Get Nox for free through Origin's current 'On the House' offer

One of the best 'Diablo clones' of its era is available at no cost on Origin for a limited time.


Once every month or so, Electronic Arts offers a free game, and usually an expansion for another game, for absolutely free through its Origin digital games platform. The publisher's latest offering is Nox, one of the standout Diablo clones of the early 2000s and, in fact, one that beat Diablo 2 to the punch, shipping five months ahead of Blizzard North's juggernaut.

Nox was released in January 2000, developed by the Command & Conquer maker Westwood Studios and published by EA. Unlike Diablo, Nox gives you control over a specific character named Jack, but the class you choose at the beginning of the adventure dictates the abilities at your disposal as you progress.

Nox was a step or two ahead of Diablo 2 in several ways. Many items could only be equipped by specific classes, a feature that didn't make it into Blizzard North's genre-defining sequel until its 2001 expansion pack, Lord of Destruction; and your energy system—used for casting spells—regenerates automatically rather than leashing you to potions and other methods of replenishing mana.

Like every other Origin On the House title, Nox is available until it's not. "Grab full games, expansions and more at absolutely no cost. Just make sure to act fast because On the House specials can appear and disappear at any time," per Origin's website.

If action-RPGs aren't your speed, Origin's also offering Getaway, an expansion for Battlefield Hardline, for free via On the House.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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    May 31, 2016 1:20 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Get Nox for free through Origin's current 'On the House' offer

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      May 31, 2016 1:28 PM

      I never played Nox. Is it any good?

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        May 31, 2016 1:32 PM

        It's great! Amazing multiplayer!

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        May 31, 2016 1:32 PM

        Yes, really fun little Diablo clone.

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        May 31, 2016 2:25 PM

        It's very good, but not much replayability value, as far as I remember.

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      May 31, 2016 1:30 PM

      I remember having a lot of fun with this. It had pretty fun pvp, too. But it used some extinct Westwood online matchmaking service. Wonder if it can be made to work...

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      May 31, 2016 1:50 PM

      Nice, I played a bit of this game on several occasions but never finished it.

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      May 31, 2016 2:19 PM

      Nice. Thanks for the heads up.

      Unrelated - it'd be awesome if articles had a consolidated links section or something at the bottom so I could find the thing being talked about quickly and easily. It's not always immediately apparent which link in these things I should click on to get the main thing being talked about.

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      May 31, 2016 3:22 PM

      I will never understand why nobody else tried Nox style competitive multiplayer in another action RPG.

      It seems like it would have been a great idea to set something like Torchlight apart from Diablo, especially given the mod friendly nature of the former.

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      May 31, 2016 3:46 PM

      This game was cool. MP deathmatch

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      May 31, 2016 3:49 PM

      this is a legit "hidden gem" dudes. if you havent played it you should take this opportunity, its a forgotten classic that never got the props it deserved.

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