There is a little something for everyone in the free-to-play genre. This ranges from 150-player battles in Call of Duty: Warzone to relaxing management in Fallout Shelter. The Xbox Store is loaded with excellent free to play titles.
If you are in the mood for instant multiplayer mayhem or want to get lost in a massive fantasy world, we have you covered.
XBOX ONE: THE BEST FREE GAMES
CALL OF DUTY: WARZONE on XBOX ONE
The Call of Duty series with Warzone has entered the battle royale arena and is one of the hottest multiplayer experiences in gaming right now.
The main battle royale mode is typically parachute onto the map, loot up with your squad, and battle it out with other teams, all with classic Call of Duty mechanics, weapons and fighting tactics.
Apex Legends is battle royale game that adds a MOBA-like character roster to the typical battle royale format. Each character feels different with unique abilities and a unique personality.
Apex Legends is a game all about movement. Sliding, climbing, and sprinting is the name of the game as you dart around Apex Legends‘ constantly evolving map.
The gun play is equally as refined with expertly balanced weapons and a slew of attachments for them.
BLESS UNLEASHED on XBOX ONE
Players start off the game as a ward of a powerful priestess whose island is attacked by an evil force known as the Faceless. The attack on this peaceful island was just a piece of a more destructive plot though. It is up to the player to unravel the mystery through a long, fantastical adventure.
The top battle royale shooter from Epic Games is always evolving through map changes, weapon additions, and other in-game content. Fortnite is a lot more than just looting and shooting.
Players choose from more than 30 different mechs, each with different abilities and niches to fill, and lots of different weapons. The absence of aim assist means you will need to hone your skills. The mechs evasion abilities can lead to intense showdowns between low health units.
DARWIN PROJECT on XBOX ONE
Darwin Project is set in a Hunger Games dystopian future where overpopulation has led to the practice of reality TV-style battle royale contests to keep the masses manageable. In this fight to the death nothing is handed to you. Players must chop down trees, gather natural resources and loot building to build weapons and tools.
The fighting in this game is very much about strategy. You won’t be rewarded for running into battle spamming the attack button without a plan. Fighting monsters revolve around picking the right weapon for the job and learning your enemy’s attack plan, knowing the right attack combos and evasive manoeuvres to slay the beats and come out alive.
Destiny 2 is a sci-fi, open-world, first-person shooter developed by Bungie. The game takes place in the distant future, when a conglomerate of alien armies has invaded the solar system and threatened humanity.
Destiny 2 gives players a lot of content for absolutely no cost. Players will need to build their character and customise it to their strengths, while gathering loot and building weapons to support their class of choice to be successful.
FALLOUT SHELTER on XBOX ONE
In Fallout Shelter you are tasked with growing a community of vault dwelling survivors after the nuclear apocalypse. You must manage resources, construct new rooms, venture out into the unknown to complete quests and defend your home from raiders, all while attempting to increase the population.
It is set within the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms universe, and you will select from D&D-inspired character archetypes to create your adventurer. The game lacks in MMO features — namely groups are limited to five — but there are few options for communicating in-game.
PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2
In PSO2 you are a member of ARKS, a task force dedicated to the exploration and protection of the universe against a malignant force called the Falspawn. You can travel with a party of up to four other players and there are exclusive multiparty areas where up to 12 players can play simultaneously.
WORLD OF TANKS
In heated 15 on 15 engagements that take place across sprawling maps, you will select a tank and blast your way through enemies using the environment to your advantage and unlocking upgrades in the process. Diverse map design helps keep battles fresh.
Players will need to manoeuvre carefully to survive given how slowly the tanks turn and accelerate.
PATH OF EXILE
Path of Exile does have the option to spend money via micro transactions. However, for as much paid content as you can choose to buy, there is equally as much content included in the free version of the game.
At a minimum, in the free version, you’re getting a 30-plus hour action RPG with a robust character creation system. There are multiple PvP modes. If you decide to upgrade, you can dump a little money into the game to unlock exclusive armour sets, weapon effects, attachments, and more.
Realm Royale is a spin-off of the hero shooter Paladins: Champions of the Realm, where it originated as a game mode known as Paladins: Battlegrounds.
Players battle it out and have access to weapons like sniper rifles and shotguns. Players also sport long swords, crossbows, and staffs. A crafting system allows found items to be broken down for materials to make better items or abilities at fixed locations found on the map, called Forges, which often become contested by many players.
ROBLOX on XBOX ONE
Roblox is a global platform where millions of people gather together to imagine and create with each other in immersive, user-generated 3D worlds. Players can sign up to join Roblox, create an avatar for themselves and develop or play millions of 3D online games.
In Smite you take control of a god. There are more than 100 to choose from, hailing from eight different “Pantheons” (Greek, Chinese, Norse) and belonging to one of five classes: guardian, mage, hunter, warrior, or assassin.
You will control your chosen god from a third person perspective although here the camera is a bit closer behind.
WARFRAME on XBOX ONE
Players take control of Tenno from a third person perspective, embarking upon missions across the galaxy to combat several sinister factions.
The game is fast paced and designed for cooperative play as players will blast through levels with typical objectives. This includes assassination and sabotage.