Free Battlefield 3 on Origin

EA announces that Battlefield 3 for Windows is being offered for free for the next week through their Origin On the House program alongside Plants vs. Zombies for Windows and OS X. Here's the deal:
Battlefield 3 for PC is absolutely free for a limited time with Origin On the House.

You read that right. Battlefield 3 on PC is totally free, but only for a week.

All you have to do is add it to your Origin game library and it’s yours to keep forever. Just download it when you get a chance.

Already playing Battlefield? We’ve got something for you, too.

Plants vs. Zombies on PC and Mac is also free right now with Origin On the House. Same deal, just add it to your game library and it’s yours for as long as you want it.

For more chance to score free games, look out for Origin Free Code Friday and read up on the EA Tuesday Exclusive. On the House titles change frequently so keep checking back.

Remember, you can download Battlefield 3 on PC right now, for free, but only until June 3.

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May 30, 2014, 06:49
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Re: Re:Star Wars: The Old Republic - Don’t miss our Double XP Weekend: March 14 – 17 May 30, 2014, 06:49
May 30, 2014, 06:49
 
My favorite BF is Bad Company 2. Not that BF2 wasn't freaking awesome at the time. If you go back and play it now, it doesn't hold up so well.
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 29, 2014, 08:36
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin May 29, 2014, 08:36
May 29, 2014, 08:36
 
Fantaz wrote on May 29, 2014, 03:00:
need to run Origin in a sandbox to get this game. dont want EA's malware to search my computer and stuff.

The NSA already knows about your gay porn, don't sweat it.
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 29, 2014, 04:49
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin May 29, 2014, 04:49
May 29, 2014, 04:49
 
So is the game still bug riddled and has it been abandoned by DICE?? More importantly is anyone still playing this??
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 29, 2014, 03:10
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin May 29, 2014, 03:10
May 29, 2014, 03:10
 
The Half Elf wrote on May 28, 2014, 21:19:
I still believe BF3 was the pinnacle of the BF series (with 2142 a close second).
But all this butthurt over Origin is rather tedious. If anything it's as 'evil' as Steam, and less intrusive then Uplay.

I also think BF3 was the best.....well....if you leave out DC....byt damn BF2 was damn good.....
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 29, 2014, 03:00
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin May 29, 2014, 03:00
May 29, 2014, 03:00
 
need to run Origin in a sandbox to get this game. dont want EA's malware to search my computer and stuff.
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 29, 2014, 01:35
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin May 29, 2014, 01:35
May 29, 2014, 01:35
 
Thanks Blue!
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May 29, 2014, 01:02
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin May 29, 2014, 01:02
May 29, 2014, 01:02
 
noman wrote on May 29, 2014, 00:27:
Origin ... gives more options to manage your Origin purchased game.

No it doesn't. You can't make backups of Origin games. You can't port Origin games from one computer to another, except in some rare few cases where you then have to fuck around with the installer files and sometimes even kludge the registry.

With Steam, I download games at my work's 200Mbps pipe, make a backup, put them on a USB key, take them home, import them into Steam, and I'm playing. With Origin? Have fun re-downloading the game on every PC you want to play it on.

Its offline play is better.

In what way? I will admit that it took Valve around eight fucking years to finally fix offline mode, but it IS fixed now.

Its handling of simultaneous logins from multiple PCs (for playing different games) is better.

As far as I know, both clients simply log you out of currently logged-in systems when you log in to a new PC.

It's a far thinner client as well compared to Steam.

That's simply not true. I have two screenshots here of Steam vs Origin in the task manager. (trying to figure out where to upload them to without having to create a new account...) Steam at 30MB, Origin at 100MB. They later both dropped a little. Origin went to 96MB, and Steam went to 11MB.

Steam beats Origin only in terms of the quantity of excellent sales.

Yeah it's not as if Steam now offers streaming, or a big picture mode, or an integrated screenshots manager, or a trading card system, etc.

Look, there is nothing inherently WRONG with Origin. It works. It works FAR better than Uplay. But please stop pretending like it's somehow the king of the digital store world, because that's just nonsense. It's a typical EA undertaking: kinda half-assed.

All that said, offering free games is cool, and they deserve kudos for it.
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 29, 2014, 00:27
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin May 29, 2014, 00:27
May 29, 2014, 00:27
 
Origin is far preferable to Steam, if all you want to do is buy games from a store and play the game. However if you are fully invested in having Steam achievements, gaining points, and taking pride in watching your gaming library grow at one particular store then it may be different. Or you may be the ones believing that Origin scans your PC files and folders based on some idiotic articles written by wanna-be tech experts.

Origin is a far more light weight DRM than Steam, and gives more options to manage your Origin purchased game. Its offline play is better. Its handling of simultaneous logins from multiple PCs (for playing different games) is better. It's a far thinner client as well compared to Steam.

