Xbox One owners can now try out another excellent game for free this weekend, but it won’t be available all that much longer so make the most of it whilst you still can.
Every week Microsoft reward their players with some kind of freebie because they just want to be loved. This is on top of services like Game Pass, which basically let you play a small amount each month to have access to nearly every game that comes out.
They’re doing good things for their consumers, and it’s probably going to pay off when it comes to the next generation of consoles with Xbox Scarlett.
Well, this week, the freebie is the chance to try out an excellent game for free, one that started off life as a free game on PlayStation 4 back in 2015. Irony much.
It also happens to be probably one of the best multiplayer games around.
I am, of course, talking about Rocket League.
That’s right, up until July 15th 11:59 pm PDT, Rocket League is free to play as part of the Xbox Free Play days Scheme.
That means you’ve got a whole weekend to delve into this frantic game. This is a game that bravely asks, what if football but cars? Well, rocket-powered cars that can defy gravity and a giant football the size of a couple of them that explodes whenever a goal is scored.
It’s the sort of game that sounds like it was conceived by two drunk blokes and a master plan scribbled onto a bar napkin whilst eating some pork scratchings.
The free game days announcement was made over on Xbox Wire via this post, and it seems as though it might be trying to get you to buy it as the game is also currently half price.
We’re fairly certain that’s the end result Xbox are going for anyway.
In case you’ve never heard of Rocket League, here’s the rundown straight from the futuristic horse’s mouth:
“Rocket League combines soccer with driving in an unbelievable physics-based multiplayer-focused sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars! Choose from a variety of high-flying vehicles equipped with huge rocket boosters to score amazing aerial goals and pull off incredible, game-changing saves!”
If you’ve not heard of Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, then you’re not alone in that, so don’t worry too much.
Rocket League has a bunch of different game modes, where you play in matches of between 1 and 4 players as they all try and win the match.
In fact, don’t trust us, here’s the developers at Psyonix explaining all the good stuff that can be found by playing. It’s like the white bit in the middle of an Oreo. The good bit.
Hit the Rocket League pitch by yourself in 1v1 Duels, or invite friends and play 2v2, 3v3, or the chaotic 4v4 mode. There’s also Hoops Mode for basketball fans, Snow Day that combines Rocket League and hockey, and the zany Drop Shot and Rumble modes. All playlists can be played against online opponents or locally for couch co-op fun.
Also live right now is the totally tubular ’80s-themed in-game event, Radical Summer. Earn Cassettes from playing Online Matches, which can be redeemed for unique in-game items inspired by ’80s pop culture. Jump into Casual, Competitive, or Extra modes to earn Cassettes, or try out the new limited-time mode, Spike Rush.
Players will also earn items from Rocket Pass 3, Rocket League‘s timed progression system. Earn XP from Online Matches and by completing Weekly Challenges to earn in-game items that can only be found in this Rocket Pass. Progress through Rocket Pass for free or upgrade to Rocket Pass Premium to expand your item collection even further.
It’s a genuinely great game, and having the chance to try it out for free is a nice chance to see if it’s for you. plus, your progress from this weekend will transfer over if you buy the game itself, and if you’ve got Game Pass then you can just play it there.
Who doesn’t love all of this good free stuff?
If you’re on the looking for other free stuff, make sure you check out the Games with Gold freebies for July 2019, which look a lot like this:
Play the critically acclaimed and award-winning puzzle-platformer, Inside. Hunted and alone, take control of a young boy through creepy atmospheric environments, survive all forms of deadly traps and enemies and journey your way to the heart of a covert institute. What mysterious horror await?
Big Crown: Showdown
Your friends become your foes in Big Crown: Showdown. Compete for the crown in 4-player local or online multiplayer in three wacky worlds full of medieval shenanigans. Engage in frenzied fights and avoid perilous hazards in a fun and entertaining title for all ages.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Dracula’s castle has risen again and it’s up to you to save the world from the nocturnal threat in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. In this 2-D adventure/RPG platformer, battle the forces of evil, upgrade your armour and stats, and solve the mystery of what became of the previous hero, Richter Belmont. Solid non-linear gameplay and multiple endings make this cult classic a must-play.
Meet the Robinsons
Save the future by travelling to the past in Meet the Robinsons. Based on the animated movie, help Wilbur Robinson pursue the dastardly Bowler Hat Guy and his robotic hat, Doris, through time and thwart their evil plans. Armed with a collection of scientific gadgets, solve puzzles and battle your enemies to fix the time stream!
Full disclosure, you can’t download Big Crown: Showdown or Meet the Robinsons just yet, they’re only available from July 16th.