It’s almost that time of year again. Madden time. On August 25, the latest iteration of Madden hits stores. For Xbox One owners, you can get a taste starting today with a 10-hour free trial. For 10 hours you get full access to Madden NFL 16. Want to jump online? Go for it. How about getting an early start on your franchise? Knock yourself out.

You can keep any progress you make during the 10-hour trial if you decide to purchase the game.

Plus, EA Access members get a 10 percent discount when buying from the Xbox store.

I’m not the biggest Madden fan, but I can’t pass up a 10-hour trial. For $30 a year, you can’t beat the value of EA Access. I bought it to play Battlefield 4 with some buddies on Xbox One. I had already double dipped on PC and PS4 and figured what the hell. $30 a year for access to Battlefield 4 and other games plus early trials? Why not.

EA Access vault

Today, there are 13 EA games in The Vault:

Dragon Age: Inquisition
Battlefield 4
Madden NFL 15
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
NHL 15
EA Sports UFC
Need for Speed Rivals
NBA Life Live 15
Peggle 2
Madden NFL 25

Without EA Access, I would have never realized what an awesome game Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is. Seriously people, play it. It’s one of the best shooters out there.

Also, you can’t go wrong with early access for upcoming EA games. I know I can’t wait to jump on Star Wars Battlefront a few days ahead of release.

Plus, EA Access is putting more pressure on EA to deliver quality games. You can’t release garbage when there’s a 10-hour trial five days ahead of release. Or at least, gamers can vote with their wallets after seeing tons of gameplay or trying it for themselves.

I’ll be honest, I was skeptical when they first announced the feature. I didn’t think EA would add as many titles as they already have. EA has put me and all the doubters to rest. If you have a Xbox One and don’t have EA Access, change that. Now.

Have you tried Madden NFL 16 yet? Let me know what you think.

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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