The best free games on Xbox One

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You don't have to spend a cent to have a blast with these free games.

If you're a budget-conscious gamer looking for a way to get hours of entertainment out of your Xbox One without reaching for your wallet, you’ve come to the right place. We've rounded up the best free games on Microsoft's popular console as rated both by the review-aggregate site Metacritic and by users on Microsoft's storefront. Check them all out below:

Game Genre Description User rating (out of 5) Metacritic rating (out of 100) Store link
Path of Exile Action RPG Heavily inspired by Diablo 2, Path of Exile packs a huge variety of character classes, a sprawling skill tree and endless showers of loot to collect as you hack and slash your way through its monster-infested world. 4.1 (from 41 reviews) 83 Get it
Pinball Arcade Sports The free version of FarSight Studios' long-running pinball simulator comes with the Tales of the Arabian Nights table built by Williams and based on the book One Thousand and One Nights. 3.4 (from 37 reviews) 82 (PS4) Get it
SMITE Third-person multiplayer battle arena Pick from a roster of varied heroes and unleash their unique powers in 5v5 combat. Only by defeating the opposing team's monstrous titan can you emerge victorious. 4.3 (from 237 reviews) 80 Get it
Pinball FX 3 Sports The free version of Zen Studios' popular pinball game comes with a single table plus the ability to import any tables you purchase in Pinball FX 2 to the new game for free. 3.6 (from 13 reviews) 77 (PS4) Get it
Magic Duels Collectible card game A digital adaptation of Magic the Gathering, this CCG includes over 1300 unlockable cards, 60 single-player missions and an online multiplayer mode featuring seasons and leaderboards. 3.7 (from 73 reviews) 77 (PC) Get it
World of Tanks Vehicle shooter A historically authentic representation of tank warfare, with two teams of 15 players battling it out across more than 80 maps drawn from real 20th-century conflicts. 4.3 (from 461 reviews) 76 Get it
Phantom Dust Third-person shooter An HD remake of the original Xbox game, Phantom Dust combines third-person arena combat with deck-building in a post-apocalyptic world. 4.2 (from 31 reviews) 73 Get it
Killer Instinct Fighting game A reboot of the classic 90s arcade fighting game, Killer Instinct's free version includes a single rotating character playable in all game modes, including the online multiplayer. 3.9 (from 745 reviews) 73 Get it
Hawken Online shooter Massive mechs battle it out across the ruins of a dystopian world. Customise your mechs with light, agile chassis and long-range sniper rifles, or go charging in with a hulking mech armed with miniguns and rocket launchers. 3.7 (from 90 reviews) 73 Get it
AirMech Arena Real-time strategy Combining strategic unit management with twin-stick shooting, AirMech Arena puts you in command of a transforming mech leading an army into battle against a similarly armed opponent. 3.7 (from 67 reviews) 73 (Xbox 360) Get it
DC Universe Online Online action RPG A massively multiplayer action RPG set within the DC Comics universe. Create your own superhero or supervillain by combining powers from iconic characters like Batman, Lex Luthor, The Joker and Wonder Woman, then fight against and alongside them in renowned locales like Gotham City and Metropolis. 3.6 (from 155 reviews) 72 (PS4) Get it
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters Fighting game A reduced version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters includes a limited number of playable characters and no Story Mode, but it can still be played competitively online. 4.4 (from 36 reviews) 69 (full game) Get it
Fortnite Battle Royale Third-person shooter Taking cues from PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Fortnite Battle Royale drops 100 players onto a sprawling map and leaves them to scrounge for resources in a desperate attempt to be the last one standing. 3.9 (from 110 reviews) 69 (full game) Get it
Neverwinter Online action RPG An MMORPG set in the Forgotten Realms region of Neverwinter, featuring real-time combat and a wealth of iconic Dungeons & Dragons monsters and locales. 4.1 (from 380 reviews) 66 Get it
Star Trek Online Online RPG Featuring on-foot and spaceship battles along with fan-favourite characters from across all series of the show, Star Trek Online places you in charge of your own ship and crew within one of three factions: the Federation, the Klingon Empire or the Romulan Republic. 4.1 (from 38 reviews) 66 (PC) Get it
