Phil vs. Phil: Is It Crazy to Skip Crysis 3 Because of Origin?

Owen: Origin offers you nothing? It offers you games! Why do you need anything else? If there is a game you want to buy and play, and it is only available in one place, why would you not go to where it is when doing so requires no additional investment? We are called “gamers” for a reason, and it isn’t because we like PC client interfaces.

I primarily use Steam, but I also use Origin. Why does it have to be one or the other? In reality, it shouldn’t. You can’t play Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Origin, and you can’t play Battlefield 3 on Steam, but there are surely plenty of people who do both. There’s little reason to lock yourself into one platform when there’s nothing stopping you from having it all.

Imagine if Steam and Origin and uPlay were physical stores you had to go to to get your games, and they were located side by side in a building next to your house. Would you be mad that you couldn’t just go to one of them to get all your games? It’s not a perfect analogy, I know, but that’s about what it feels to me. Neither Steam nor Origin nor uPlay requires me any extra effort or money to use, and they are all convenient to access from my computer, and I don’t have to only use one of them.

Hornshaw: No, there’s not a money investment, but there is a time one. Your store analogy isn’t bad, but it falls down when you add the fact that maybe I can play Origin games with you, but I can’t play them with (for example) Ross Lincoln, because he (hypothetically) doesn’t play games on Origin. That’s a limiting factor. Or maybe the people I’ve met on Steam and only know online are harder to access on Origin. I have to bug them for their Origin names. I have to wait for their friend requests. I have to do additional work that prevents me from playing the games with whom I want to play them, how I want to play them, when I want to play them.

If I’m buying a limited number of games in a year, the publisher sure as hell shouldn’t be throwing up roadblocks on my path to fun. And that’s what Origin is. That’s all it is. It doesn’t make gaming better, it makes it worse.

Origin might be where those games are, but if I don’t really care about those games, that’s just not a good enough reason to put up with it, at least hypothetically.

Owen: You may not care that much about them, but there are people who do, and the guy who sparked this discussion certainly does. If somebody does care, he should just play. He can complain about features and give constructive feedback, but if he wants to play, he should play. Vanilla Origin not being as awesome as Steam at 10 years is not a good enough reason to avoid playing the games you want to play. That’s all I’m saying.

Hornshaw: Fair points all. All I’m saying is that platform factors into the discussion. Not every player wants to play every game, and for as much as this dude claims to love Crysis, he clearly doesn’t love it that much. Maybe that’s a lesson EA should learn.

Phil Owen is a Game Front contributor and freelance writer. Find more of his work on Game Front here and connect with him on Twitter at @philrowen. Read more of Phil Hornshaw’s work here, and follow him and Game Front on Twitter: @philhornshaw and @gamefrontcom.

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22 Comments on Phil vs. Phil: Is It Crazy to Skip Crysis 3 Because of Origin?


On March 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

You guys look like you’re about to make out and also did you?

Phil Hornshaw

On March 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm


I dunno why Phil is making that face. I’m making a battle face. There is no making out with a battle face.


On March 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Phil Owen is clearly satan’s spawn.


On March 6, 2013 at 3:58 am

is it crazy to skip crysis 3 because it is an actually terrible game?


On March 6, 2013 at 5:32 am

Crysis 3 was kinda more of a dud to me, tomb raider blew it out of the water, and after Aliens: Colonial Marines, FPS shooters have been officially parodied for me to play any in the near future.


On March 6, 2013 at 7:45 am

Well, generic shooter is generic, even when it’s absolutely gorgeous to look at. Learned this a ways back with Crysis 1, so no surprise there.

Phil Hornshaw

On March 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

@bob @Freedonad

Fair point to skip the game on its merits — we really didn’t want to weigh in on whether Crysis 3 is actually any good (I haven’t even played it). I think the question is legitimate though: is the PC platform a reason to avoid a game you really want to play?


On March 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

In this case, I’d say yes. Now, if I look at Origin in an artificial bubble of isolation, there’s nothing significantly wrong with it compared to Steam. Yes, it’s a bit less optimized and yes there’s basically no community when compared to Steam. These issues were also true of Steam back in the first few years of its’ existence as well, so I can’t knock Origin for them without being a bit hypocritical.

The problem is that Origin does not exist in that fantasy bubble. It is an EA product, and use of it constitutes an endorsement of both EA and EA’s business practices. Using Origin to buy EA titles, or download EA data, or even just generate traffic on EA servers tells the corporation that you’re ok with how they do business.

My personal decision to not use Origin regardless of the game offered is based on moral, not technical, convictions. EA embodies the absolute worst abusive and outright fraudulent consumer business practices in the entire games industry. If it is allowed to be successful thorugh utilizing these practices, they will spread to the rest of the industry and ultimately make the gaming experience worse for everyone.

We, as gamers, need to have enough self-control to say no to purchasing titles from comsumer abusive publishers. We’re not crack addicts. The world will not end if I don’t play Crysis 3, but gaming as a whole could greatly benefit.


On March 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Hornshaw pretty clearly took this one.


On March 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I guess I’m missing the logic here. I have any number of EA games I’ve bought through non-Origin vendors: GameStop aka Impulse; GameFly aka D2D; Amazon (!); and–yes–Steam. Of course, these are generally older games that are selling at a discount.

So I really don’t quite understand this “either/or” mentality: all Origin is–or at least looks like to me–is a more structured version of the walled garden that every vendor craves (Bioware Community, anyone?). Origin doesn’t invalidate your existing EA games suite: it’s just a one-button control panel.

What, exactly, am I missing?


