I guess at some point I rated the EA Access service I subscribe to on my Xbox One. I know this, because my EA Access app just asked me to explain my 8 out of 10 rating.

That’s not a bad score, right? It’s not like a simple, unvarnished “YES,” but still pretty good. How to explain?


My first answer was “I don’t like the games in the Vault.” No offense, sports games! I wish I liked you more, Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age Inquisition.

My second answer was “the pre-release trials are adequate in length.” That was the closest available option to what I wanted to say, which was that “I quite enjoy playing games a week before they’re out. I feel like a proper game reviewer or YouTuber and love having the jump on things.”


EA Access is $5 a month, $30 a year and currently enabling me to play Plants Vs. Zombies 2: Garden Warfare days in advance. I feel like I live in the future. Or in Australia, which is similar.


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