As an evolving platform with a number of quality incentives, EA Play garners its admirable share of gamers from all over the globe. This is only likely to see a rapid incline in popularity as the months pass on through to 2023 and beyond. And thanks to Xbox hosting it as part of the Game Pass Ultimate premium tier, its ascension will most definitely transpire a lot quicker than most bog-standard subscription-based platforms.
As for the here and now, EA Play has its plate full of fantastic first-party exclusives and slept on indies, all of which can be streamed and downloaded directly to subscribers’ consoles or PCs. The question that remains, as it often does, is which of them are worth checking out in July? Well, here are the games making the most noise over on EA Play right now.
5. The Sims 4: High School Years
Electronic Arts’ universally acclaimed life simulation phenomenon has made room for its twelfth expansion pack, High School Years, a spiritual successor to The Sims 3: Generations, among a selection of previously released Stuff packs. With that, fans of the series can once again plunge into the life of a student, either as a teenage prodigy, or a rebellious underachiever.
Like The Sims 2: University, High School Years sees you nudging your Sims along the path of self-discovery. By attending classes, as well as participating in a plethora of extracurricular activities, your adolescents can blossom into just about anything the heart desires. It’s an open world with an endless thread of opportunities — so it’s best to just let loose and have fun with it.
4. It Takes Two
If you thought couch co-op games had shriveled up and died a long time ago, then you were sorely mistaken. Thanks to Hazelight Studios’ absolutely bonkers multiplayer chapter, It Takes Two, the format is still alive and kicking. And, judging by the treasure trove of awards the multiplayer hit received following its 2021 debut, clearly it’s a format that still has plenty left to give.
It Takes Two went on to pick up multiple awards last year, including Best Game, Best Multiplayer Game, Best Family Game, among a series of nominations and overwhelmingly positive critiques. On top of its unique patchwork art style and humorous edge, the game also employs hundreds of hours of original content that never puts players in the same setting twice. Add a heartwarming story to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for everlasting success and unadulterated joy.
3. Star Wars: Squadrons
It’s time to take to the skies as one of the galaxy’s most tenacious pilots in Star Wars: Squadrons, a multiplayer space combat game by Motive Studios. As such, players will engage in immersive 5v5 fleet battles against endless bullets and beams in a bid for total domination over the field of stars. And that’s just the icing on the cake, as Squadrons also features a full-length campaign, among a series of alternative modes and customizable components for you to toy around with.
Star Wars: Squadrons received mostly positive reviews following its 2020 launch, mainly for its immersive gameplay and ability to transform even the most skeptical fans’ dreams into living, breathing realities. And so, if you yourself have ever fantasized about piloting an X-Wing into the heart of the battlefield, then Squadrons is sure to tick multiple boxes and send you on whirlwind adventures that are, quite literally, out of this world.
2. FIFA 22
Electronic Arts’ EA Sports division is the very backbone of the company, as it has been for the best part of forty years now. Not a great deal has changed since its inception, and series like FIFA, NHL, and Madden are all still a huge part of Electronic Arts’ world. FIFA 22, for example, retains its popularity even after seeing countless previous instalments and spin-offs over a thirty year period.
The goods news is, FIFA 23 is on the horizon, and yes, it will be coming to EA Play following its September 30 release. Until that time comes, though, fans of the sporting phenomenon will have to make do with its current chapter, FIFA 22. Although to be fair, that isn’t too much of a kick in the teeth, as it is perhaps one of the best football games money can currently buy. And as luck would have it, it’s completely free for EA Play subscribers.
1. Lost in Random
EA Originals‘ Lost in Random might have slipped through the net for most, but it continues to hold its own on the subscription platform as one of the best-kept secrets of the indie action-adventure world. And so, we’ll continue to sing its praises for all the while it sits on the canvas, waiting for lost players to unearth its gloomy world of wonders.
Lost in Random strikes a smooth balance of addictive combat with a Tim Burton-esque art style, forming what can only be described as an oddly satisfying fever dream. Its story, which takes players on a perilous journey through abandoned coves and misshapen utopias, is a far cry from what many would consider a normal approach to storytelling, no doubt. And yet, it works, and incredibly well, at that. It’s an original IP that boasts enough quirkiness to keep players gridlocked for days. It’s getting them into submission that’s the tough part.
So, what’s your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there any EA Originals we should know about this summer? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.