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Play Fallout 4 for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

Return to the Commonwealth for free this weekend as Fallout 4 has its second-ever free weekend exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members starting at 12:01 a.m. PST on Thursday, January 25 and running to 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, January 28. How do ya’ like them Dandy Boy Apples?

In addition to the free weekend, you can take advantage of some great discounts on all versions of Fallout 4. Pick up the standard edition of Fallout 4 for 33% off, Fallout 4 G.O.T.Y. for 40% off, and Fallout 4 Season Pass for 50% off. You can also pick up the individual DLCs for 40% off all for a limited time! And should you decide to return to the Commonwealth at a later date, all your Xbox Live achievements and progress made during the free weekend will be saved.

And seeing as how this is the second time Fallout 4 is part of our free weekend events with Xbox Live Gold, we thought it would be great to revisit our Commonwealth visitor’s guide from last year. Get ready for a weekend full of seemingly endless quests and some recommended destinations we think you’ll find worth exploring.

The contents below originally appeared on Xbox Wire on May 24, 2017. You can see the original post here.

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The Commonwealth is known for its patriotism, so there’s no better place to start your journey than the Museum of Freedom in Concord. On top of being integral to “Out of Time,” one of Fallout 4‘s main quests, your visit features some key moments of the early game. You’ll meet relentless quest-giver Preston Garvey, receive your first Power Armor suit, and even encounter your first Deathclaw.

Fun fact: As you explore the Museum of Freedom, look for paintings that feature developers from Bethesda Game Studios.

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Diamond City

It’s been many decades since Diamond City was only known as one of the most revered stadiums in all of baseball. But for the past 150 years or so (starting in the 2130s), Diamond City has emerged as the “Jewel of the Commonwealth.”

On top of containing quests critical to completing Fallout 4, Diamond City is a great hub to return to for healing, haircuts, and one of heck of a meal from Takahashi’s Power Noodles shop located at the center of the stadium.

Worth your time: For an escapade unlike anything you’d experience at the real Fenway Park, we suggest taking on the questline “Painting the Town.” You choose to keep part of the park painted in its iconic color, or perhaps vandalize the park with another color.

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Boston Common

When you finally make your way into downtown Boston, make a point to visit the many highlights of Boston Common. Critical to the “Road to Freedom” questline, tourists can catch some iconic Boston landmarks that include Old State House and Old North Church.

Be Careful: Right near Boston Common is Swan Pond. Even in a post-apocalyptic setting, the area seems serene, but we suggest not getting too close to the swan boats. Trust us.

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You’ll need to be more than a tourist to make your way into this prestigious center of academia. CIT has long been established as one of the country’s top centers for scientific research, but in the year 2110, a mysterious organization known as The Institute took command of the building.

Good luck: There is currently no known entrance to the Institute’s facilities.

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USS Constitution

Built way back in 1797, this iconic ship has been a landmark in the Boston area for nearly 5,000 years. Playing in the year 2287, as you journey through the main quest of Fallout 4, the light-hearted side quest “Last Voyage of the U.S.S. Constitution” is a must-play for any explorers of the Commonwealth. The ship’s crew are full-on unique, with hilarious personalities.

Pirate’s Booty: Completing Last Voyage of the U.S.S. Constitution will leave you with a Boston scenario that’s both appropriate and incredibly powerful.