3 Games You Can Play for Free, this Weekend Only (Bonus: Gwent Public Beta)
Article by George Norman
On 26 May 2017
The week is almost over and you’re excited to go home and play video games all weekend long. But... you don’t want to play any of the games you already own and you don’t want to spend any money on buying something new. Well, since you’re not exactly sure what to play, let me throw a few suggestions your way.

Rising Storm GOTY Edition is completely free on Humble Bundle until Saturday. Fallout 4 and Racket:NX are free-to-play on Steam until Sunday. And Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is available for free to anyone who wants to try the Public Beta.


1. Rising Storm Game Of The Year Edition

The Humble Store Spring Sale ended on Thursday, May 25th. Don’t be disappointed if you didn’t get to buy something, because the sale is back as an Encore, running throughout the weekend and offering discounts on hundreds of games – including big name titles like The Witcher 3 GOTY, Dark Souls III, Dishonored 2, XCOM 2, Fallout 4, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, and more.

I mention the Humble Store Spring Sale Encore because it’s a great opportunity to get new games for cheap, but mainly because its announcement was accompanied by this: Rising Storm GOTY Edition is free for a limited time. You have until Saturday to get it from the Humble Store and then you have 15 days to redeem it on Steam.

Released in May 2013, Rising Storm is a first person shooter based on the Pacific campaign of World War II. You’ll get to experience beach assaults, jungle fighting, close quarters night fighting and more across Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Saipan, among other iconic battles.

Rising Storm GOTY is $20 on Steam. Act fast and you can get it completely free from Humble Bundle.

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is going to be released on May 30th on Steam. Pre-purchase the Digital Deluxe edition right now to get a 25% discount, exclusive character customization items, and the official soundtrack.

Learn more about Rising Storm here.

2. Fallout 4

I clocked over 250 hours playing Fallout 4 so… I might be just a little bit biased when I tell you that this game is definitely worth your time. Sure, there are some who say that Fallout 4 is nowhere near as good as Fallout: New Vegas, and there’s even a joke going around the web saying that "Bethesda took the RP out of my RPG." As always, my response to the criticism against Fallout 4 is that you should play it for yourself and see if you like it or not.

Thanks to Bethesda’s first ever Fallout 4 Free Weekend, you can do precisely that. Fallout 4 is free to play on Steam until Sunday at 1PM Pacific Time.

Fallout 4 takes place in a post-nuclear Boston. You are the Sole Survivor of Vault 111 and you’re on a mission to find your kidnapped son and avenge your spouse’s murder. And you’ll get to doing that, once you’re done fighting a few more raiders, taking over a few more settlements, building a few more things in your base… There’s such a lot you can do in this game, that’s what I’m trying to say here.

Fallout 4 is regularly priced at $60. But if you buy it this weekend, you can get it for a lot less than that. The game is discounted by 67% on both Steam and the Humble Store, meaning that you could get it for just $20.

And don’t forget about Fallout Shelter, the free to play title that puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault from Vault-Tec. You can get it from Steam or straight from Bethesda, via the Bethesda Launcher.

Learn more about Fallout 4 here.

3. Racket: Nx

If you have a HTC Vive virtual reality device, if you’re a fan of Squash-like arcade games, and if you’re not scared by titles that carry the Early Access Game badge, then you’re going to like that Racket: Nx is free to play on Steam until Sunday, at 1PM Pacific Time.

That’s a lot of ifs, and I’m not done yet. There’s just one more that I have to throw at you: if you like Racket: Nx, you can get it for a 15% discount. You have until May 29 at 10AM Pacific Time to get the game for $17 instead of $20.

Racket: Nx draws inspiration from Squash, Racquetball, classic arcade games, outer space and psychedelia. It is an "Arcade Space Sport" that has classic arcade-style game rules, focuses on spatial awareness and reflexes, and basically lets you play racquetball in a 360-degree arena.

As mentioned above, Racket: Nx is an Early Access Game. According to the developer, the full game will launch sometime in Q4 2017. The full version will have music, unlockable racket types, more game modes, competitive features, streaming tools, level creation tools, and lots of gameplay content.

Learn more about Racket: Nx.

Bonus – Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Public Beta

The game that CD Projekt Red is working on right now isn’t The Witcher 4. No, the Polish developer is working on turning Gwent, the mini-game featured within The Witcher 3, into a standalone title. And they’re nearly there, seeing that a Beta version has just been released to the public this week.

"Public Beta is an important step towards GWENT’s final release," said Marcin Iwiński, co-founder of CD PROJEKT RED. "We’re opening the gates to everyone who wanted to play, but didn’t make it into the Closed Beta, and — at the same time — we’re introducing some pretty significant content and gameplay changes like adding animated versions of cards for every card in the game, new starter decks, or how weather cards work,” Iwiński adds. “I’m extra curious how all of the community feedback we’ve incorporated will resonate with both current players and those who’re just starting. Please keep the feedback coming, we’re listening!"

The Gwent Public Beta is available for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. You can get the game from PlayGwent.com or from GOG.com.

Remember the Humble Store Spring Sale Encore I mentioned at the start? Remember that I mentioned The Witcher 3 among the games that are discounted? Well, you can get the Game of the Year Edition for half off and pay $25 instead of $50. The Witcher 3 GOTY includes the base game as well as the Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine expansions.

Extra Bonus - Overwatch Free Weekend

Overwatch just turned 1 and to celebrate, Blizzard is giving you the chance to play its hugely popular team-based shooter for free. As you can see from the image above, the free weekend starts today at 11AM Pacific Time and ends on Monday, May 29, at 11:59PM Pacific Time.

The Free Weekend is available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Instructions on how to join in the fun are available here.

Honorable mention - Medal of Honor Pacific Assault

Origin on the House is currently offering World War II shooter Medal of Honor Pacific Assault for free.

Tags: free weekend, video game, Humble Bundle, Humble Store, Steam, Rising Storm, Fallout 4, Bethesda, Racket Nx, virtual reality, HTC Vive, Gwent The Witcher Card Game, Origin on the House, Medal of Honor Pacific Assault, Overwatch
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