Steam beats Origin only in terms of the quantity of excellent sales. Then again, Origin now offers free games from time to time, which came out only 2-3 years ago.

GoG beats them all though.
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 28, 2014, 23:37
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin May 28, 2014, 23:37
May 28, 2014, 23:37
 
Devil's Advocate time....

Except for the whole voted Worst Company in America 2x
Stupidest thing ever...when it was in the same company as banks and oil conglomerates actually causing harm.

DRM problems with games
I've heard a lot of this, but within my many groups of people that I belong to, not a single one of them has had any real issue outside of day 1 bullshit that happens to every game, including Steamworks titles.

threatening to ban people for disputing charges after failing to deliver a product paid for
I've done this no less than 10 times over the years, each time I've never had an issue with getting a refund with any of EA's products. I guess I must be lucky enough to get those unicorn-level people when I call.

refusing refunds for a broken product
See above...albeit, again as devil's advocate, your idea of a broken product may not jive with reality.

banning people from their games for forums posts
This is pretty funny to read, I've seen people go on mass tirades on EA's various forums and not one of them has been banned in any of the games they posted to. That said, EA has the right to do this if they so desire, as does every place of business has the right to refuse access.

the Battlefield release fiasco
You know, sans the day 1 bullshit of overloaded servers and what-not, I had no real issues with the BF series over the last decade. Of course, any time you rely on a shitton of server backend it will fuck up.

EA is a terrible company that treats their customers poorly. I choose not to be one of those customers for good reason.

Funny though, Valve doesn't do refunds on games sold on Steam unless there has been some form of misrepresentation, and even then it's like pulling teeth to get anything out of it. EA, on the other hand, allows you pretty much to play the game to completion and then return it for a full refund via Origin.

As I opened, this is all devil's advocate things...I don't like EA's business practices overall in terms of management ruling the roost, but don't toss out shit in hopes it'll stick when could just as easily find an equal number of other companies out there that are beloved doing the exact same things.
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 28, 2014, 22:39
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin May 28, 2014, 22:39
May 28, 2014, 22:39
 


D R A M A T I C !
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 28, 2014, 21:30
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May 28, 2014, 21:30
 
The Half Elf wrote on May 28, 2014, 21:19:
I still believe BF3 was the pinnacle of the BF series (with 2142 a close second).
But all this butthurt over Origin is rather tedious. If anything it's as 'evil' as Steam, and less intrusive then Uplay.

Except for the whole voted Worst Company in America 2x, DRM problems with games, threatening to ban people for disputing charges after failing to deliver a product paid for, refusing refunds for a broken product, banning people from their games for forums posts, the Battlefield release fiasco, well, the list of how they treat their customers with no respect whatsoever goes on and on. We can try and play the game that just because Steam is a DRM system and Origin is too, that they are equal, but it's like saying a Ferrari is equal to a Pinto because they are both cars. EA is a terrible company that treats their customers poorly. I choose not to be one of those customers for good reason.
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May 28, 2014, 21:21
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin May 28, 2014, 21:21
May 28, 2014, 21:21
 
My problem is not with BF or Origin as much as the fact its EA. Never again.
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 28, 2014, 21:19
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May 28, 2014, 21:19
 
While Steam is a million times better than Origin, Origin is not THAT bad. It has never got in my way to play a game, never caused me any grief at all and I'm not going to miss out on a game I want to play over something stupid as a blind hatred for something that's really not that bad in the first place.

Whatever.
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 28, 2014, 21:19
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May 28, 2014, 21:19
 
I still believe BF3 was the pinnacle of the BF series (with 2142 a close second).
But all this butthurt over Origin is rather tedious. If anything it's as 'evil' as Steam, and less intrusive then Uplay.
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 28, 2014, 20:48
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May 28, 2014, 20:48
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Ooh, for free but Origin. I will get it on my test PC. Maybe one day I will use its Origin or never!
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 28, 2014, 20:42
Prez
 
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin May 28, 2014, 20:42
May 28, 2014, 20:42
 Prez
 
That's pretty cool I guess but even for free I just have no interest in an unmoddable multiplayer shooter with no bots or co-op.
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 28, 2014, 20:19
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin May 28, 2014, 20:19
May 28, 2014, 20:19
 
Already got it the LAST time it was free.
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May 28, 2014, 20:01
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin May 28, 2014, 20:01
May 28, 2014, 20:01
 
Wallshadows wrote on May 28, 2014, 19:35:
Apparently, I can still boycott a company even when they offer free things!

Now I know.

And knowing is half the battle! Yo Joe!
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May 28, 2014, 19:43
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May 28, 2014, 19:43
 
Saboth wrote on May 28, 2014, 19:15:
Hmmm just install Origin to get a free game....nope, not even for free.

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You just nailed it on the head.
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Re: Free Battlefield 3 on Origin
May 28, 2014, 19:35
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May 28, 2014, 19:35
 
Apparently, I can still boycott a company even when they offer free things!

Now I know.
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