Free EA games to soothe SimCity woes revealed: SimCity 4 (!), Dead Space 3, and Battlefield 3 included

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SimCity-review-5.pngEA have revealed the list of games they’re offering up for free as a way to appease gamers affected by the botched SimCity launch. And, amazingly, that list includes the latest SimCity’s offline precursor, SimCity 4!

According to EA in its press release:

“Starting today, every player that has activated their copy of SimCity will receive an email that will give directions on how to redeem this offer, and you can also find more information on our FAQ . We’ll be opening up the redemption portal country-by-country so some of you may see it a little sooner than others. The portal will be live worldwide for everyone to select their game by March 22. We don’t want any of you to miss out on your free game, so please note that you must register your copy of SimCity before March 26, 2013 at 06:59 AM GMT and you must claim your free game by March 31, 2013 at 06.59 GMT.”

The free games being made available through EA’s Origin digital storefront include:

* Battlefield 3 (Standard Edition)
* Bejeweled 3
* Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
* Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition)
* Medal of Honor Warfighter (Standard Edition)
* Need For Speed Most Wanted (Standard Edition)
* Plants vs. Zombies
* SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition

The download portals for each international region will open at the following times:

North America by 5pm PST/midnight GMT on Wednesday, March 20.
Europe by 5pm PST/midnight GMT on Thursday, March 21.
Asia & South America by 5pm PST/midnight GMT on Friday, March 22

SimCity was launched on March 5th, but was plagued by problems relating to its online components. In our full review, which you can read here, we concluded that:

“If we’re to believe we’re entering a time when games are seen as much as a “service” as an isolated product, SimCity’s first few weeks stand to show that the service has to be at least as good as the game mechanics it supports if you’re going to avoid a damaging backlash as a developer. There’s fun to be had in SimCity, that’s for certain, but its problems make it feel less enjoyable than previous entries into the series.”


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