Welcome to the weekend! Most people are probably going to be playing a little-known game called Elden Ring over the next couple of days, but if you're not interested in that, we've also got new Xbox Game Pass titles, three more Free Play Days games (including Assassin's Creed Valhalla) and a wide array of sales to take advantage of.
Here's what we're checking out this weekend:
Fraser Gilbert, News Editor
While everyone else is busy playing Elden Ring this weekend, I've got a few sports games I'm eager to keep enjoying on my Series X, such as PGA Tour 2K21 and Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. I've also just started Hitman Trilogy on Xbox Game Pass, and while I'm admittedly pretty terrible at it, it's definitely a lot of fun so far.
The other game I'm considering is Assassin's Creed Valhalla, which is part of Xbox Free Play Days this week. I'll admit that the near-100GB download size puts me off, especially considering my internet speeds aren't the best, but it's worth a try if I can find enough spare time over the next few days. That's about it for me I think!
Have a good weekend, folks.
PJ O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Well Elden Ring is finally here and, as an absolutely enormous FromSoftware fan whose played and enjoyed everything they've made since back in ye olden King's Field days, I am enormously excited to get stuck right into this brand new adventure.
I've have managed to have a few hours on the opening area so far, clearing a few small dungeons and riding my amazing double-jumping horse around the open world, but I'm fully intent on diving deep this weekend, pitting myself against a few proper bosses and dying hundreds (if not thousands) of times in the process. There's nothing quite like a new Souls game.
Have a good weekend!
Ben Kerry, Staff Writer
Now that I've ripped through GRID Legends for review, I'll probably put a bit more time into its multiplayer, given there should be a nice little community going right now at launch. Its arcadey action seems rife for frantic online fun, so I'll give it a whirl.
Otherwise, and I know it's not strictly playing a game, but I'll probably be sat in front of Twitch watching plenty of people suffer through Elden Ring. I don't quite have the mettle to do it myself, but that doesn't mean I won't have fun watching others try.
What Xbox games are you playing this weekend? Let us know down in the comments below.