EA Access has been running on Xbox One since August 2014 and while it was immediately met with a healthy dose of suspicion it’s now widely regarded as one of the better gaming-related deals on offer. So what is it exactly and what makes it so good?
For £3.99 a month you get access to everything EA Access has to offer. This includes early access to the latest EA games and a whole host of AAA games in the ‘vault’. The early access has worked on Dragon Age: Inquisition and Battlefield Hardline, allowing anyone with EA Access (you do not need to have the game pre-ordered) access to some or all of the content for ten hours before the game launches. For example, in the latest Battlefield you could only play the first hour or so of the campaign, but you could play as much of the multiplayer as you wanted for ten hours in the week before launch. You don’t need to have subscribed for a certain amount of time, as soon as you sign up and pay your four quid, you have access to it all, so if there’s an EA game coming out (Battlefront anyone?) you can just pick it up for that month and enjoy all the perks.
The list of EA Access games that you get complete digital access to is ever expanding, and unlike PS Plus or Games with Gold, they don’t seem to be taking old games off the list. So far we have:
- Battlefield 4
- Madden NFL 25
- FIFA 14
- Peggle 2
- Need for Speed Rivals
- Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
- EA Sports UFC
- NBA Live 15
- Madden NFL 15
- NHL 15
- FIFA 15
One of the hidden perks of this program is that if you do the trick where you set your home Xbox to a friend’s, and have them do the same to you, only one of you needs EA Access to get the complete library available to you both, to play at the same time together. The vault currently has some of the best multiplayer games Xbox One has to offer with Battlefield 4, Plants Vs Zombies, Madden, NHL and Fifa (we’re not sports fans but they’re all a lot of fun playing with someone you know and can chat to) so for £3.99 between you, two of you could have access to a huge amount of gameplay.
Considering the somewhat mercenary business practices EA has indulged in over the last decade, it’s surprising to see how generous this program is, but while it’s here we say pick it up and make the most of it before they come to their senses and start charging more!