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Right now, Best Buy is running a promotion in the US where you can receive a free digital game with your purchase of an Xbox Series S. So if you’re looking to pick one up, now is a great time to do it.

The console costs $299.99 and there is a qualifying selection of games to choose from for the deal, so you can’t just pick any Xbox game to go with it. However, there are very enticing options.

From now through Aug. 28, the excellent Xbox Series S comes with your choice of a free digital game, including such major hits as Elden Ring, Madden NFL 23 and Call of Duty: Vanguard.

In order to get your free game, look for the “Special Offers” section at the bottom right of the store page and select “Free digital game with Xbox Series S.” This deal runs through Aug. 28, so don’t miss out on getting a free game while you can.

Here’s the full list of eligible titles.

  • Madden NFL 23
  • Elden Ring
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Halo Infinite
  • The Quarry
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Far Cry 6
  • Riders Republic
  • NBA 2K22
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Rare Replay
  • Minecraft
  • FIFA 22
  • Capcom Fighting Collection
  • MLB The Show 22
  • Cuphead
  • Just Dance 2022
  • NHL 22
  • Rabbids: Party of Legends

Some publishers have increased game prices to $69.99 for their current console generation iterations. That makes games like Madden NFL 23 a great pick for your free game. It’s also the latest entry in the franchise, so if you’re looking to play something brand-new, Madden NFL 23 fits the bill. This is especially true considering NHL 22 and FIFA 22 are being offered as well at the same price tag. They’re last year’s entries in their respective franchises, so unless you’re a massive hockey or soccer fan, you might as well hold out for this year’s entries.

My personal recommendation would be Elden Ring, which is a hot contender for many Game of the Year lists. It’s an amazing open-world action game by FromSoftware, the developers behind the Dark Souls series. It’s still going for the full $60 price at most places, so picking it as your free game is a good idea.

The Quarry is also a good choice too if you’re itching for a teen-slasher horror game. There are some other good games being offered, such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, Far Cry 6 and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. However, these games go on sale quite often either at other retailers or on the Microsoft Store, so it’s better to use your free game pick on a title that won’t drop in value as quickly.

One of the best perks about the Xbox Series S is Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s subscription gaming service. For at most $15 per month, you have access to an incredible variety of games, including all of Xbox’s first-party exclusive titles such as Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 (along with Minecraft and Rare Replay). While these two are offered in Best Buy’s bundle, we’d highly recommend skipping them as your free game pick in favor of just subscribing to Game Pass and downloading them from there.

If you’re having trouble finding a PS5 or Xbox Series X — and can live without 4K gaming and a physical disc drive — the Xbox Series S is a wonderful alternative that’s relatively readily available. It’s cheaper than both systems and you can play almost all of the hottest and latest games that come out each year. Xbox Game Pass only sweetens the deal, if you elect to subscribe to it.