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Play these Xbox One games for free this weekend

This weekend’s free Xbox One games give sports fans the opportunity to settle an age-old score.

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This weekend’s free Xbox One games give sports fans the opportunity to settle an age-old score.

Which is better? Football (American style) or rugby?* Fans of oval-shaped leather bags can sample the delights of both sports with this weekend’s Xbox One Free Play Days games.

EA’s Madden NFL 21 was released recently to a lukewarm reception. It plays well enough, but critics cite a lack of innovation and a tone-death story mode. This early freebie seems designed to drum up some enthusiasm.

Rugby 20 also received middling reviews. We expect EKO Software’s game had a much lower development budget, as it lacks the polish of EA’s mega-franchise, but it’s a solid representation of the sport.

Also free this weekend is Blizzard’s Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition. It’s an old but undeniably excellent slice of action role-playing.

All three games are free for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play until the stroke of midnight on Sunday. All achievements and progress will carry over to purchased copies of each game. Here are some limited-time discounts to sweeten the deal.

Xbox One Free Play Days Discounts

Madden NFL 21

  • MVP Edition – 25% off
  • Deluxe Edition – 20% off

Rugby 20

  • Standard Edition – 50% off

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition

  • Eternal Collection – 67% off

*The best is sport is football (global style),of course. And if anyone calls it soccer…


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