We’ve all been used to game subscriptions for some time now with PC gamers being the main victim. Now that Free 2 Play has become popular, the old subscription models were said to be dying or dead.
Good, simple as that.
It's good if you own a XB1. Why is it bad if it's an OPTION?
Its bad because might divide the game 'store' into multiple 'app stores' if more publishers will do the same things might get complicated. Its bad because this might be the end of public access to betas or demos from ea in the 'Microsoft' store. Its good because it gives gamers a/more choice. More 'app stores' might mean more competing digital game prices on the platform especially if more publishers decide to compete with EA acces. If EA access would be bad value it would still be a good to have simply because Ea would be forced to offer better value compared to the value of other services.
It will be bad for PS+ and GfG because there will no longer be EA's game in them as EA will only put them in their own vault!
EA Access so far is good, and it will remain good so long as EA support it and update the Vault with more games than just the 4 currently available. I think it would be nice if they gave some kind of time line for "Vault Updates". Not necessarily telling us what games were coming but a better sense for when they would be updating.
sonarus - Blame Sony for that.
Yeah I wished that they would have let Playstation gamers choose what represents a good value to them and considering that in 2015 we're going to see BF:H and Star Wars Battlefront from them and Titanfall 2 after that (??) saving on DLC and games digitally would be a good thing.
Yeah but to be fair, all the work would be on Sony and their servers. Do they really want the extra work for someone elses pay packet?
abradley - To make their customers happy, yes. They should further improve all of their services as much as they can if they are lacking in any areas. The Playstation Now option isn't a great alternative compared to what EA is offering. However, if Sony was truly for the gamers, this wouldn't have been rejected.
Good since its for the gamers.
How could it be bad? Its nor forced upon you in anyway.
It's only $30/35 a year... one of those games used is that much. Though I do fear this is truely the begining of the end for physical media... for collectors such as myself, there's really no greater feeling than opening a brand new cd/dvd/blu-ray case or poping in a cartidge.
@nifonge one take away from this seems its pretty that physical media is indeed on the way out. EA still wants you buying new games but they definitely are pushing the notion of buying digital. For those who do get EA Access, I would strongly suggest you not buy digital versions of "new" games. When games become available in the Vault for unlimited play if you have a disc based version you can sell that game on Ebay or trade it in. Prime example I had a disc based Fifa 14...sold it on Ebay for $37 and that covered my cost for a year of EA Access. Unfortunately I had bought the digital version of BF4. :( Oh well lesson learned.
Yeah I rarely buy digital AAA games, only if it's ridiculously cheap. The reason being I mean I look at my PS3/Xb360 backlog of digital indies and others that I will probably never get to have moved over to the PS4/Xb1, really makes me hesitant to purchase anything in full for digital content.
"this is truely the begining of the end for physical media." Yup, and that's why I wouldn't support it.
Its a fair deal
I could go to GameStop and get Madden 25 used for $30 right now. Or I could pay $30 for EA Access and get Madden 25, FIFA 14, Peggle 2, and Battlefield4.... It's clearly a good deal, and I haven't even mentioned the 10% discounts and early access... It seems to me that the folks who are against it are the ones who don't have access to it.
Shh... remember this isn't "a good value for the consumer".
Question: Do you get the full version of the game... single and multiplayer?
Full version, all modes
You get the same thing as you would with a disc, but digitally.
I have one more question: If EA removes games from the vault that you have already downloaded, can you still play that game ? EDIT: why is it that EA isn't using this service on Origin as well ?
"It seems to me that the folks who are against it are the ones who don't have access to it." The majority still prefer physical copies, but this will help push physical copies into extinction because of the cheap pricing. That's why I'm against it.
It doesn't push anything to extinction. More than anything this provides people with an affordable alternative to buying games used... It'll have a negligible effect on the demand for physical copies, especially new games. As long as there is demand for physical, physical will exist, just like CD's still exist.
@mhunterjr What has been happening since the 7th generation has started should be a red flag to any gamer and it boggles my mind that some gamers are thinking about supporting this crap. Publishers want control, they don't care about us and they want to milk us dry. They'll most certainly force this down our throats if gamers start supporting this crap. Giving control to them should be every gamer's nightmare.
Yea but you'll have to pay that subscription every year to play that game. Buy it once, often a lot cheaper when the later version has come out, and you can play when ever you want. It does look like good value for money but it's going to piss off retailers which in turn could hurt us in the long term. Short term it looks good but we as consumers need to look further than that.
But how many people will want to play these games so far down the line? Surely any subscriber has thought about that and figure that by the time their subscription is up there will either be A) more games in the vault to warrent the subscription or B) they'd be done with the game and content to cancel their subscription . For the select few who would want to continue to play FIFA 14 when FIFA 16 is about to release, they'd still save money if they subscribed today, then bought it used a year later when their sub expires. But considering that the MP servers would be close to shutting down, I really don't see this being an issue for most people.
It is what it is. Nothing more. Nothing less.
It's definitely good.
If you don't own an Xbox One yet you plan on buying one, I don't understand why you wouldn't want to take advantage of this.
is BAD! Just like DLC are. The pupose of this cras is to make customers pay more for the SAME thing! What's next? Exclusive content ONLY for those who pay the annual sub? game 70 bucks, season pass 50 bucks, now annual sub 30 bucks? 150$ a complete game seriously whot want of this scam?
Take a deep breathe and think. Why would anyone that already paid or the games offered on EA access subscribe to get the same games? EA Access is aimed at those that don't have these games, not in addition to owning them. Think of it like PS+. It's a subscription service for older games that also has discounts. If you don't find value in it, don't subscribe.
@Death you are partly right...this program is aimed 100% at trying to keep consumers who don't own these games from going to Gamestop and buying the used version of these games because EA see's ZERO revenue from that. So they are basically creating a "digital used game store" for Xbox One EA games. If Gamestop is smart they will see the writing on the wall and realize all the publishers can do this and pretty much obliterate their business model. Gamestop should be smart and offer up a cut to the publishers/developers of their used games but it could already be too late for them.
You know you can download the app to see what is available before purchasing the subscription to it, right? You're disregarding the 10% discount on the game. Season passes aren't required, but an option. The annual subscription is again, an option and if you want to purchase games digitally at a discounted rate over buying physical.