Most gamers have a love/hate relationship going with EA. They love the titles the company puts out, but hate the way they do business. They buy up every smaller successful company and force the EA way onto them. One thing EA is doing well right now is trying to generate some extra income out of the already pricey games you buy. For $25 you can purchase a “season pass”. What this allows you is the following:
- Early Full-Game Digital Access: Three days before a game’s scheduled release, fans will be able to download and play the full version of all five participating titles on Xbox 360 and PS3™**. The digitally downloaded game will time out when the game is available at retail and consumers have the option to purchase the same full game on disc at retail. EA SPORTS Season Ticket subscribers can transfer all achievements earned during the three-day download period to the purchased disc, resulting in an early edge over the competition.
- Discounted Downloadable Content: Subscribers will get a 20-percent discount on all available downloadable content for participating EA SPORTS titles. Downloadable content, which enhances and refreshes the core game experience, includes such items as Ultimate Team packs, accelerator packs and gear upgrades.
- Free Premium Web Content: Premium web content extends the game experience beyond the console to a web browser. All participating titles will feature premium web content that will be free to EA SPORTS Season Ticket members beginning with the premium Creation Center packs for FIFA Soccer 12. These packs provide a deeper set of customization tools and abilities within Creation Center to build your own teams and tournaments, and will be available to the consumer until the membership to the program has expired.
- Membership Recognition: Subscribers are easily identifiable with an exclusive membership recognition badge displayed both in-game and on their EASPORTS.com profile.
So you get to play games 3 days early! Thats pretty sweet. And discounts with exclusive content is also very nice.
What is not so nice about EA? With Battlefield 3, they plan on giving each copy bought a one time use code to allow mutiplayer online. It’s not a bad idea if you plan to own the game and play it for a while. It’s a very bad idea if you are someone who plays a game, beats it and sells it to gamestop. You wont be able to sell the online play with the game. So this will tank the value of your selling, and the purchasing. This is bad news for gamestop more than anyone. They wont make as much on the games they give you $20 for and sell for $50.
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