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If you've managed to avoid playing Dead Space all the years, EA is now rewarding you for your laziness. They're giving away the survival horror game for free.

The freebie is only available on PC through Origin. That's the only "catch" here, though. You're getting the entire game for no charge. There's not a single microtransaction in sight.

"We're gamers, too. We appreciate you making Origin your gaming home ... and besides, who doesn't like free stuff?"

The fact that this story contains the word "EA" means that there are going to be a lot of cynical reactions. It's inevitable. I'm expecting comments to the effect of "They're just doing this giveaway to make us use Origin!" or "They're just giving us the game to make us like them more!" or "They're just giving us the first game free so we'll buy the other two Dead Space games!"

To that, I can only reply: well, yeah. Companies hand out free things with some hope that you'll view them more favorably and maybe use their products more in the future. Valve's motives for giving away Left 4 Dead 2 at Christmas were no more pure than EA's with this giveaway. Even companies that try to give off the cool, "we do it all for our fans" vibe are still companies. They want you to be their customer and a freebie's one way to try and win you over.

The important thing is that Dead Space is free and it's a good game. DS is an action survival horror game set in the future. The player character is space engineer Isaac Clarke, who winds up on a ship filled with monsters. Thanks to its mix of features from System Shock 2 and Resident Evil 4 it was one of the best games that EA released for the last generation of consoles.

If your hatred for EA conflicts with your desire for free stuff, you'll have some time to work out your moral dilemma. The Origin page for Dead Space says that the game will be free until May 8th.

Maybe I'm overestimating the amount of EA hate out there, though. After all, they lost the award for Worst Company in America this week.

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