EA Access has come out about a week ago, so it’s time to review it. If you wouldn’t know EA Access, it’s a subscription service exclusively for Xbox One by Electronic Arts which comes with FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Battlefield 4 (without DLCs) and Peggle 2. The fee of the service is either monthly or yearly, either $4.99 for a month or $29.99 for a year.
Yes, it’s only for Xbox One, not because the team at Electronic Arts doesn’t want to share this experience with the Playstation 4 players, but because Playstation has Nuked EA Access on their platforms.
This was the answer from Playstation, because Playstation has their own subscription service and they are afraid that EA Access will likely make Playstation players choose EA Access instead of Playstation Plus. Playstation Plus is not a service like Xbox Gold, what is required for any multiplayer. The features of Playstation Plus are: Cloud for game saves, Monthly free games and an hour of the game before you would purchase it (Are you serious? What are people doing in that ONE hour with a video game?!).
My experience with EA Access
I purchased a year about a week ago on Day 1. New EA Access titles are going to come and these current ones are going to here for a long time (at least officially they don’t have plans to remove games from the service), so like one year or a half year later I will have access to Battlefield: Hardline and also to Battlefield 4, to FIFA 15 and to FIFA 14. The game collection will be always refreshed.
An Xbox Gold membership is not a must if we are talking about EA Access, but without Gold you cannot access to multiplayer.
With EA Access you get a 10% discount on every single EA game and you are allowed to play without any additional fees the new EA games in full version five days before the game will be released. If you buy the game on the release day, you don’t have to do anything, just to pick up the controller and keep playing where you left off.
EA Access is a good service with a Very small number of flaws
First, when I purchased my subscription to the service I had several major questions, like: What happens when the servers at EA are down? How many bugs can I expect from this service? What happens when you are offline, can you play?
There was only once for about half an hour when the EA server was down. If you are not connected to the internet, you can still play with your downloaded EA Access games.
I think that there are very few bugs if any in this beta (at least in my experience) and at the moment the whole system is ready to roll.
FIFA 14 ultimate team seems down for like 3 days now, maybe because of the FIFA servers. All the other games seems to be working fine.
Is EA Access worth the money?
Definitely Yes. If you look up game prices, on Amazon EA is selling Battlefield 4 for $27.45, while FIFA 14 costs $50.00. There is now question, you get 3 killer games and a small for the price of only one if you got with the yearly subscription.
In overall EA Access is a great service and a great value. It’s a shame that Playstation has bombed EA Access on their own platforms. I really think that Electronic Arts wants to turn their company around and make it more player and customer-friendly.
I believe that we will see more and more services like that from huge game developer companies and there is a chance that Ubisoft will also into the game of this kinds of subscription services.
I will give a 9/10 for EA Access coming up with this great idea and opportunity for the players. 9/10 not just because they are the first company to make it, but they wanted to make it available for both Xbox One and Playstation 4 players. In the near future I think we will see something like that on PC, if the classic gaming platform is appealing for EA to launch something like this or the very same service.
EA servers were a bit unreliable in the past, but no problems with EA Access servers so far