EA is one of the more maligned publishers in the industry, and some of that can be attributed to their push of a proprietary client in Origin and their restrictive online and DRM features in games like the most recent SimCity. That’s why it’s so surprising to see the publisher put up three excellent games on the DRM-free digital storefront, GOG.
Dragon Age: Origins is an excellent throwback to old-school PC RPGs, and easily the best part of the series. You create a character and play through one of numerous unique origin stories before you’re recruited as a Grey Warden and sent to fight the hordes of demonic Darkspawn. The Ultimate Edition includes the full-length expansion pack, Awakenings, as well as all the game’s DLC.
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Dead Space is a terrific horror-action game, perhaps the best in that genre since Resident Evil 4. You take control of engineer Isaac Clarke, tasked with clearing the USG Ishimura of an infestation of deadly reanimated corpses. You won’t be using assault rifles and shotguns to take down the Necromorphs, and instead have to rely on futuristic mining tools to dismantle the undead enemies.
SimCity 3000 is perhaps the least remembered of the classic city building franchise, but while it’s not quite SimCity 2000, it’s still an excellent simulation game. You can construct cities in a sandbox or work your way through one of 13 scenarios and prove your mayoral chops. The GOG edition includes extra building sets based on European and Asian architecture, as well as a custom Building Architect tool and a Scenario creator.