It’s a big weekend for fans of fights, because UFC 223 is happening on Saturday, April 7, and Wrestlemania 34 goes down Sunday, April 8. It’s a big weekend for Xbox One owners with Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, too. They can play WWE 2K18 and EA Sports UFC 3 for free all weekend long. To play the games, just find them in the Xbox Store on your Xbox One and click “Free Trial.”
The free trial for WWE 2K18 ends on Sunday, April 8. If you choose to purchase the game after trying it out, you’ll be pleased to learn it’s currently on sale at a number of outlets. And all progress you make in the trial version will carry through to the full game.
UFC 3 players get a slightly wider window to play, as the promotion lasts until Monday, April 9. But take note that the trial only lets you play for five hours unless you have EA Access, in which case you can play for 10 hours. Both UFC 3 and WWE 2K18 are enhanced for Xbox One X.
As for the games themselves, well… in GameSpot’s WWE 2K18 review, Richard Wakeling wasn’t fully enamored with it, giving it a 5/10. He wrote: “WWE 2K18’s in-ring combat is fundamentally flawed, and will be as divisive as it often is. Yet there’s no denying the inherent joy derived from performing your favorite Superstar’s signature moves.”
Our UFC 3 review was more favorable, with the same reviewer scoring it 8/10. He wrote, “EA Sports UFC 3 is a tense, exciting, and dynamic recreation of the stand and bang aspect of mixed martial arts. There’s a fluidity to the way it moves, and a satisfying feel and unpredictability to the way fights can unfold that demands your engagement. The grappling still needs plenty of work, and one would hope this is something EA Canada addresses in the next iteration; yet these shortcomings become easier to overlook because of the accomplishment of its redefined striking. When it comes to the art of combat, few sports titles do it better.”