EA is currently offering one of their best racing games (in the last few years) for free through their On The House program. All you need to do in order to get it is create or sign into your Origin account, visit the On The House official page and press “Download Now”. If done correctly, you should see the game in your Origin library, from where you can download it on any device.
However, if you are, for any reason, still not sure whether or not the game is worth downloading Origin, or if the game itself is worth downloading, here is a review of the game:
As soon as you start the game, you are greeted by an intriguing cutscene explaining the situation: Fairhaven is the city of speed, and among all other racers is the elite 10, called the Most Wanted. In order to join their ranks, you’ll have to earn enough reputation through street races, and then you will have to challenge them.
Once you complete the first race, you are free to explore Fairhaven, and…that’s it. Every single car in the game (except for DLC, but we’ll get to that…) is available to you right from the start. All you have to do is explore the map, find the cars, pull up to them and press a button. Each car has its own set of races, which feature customization components for the car as rewards. While this system may sound stupid and lackluster, the game actually has a lot to offer, as the base game features 123 cars spread throughout a fairly big map, so you have enough content to explore.
The only things locked in the base game are the races against the Most Wanted and their cars. You unlock those races by completing races and earning respect points, called “Speed Points” in this game. After winning a race against a Most Wanted opponent, you need to take down his car. This will also grant his car for use in-game.
Right from the start, the game shoves your friends’ scores and Speed Points in your face in the hopes that it will make you want to climb the scoreboard. This game is extremely competitive, or at least tries to be. Every little thing is counted on a scoreboard: your speed on a speed camera, your race time, the number of cars you discovered. While some might enjoy this, as it gives you more to do in the game, you can’t help but think that this aspect of the game was a bit overdone.
The competitiveness continues in the online mode. As soon as you connect to a lobby, you are spawned in an open-world environment, much like in the single player mode. Here, you and the others are supposed to drive to “meet-up spots”, where a chain of “events” will start. The events consist of team races or games such as “longest drift” or “longest jump”. The way it works is similar to GTA V’s freeroam mode where every now and then an event will start.
Alright, you got this game for free. But why? Why would EA offer a fairly recent and decent racing game for free? Well, one reason is that this brings a lot of new users to their platform. Another reason is… selling the boatload of DLC this game has. There are a lot of car packs for this DLC, ranging from “Movie Legends”, which includes iconic cars from popular movies such as James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 and DBS, to “NFS Heroes”, which contains beloved cars from previous games, including the popular BMW M3 GTR from the previous iteration of NFS: Most Wanted.
Besides offering these car packs, EA also offers “Timesavers”, which unlocks cars and upgrades, pretty much completing the game for you.