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NBA Live 15 joins EA Access' roster of free games

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

NBA Live 15 has been added to the vault of free games for EA Access subscribers, Electronic Arts announced.

NBA Live 15 joins EA Sports UFC as the only two current EA Sports titles on the service. (The others are FIFA 14 and Madden NFL 25, both of which launched in 2013, and were made available at EA Access' launch in August.) NBA Live 15 is one of the fastest titles to join the vault, doing so four months after its launch.

Polygon scored NBA Live 15 a 6.0, saying it at last laid down solid fundamentals expected of a basketball simulation, though it still has a very long way to go to deliver the appeal expected of a major sports title.

EA Access is available only for Xbox One subscribers. Sony declined a deal to offer the program on PlayStation Network, saying at the time that "it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect."

Electronic Arts has said once a game goes into its vault, it will not be removed. Current vault games include Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Battlefield 4, Need for Speed Rivals and Peggle 2. The service also allows players a six-hour sneak preview of certain games in the weekend before their release.

EA Access costs costs $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year.