On March 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm

BTW…Crysis 3 is on sale on GameStop for one-third off retail…so if the “problem” with Origins is insufficient discounting, there do in fact appear to be alternatives! :-)


On March 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm

As much as I don’t like the idea of having more and more programs added to my computer where the only purpose of them is to activate a particular game, I don’t really let it bother me much. All of those programs are free, so it doesn’t add much of a financial burden, more of an annoying burden. Plus, I also am someone who games extensively on PC and PS3. I do so because there are games that I want to play that Sony will only offer on its console. The free, yet annoying, nature of Origin seems less problematic when I have purchased entire machines just to play certain games. I certainly do respect that people want to use what their friends use, but as someone who rarely plays multiplayer, that isn’t an issue for me.


On March 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Im sorry remember Half Life 2?


On March 6, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Yes, you underbridge dweller, we do remember HL2. We remember being exceedingly annoyed by the Steam interface requirement, and there were more than a few flame wars over it.

Here’s the difference. Most of us decided to give Gabe Newell and Valve the benefit of the doubt, gritted our teeth, and took a chance on it. We did this because Valve had, up to that point, been a solid game company that tried hard to do right by its customers. It still is. Valve’s history of good behavior resulted in it getting a pass on Steam from the gaming community.

EA, on the other hand, has a long and demonstrated history of pillaging good studios and franchises and f*#ing over gamers for every last cent they can get their greedy little corporate fingers around. Consequently, they don’t get a pass. Get it?


On March 6, 2013 at 8:20 pm

It is a hassle. It is yet another account where I have to remember the username and password. Imagine if you had to do that for every game franchise-Skyrim, Deus Ex, Civilization etc. I already have a lot of accounts to keep track of and I do not want to add yet another account to that list for no good reason.

There is a convenience to have all your games under one account. Right now its only 3 but this could quickly get out of hand and you’d have 10+ accounts for every franchise cause every company would love to to get your info and collect data from your gaming session.

I for one would like to play games from Ubisoft and Origin but I just refuse to do so on my PC for this very reason. I instead will simply play it on my PS3 and if that option did not exist I simply will do without it. I will not die with regret because I didn’t get to play a video game. After a couple of weeks I’ve already forgotten about that game and moved on.


On March 7, 2013 at 12:20 am

Origin is simply technical inferior: for example I can’t choose the game’s language in the UI for all games, just some; I have to descend into the registry. And to top it off EA offers the explanation, that the publisher decides if I get this option or not and they can’t do anything about it. That’d would be ok, except that the game(s) this was about were all published by EA.
Also: Origin is forgetting my login with every update.

To make it short: I use Origin for exactly one game which required it for activation (Mass Effect 3) and I had invested too much time into the series to just skip it. But I wouldn’t get Origin for a rather generic game like Crysis.


On March 7, 2013 at 6:29 am


You’re joking right? lol.

EA is BBB accredited with an A+ rating, Steam on the other hand has nothing.

Either way it goes, Origin is going through it’s growing pains the same way Steam did when it was released. I personally hated Origin the first few months it was released after they converted it from the EADM which worked perfectly fine.

Goa Weigh

On March 7, 2013 at 7:33 am

Whenever I see a post from ‘lol’ my table receives another head-shaped dent. You’d have thought after so many months of being repeatedly shot down he would at the very least choose a less fatuous screenname, but it’s like a child touching a stove.


On March 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

@LOL Only if the three b’s stand for backstabbing, boneheaded bullsh_tters. Then yes EA is approved. If it’s for anything nice, well, all I can say is, your special ed class misses you and want you back. They’ve got your medication ready. In fact Wisker0000 is waiting for you. Wants to give you a big wet kiss back. Go on little fella. Head on back ( cause your sure not wanted here).
Sorry I’ld talk more but I’ve got to go to the bathroom and make some littles LOL’s and these are smarter.


On March 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm

if people can boycott Walmart for their business practices – which cost them personally nothing – they sure can boycott a game because the business practices of the merchant.


On March 10, 2013 at 6:07 am

I absolutely agree with Phil H in regards to EA/Origin’s track record of new release multiplayer modes. It seems as though every time they release a game, I have to wait for at least three months and 75GB of patches before the multiplayer part of their games is playable (and even then it has its recurring issues).

I did play Crysis 3, and while the story provided a satisfying conclusion to the series (unlike AC3), half of the time I wasn’t sure whether I was playing an FPS or watching a 3DMark11 test. The difference between watching a movie and playing a PC game is that one activity is passive while the other is active – the Crysis developers need to realise this before they take another step down the dark CoD path to converting the FPS genre into the FPC (First person cutscene) genre.


On May 8, 2014 at 11:49 am

The EA doesn’t want to give Valve a cut argument is kind of weak considering that EA sells its games thru Amazon, Gamespot, and plenty of other outlets that all take a cut themselves. It’s a more petty issue than that.

The bottom line is that companies like EA and Blizzard don’t give gamers a choice, and that is lame.

I don’t like UPlay either – it’s clunky and useless – but at least Ubisoft sells thru Steam and only punishes users with an additional login and forces them into using the UPlay launcher they want nothing to do with – they can still at least buy the game from where they want to buy it.

EA already has a terrible reputation with so many gamers and the whole Origin vs Steam thing doesn’t help any. What’s better for EA – a sale to a Steam user at a slightly lower profit or no sale at all because someone like me doesn’t want to install Origin for just one game (Crysis3 in this case). There are tons and tons of great games out there. Nobody needs to suffer idiocy when they have so many options.