Whether they’re offering streaming or downloads, gaming subscription services are all the rages these days with so many publishers and big names weighing in to stake a slice of the pie. One of the most recent efforts is Origin Access Premier from EA.
Like most subscription services, you pay a monthly fee for access to a stable of games with some leaving and entering over time; you never really own any of them. If your subscription ends, so does your access to the games on Origin Access Premier.
Premier is the, well, premier version of Origin Access, a PC service that gives you access to games within a vault. Where Premier and the basic subscription differ, however, is that Premier gives you early access to their new games while the basic version lets you play six months and upwards after general release.
With EA being such a controversial name, eyebrows were instantly raised when they announced their very own subscription. Irrespective of EA’s reputation, is Origin Access Premier a subscription worth having?
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As you can see, it’s quite the huge range of games available in Origin Access Premier with there being much more than just EA’s own games up for grabs. Sure, there are way too many sports games to pad things out, but there are many fairly big third-party games that you get with your subscription, too.
Uplay Plus is probably the biggest competitor for Origin Access Premier and it has fewer games overall as it’s purely for Ubisoft games.
Origin Access Premier: The Price
This will probably be the biggest thing that will stop people from subscribing as Origin Access Premier certainly isn’t on the cheap side of things. At $14.99 per month or $99.99 per year, it’s in line with Uplay Plus: another PC subscription from one of the biggest publishers.
While the yearly price is easily the most economical, it’s still a lot of money to drop on one service, especially as EA’s output throughout the year is pretty spotty, and even more so if you don’t have interest in sports games.
Origin Access Premier: The Ease of Use
As with most subscription services, Origin Access Premier comes with its own launcher. Signing up is as simple as having an EA account and a credit card or PayPal account available.
However, as for Origin itself, it’s easily one of the worst launchers on the market. Slow, unresponsive, and full of bugs, Origin has often just blank screened during our tests and is not helped by a rather ugly, uninspired UI. As well as that, once we’d subscribed, the launcher didn’t change for a long while after to show that we were able to download the Premier games free of (extra) charge.
To their credit, there is a tab within Origin that will take you directly to the Origin Access games.
Origin Access Premier: The Future
Origin Access Premier certainly has an interesting future ahead of with the trajectory EA are currently on.
More and more of their games are turning into live services, and it seems that they are being monetised more and more aggressively, as is unfortunately the industry norm.
Though EA Originals are almost always welcome sojourns from the typical EA output, it seems like the times of EA as a daring publisher are long behind them. Almost every new big game they release will come with microtransactions, and their main output will always be sports games.
Origin Access Premier: The Verdict
As we’ve already said, how much you get out of Origin Access Premier will ultimately depend on whether or not you like EA and sports games in general, but the third-party additions do make it a much more viable service than Uplay Plus, which is really its closest competition.
However, it pales significantly in comparison in terms of value to Xbox Game Pass, which is updated more often, is cheaper, and has a broader variety of games. At double the price, the only real reason to subscribe to Premier is if you are a FIFA or Madden fanatic who wants the newest entry for cheaper and earlier.
Apart from that audience, however, Origin Access Premier is a fairly easy subscription service to pass up. Unless you have a tonne of money to burn, you may be better served putting it towards some other service.