Mass Effect 2 is now free on Origin

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Mass Effect 2, which after a rigorous application of the scientific method we determined to be the best of the original Mass Effect trilogy, is now free on Origin. 

The standard edition of ME2, which is missing bonus weapons and armor, soundtrack, digital art book, and other bits of content included with the not-free Digital Deluxe Edition, is the latest game to be added to EA's "On the House" lineup. There are no catches: Just go here, click the "Add to my library" button, and have yourself a nice day. Once you've got it, you keep it forever, but it is a time-limited offer so you should probably get on it. 

If you've missed Mass Effect so far and like what you see in ME2 (which, despite our obvious and incontrovertible proof, is not my favorite of the series), you can currently snag the full trilogy for $15—half-off the regular price. 

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.