Free game alert: EA's giving away Dragon Age: Origins ahead of sequel's launch

Dragon Age: Origins

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Ahead of Dragon Age: Inquisition's launch in November, EA is currently giving away copies of BioWare's 2009 RPG Dragon Age: Origins through...Origin. It's the latest giveaway in EA's "On the House" program, meaning all you need is an Origin account in order to claim your copy.

The freebie only applies to the standard edition of Dragon Age: Origins, so you'll unfortunately miss out on the lengthy Awakening expansion and a few smaller pieces of DLC unless you decide to buy the (mostly excellent) extra content. Regardless, it's a fantastic fantasy RPG—the closest BioWare's ever come to the morally ambiguous storytelling of The Witcher—and definitely worth picking up if you haven't played it before. Or, for that matter, if you played it on last-gen consoles and don't ever want to hook those things back up again.

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You'll also have to decide for yourself whether it's worth buying Dragon Age II. I'm going to say... no. Just skip it and cross your fingers that the upcoming Inquisition is good.

The freebie promotion runs until Tuesday, October 14, so get on over and snag your copy. While you're at it, you can also grab a free copy of Bejeweled 3. EA really wants you to use Origin. Like, so badly. 

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