EA reveals free SimCity compensation games

EA has revealed a list of games being offered free of charge to SimCity players as compensation for the title’s disaster launch.

Any consumer who purchases and authenticates SimCity by March 25, 2013 at 11:59pm PST will receive a token to download a digital PC version of one of the following games:

  • Battlefield 3 (Standard Edition)
  • Bejeweled 3
  • Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
  • Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition)
  • MOHW (Standard Edition)
  • NFS Most Wanted (Standard Edition)
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition

SimCity owners will be granted access to a free game portal in waves beginning this Wednesday, March 20. All users will have until March 30 at 11:59PM PST to redeem their free title. Check out this EA FAQ for information on how to do so.

EA said last week that it was nearing the "all clear" on the crippling server issues that have ruined the SimCity experience for many users.

We said in our SimCity review: “SimCity's a mess of moving parts, occasionally clicking into place and allowing for brilliant experiences before coming undone and tearing everything down. With updates to both server stability and the game itself, SimCity's wonderful moments may be able to overtake the bad ones to create the best game in the series. But if those don't come, EA's bustling metropolis may end up a ghost town.”


  • brickman409 - March 18, 2013 3:38 p.m.

    I might buy simcity now. I'll get a broken game and a working game for the price of one. They'll probably patch simcity eventually though right?
  • CUFCfan616 - March 18, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    everyone's gonna pick Bejewelled 3 right?
  • CrashmanX - March 18, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    Buy SimCity, get Dead Space or Mass Effect 3 for free? Tempting. But that means I have to install Origin..... ew.
  • PlainLikeVanilla - March 18, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    Those games are much better than I was expecting them to be. It still doesn't make up for SimCity but it's a step in the right direction.
  • Child Of Death - March 18, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    Well at least the games they are giving out for free are good. Except MOHW of course
  • BladedFalcon - March 18, 2013 11:01 a.m.

    How cute, they're giving away a SimCity game that you can actually play! :D
  • Vordhosbn - March 19, 2013 2:28 a.m.

    Not necessarily - I still have my SC4 disc, and haven't been able to play it for months due to BSOD's, and no amount of patching/fixes seems to work. Doesn't play will with newer OS's apparently. Sucks, because now I can't play SC4 but also don't want to buy a broken new Sim City (and the tiny city sizes are a turn off too).
  • MrXLiebezeit - March 18, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    Well this most definitely fixes the problem at it's core... Oh wait, no it doesn't....
  • samiamJack - March 18, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    Good for them, they messed up and they know it so now they at least did something. Probably would have been better to give people free dlc but free games aren't bad either
  • bigjerd886 - March 18, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    Well by giving away the standard edition of all these games they can still make money off the DLC for them. In the end they'll still make more money.

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