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Origin's New Year's sale features Battlefield 3 for $1

Origin New Year's sale

It's December 23, and you know what that means. New Year's Eve is still more than a week away! But much like the proverbial honey badger, Electronic Arts doesn't seem to care about calendars, and so it is that the Origin New Year's sale is live now.

The headliner here, as far as I'm concerned, is Battlefield 3, which is going for $1—and no, that's not a typo, that's one dollar. The Premium Edition, with all the DLC, special items, and "powerful new features," is half-price at $20, which still isn't bad as these things go. Most of the games in the sale are running at half-price, although there are a few other exceptions. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is down to $7.50 from $30, SimCity is $10 instead of $30, Sniper Elite V2 is $12.50 from $50, Lego: Lord of the Rings is $5, and so is The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition.

I think we can all agree that we don't really need another videogame sale at this point, but it's not like we're going to say "no," right? I'm a little bit unclear as to when the sale ends, however; the terms and conditions of the "New Year's Sale," linked above, say January 6, but the countdown on the "New Year's Sale Doorbusters," which is really just a small selection of games offered in the regular sale (and for the same price), cites December 27. Better safe than sorry, I suppose: If you want it, grab it while you can.

Andy Chalk

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.