Origin’s Black Friday Deals Are Great, Surprisingly

And so it is that the crush of Black Friday shopping deals continues apace. Next up on the list of things to blow your hard-earned money on, it’s Electronic Arts’ Origin service, which has several decent deals available for you. Amazingly, they don’t come with a promise to give them your first born son, or a requirement that you will only enjoy them in multiplayer. WARNING: They are all for EA games.

Honestly, these deals are pretty spectacular, up to 70% off in some cases. For instance:

* The Sims™ 3 Supernatural for $19.99.

* Battlefield 3 for $12.00 (!!!!).

* Saints Row: The Third for $19.99 (seriously, but this game immediately. UPDATE: There is a much better deal on Steam. Go buy it there.)

* The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings for $14.99.

What’s hilarious is that EA has extended these offers to Europe, and in doing so, they had to explain just what the hell Black Friday is. “Black Friday is a relatively new concept in Europe,” they explain. “It traditionally refers to the beginning of the Christmas shopping period and falls on the day after the American Thanksgiving day. On Black Friday, US retailers tend to open incredibly early and offer amazing sales deals for a limited time only.” So make a note, Europeans: You’ve just been colonized by America’s worst version of Capitalism.

Anyway, these sales end today. Obviously, it means you have to deal with EA/Origin crap, and it’s almost certain Steam has better offers. But, at least EA is trying! For more information, head over to Origin.

Thanks, Joystiq.

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13 Comments on Origin’s Black Friday Deals Are Great, Surprisingly


On November 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm

they are selling stains row 3 for 10$ on steam, u must be getting paid by EA to tell ppl to go buy that crapy game…

Joe doe

On November 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm

lol u keep removing my comments saying that Saints row 3 is for sale for 10$ on steam, u Realllly must be getting paid by EA, this just proves it

Ross Lincoln

On November 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I promise no one is removing your comments. I even updated this post with the Steam sale mentioned.


On November 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm

$15 for The Witcher 2? Seriously, jump all over that if you don’t have it already.


On November 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I hope the guys saying gamefront is getting paid by EA is ridiculous. That’s the first thing anyone has to say the second they disagree with a gaming site or in this situation, a piece of information escapes said site.
Seriously, if you follow gamefront enough to see this article then you know this site is legit. Plus, they always call EA out on their bs.
Oh, but I’m sorry, I forgot this was the internet, where all gaming sites are paid out, where all women are only good for making sandwiches and where everyone who doesn’t like a game is a COD playing 12 year or, even more original, a troll.


On November 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I dunno, any CD Projekt game is made for a “death to DRM” mindset. Buying it with the worst DRM possible?

Sadly the game is that damn good that it might be worth it. Giving it a completely new playthrough and finding a lot of the dialogue which I dismissed as just a bunch of crude f bombs actually has some good stuff. I mean, once you get past all the constant ploughing and f’ing.


On November 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm


I suppose one good thing about TW2 not having DRM is that people could delete Origin once they get the game going. At $15, I’d say it is worth the hassle. But yeah, I can see where having to deal with Origin is enough to give pause.


On November 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I see BF3 $12 and click the link. Its $24 :/


On November 24, 2012 at 5:32 am


Not just a pause, but a full stop…

I uses Origin if I really, really have no other options, ie. A good EA game, which is quite lacking these days… and in the future, it seems…

I do my Black Friday shopping on Steam… Not that I’m a fan of it, but why bother buying games elsewhere when the majority of your games are already there?…
Beside, they’ve got a good selection of Indie games on sale…


On November 24, 2012 at 5:34 am

Sorry, mistake and no edit to correct it…

@ R.J.


On November 24, 2012 at 7:27 am

well, thx for fixing it, i was thinking u removed my comment because there was some sort of bug yesterday because my comments vanished but came back after i made a 2nd comment. keep up the good work


On November 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Yeah, Steam has DRM, but at least it is pretty benign compared to the likes of Origin.

This is what I think of Origin’s DRM:


Cueball Noggin

On November 26, 2012 at 5:30 am

‘Stains Row 3′. Really, Max?