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Need for Speed: Most Wanted is free on Origin

Thanks, EA

Electronic Arts is giving away 2012's Need for Speed Most Wanted on its Origin service starting today. The Windows PC version of the game is the latest addition to EA's On the House offerings, joining the group of free, downloadable games.

An Origin membership is required to download the game; registration for an account is free, and all On the House titles are yours to keep forever.

The previous On the House game was Jade Empire, the role-playing game from BioWare. Other past titles have included Dead Space and Plants vs. Zombies.

Most Wanted first saw release in 2005 as the racing game series' ninth installment. That version was developed by EA Black Box, but it was Burnout series developer Criterion Games that took charge of 2012's reboot. Criterion's version of Most Wanted drew inspiration from its forebears as well as the Burnout series, and combined open-world gameplay with a multiplayer focus.

We liked the game when we took it for a spin on the Xbox 360 upon release. It was later followed by 2015's Need for Speedanother rebooted game in EA's racing franchise.

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