Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed is also having a free weekend on Steam

Your choices for free gaming this weekend are numerous, incorporating everything from massive free-to-play timesinks, to cool and compelling browser games . Your choices for free gaming with purchasable games on Steam are slightly narrower. Of them, War of the Vikings is the obvious choice, what with it featuring burly man smacking each other about the head with sharp implements. But also check out Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, because - against all odds - it's pretty flipping good.

In one of the weirder super-jumble multi-franchise crossovers, Sonic, a selection of other excitable animals, that girl from Space Channel 5, Football Manager from Football Manager, the anthropomorphic embodiment of Russian winter and some characters from TF2 race along tracks inspired by games like Panzer Dragoon, After Burner and The House of the Dead. Also your vehicles will frequently transform into other vehicles. Also you can shoot bees.

It's genuinely quite weird, but also a solid and enjoyable karting game. Our review - which was unfortunately never published on the web - gave it an 85%, and having played it a bit over lunch, I can sort of see why.

In addition to the free trial, the game is also 75% off during the course of the weekend, reduced to £3.75 / $5.

At the very least, it's worth a try, if just to see the Heavy firing remote control drones at Alex Kidd.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.