Pre-Order Mass Effect 3 on Origin and Get Battlefield 3 Free for PC

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flo21

so lame I was going to do it today and saw that the promotion was over, someone should sue them for breaking the March 5th deadline

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Vlad from Kharkov

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Wingzero_x

"Important Note: ME3 pre-order does not include a bonus copy of Battlefield 3."

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draven913

The promo has been shut down effective the immediately.

http://help.ea.com/article/Free-Battlefield-3-with-Mass-Effect-3-pre-order-offer-has-concluded

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highdef

I'd really hoped for a second that the "valid" location is for the physical purchase only.

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hammeredtoast

Hey, guys:

FREE GAME.

Case closed.

Jeepers.

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Svetty Parabols

Nothing is every truly free

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Wingzero_x

Especially on these digital download sites.

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zNelson24

Why can't you just let people use Battlefield 3 immediately after purchase? The game is already out, and would make an excellent time killer while I'm waiting for Mass Effect 3.

On Steam, you do not have to wait half a month for a game you got for free. If it's out, you get it immediately.

It's a nice step forward for Origin to offer deals that I would expect from Steam, but I do not like the sort of "grace period" (those were the best words I could come up with) that comes with the free game. Right now the only purpose Origin serves is to be a repository for games published by EA.

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Wingzero_x

Depends if they charge your card at time of pre-order, if they allow cancellations of pre-orders. There could be valid reasons behind it.

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ocnier

Okay, while this concept is good in general, its still pales in comparison to what would occur if the exact same offer were made on Steam. Here's my example lets say hypothetically BF3 were on steam now and this offer was produced on steam as well. The first thing that happens on steam is that if you bought Mass Effect 3 on steam and you already own BF3 on steam, then steam automatically allows you to "bank/store" your second copy of the game to be gifted now or later at your convenience. This would be a possible deal I would take part in but since I already own BF3 and I can't gift my additional copy to anyone (much less the offer clearly excludes people who already own BF3) this is a non-starter for Origin. The thing that kills me if EA wants to talk all this sound and bluster about how their service is just as good and that they are a viable competitor to steam, then why don't they offer at least all the baseline capabilities (like gifting) that steam already brings to the table. You factor the baseline capability with an already established community (something that takes years to build I might add) on steam and Origin looks pale in comparison. C'mon EA get your sh*t together take a long hard look at your product and get with the program. Right now your are a total FAILBOAT!

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Wingzero_x

Ford is not Chevy...Coke is not Pepsi...EA is not Valve... Microsoft is not Apple.... Google is not Yahoo...

Point is just because a product isn't exactly the same as something else doesn't mean it's a "FAILBOAT" If you remember the first year or two on Steam, it was terrible.

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ocnier

Your right Ford is not a Chevy, however they both make full sized trucks ie things with 4 wheels and a truck bed. Delineation of products come from offering ie a moon roof for ford or content in the case of EA, however like Ford to Chevy there is the expectation that they will least offer a vehicle with 4 wheels and a truck bed. In EA's case one of those basic "WHEELS" is the ability to offer gifting (you know like the steam, diret2drive, gamersgate, etc). So if all the other manufacturers have their sh*t together, what is EA's excuse for producing a vehicle for sale with only 3 wheels on it? I call that a FAILBOAT!!! Sure you can technically drive off the lot with only a rim on one tire, but you can't go very fast and the experience for the consumer is not good. HMMM..... I suspect you either work for EA or are just a fan boy. I hope its the former so you can tell your idiotic superiors that to launch a service with out basic functions is fail from the customer point of view. As for Steam's rough couple of first years well, your wrong there as well Steam started as patch service (that's all) it morphed later. EA/Origin started as a sales service from get go, so they've got no excuse but drink in the fail.

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Ghok

"Keep up the excellent operate and may even you may get achievement inside the finish."

I think these are good words of advice to EA.

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methuselah

The only thing I've ever ordered on Origin is BF3, the only thing I'll ever order on Origin again is BF4 or BC3.

Unless by that time Steam and EA have their differences worked out.

I'd very much like to play ME3 however, EA is the devil.

I will never purchase anything through Origin except through the aforementioned ever, period, end of story.

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praetor_alpha

Hmm, seems like a good idea, I think I might...

Wait, no, I was never planning on getting BF3, and none of my friends play it either. This is a terrible deal!

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Svetty Parabols

How about this deal EA..

I don't buy ME3, you can keep BF3 and I'll spend my money on Steam. Sure you may not miss my $60 but hopefully I have encouraged others to do the same thing.

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US_Ranger

I'm in the same boat. ME1 and ME2 were the best games I've played in the last 5 years but I refuse to get ME3 if I have to have Origin. I have no right to bash EA and their HORRIBLE business practices if I go out and purchase their products.

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Meat_Juice

I went to buy Battlefield 3 last night via Origin. The deal breaker came at checkout when they charged tax on the purchase. Steam has never charged tax. I cancelled the purchase from Origin deciding I can live without playing it. Having read this article today I thought I would pre-order Mass Effect 3 and I can play Battlefield 3 feeling I would be getting a bit of a deal despite the tax grab. Not so fast. EA/Origin won't release my copy of Battlefield 3 until Mass Effect 3 is released.

EA take note: I've decided to take the easiest route of all available to me and download a cracked version.

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somerandomguy

Tax grab? Do you know how sales tax works at all?

Steam charges sales tax in places where they have offices, which is just Washington state.

EA charges sales tax in all the places where they have offices, which is Arizona, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, Washington, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon.

EA doesn't get to keep the sales tax. They're not charging you tax to try and get more money from you. Also, if you think about it for about two seconds, you'll understand why they don't give you the BF3 key until the game is released and your credit card is charged. Maybe not though, you don't seem very smart.

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Wingzero_x

Thanks some Random guy, and Meat Juice, just because Valve doesn't charge you tax, doesn't mean you don't owe that tax. There is something called state usage, which basically means if you purchase something out of state and they don't charge you (your)states sales tax, then at the end of the year as you're doing your taxes you have to declare it, and make restitution.

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shommy2002

sucks... This is just my luck I already own BF3 and without a doubt i will be buying ME3, EA can a get a Origin credit?

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draven913

I just bought BF3 4 days ago. I wonder if they will work with people like me.

I'm gonna guess no because EA is evil. I'll probably never use origin again after I get my BF3 fill.

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xx7ommyxx93

i am confused the offer says it is only valid in the us. i live the uk so dose the offer apply to me or not?

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IIAbeII

Seem's that Canada get more love then the Brits?

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MastaGuy

Think about it, if the offer is only valid in the US, then it does not apply to the UK.
Must I explain more?

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xx7ommyxx93

that just shit so the peaple in the uk get shafted then.

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xx7ommyxx93

that just shit so the peaple in the uk get shafted then.

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NineRaven

Gross. This couldve been a good deal if it was on Steam. Its too bad my PC wont be able to run this game anyways so I am gonna be playing this on 360. This is still technically a good deal buying a 60 dollar game and getting a 45 dollar game for free.

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Frencho

There's a mistake it should be : Pre-order mass effect 3 on Origin, get Battlefield 3 free on STEAM.

origin sucks balls... get those games on a worthy platform EA, abusive publisher.

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Wingzero_x

Exactly how is EA an abusive publisher? This may come as news to you, but it was Valve that removed the EA games from Steam, because EA wanted to make DLC exclusive to different platforms. EA games can still be found on other digital distributors like Direct 2 Drive, Impulse, and others.

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