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:

GameGenreDescriptionUser rating (out of 5)Metacritic rating (out of 100)Store link
Path of ExileAction RPGHeavily 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)83Get it
Pinball ArcadeSportsThe 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
SMITEThird-person multiplayer battle arenaPick 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)80Get it
Pinball FX 3SportsThe 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 DuelsCollectible card gameA 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 TanksVehicle shooterA 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)76Get it
Phantom DustThird-person shooterAn 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)73Get it
Killer InstinctFighting gameA 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)73Get it
HawkenOnline shooterMassive 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)73Get it
AirMech ArenaReal-time strategyCombining 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 OnlineOnline action RPGA 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 FightersFighting gameA 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 RoyaleThird-person shooterTaking 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
NeverwinterOnline action RPGAn 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)66Get it
Star Trek OnlineOnline RPGFeaturing 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
TroveOnline RPGA 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 XVBeat 'em upA retro-inspired beat 'em up set in the world of Final Fantasy XV.4.1 (from 17 reviews)65 (PS4)Get it
Powerstar GolfSportsThe 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 ShelterManagement simManage 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
WarframeThird-person shooterWith 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)62Get it
Happy WarsMultiplayer action RPGTwo 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 ArcadeSportsFeaturing 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/AGet it
Happy DungeonsAction RPGA 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/AGet it
GWENT: The Witcher Card GameCollectible card gameA 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/AGet it
PaladinsTeam-based shooterA 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/AGet it
Gems of WarPuzzle RPGFrom 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/AGet it
Adventure PopPuzzle gameA 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/AGet it
Prominence PokerCard gameSet 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/AGet it
Battle AgesReal-time strategyA 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/AGet it
Dungeon Defenders IIAction/tower defencePart 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/AGet it
Frozen Free Fall: Snowball FightPuzzle gameStyled 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/AGet it
Battle Island: CommandersReal-time strategyA 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/AGet it
Battle IslandsReal-time strategySet 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/AGet it
Lies of AstarothCollectible card gameA 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/AN/AGet it

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