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.
For the second time in less than two months, LawBreakers will be free to play this weekend on Steam. This class-based arena shooter, featuring fast-paced mechanics and wickedly fun verticality, has struggled to find an audience since launching in early August. The first game from Cliff Bleszinski’s Boss Key Productions hasn’t fared nearly as well as his previous work, namely the Gears of War and Unreal franchises. Sadly, the average concurrent player count over the last month on Steam is under 50 players, according to SteamCharts.
You can help raise that count and play a game that is much better than its player count suggests by checking out LawBreakers from now until Sunday, November 12 at 1 p.m. PT on Steam. If you like what you play, you can pick up the full game for 50 percent off ($15) until November 14 on Steam or the PlayStation Store.
Ubisoft’s unique sword fighting game with intuitive, reactive controls, For Honor, is free to play this weekend on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The exact timing of the demo varies from platform to platform.
On PlayStation 4 and PC, you can try out For Honor until 1 p.m. PT on Sunday, November 12, while the Xbox One trial lasts until 12 a.m. PT on November 13. A PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription is required, and the PC trial is only available via Uplay.
The whole game, including the campaign, is available for trial players. To celebrate the free weekend, Ubisoft is debuting the “Warriors Training Program,” which will award players who group together with 5,000 Steel (in-game currency) after winning five matches. Consider it extra incentive to get your friends to join you for the free weekend.
PSVR demo compilation — ‘Moss,’ ‘The Persistence,’ ‘Star Child’
Each PlayStation Virtual Reality unit comes with a free demo disc to show off the types of experiences available on the platform. An updated compilation joined the PSVR for its second year, and starting this weekend, it’s available as a free download from the PlayStation Store. Most of the demos are for games that have already been released, but PSVR owners can check out demos of upcoming titles Moss, The Persistence, and Star Child.
From ex-Bungie developers at Polyarc Games, Moss stars Quill, a sword-wielding mouse on a grand adventure featuring puzzles and exploration reminiscent of the Legend of Zelda series. After its strong showing at E3, Moss quickly became one of the most anticipated PSVR games for many. Now you can check it out for yourself before its 2018 launch.
Along with Moss, make sure to check out The Persistence, a stealth horror game set on a space station, and Star Child, a science fiction-infused action platformer from Playful. Neither game has a release date, but you can play both demos right now.
Three games are available this weekend for Xbox Live Games With Gold.
The Turing Test, a first-person puzzle game with an emphasis on its story, is available for Xbox One users. The game sees players transferring power back and forth from machines and structures atop the Jupiter moon of Europa. Xbox One owners can also nab the fast-paced arcade racer Trackmania Turbo.
Over on Xbox 360, Nights into Dreams, a remastered version of the Sega Saturn action game, can be scored. Nights into Dreams was developed by the Sonic Team, and shares some of the speediness of Sonic the Hedgehog, as players must finish levels within a time limit to move on.
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 PS Plus to November lineup, added LawBreakers, For Honor, and PSVR demo disc.