PSA: EA is giving away Mass Effect 2 for free on Origin

It's the standard edition, so you'll have to buy the DLC.


EA is offering up the PC version of Mass Effect 2 "On the House," a promotion where the publisher gives away a free game through its Origin digital platform.

You can snag your copy of Mass Effect 2 on the Origin website.

Note that EA is giving away the standard edition of the game, which does not include the bevy of downloadable content that continues Commander Shepherd's adventure.

It's no coincidence that EA chose Mass Effect 2 for its next On the House game. Just yesterday, the studio announced a March 21 release for Mass Effect: Andromeda, which begins a brand-new saga in BioWare's universe. BioWare general manager Aaron Flynn swung by CES to show off a gameplay trailer during Nvidia's keynote last night, depicting combat as well as new features such as dynamic character classes.

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    January 5, 2017 12:27 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, PSA: EA is giving away Mass Effect 2 for free on Origin

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      January 5, 2017 1:37 PM

      bump for PSA

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        January 5, 2017 1:38 PM

        i hear its this or ME1 that are the good ones?

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          January 5, 2017 1:41 PM

          ME1 is closer to Knights of the Old Republic with a really shitty inventory system. ME2 is more like a post-Gears of War cover shooter set in the middle of a KOTOR game creating a nice hybrid of the two.

          ME3 was even more of that, but giving people the option to go full GoW on the story if they couldn't take any more RPG in their games that simply picking dialogue options. ME2 still requires you to think about leveling, specialization, party composition., etc.

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            January 5, 2017 2:05 PM

            HMMM!... sounds interesting, i suspect id like ME1 better then, but both sound good

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              January 5, 2017 2:22 PM

              ME1 sounds like it should be the best and it was at the time, but going back to it now you hit just how clunky and poorly designed everything was. It still is brilliant in many ways, so maybe you want to play ME1 first so you don't get pissed off as much at it's clunkiness.

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          January 5, 2017 2:13 PM

          ME1 has the best story in my opinion. But I would play all three. Don't start with two, you'll miss a lot of the nuance and call-backs to ME1.

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          January 5, 2017 3:44 PM

          All of them are "the good ones". It's a phenomenal trilogy of games, even with the letdown ending.

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      January 5, 2017 1:39 PM

      F YEAH
      although i remember playing this once and hating it compared to mass effect 1, I will give it another try

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      January 5, 2017 2:30 PM

      does the DLC still cost like 50 bucks or whatever? I remember hearing about that issue.

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        January 5, 2017 2:33 PM

        Yes, but you really only need a couple of them. Lair of the Shadow Broker is a must. The Arrival is also pretty good and leads into ME3.

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