99?

The service has a lot of extras that will appeal to loyalty program lovers. That 10% discount on digital video games will save you some money. If you only buy a single new game a month from the publisher at full price you’ve recouped your costs. Buy an entire year for $29.99 and you are saving even more.

As for the games in the Vault, the selection speaks for itself. There are plenty of games there, some of which were bonafide hits. Certainly, the Vault is a sports gaming fan’s dream. Pick up a subscription and you’ve added every recent sports game in the franchise to your digital Xbox One games collection for a ridiculously low fee.

I’d say, EA Access is worth buying. For $4.99 you can immediately expand your game collection and try new titles. Once you’ve had your fill of them, canceling the service is easy to do. You’re not losing on anything really. This is one of the best deals in gaming.

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Warframe

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Warframe

 Many free-to-play games revolve around strategy or civilization building. Warframe is one of the free Xbox games that you can download now that doesn’t. It’s a third-person shooter.

The Tenno have just awoken after centuries of sleeping in stasis. Warframe takes its name from the suits that the Tenno use to do battle with the game’s other races. There’s the Greiner, who are clones of humans. The Corpus are a technology company with lots of robotic innovation at their disposal. Sentients consist of an alien race that’s back to do battle.

Warframe features both player-vs-player combat and a single player experience.

[ Download Warframe from the Xbox Store ]

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