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Dragon Age: Inquisition is almost here; only about a month to go until we get our hands on possibly one of the best experiences ever created by Bioware. But not everyone has played the game that started the franchise, and now you can – at absolutely no cost.

The EA Origin On The House program has previously given away such notable games as Battlefield 4 and The Sims 2. Now it’s time to help build even more excitement for Dragon Age: Inquisition by giving away Origins for free. That’s right, over on Origin you can pick up Dragon Age: Origins on PC without spending any cash. Obviously, this offer won’t last forever. So, you might as well link the game to your Origin account, even if you’re not sure if you’ll want to play it just yet. The offer only lasts until 14 October 2014, so be sure to grab it before it’s gone.

We sort of knew this was coming, right? I mean, this is the new tool at EA’s disposal. The On The House program is awesome for getting people excited about older titles, and as a result can help build excitement for new iterations in the franchise. However, it’s a win-win set up for everyone; players get a game for free while EA gets to reignite passion for a franchise.

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Have you been grabbing the free games from Origin? When I picked this one up I realized that I’ve actually “ordered” all of them, but I haven’t installed any because of that whole Origin on PC stigma. I already played Dragon Age: Origins on console, but it can’t hurt to have it on multiple platforms, right?

Last Updated: October 9, 2014

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Matthew Holliday

    Its not like they werent selling it for R25 befor.
    R25 saving on a game isnt all that much compared to steam sales 😛

    also, the game hasnt aged well at all =/
    tried to finish it recently, but games just so old.

    • Captain JJ Underleyened

      I tried to play it this week actually. It really has not aged well.

      • Admiral Chief 0

        How bad is it?

        • Captain JJ Underleyened

          I played 20 minutes before I quit. (I will admit that I don’t enjoy DA Origins’ gameplay at all either)

          • Admiral Chief 0

            I’ll give it a shot, one day :p

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            At 9Gig it’s not really worth the download.

          • Viking Of Divinity

            Last time, I got 9 hours in and was like F this, I’m bored now…. Going to give it another shot….

        • Kensei Seraph – Staff

          Played from 8:30 PM on Monday until 2:00 AM.
          The game is still freaking fantastic.

        • Matthew Holliday

          personally found it unplayable.
          managed to last a couple of hours, but was pushing myself.

          combat is just so stiff. and controls are super janky.
          combined with how low your base stats are compared to the baddies, it was a real pain.

          • JHN

            I could handle the controls but shit some of the voice acting is horrific, “oh no a dragon”.

      • I disagree, played it last year to completion. Sure it took some getting used to but after the first hour it was business as usual.

        • Captain JJ Underleyened

          I think I just really don’t enjoy that gameplay, plus there’s zero controller support on pc.

          • Travis

            Just use something like Pinnacle Game Profiler. It really works very well.

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            I use Xpadder, which is great. But the problem with DA on pc is that you have to click on someone to attack them. So you end up using your right stick to navigate a mouse pointer, which is just tedious.

          • Travis

            Oh I see.

          • Travis

            I hope DA:I is not like that.

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            Me too. Lately a lot of people don’t even buy RPG games if they don’t have controller support. For some games like Torchlight I don’t mind, but other times it’s just nice to sit back and wander the fields of a fantasy world.

          • Matthew Holliday

            it shouldnt be, the PS3 controls for DA2 were pretty smooth.
            thats one thing that DA2 got right, combat was good, a little more hack and slash like, but really fluid.

          • Matthew Holliday

            thats a real dealbreaker recently.
            cant imagine playing shadow of mordor on pc without my xbox controller.

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            Absolutely. Specifically for these types of games I almost get turned off the game if it doesn’t have full controller support.

          • Matthew Holliday

            its the whole reason I decided to upgrade my pc, instead of getting one of the new consoles.
            batman, assassins creed, racing games etc, all those games are infinitely better with a controller.

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            Agreed. I can’t do racing games with a KB since there is zero sensitivity. I’m yet to play Assassins Creed on my PC (got one for free, but haven’t gotten around to it yet). Batman was excellent with a controller. Even Skyrim.

          • Matthew Holliday

            assassins creed was playable with keyboard, but was a bit wooden. the earlier games made good use of left and right click for combat.
            skyrim i usually played as an archer, so i played with my keyboard, cant aim for shit with a controller.
            but batman and stuff that needs combo fighting really needs a controller.

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            Same here. I’m doing an archer playthrough on Skyirm now and using KB and Mouse.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            [mandatory arrow+knee joke inserted]

          • Travis

            What theres basically no aiming on Skyrim? You can play archer easily with a controller

  • Ottokie

    Must say Origin is starting to soften up to me. After receiving a few good free games “on the house” I might start to open the little bugger a bit more frequently.

