Destiny 2 and Bloodstained headline this weekend's Free Play Days

Luke Albigés - August 25th 2022

Free Play Days is back once again, with more Xbox games that you can jump into for free over the weekend. It's a bit of a cheeky one, though, with two of the featured titles being free this weekend anyway...

It's something of a weak Free Play Days lineup for this weekend, with two of the included games already having been announced as going free across this weekend anyway, and the other having previously done an 18-month stint on Xbox Game Pass. Destiny 2 is currently free on all formats — including all expansions — while The Elder Scrolls Online is still enjoying its two-week free period to celebrate the new High Isle expansion. That really makes Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night the only game not currently offered free elsewhere, although if you missed it while it was in Xbox Game Pass, Iga's return is well worth a play.

Destiny 2

Destiny 2

Dive into the free-to-play world of Destiny 2 to experience responsive FPS combat, explore the mysteries of our solar system, customize your guardian with unique gear, and unleash elemental abilities against powerful enemies.

The Elder Scrolls Online

Play The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited free for a limited time

The fantasy role-playing series, The Elder Scrolls, goes online – no game subscription required. Embark upon quests across Tamriel and engage in massive player versus player battles. Experience this multiplayer role-playing game on your own or with your friends, guild mates, and thousands of alliance members. The choices are yours in the world of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Igavania Returns!

Play as Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist's curse which slowly crystallizes her body. To save humanity, and herself in the process, she must fight through the castle and defeat the summoner, Gebel.

The only game of the three where it would be remotely possible to get the completion inside the given timeframe is Bloodstained, with estimates suggesting that getting all of the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night achievements will take around 40-50 hours — you'd have to pretty much no-life the game if starting from scratch, but this might be a great opportunity if you still have outstanding achievements after it left Game Pass last year. The Elder Scrolls Online achievements, meanwhile, cover thousands of hours' worth of game, so that's out of the question.

Finally, there's the Destiny 2 achievements, the real estimate for which sits well above the old 80-100-hour mark seen on TA after changes were made to achievements that made them much harder, plus not only will some be borderline impossible for new players due to the Power cap being raised this week for Season of Plunder, but one is impossible for anyone to grab this weekend — Grandmaster Nightfalls are still a few weeks off for this season, so you can't even attempt one for The Prestige, not that you'd even be remotely strong enough for this endgame activity as a new or returning player even if it was available. That said, if achievements aren't an issue, it's well worth jumping in to try out at least the campaign portion of The Witch Queen expansion for free — it's the best Destiny 2 has been in a long time.

Planning on diving into any of these over the weekend? Let us know below!