Just my experience - I got FIFA 13 during the EC sale, redeemed it on Origin and downloaded the game with no issues. It's patched itself at least twice since then with no intervention from myself. Don't know if that automagic patching process is game dependent though.
But did it patch through the Origin client or through the game? In my experience the Origin client hasn't been doing any patching and doesn't give you the latest version when you download. Maybe that will change with some newer games that are fully integrated into Origin like Sim City, I don't know.
It seems like Origin just gives you the 1.0 version and then relies on the game to do the patching, or has with the games I tried.
BTW I just download The Sims 3 from Origin (non-refresh version) and it downloaded 1.063 which is the original version that was released in June 2009.
Then when you run the launcher it prompts you to do updates which coming from that version will be substantial.
The refresh is a lot more patched up to date so for those buying that now you shouldn't have to do as much updating but there have been some recent patches so you'll still have to do some.
I don't understand why EA with all their resources can't just make it so whenever you download any of their games from Origin you automatically get the latest version without having to patch on to of that. *shrug*
I'm sure it's on their Origin to-do list road map.
*Edit: Apparently, it was on their to-do list for Quarter 3 in Fiscal year 12
, so I guess they've missed that deadline (they just released their FY13 3rd quarter #s) unless it's only for newer titles and not retroactive for older ones like Steam does.
On an unrelated note, I noticed from snooping around on EA's press release site that they just released Origin for the Mac
and Sims PC download on Origin is now showing as "win/mac"
. Previously the DD only showed as "Win" and the physical disc was the only one showing as Mac. I wonder if this means if you activate a Sims key to Origin that it's now cross platform and you can also download the Mac version. I don't own a Mac to try and install Origin on so I can't verify but I was just curious.
I did notice in my Origin library if I right click on Sims 3 and do "Show game details" it shows the supported platforms as "PC, Mac".