This weekend looks like it's going to be a bit of a washout – rain, drizzle, grey days and the autumn cold setting in.
What better time to hide away from the world at large and bury your head in a nice old-fashioned videogame, eh? If you're looking for something new to play, no worries – Xbox has your back.
Xbox One owners often get given some kind of freebie over the weekend, and as we head deeper into September nothing is due to change.
Microsoft announced this week that Madden NFL 20 will be free to play this weekend, but if you missed the news, you don't have long left to make the most of this deal.
Xbox Live Free Play Days FAQ
One of the perks of both an Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership: Xbox Free Play Days!
These special events are exclusive to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, giving you the opportunity to play select, fully featured hot games for free. All points earned and purchased DLC carries over if you purchase the game at the end of the free period.
Don’t have an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership yet? No problem! All Xbox Live members can play online with friends for free during Xbox Free Play Days for All events.
"Get ready for the start of the NFL season with this premier Free Play Days event on Xbox One!" reads a post on the Xbox Wire .
"Through this weekend, September 5 to September 8, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play Madden NFL 20 for free. Start your own journey and craft your story on becoming the next NFL superstar. "
It's worth noting that whilst the press release states September 8, it's actually September 9th for those in the UK.
If you like what you’ve played and want to keep the fun going once the trial period is over, Madden NFL 20 is available for purchase at a discount this weekend for a limited time.
If you decide to purchase the game, you'll keep all progress and achievements in the final version.
If you don't know too much about the game, a press release notes:
"In Madden NFL 20, you are at the center of everything. Experience the thrill of the gridiron and the journey to becoming an NFL superstar. In the new Face of the Franchise: QB1 career campaign, you control the narrative.
"Start in college as you prepare for the pros, compete in the combine, and get drafted to the league. Every choice you make has an impact on the type of player you’ll become and how you become the face of the franchise."
You can find and download the game via the Xbox dashboard.
AND DON'T FORGET!
These are not the only games free on your Xbox, and Xbox live subscribers can also pick up the following games in September:
• Hitman: The Complete First Season ($39.99 ERP): Available September 1 to 30 on Xbox One
• We Were Here ($4.99 ERP): Available September 16 to October 15 on Xbox One
• Earth Defense Force 2025 ($49.99 ERP): Available September 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360
• Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ($19.99 ERP): Available September 16 to 30 on Xbox One & Xbox 360
Major Nelson says that September's lineup provides over $114 dollars (no we're not bothered enough to convert it to pounds) in value and up to 4360 in gamerscore.
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