Trove Online RPG A block-based massively multiplayer RPG with crafting, loot and the ability to build your own houses and equipment. 4.2 (from 111 reviews) 65 (PS4) Get it
A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV Beat 'em up A retro-inspired beat 'em up set in the world of Final Fantasy XV. 4.1 (from 17 reviews) 65 (PS4) Get it
Powerstar Golf Sports The free version of Powerstar Golf includes a single hole from every course in the full game along with the ability to earn XP and unlock new gear for your golfer. 3.5 (from 198 reviews) 65 (full game) Get it
Fallout Shelter Management sim Manage your own nuclear fallout shelter from the popular Fallout RPG series, training your Vault Dwellers to explore the Wasteland for precious resources and defending your shelter from bandit and monster attacks. 3.4 (from 317 reviews) 63 (PC) Get it
Warframe Third-person shooter With the ability to run on walls, bend time like Neo from The Matrix and create portal-like wormholes to traverse the environment, Warframe is like no other third-person shooter out there. 4.2 (from 425 reviews) 62 Get it
Happy Wars Multiplayer action RPG Two teams of up to 15 players engage in large-scale fantasy-themed melee combat in an attempt to demolish the opposing team's castle. 4.0 (from 141 reviews) 61 (Xbox 360) Get it
Stern Pinball Arcade Sports Featuring tables from renowned pinball manufacturer Stern, the free version of Stern Pinball Arcade comes with a single table based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. 4.3 (from 6 reviews) N/A Get it
Happy Dungeons Action RPG A fantasy-themed multiplayer action RPG built for co-op with a bright, charming art style and multiple character classes. 3.9 (from 18 reviews) N/A Get it
GWENT: The Witcher Card Game Collectible card game A fully fleshed-out version of the collectible card game from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, featuring a full single-player campaign along with online multiplayer. 3.8 (from 45 reviews) N/A Get it
Paladins Team-based shooter A first-person shooter set in an original fantasy world, Paladins features a deck system with collectible cards for each of the game's heroes that unlock unique abilities and change how they play. 3.5 (from 93 reviews) N/A Get it
Gems of War Puzzle RPG From the makers of Puzzle Quest, this puzzle RPG hybrid tasks you with matching gems to power up spells and special abilities to unleash upon the AI and human opponents. 3.4 (from 48 reviews) N/A Get it
Adventure Pop Puzzle game A single- and multiplayer puzzle game where you shoot coloured bubbles up the screen, attempting to match colours and pop as many bubbles as possible. 3.2 (from 9 reviews) N/A Get it
Prominence Poker Card game Set in the seedy town of Prominence, this poker game features both a single-player story mode and a range of online multiplayer modes, with daily challenges and leaderboards to boot. 3.1 (from 30 reviews) N/A Get it
Battle Ages Real-time strategy A competitive strategy game where you lead your civilisation from the early ages of stone tools through to the automatic weaponry of the modern age. 2.9 (from 79 reviews) N/A Get it
Dungeon Defenders II Action/tower defence Part hack 'n slash, part tower defence, Dungeon Defenders II tasks you and up to three friends with setting traps and levelling up your heroes to fend off the armies of the Old Ones. 2.9 (from 67 reviews) N/A Get it
Frozen Free Fall: Snowball Fight Puzzle game Styled after the hit Disney movie Frozen, this gem-matching puzzle game features a single-player mode with 195 levels plus a local multiplayer mode for competing against friends and family. 2.8 (from 113 reviews) N/A Get it
Battle Island: Commanders Real-time strategy A top-down, head-to-head strategy game between two players, the game takes place on single-screen maps where players send their forces to destroy their enemy's base. 2.4 (from 19 reviews) N/A Get it
Battle Islands Real-time strategy Set in WW2, this real-time strategy game puts you in charge of land, air and sea forces as you fight against the rest of the world for control of the South Pacific. 2.2 (from 85 reviews) N/A Get it
Lies of Astaroth Collectible card game A CCG featuring over 400 collectible cards, a single-player campaign with over 100 stages and a wealth of competitive and co-operative online modes. N/A N/A Get it

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