Gaming can be a notoriously expensive hobby if you indulge the impulse to play all the latest and greatest games. It doesn’t have to be, though! These days there is a wide range of new betas, demos, and free game trials available every week. If you are looking for something new to play but don’t want to commit, we have a list of the best demos, betas, and free games that you can try out this weekend.
‘Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus’ free trial (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
MachineGames’ excellent, narrative-focused shooter Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is now available to try for free. Right now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, users can download and play through the first level of the campaign. There doesn’t appear to be a time frame for the trial, so think of it a demo — which is not something you get for every AAA game these days.
The New Colossus was perhaps overshadowed by Super Mario Odyssey and Assassin’s Creed Origins at launch, and multiplayer-centric shooters such as Call of Duty: WWII and Star Wars Battlefront II may have also made the game a tough sell for torn players this fall.
That’s a shame, really, since The New Colossus features a sterling campaign, just like its predecessor The New Order. Go ahead and give the first mission a try. We’d be surprised if you don’t wind up carrying over your progress to the full version of the game.
‘Rec Room’ open beta (PSVR)
Rec Room has been available in early access for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive for more than a year, but the community-focused experience just entered open beta on PSVR. Against Gravity’s attempt at making a social hangout may hit the spot for PSVR owners who have felt a little lonesome inside the headset. You can play disc golf, charades, table tennis, paintball, and more with your created avatar, and even decorate your own personal room. Beyond relaxing with some light sports and party games, Rec Room has co-op adventures that ask players to team up to defeat a series of baddies and solve puzzles.
It’s unclear how long the open beta will last, but when Rec Room officially launches for PSVR, it will remain free. This seems like a great opportunity to show off your PSVR to friends and family over the holidays.
Three games are available this weekend for Xbox Live Games With Gold.
Tales from the Borderlands, an episodic game from Telltale set in the Borderlands universe, is available now for Xbox One. The free download contains the entire first season. Xbox One owners can also nab the fast-paced arcade racer Trackmania Turbo.
Over on Xbox 360, players can download the shooter Deadfall Adventures. The game blends first-person action with supernatural exploration found in the Indiana Jones franchise, though it wasn’t particularly well-received by critics.
November’s free PlayStation Plus games are here, including two titles compatible with PSVR.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood replaced RIGS: Mechanized Combat League as a bonus game to celebrate one year of PSVR. Rush of Blood is an on-rails shooter that takes players through a series of scary roller coasters filled with enemies.
The second PSVR-compatible title is the 2016 indie hit Bound. Taking place in a peculiar dreamscape that crumbles around you, players control an unnamed ballet dancer who moves with spellbinding grace. Bound is a standout experience on both the standard PS4 and PSVR.
PS4 owners can also nab Worms Battlegrounds, the 2014 entry in a long-running and widely loved turn-based tactics franchise. The game has a full campaign and local and online multiplayer.
The monthly cross-buy selection, available for both Vita and PS4, is Dungeon Punks, a beat-’em-up with a fantasy backdrop and RPG elements. Meanwhile, Vita owners can also visit another old-school genre — point and click adventures — with episodes one and two of Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse.
Per usual, the PS3 offers are comparatively weak, but you can still grab R-Type Dimensions, an arcade shoot-’em-up, and the outlandishly named Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic.
Update: Updated with Rec Room PSVR beta and Wolfenstein II trial