Cities Skylines and The Surge Added to This Weekend's Free Play Days

By Sam Quirke,
It's getting close to the weekend, which means Xbox's Free Play Days announcements are ramping up once again. Yesterday we heard that The Elder Scrolls Online, with its notoriously challenging achievement list, was getting an entire week's worth of play for free. That doesn't seem to be all though – this morning we've picked up two more. The Cities: Skylines Achievements list isn't going to be possible to complete in a weekend, and the requirements for The Surge Achievements aren't exactly a walk in the park. But for those curious to try the games out, this weekend is a perfect opportunity to do so.

Cities: Skylines - Xbox One Edition

Cities: Skylines

The Xbox One Edition of Cities Skylines is a little cumbersome – there's very few ways to comfortably port such a complex management sim onto a controller – but Skylines itself is an essential successor to the shelved Sim City series. If you lack a PC to run the original version or you just want some shiny achievements, the Xbox One Edition is still very worthwhile. Give it a try.

Size: 3.6GB
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
Release date: 21/04/2017
Can I complete the achievement list in the Free Play Days period? Definitely not. Even if you use a speedy strategy for the 1001 Nights achievement, that unlock alone will take 6 days of playtime – and that doesn't include all of the various late-game states the list asks you to reach. Prepare for the long haul if you decide to start this one up – and make the most of our community's Cities Skylines walkthrough if you do want to mop up the achievements.

Cities: Skylines - Xbox One Edition
Cities: Skylines - Xbox One Edition

Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition puts you in charge of a growing city – from the ground-breaking of its first streets to the ever-changing needs of thousands of citizens. Design, build, and manage the city of your dreams, from public services to civic policies, and challenge yourself to grow from a simple town to a bustling metropolitan hub.

The Surge

The Surge screens

A Souls-like from before that phrase caused immediate eye-rolls, The Surge took some of the key gameplay ideas from the Dark Souls series and applied it to a dystopian science-fiction setting. The hero heads to megacorporation CREO to take part in some experimental enhancement projects, only for the industrial park to be wrecked by an unseen catastrophe. The key selling point for The Surge and its sequel, which came out a few months ago, is the customisable mechnical exoskeleton that your character is equipped with as you take one rogue robots and insane augmented CREO employees. It's a punishing but rewarding experience, though it's not for the faint of heart — watch out for the opening sequences if you have any sensitivity to depictions of surgery.

Size: 6.5GB
Platforms: Xbox One
Release date: 16/05/2017
Can I complete the achievement list in the Free Play Days period? If you really pushed it, starting work on the game as soon as it drops later today and playing all the way through until Monday night, then maybe you could manage the two required playthroughs and a whole bunch of side activity requirements. It would be a tough way to experience the game though, so we'd just recommend using this opportunity to try it. It's on sale this week if you really like it:

The Surge
The Surge

Welcome to CREO, the megacorporation saving our world! A catastrophic event has knocked you out during the first day on the job… you wake up equipped with a heavy-grade exoskeleton, in a destroyed section of the complex. Robots gone haywire, insane augmented co-workers and rogue AI - everything wants you dead.

Both games will become available for free later today, and are expected to remain so until midnight on Monday November 11th. Interestingly, all three Free Play Days games this week are also in the Xbox Game Pass games list, so perhaps Xbox are hoping to entice more players to hop into the subscription service after their free period is up.
Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been a Newshound since 2016 and is now the Editor for both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. He loves gaming on all devices and in all genres. He remains a stubborn Assassin's Creed and Pokémon fan.