    • Matthew Holliday

      screw the free games.
      the twice as fast download speeds are crazy.
      my 2mb downloads at 400kb/s with origin.

      • Ottokie

        I know what you mean, my 4mb line usually cruises at around 800kbs on Origin 😛

        • Matthew Holliday

          i would love to know what magic they use to make your line speed twice as fast as it should be.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            The tears of gamers’ wallets

          • Viking Of Divinity

            I’m guessing they have a deal with Telkom and others. a 4Mbps line can carry up to 10mbps, I can upgrade at any time, but the cost moneys for such an endeavour….

          • Mighty Meh

            Origin games are compressed during downloads so you are downloading less than it indicates but the download rate is worked back from the shown download size.

            Its a bit of a sneaky marketing gimmick in my opinion because they easily could have shown when you install the game that the download will be “x”gigs and the install would be “y” gigs

          • Matthew Holliday

            thought it might be something like that.
            still, pretty effective.

            doesnt seem too reliable though, oftentimes if you pause, the DL is completely lost.
            although its been quite some time since ive tried it out, not sure if theyv fixed that or not.

      • Captain JJ Underleyened

        Wow. I really should get a game on Origin someday. 😉

      • Kensei Seraph – Staff
        • Mossel

          lol this happened to me as well!

        • Admiral Chief 0

          Funny that the filename is f0k4….

          • Kensei Seraph – Staff

            I’m not sure what you are implying but I witnessed this personally.

      • Mossel

        Yeah man, I downloaded ME3 in one night!

  • Hammersteyn

    Nice to see EA give a reach around now and then.

    • Admiral Chief 0

      AgneesiesmanDeon

      • Hammersteyn

        figuratively speaking of course

  • Captain JJ Underleyened

    Coincidentally I have a DA Origins lying in my Steam inventory. Now it’s really worth nothing.

    • Admiral Chief 0

      LOOOOOOOOL

      • Captain JJ Underleyened

        I don’t think it’s that funny 🙁
        What the hell am I going to do with it now?

        • Admiral Chief 0

          #SpoiledGamerProblems

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            Damn it
            Anyone want a non-Origin copy?

          • Admiral Chief 0

            I’ll take it. One less reason to play on Origin!

            (JK)

  • Kensei Seraph – Staff

    I’m curious about whether it comes with the DLC as well?
    I’d be more than willing to start the Origin install and copy across my save if it included the Warden’s Keep DLC.
    Edit: Oh and Witch Hunt, Leliana’s Song and Return to Ostagar

    • Nope. Base game only.

    • Matthew Holliday

      the ultimate edition with all the dlc is only R35 though or something.
      atleast, thats what i paid for it a few months ago.

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

    I never played it… Will it be worth my time?

    I don’t want to get a game just because it’s free. I want to make sure it’s actually a game I would enjoy

    • Travis

      I would just wait for Inquisition.

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

        Not sure if I will even get inquisition. The hype train seems to be getting way too much steam

        • Matthew Holliday

          i ordered the game.
          but havent bought tickets for the hype train.
          hiding from all the news of the games im excited for.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

            Good luck with that. You’d have to become like an internet monk for that

          • Matthew Holliday

            its been tough, pretty sure zoe hates me now

      • Brady miaau

        Nah, if you enjoy bioware type Rpg’ DA: origins is one of the better ones, for sure.

    • Captain JJ Underleyened

      Depends who you ask. Some people love it, I found it quite boring.

    • Kensei Seraph – Staff

      I’ve been playing the last month in preparation for Inquisition and I’m enjoying it immensely, but like JJ said it depends on your preference.
      I’d say get the game, download it, mod it and give it a try.

      • Captain JJ Underleyened

        I think I was going into it expecting some fast paced action, which it’s not exactly. Coming from playing 13 hours of Torchlight into this possibly explains why. So I don’t condemn it, I just expected something else, I guess.

        • Kensei Seraph – Staff

          I’ll agree it does have a somewhat sedate action pacing but it’s that which endeared it to so many people and is why DA2 was such a disappointment.

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            I really enjoyed the first DA, felt like something fresh and new. Will see when Inquisition comes what route they’ve taken for the future of the game.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

            Mmmmmm. Choices

        • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

          Well fast paced isn’t always my favourite

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            I bet your SO likes to hear that. ;P

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

            huehuehue 🙂

  • Did i miss BF4 on Origin for FREE?

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