The Sims 2

Free game alert: EA's giving away The Sims 2 after ending support for the game

EA continues its recent spate of free Origin games this week by giving away its best-selling elaborate murder-trainer The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection. EA just formally ended support for the game a week ago, a decade after the game's initial 2004 launch.

To get access you have to set up an account with Origin and download the client. Next, you have to redeem the product code "I-LOVE-THE-SIMS," regardless of whether that sentiment is true or not. For more detailed instructions you can check EA's official page here.

Along with the base game, Ultimate Collection gives access to the game's eight expansion packs: University, Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, FreeTime, and Apartment Life. I assume the co-branded "Stuff Packs" such as the H&M and Ikea packs are not included in the Ultimate Collection, though I haven't verified it for myself. The offer expires at the end of the month (July 31).

EA also has a second promotion running at the moment: Log in to the Origin client and you can snag a copy of Peggle for free, too.

Sure, both Peggle and The Sims 2 are a bit old at this point, but it's still a good gesture by EA—even if their end-goal is less magnanimous and more "Get you using Origin regularly."

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