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Far Cry 5 headlines new Xbox Free Play Days this weekend

Microsoft has another Free Play Days weekend coming at us this week, and some interesting titles are included in this promotion. As always, these Free Play Days weekends are open only to those who have Xbox Live Gold (which includes Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers). If you try a game out and decide that you like it, you can buy it at a discount, but only for a limited time while the Free Play Days promotion is ongoing.

The first game included in this weekend’s promotion is Far Cry 5. This is also the most recognizable game of the bunch, and it puts players in the role of a deputy who must work with the locals of Hope County, Montana, to reclaim the area from a doomsday cult and its violent leader, Joseph Seed. With Far Cry 6 on the horizon, making Far Cry 5 free during this promotion could be a way to build up some hype around the series in general.

Far Cry 5 is also home to a lot of different discounts this weekend, thanks to discounts not only on the game itself but various bundles that include DLC and in-game currency. For example, the Standard Edition of Far Cry 5 is down to $9 (85% off), while the Gold Edition is $18 (80% off), and the Insanity Bundle is at $22.50 (75% off). You can also pick up the Standard or Gold editions in a bundle with Far Cry New Dawn for $20 (80% off) and $32.50 (75% off), respectively, while the season pass, XL, and XXL packs of silver bars are on sale as well.

Along with Far Cry 5, Unturned and Bee Simulator are also free-to-play this weekend. Unturned is an open-world zombie survival game with graphics at least somewhat reminiscent of Minecraft, while Bee Simulator has you playing as a bee who lives in Central Park and experiencing all that a bee’s day-to-day entails.

Like Far Cry 5, both Unturned and Bee Simulator are on sale this weekend, but unlike Far Cry 5, there’s only one discount for each game. Unturned is on sale for $12.50 (50% off), while Bee Simulator is on sale for $16 (60%). The latest Free Play Days weekend is on now until Sunday, August 8th at 11:59 PM PDT.

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Overwatch headlines new Xbox Free Play Days weekend

Microsoft is hosting another Free Play Days event on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, making a handful of games free-to-play for the weekend. There are three games up for grabs this time, and they cover a pretty wide range of genres between them. This Free Play Days weekend is headlined by none other than Overwatch, which rolled out a cross-play beta earlier this week.

This isn’t just standard Overwatch that’s available through Free Play Days, though, but rather the Overwatch Origins Edition. The Origins Edition includes the base game and skins for five heroes: Reaper, Soldier: 76, Bastion, Pharah, and Tracer. It also includes in-game items for other Blizzard games, unlocking Tracer in Heroes of the Storm, a Baby Winston pet in World of Warcraft, portraits for StarCraft II, a Hearthstone card back, and Mercy Wings for Diablo III.

Overwatch is going free on Xbox alongside the launch of Ashe’s Deadlock Challenge, a new limited-time event that grants players new icons, sprays, and an epic skin for Ashe by completing matches and watching Overwatch Twitch streams for a certain number of hours. Ashe’s Deadlock Challenge is on now until July 5th.

Overwatch Origins Edition is joined by Saints Row IV: Re-Elected and Warhammer: Verminitide 2 for this Free Play Days weekend. Neither game needs much introduction these days, but if you’re looking to play a wacky third-person action game or a co-op monster slayer this weekend, these two titles fit the bill pretty well.

As always, Free Play Days games are available to everyone subscribed to Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. While discounts usually accompany these Free Play Days weekends, Overwatch Origins Edition is actually the only title on sale, as its price has been reduced from $59.99 to $19.80 for the duration of the weekend.

Unfortunately, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected and Warhammer: Verminitide 2 are both still at their normal prices of $19.99 and $29.99, respectively, so it seems that if you want to keep them after the weekend is up, you’ll be paying full price for the privilege. All three games are available now through Sunday, June 27th at 11:59 PM PDT.

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Battlefield V headlines PlayStation Plus games for May

Later this week, the calendar will flip over to May, which means it’ll be time for a new batch of PlayStation Plus games. Sony today revealed what those games are, announcing a pair of free games for PlayStation 4 and one game that’s specifically for PlayStation 5. It seems that Sony has some fairly big names lined up for May as well.

PlayStation 5 users will be getting a copy of Wreckfest: Drive Hard, Die Last for free next month. A competitive racer that’s described as “full-contact,” players will have to upgrade their cars so they can survive some reckless driving on the road to the finish line. Wreckfest offers up multiplayer modes that can support as many as 24 players and challenge modes that even put you behind the wheel of crop harvesters, so it could be worth the bandwidth for those who enjoy strange racing games.

On PlayStation 4, there are two fairly big names on offer. The first is Battlefield V, the most recent Battlefield game to come out of DICE and EA. This is the Battlefield title that brought the series back to World War 2, and while DICE and EA have already confirmed that there’s a new mainline Battlefield game coming later this year, there’s probably still plenty of time to dive into Battlefield V before it’s succeeded by that new title.

The second game up for grabs for PlayStation 4 will be Stranded Deep, an open world survival game that tasks you with surviving the Pacific Ocean. Like a lot of survival games these days, you’ll have to keep an eye on your health, thirst, and exposure levels as you play, making survival a more complicated matter than making sure you don’t get find yourself face-to-face with a hungry shark.

Even though Wreckfest is also available on PlayStation 4, it’s important to note that it will only be available for PS5 users next month. All of these games will be available from May 4th until through May 31st. April’s games are still available to claim and will be until May 3rd, so be sure to add those to your library if you haven’t already.

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Battlefield V Headlines May’s PS Plus Lineup

Sony announced the new PlayStation Plus lineup for the month of May, which includes Battlefield V, Stranded Deep, and Wreckfest. These games will go live for PS Plus members starting on May 4 and are all playable on PS5 thanks to backwards compatibility.

Battlefield V, Stranded Deep, and Wreckfest: Drive Hard, Die Last are your PlayStation Plus games for May: https://t.co/ZtoKbYN1nq pic.twitter.com/exayc8bui4

— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 28, 2021

The PS4 version of Battlefield V will be available on PS Plus throughout the month of May. This sends players back to World War II with epic, large-scale battles online and offline. It features a tight, condensed single-player campaign, along with a competitive multiplayer mode that pits squads against one another on massive maps during a historic time period.

Battlefield V’s inclusion lines up nicely with news of the next installment in the series, which will release in 2021. EA and Dice stated that the next Battlefield game would be officially unveiled “soon.”

Next up is Wreckfest, which will only be available for PS5 owners. This driving game emphasizes crashing (ala Burnout), car customization, and competitive battles online via the PSN. It offers different vehicle types such as crop harvesters and three-wheelers. Wreckfest comes to us from Bugbear Entertainment, the team behind FlatOut.

Finally, Stranded Deep is a PS4 open-world survival game that takes place on an island full of deadly creatures that are out to hunt players down. This game features a crafting system that encourages exploration in order to survive. After being in early access for several years, it finally launched in 2020, courtesy of Beam Team Games.

Players can add all three games to their library starting May 4 through May 31.

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