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FREE GAME! EA and Maxis Outline Their "Redemption Portal"

Matt Gardner
EA Games, Freebies, Maxis, Redemption portal, SimCity

FREE GAME! EA and Maxis Outline Their "Redemption Portal"

Maxis are making good on their pledge of gifting a free game to anyone who's activated SimCity in the 13 days its been since the game first went on sale.

A new blog post has now showcased the freebies on offer, and delivered a little more info on how gamers will be able to snatch up EA's apologetic olive branch.

Here's the blurb:

Starting today, every player that has activated their copy of SimCity will receive an email that will give directions on how to redeem this offer, and you can also find more information on our FAQ. We’ll be opening up the redemption portal country-by-country so some of you may see it a little sooner than others.  The portal will be live worldwide for everyone to select their game by March 22. We don’t want any of you to miss out on your free game, so please note that you must register your copy of SimCity before March 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM PDT and you must claim your free game by March 30, 2013 at 11:59PM PDT.

In short, you'll be able to access the "redemption portal" by the end of this Friday, and you have until next Monday to register the game. This means that if you buy SimCity this week and register it online, you can get a free game too.

Here's the list of freebies you'll be able to choose from:

  • Battlefield 3 (Standard Edition)
  • Bejeweled 3
  • Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
  • Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition)
  • Medal of Honor Warfighter (Standard Edition)
  • Need For Speed Most Wanted (Standard Edition)
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition

There's more info and a legal disclaimer to be found here. As far as we can tell, there's no transferring of souls involved.



Add a comment7 comments
DrTrouserPlank  Mar. 18, 2013 at 17:05

There's whining aplenty on the official forums about how much the list "sucks", and how the one specific game that some people wanted isn't on there (some of the requests aren't even EA games which makes you wonder what planet some people are living on).

I think that's a pretty good list with a decent choice of some fairly modern games. I thought they'd probably offer ME3, although I thought that would probably be the best game on offer.

Nevertheless, it still doesn't excuse or negate in any way the amount of work that needs to be done to make SimCity work properly and as intended.

targetbsp  Mar. 18, 2013 at 19:33

If you happen to want Dead Space 3, which I do, then this is a fantastic offer. It's new and still expensive. In fact, it costs more than my SimCity pre-order did!
I thought the list would be a selection of their older titles rather than the latest titles from several of their series.

MattGardner  Mar. 18, 2013 at 22:05

We still want expanded city limits and an offline option please Maxis.

However, kudos as well to EA/Maxis for bothering to do this. Does it fix the problem? No. But it wasn't a fundamentally necessary gesture either. They could have let it all blow over.

I myself will almost certainly be going for SimCity 4 (I lost the original disc ages ago), which ought to give some indication of the emptiness of the patience reservoir that SimCity 5 has plumbed.

If they'd have given away an X360 dl code for NFS, I would have been all over that like a fat man on a cupcake.

targetbsp  Mar. 18, 2013 at 23:34

There's an origin client update out that's giving out the free games already. Dead Space 3 now downloading. :)

Late  Mar. 19, 2013 at 09:40

Strangely, I find myself pining for SimCity, now, despite all it's problems.
Maybe this version, maybe an earlier one. My computer meets minimum spec for the new game, but not the recommended spec - but of course is massively over the recommended spec for SimCity 4.

Wish they'd do a console version. I've not played a game on the pc in years (and can rarely get near it - I think my eldest is glued to it). In fact, I might even have the game somewhere. From time to time I buy a pc game fully intending to play it, but I never do.

Kudos Maxis/EA. Despite the fact your game is broken, and the fact my computer would struggle to play it, I find myself wanting it. :\

targetbsp  Mar. 19, 2013 at 10:13

I've played the new SimCity loads. Love it. It has its share of issues and would benefiting from patches for a while to come but its addictive as heck and I would say in my top 3 games of the past 12 months.

If you do go for SimCity4, no matter how over the spec you are, make sure you change the in game graphic options from hardware to software rendering. Amusingly, modern 3D cards can't cope with it whilst modern CPU's can handle drawing the graphics and the rest of the game perfectly smoothly.

parabolica  Mar. 19, 2013 at 12:14

Reading the problems with this game actually puts me off the genre. It is nowhere near the game that was promised, I've lost faith they will actually achieve that. It needs a complete re-work of the AI.
Fake sims, broken trafic and tourism. Slow emergency services and workers that don't actually commute makes a mockery of the game having a transport infrastructure.

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