What you need to know

  • Microsoft is kicking off another set of free play days for Xbox Live Gold members this weekend.
  • You can check out Black Desert and Puyo Puyo Champions for free through August 18.
  • Both games are also on sale, with Black Desert for $21 and Puo Puyo Champions for $5.

As Microsoft is wont to do, it's running another set of free play days on Xbox One for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate players to check out some new games this weekend. Starting now and running through August 18, you'll be able to dive into both Black Desert and Puyo Puyo Champions for free. Microsoft is also running discounts on both games for the duration of the free play days, knocking Black Desert down to $21 for the base game and Puyo Puyo Champions to $5.

Black Desert is an open world massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that gives players the chance to take the fight to gods and monsters, or sit back and relax with some crafting. Because it's an MMORPG, you can team up with friends to take down foes as a guild, as well as trade and adventure with players you run across in the wild. Kamasylvia, the birthplace of the game's elves, has also been added to the game, giving player new areas to explore and lore to experience.

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Puyo Puyo Champions, on the other hand, is a classic puzzle game that will take some strategy to dominate. You can play in both single player and multiplayer modes, with the latter providing some interesting gameplay as you try to foil your opponent. The game also comes with varying rulesets, so you can change up the action on the fly.

Both games are available to play for free and can be installed to your Xbox without paying a dime during the free play days. The only requirement is that you have an active Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription to download the games.

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