I decided on Dead Space 3 in the end. It was the only game of the bunch that I didn't already own and intended on buying myself regardless so saved myself some money there. I know some people out there didn't reckon much to the list but I for one appreciated the gesture, thanks EA
NFS:MW was tempting since Hot Pursuit was decent enough but if I hadn't been offered it for free I probably wouldn't have bought it like I would DS3. Also MW may not have been as bad as some of those reviews made it out to be tbh. We all know that SimCity is a great game, it just needs fixing up and some of its features turned back on. But if I based my purchase on the metacritic user reviews (or amazon) for it I'd have never bought it heh.
Speaking of fixing, and in reply to your comment on IRC last night since you'd gone when I returned Anny:
nah, not buying it until they fix it
if they never do, then I'll have wasted no money
We already know they've been working on fixes Anny. The traffic fix has already been completed and is coming in a "big patch" along with a bunch of other (unmentioned) stuff. It's going through QA right now.
They've also said that the rollbacks are another top priority for them and that these were being worked on too, maybe they're even in this next patch as well? Either way we know they're working on it and we know several stuff is already on the way.
So why not grab your copy of the game before next week and get in on the free game offer in the process? If you truely believe Maxis would never fix the game they have just spent years developing then you're delusional mate, what do you take them for?. Go get yourself a freebie whilst you can and just leave the game installed for when these patches hit man. You've got nothing to lose, only the free game you could have gotten if you decide not to