Long gone are the days where you need to spend big money to get a video game. There is a wealth of video games out there that won’t cost you a penny to get started. And these aren’t basic games, either. You can literally lose hundreds of hours in free-to-play games without opening your wallet once.
If you have an Xbox One, and you’re looking for something new to play for free, we have you covered with ten of the best free games on the platform. Dig into these games and keep that wallet firmly where it belongs; in your pocket.
I probably don’t need to tell you about Fortnite since the game is an absolute phenomenon. The battle royale game is absolutely massive, and it’s free-to-play. If you’re into shooters that add another layer of depth on top of aiming your gun, Fortnite is the game for you.
Overwatch is an awesome game and Paladins is as close as you’re going to get to playing Blizzard’s fantastic hero shooter for free. The game has tons of depth, which makes it a tremendous value. If you like hero shooters, this is the game for you.
I’ve lost track of how many hours I’ve invested in Warframe. I can tell you that it’s in the hundreds. In total, I’ve invested about $20 in the game, but you can totally dig in and play it forever for free. The PVE portion of the game is where you’ll really invest your time, as there are tons of Warframes to unlock and level up as you play. Just be ready to get sucked in, because Warframe is incredibly addicting.
4. Apex Legends
Apex Legends comes from the team behind Titanfall, and it’s similar to the mech-shooter, except it swaps the mechs for battle royale mechanics. If you don’t like the cartoony look and feel of Fortnite, then this is the battle royale game for you. Did I mention that it’s free?
5. Destiny 2
Destiny 2 wasn’t always a free game, but Bungie decided to change things up and offer the base game for free. You’ll still need to buy some of the expansion packs if you want the newer content, but the amount of gameplay you’ll get for free is quite impressive.
Path of Exile on the console isn’t perfect, and the PC version of the game is definitely the best version. However, if you like sitting back playing games on your couch, and you want a game that’s similar to Diablo, but without the cost of admission, POE on console is perfect for you.
Do you love games like Monster Hunter? Well, Dauntless offers very similar mechanics but without the cost. The combat is deep, and there’s plenty of weapons to collect and earn as you play. Obviously, there are places to spend money, but you can totally enjoy the content offered for free.
MOBAs aren’t made to play on console, but SMITE makes it work with a perspective that’s closer to a third-person shooter than a game like League of Legends or Dota 2. SMITE isn’t an easy game to get into now, as the player base is pretty savage, but if you can manage to make it work, you’re in for a good time.
9. War Thunder
War Thunder is one of those free games with a giant player-base that almost no one talks about. But make no mistake, the game is very good and definitely worth playing if you like a deep vehicular combat game. The game is quite a few years old, but it’s definitely still playable.
Do you like Super Smash Bros? Well, Brawlhalla is basically SSB without the Nintendo characters or cost. The platform-fighting mechanics are all there. While it’s definitely copying Smash a bit, there’s more than enough differences to make Brawlhalla stand on its own.