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Origin is the new name for the EA Download Manager, a simple application for downloading and playing games from Electronic Arts. View full description


  • Efficient
  • Easy to use
  • Automatic patches and updates


  • Only supports EA games
  • Downloads are unplayable without it

Not bad

Origin is the new name for the EA Download Manager, a simple application for downloading and playing games from Electronic Arts.

If you prefer to buy digital copies of games instead of going out to the shops, for Electronic Arts games you need to download this application.As well as managing your premium downloads, Origin also initiates decryption of the games, runs the installer and launches it. If a game requires a DRM (digital Rights Management) license, this will be acquired by Origin too.

As well as downloading games, this app also keeps you up to date with patches and updates for your games, so you'll always be up to date. It is worth noting you cannot run downloaded games without Origin, as the DRM system requires it to be running. 2011's Battlefield 3 will be released exclusively through Origin on PC.

Origin is a perfectly capable download manager, although it is obviously limited to EA games. Time will tell if it competes with Steam or not.

EA Link is a secure yet simple application that lets you download your favorite EA PC games directly to your computer, saving you time and getting you in the game sooner.

Once you have EA Link, you’ll get access to all the latest PC games and patches, along with other great exclusive content – all of which can be yours with just a few mouse-clicks.




User reviews about Origin

  • Joel McLean1031886154

    by Joel McLean1031886154

    "Avoid Origin like the plague"

    Difficulties installing, updates screw up your machine, and then when it quits working (and it will), you are left ho...   More.

  • scoobydooking

    by scoobydooking

    "Very poorly tested = ORIGIN"

    has serious bugs, management not willing to fix it. Many installs including mine constantly have to "update&...   More.

  • User12345

    by User12345


    One word, TERRIBLE. Everytime I go to play a game it has to update for a few hours or the application won't open or i...   More.

  • taylorcampb

    by taylorcampb

    "Download speeds are a joke compared to steam. Dial up is faster than origin"

    The origin access is pretty cool if you dont have many of the vault games. But the download speeds are shit compared ...   More.

  • donfatzjr

    by donfatzjr

    "Will never buy a game on Origin again."

    Disgusting. Nowhere else have I spent money online, had the money taken from my account, but over a day and a half la...   More.

  • alexandrosbondarenko

    by alexandrosbondarenko


    All i wanted was to play my game.But no!i had to spend 2 hours to fix it, running to the f***** registry in order to ...   More.