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I wanted to buy Dead Space 2 as a digital download (because I want to play it ASAP and because it is cheaper). The official site does not allow you to buy the game but I can get it via the Origin store.

Am I forced to use Origin to get my game after I bought it there?

If so for what aspects do I need Origin? (Origin has bad reputation that's why I want to avoid it)

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Its also available via steam store.steampowered.com/app/47780 –  NickSuperb Sep 20 '12 at 3:42
    
@Nick no i cannot buy it on steam. maybe because i am from germany. if i search for dead space 2 i dont get any results... –  Wandang Sep 21 '12 at 3:26

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If you buy a game through the Origin store, then, yes, you need to download and install the game through Origin. Buying a game just allows you to download the game from that location; it does not allow you to play it without installing it.

Origin is just like Steam; it's a digital download platform which allows you to purchase and subsequently download and play those games. The only ones you don't need to install are those that are completely browser-based, in which case, you wouldn't need Steam OR Origin.

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Saying Origin is just like Steam is like suggesting that an old Pinto has more than a few things in common with the Batmobile -- and I have my doubts about EA's ability to improve any of it. –  Shadur Sep 20 '12 at 8:09
    
I personally have never had any issues with Origin, and it does get better each which new release –  kalina Sep 20 '12 at 8:37
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While i never had any real issues with origin i have found it to be slow and unresponsive a lot of times. also the amount of games origin has compared to steam makes steam the better choice. –  Serge Bekenkamp Sep 20 '12 at 9:37
    
@SergeBekenkamp: As always, if choice is what you are after the best choice is "both". –  Matthew Scharley Sep 20 '12 at 13:28
    
i downloaded and installed it via origin. after that i uninstalled origin and can still play the game as i please. but some extra content requires origin which sucks. –  Wandang Sep 21 '12 at 3:27

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