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Battlefield 1942 is now free on Origin

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EA is now offering Battlefield 1942 as a free download (opens in new tab) on Origin. The series' 2002 progenitor is listed in the demos section, but the official site (opens in new tab) is clear that it's fully free-to-play. The site has also enlisted the surprised/angry medic above to help spread the word: "35 machines of war?! Yeah, that's just what I needed: 35 more problems for me. You know what, why don't you go remove your own damn shrapnel?"

But don't mind him, his face has had a hard day. Go get Battlefield 1942. The textures might offend modern video-graphics consumers, but it remains one of my favorite multiplayer shooters. I've had way more fun standing on the wings of flying planes than I ever have respecting physics in Battlefield 3.

The release is apparently tied to the celebration of Battlefield's 10th anniversary, which was a couple months ago, so it's possible we just missed it. Either way, it's here now.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.