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How to Play Overwatch Free for a Whole Weekend

If you're looking to spend an entire weekend as far away from reality as possible, we've got the game for you, and it'll be free for a little while. Blizzard Entertainment is making Overwatch, a massively popular multiplayer team-based first-person shooter, free to play for PC, PS4 and Xbox One owners from 2 p.m. ET on Friday Nov. 18 to 7 p.m. ET on Sunday Nov. 21.

Whether you're the kind of player who wants to protect his team (pick Reinhardt for his shields), stomp the world (D.VA's mech packs lasers and serious heft) or plow through the competition (Reaper's hellfire shotguns are a blast), Overwatch likely offers a character that fits your style or mood.

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There's only one other thing you'll need for this weekend-long trial: a membership to the online service that matches your platform. So PlayStation 4 owners need a PlayStation Plus membership, Xbox One owners need an Xbox Live Gold membership and Windows PC users need a Battle.net account.

On Windows: download and open the Battle.net app, log in or create an account, click the Overwatch icon on the left side of the app, select your region, click Install and then click play.

On PlayStation 4: open the PlayStation Store, select Search, type in 'Overwatch,' select 'Overwatch Free Weekend,' click Download and select Start.

On Xbox One: open the Xbox One Store, select Search, type in 'Overwatch,' select 'Overwatch: Origins Edition' and then select 'Free Trial.'Download and install the app and select Start!

All that's left to say is: get gaming and have fun!