Free is great, isn’t it? There’s no shortage of free games on the Xbox One. It makes the wait for the packed Q3/Q4 season all that more easier as we save those hard earned coins for Call of Duty, Red Dead Redemption 2, Darksiders III and just about anything else that plans on sucking our banks dry. With that in mind, what good free to play games are available on Xbox One? Well, we’ve got your backs. We’ve compiled a diverse list of free offerings that you can dive into right now at no additional cost. So without further ado, let’s dive right in.
Warframe – Trailer
Arguably the biggest and most popular free to play game on Xbox One. Players take on the role of the Tenno, warriors of blade and gun, and masters of the Warframe armor. Following an old war, Tenno went their separate ways and were left drifting among the ruins. Now, however, the vast armies of the Grineer are spreading through the solar system and the Tenno must once more jump back into the fray. What makes Warframe stand out is the fact that it’s so heavily supported, robust and utterly diverse. This is well worth your time.
Smite – Trailer
Smite is described as the online battleground of the gods. Players are tasked with choosing from a large cast of deities and must then use their unique powers to come out victorious over the opposition in five vs five team matches. Smite is described as a new twist on the MOBA genre and credit to the game, it’s received quite a chunk of positive feedback and post launch support. It helps, of course, that there’s a large among of content to soak up. Easily offering north of ten hours worth of play before you’re even scratching the surface.
Neverwinter – Trailer
This is my personal favorite of the lot and it makes for an excellent substitute for the likes of Elder Scrolls Online. The game is an action MMORPG that feeds fast-paced combat with that classic Dungeons & Dragons gameplay. Players are sent to journey through the city of Neverwinter and the legendary subcontinent of Faerûn in a face-off against a wide range of deadly adversaries from the Dungeons & Dragons series. Much like those above, its strong and continued support sees this game constantly receiving new and interesting content.
Trove – Trailer
Trove isn’t as well supported as the aforementioned titles, but it’s not as old as those either. In fact it’s still relatively new in the grand scheme of things. If you’re someone that has a thirst for danger and lust for loot, as well as voxel-based MMO action, then this is certainly one that should be high up on your to-try list. Whether you want to battle deadly monsters, loot epic treasure, explore wild realms, build brand new worlds, or just show off your style and personality, Trove’s got you covered. It’s arguably a lot more stable than its peers too.
Skyforge – Trailer
Skyforge made a lot of noise prior to release and soon after, but since then, it’s gone rather quiet. This is another action MMORPG that’s based in the unique sci-fi/fantasy world of Aelion. Your home planet needs a guardian to fight back the invaders that are threatening your world, and you have been chosen. There’s a heap of classes to select from and some truly action-packed dynamic combat to soak up. Furthermore it looks incredible too, possibly standing out as one of the most visually impressive games of this free to play list.
Defiance 2050 – Trailer
This one almost didn’t make the list. I’ll point out that it did only release last week, but that’s not enough to forgive the game for being riddled with performance and technical issues. I’ve every hope that the developers will remedy this in due course but until then, be cautious. The game throws you into the role of an Ark Hunter in a massive cooperative online shooter. Choose from an array of fully customizable weapons and classes, explore a unique futuristic open world, and engage in epic fast-paced third-person shooter combat.
Star Trek Online – Trailer
Star Trek Online puts you in the captain’s chair of your own adventure in the Star Trek universe. You’ll be able to lead your ship and crew on adventures in space and on the ground in this ever expanding online universe. I cant say that I’ve plugged that much time into this game but what I will say is that out of every title in this list, Star Trek Online wins the post-launch support award. Seriously, the among of content that keeps hitting this game is unbelievable. If you’re into Star Trek or have ever been curious, give this some love.
Raiders of the Broken Planet – Trailer
Raiders of the Broken Planet isn’t technically a free to play game on the whole. The game is a campaign-based shooter and brawler that allows players to invest in whichever story arch they fancy pursuing, which is where the cost comes in. Players can try the bulky prologue for free and then move out from there, however they wish. The starter campaign offers a couple of challenging missions that can be played four vs one or solo, which will certainly give you a sense as to whether you enjoy what’s on offer quite enough to take it further.
Path of Exile – Trailer
This game needs no introduction. Path of Exile is an award-winning online action RPG created by hardcore gamers, for hardcore gamers. The game allows players to earn devastating skills and valuable items as they fight their way through the dark continent of Wraeclast. There’s no shortage of content to soak up and there’s even more on the way at a decent pace. What impresses me the most about Path of Exile is that despite some launch teething issues, the gameplay is fluid, diverse, packed with action and damn near epic.
Paladins – Trailer
Enter a fantasy world of ancient technology in the free to play Paladins, a team-based shooter with strategy elements and fairly deep character customization. Through a unique collectible card system, players can amplify and then augment a character’s core set of abilities to play exactly how they want to play. By and large, this is one of the best free to play games available that doesn’t quite get the attention that it deserves. If you’re on the market for a new shooter, I highly recommend that you at least give this a quick blast.
To end, I want to point out that some of these games are known for housing a few technical issues. Defiance 2050 is chief among them and you should expect some performance problems as a result. It’s also worth mentioning that many of these games will offer paid content, microtransactions or loot boxes. So if you plan on letting a younger gamer play, be sure to double check your purchase settings. Do you play any of these games on a regular basis? Got any favorites? Jump to the comment section below to make yourselves heard.