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The Best Free Games on Xbox

The Best Free Games on Xbox

Buying new games can be expensive, but it doesn’t need to be. Did you know there are plenty of free games on Xbox that you can add to your library without paying a single penny? Well, now you know. And we’ve rounded up the best free games on Xbox right here.

Whether you’ve got an Xbox One or an Xbox Series X or S, you’ll find plenty of games you can download from the store for the grand sum of zero. We’re not talking about games through Game Pass, either. These games are available regardless of your subscription status and are yours to keep forever. And, to ensure a free game is genuinely free, Microsoft has even waived the need for a Game Pass Core membership to play online.

Believe it or not, there are more than 100 free games on Xbox, and we’ve picked out the best of them below. So, keep your money in your wallet, and enjoy these excellent titles, completely free of charge.

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1. Disney Speedstorm

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Disney Speedstorm is essentially Mario Kart, but with Disney characters. If that doesn’t sell it to you, we don’t know what will. One of the best free to play games on Xbox, Disney Speedstorm is genuinely a lot of fun when you’re on the track. It’s a joy to control, and it looks absolutely fantastic. Sure, there are plenty of microtransactions, and progressing without them is a little slow. You don’t need to pay a penny, though, as long as you’re happy to work to unlock new characters and tracks. There’s certainly plenty to go at, and if you’re a fan of karting games, you’re going to have a whale of a time.

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2. Fortnite

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What sort of list of the best free games on Xbox would this be if it didn’t include Fortnite? Presumably this free-to-play behemoth needs no introduction; since its release in 2017, it’s quickly became one of the most popular games in the world. And in fact, it’s not just simply one game. The battle royale mode may still be as popular as ever, but recently we’ve seen Lego Fortnite, Rocket Racing and Fortnite Festival join the fun, adding racing and music-rhythm gaming to the fray.

If tense multiplayer battles where danger lurks around every corner are your thing, you should probably give Fortnite’s battle royale mode a try. But even if you’d prefer something more casual, Epic Games is trying to cater for you with its recent expansions. Give it a download: there’s a good chance you’ll find something you enjoy under the Fortnite banner.

3. The Sims 4

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After being a paid game for many years, The Sims 4 is now free to play. We should note that it’s only the base game that you can play for free – the numerous expansions and Game Packs still need to be bought separately. But there’s a heck of a lot of content in the base game alone. Certainly everything you need to hit the ground running in building dream houses and playing God. If you’re a fan of interior design and life sim games, they really don’t come any better than this.

Read our review of The Sims 4

4. Doritos Crash Course

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It’s an oldie but a goodie: so old, in fact, that Doritos Crash Course is actually a Xbox 360 game. Don’t let that put you off, though. This strangely-branded game is every bit as fun now as it was when it launched fourteen years ago. It’s essentially American Warrior in videogame form: players take their custom avatars along an obstacle, avoiding traps and making tricky jumps, with the ultimate goal being reaching the end and setting a good time. It’s even better when you’re competing with friends.

5. Pinball M

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One of the newest titles on this list of best free games on Xbox, Pinball M is the latest game from pinball masters, Zen Studios. It’s technically a launch platform for multiple pinball tables, and while you can buy more, there’s one excellent table that’s completely free to play. Wrath of the Elder Gods is a fully-functioning pinball table which can be played in a variety of modes. You can simply aim for the best score, or you can challenge yourself by only using the flippers a certain number of times, or having unlimited balls in a set time limit.

Read our review of Pinball M

6. Path of Exile

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Here at GameSpew we absolutely love Diablo. While Diablo costs money to buy, however, you can have a very similar experience for free thanks to Path of Exile. Path of Exile is a brilliant free-to-play action RPG that allows you to explore, loot and level up your character at your leisure. Whether playing alone or in co-op, you can tackle a huge number of quests while following the game’s story.

If you’d like to give the developer some money for this fantastic piece of work you can purchase equipment or extra stash space on the Xbox store, but otherwise Path of Exile really is a free game. Thanks to a massive amount of support from the developer, it very much deserves a spot on our list of best free games on Xbox.

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7. Crossout

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If you’ve ever wanted to live out a Mad Max fantasy, Crossout is the game to do it with. Crossout lets you build your own vehicle of war – your own Magnum Opus, if you will – and use it to do battle in both PvE and PvP events. As you play, you earn the respect of your faction as well as new vehicle parts and scrap that can be used to make purchases. There are a number of DLC packs you can buy to give you a head start in Crossout, but you really don’t need buy any of them to have fun. If you’ve not tried it yet give it a go.

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8. Fallout Shelter

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Originally released on iOS and Android, Fallout Shelter is a 2D management game set in the Fallout universe – and it’s completely free to play. Fallout Shelter is set in the same universe as Fallout, but the gameplay is very different: here, you take on the role of an Overseer of one of the vaults. Protecting their inhabitants from the harsh radiation and monsters that roam the dry Earth above, it’s your job to ensure everything runs smoothly inside for your residents.

That means sorting out any breaches, ensuring you have a good supply, and making sure everyone has somewhere to sleep. You’ll need to send teams out on expeditions to gather materials, too. Fallout Shelter’s mobile roots are clear to see, but it’s still great fun – and even though it starts out fairly relaxed, things do get pretty tense the more you play.

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9. Gems of War

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Gems of War is a free-to-play gem matching puzzle game from the creators of Puzzle Quest. A mixture of RPG and strategy game elements ensure that Gems of War has considerable depth as you travel around a map, completing quests and gaining new troops and weapons as you go. And if playing against the computer gets a little stale, you can try taking on real opponents too.

Like many other games on this list, you can spend real money on booster packs, but it’s not necessary. We’ve spent many hours thoroughly enjoying ourselves with Gems of War, and are confident in calling it one of the best free games on Xbox.

10. A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV

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Remember games like Streets of Rage, Final Fight and Golden Axe? A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV is just like them, only not quite as good. But it’s free, so we’re not going to complain. A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV places you in the shoes of King Regis, Noctis’ father, and is set 30 years before the events of Final Fantasy XV. Essentially an over-the-top bedtime story, it has you hacking and slashing a ridiculous number of enemies as you hurry to meet up with King Regis’ friends and seek to discover the reason behind a surprise enemy attack.

Pixelated graphics, an old-fashioned soundtrack and repetitive gameplay collide in this free-to-play Xbox game set in the Final Fantasy XV universe. It’s quite a departure from mainline Final Fantasy games, but it’s an entertaining way to pass a few hours.