The Three Best Games in EA’s Vault

Okay, if you’re an Xbox One gamer, you have to have a membership to EA Access. Seriously, there’s no reason not to. For thirty bucks a year, you get early access to just about every EA game that comes out, where you can play them for (usually) ten hours in the days leading up to regular release. You also get a discount when you buy the games.

But the best reason to have EA Access? It’s the Vault, duh. An ever-growing list of games that are basically free to play (well, thirty bucks a year to play.) Seriously, there are 43 games in the vault right now. That means, if you have a subscription to EA Access, there are 43 games you can go and download to your machine right now. Of course, if your subscription runs out you can no longer play the games, but 43 games (and more to come) for thirty bucks a year? That’s a steal!

But what games do you NEED to play? If you got the service today, what three games should you worry about adding to your hard drive first? Well, don’t worry readers, I’ll let you know down below.

Star Wars Battlefront

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There was a lot of whining about this game when it released, and there’s still some whining now, but don’t let it fool you. Somewhere along the line gamers decided they weren’t happy if they weren’t whining, so just ignore them. Battlefront is fun, furious, and there’s never been a game that does a better job of making you truly feel as though you’re living a Star Wars film. It’s a multiplayer shooter that encourages you to play lone wolf. There’s no voice chat, and while that would be hugely detrimental to something like Battlefield, here it works. Battlefront isn’t a game that needs a group of players to be working together to really push their team over the top. Objectives are clear and simple, and when everyone is pushing towards a goal, somehow everyone falls into step without being able to easily communicate. Everyone gets to feel as though they’re the most important part of the Rebellion (or the Empire)

Battlefront is fun, furious, and there’s never been a game that does a better job of making you truly feel as though you’re living a Star Wars film. It’s a multiplayer shooter that encourages you to play lone wolf. There’s no voice chat, and while that would be hugely detrimental to something like Battlefield, here it works. Battlefront isn’t a game that needs a group of players to be working together to really push their team over the top. Objectives are clear and simple, and when everyone is pushing towards a goal, somehow everyone falls into step without being able to easily communicate. Everyone gets to feel as though they’re the most important part of the Rebellion (or the Empire) without becoming just a gear in a well-oiled machine.

And of course, you can play as Luke, Vader, and a number of other Star Wars heroes and villains. Carving through fodder with a red lightsaber has never been so fun.

Madden 17

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It is EA after all. There’s no shortage of sports games on their service whether you’re into soccer, golf, or basketball. But Madden is a franchise unlike any other, a yearly beast that falls stagnant for a few years and then is gloriously reborn. The latest Madden released to the vault (only a day ago as the time of this writing) is one of the gloriously reborn.

Madden 17 takes a long hard look at franchise mode and basically rebuilds it from the ground up. It’s refreshing as a player who has never gotten into the build a super team out of trading cards gameplay that Madden has favored as of late. In the fresh franchise mode they’ve put more of emphasis on drafting if you’re into that sort of thing, and with the ability to only play the moments that matter in each game, you can get through a season rather quickly, without leaving everything to the whims of the computer simulation.

But really, no matter what mode you prefer in Madden, there’s this to say: the game is good. The football action is realistic without sacrificing fun. Online works remarkably well, and creating your own superstar is as fun as ever.

Mass Effect

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That’s right, the Vault has Xbox 360 games in it. What a world we live in.

The Mass Effect series is one worth playing if you never have before, and you may as well start with the first game, even if the second is wildly considered to be the best. (All three Mass Effect games are in the Vault.

It’s a sci-fi story that you help create. You can romance potential lovers, scout various worlds in a six-wheeled space car that can hop, and make your way through varied maps with laser guns blazing.

I’m a sucker for games where you create your own character, and Mass Effect does it better than any other game. You pick your looks, sure, but you also choose a backstory which suits you and will have an effect on how the NPC’s speak to you. With branching conversations to boot, you would almost have to play the game ten times to hear and see everything it has to offer. Seriously, if you haven’t played Mass Effect, go do it.

Those games should get you started if you’re just diving into the vault, but there’s plenty of other games worth playing. Battlefield 4 is a standout in the series, and Skate 3 was recently added. The last few Fifa‘s have been top notch, and I’m a big fan of last gen’s SSX revival. The point is, with more than 40 games available right now, there’s something for everyone.

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