The Best Free Xbox Games, Xbox One, Series X, Series S

If you're looking for a list of the best free Xbox games, you've come to the right place! From Halo Infinite to Rocket League, you'll find some amazing Xbox games you can download right now, and the best part is that you can play them without Xbox Live Gold! All you need to do is go to the Microsoft Store on your Xbox One, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, find the game in question, and then hit "install" to get started.

This list is specifically for the best free Xbox games on Xbox One, Series X and Series S, and includes titles that are the most popular on those consoles, including free-to-play (aka, microtransactions included) and entirely free games!

Let’s jump in!

The Best Free Xbox Games

Apex Legends (Xbox One)

Apex Legends (Xbox One)Apex Legends (Xbox One)
Publisher: Electronic Arts / Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Release Date: 4th Feb 2019 (USA)

Developed by Respawn Entertainment, 2019’s Apex Legends felt like it came out of nowhere to take the free-to-play shooter genre by storm. A slick, stylish and vibrant squad-based offering, it introduced a fantastic ping system that makes proper strategic teamwork a breeze without the need to use a headset.

Apex Legends has continued to grow and evolve since release, becoming one of the best free Xbox games you can get your hands on, and its fast-paced matches still have us completely hooked on its madcap, character-driven brand of action. This is a game that’s all about mobility, hardly a surprise coming from the makers of Titanfall, and the improvements it brings to the genre in this regard help to elevate a core gameplay loop that’s certainly become a little tired at this point into something that still feels 100% fresh and addictive.

With a total of 21 excellent legends to get to grips with at the last count, each with their own backstory, unique skills and abilities – all of whom can be unlocked purely through playing the game – there’s a ton of gloriously strategic, fast-paced shooter action to sink your teeth into here.

Brawlhalla (Xbox One)

Brawlhalla (Xbox One)Brawlhalla (Xbox One)
Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Blue Mammoth Games
Release Date: 6th Nov 2018 (USA)

Blue Mammoth Games’ 2D platformer fighting game arrived on consoles back in October of 2017, bringing Smash Bros-esque hijinks to the masses in a surprisingly solid free-to-play effort.

With several game modes to choose from including online and local multiplayer, 53 playable characters, tons of cosmetics and full crossplay across all available platforms, there’s lots to get stuck into here for brawler fans who want to get busy blasting foes into oblivion - and all for the princely sum of zero earth pounds.

Call of Duty: Warzone (Xbox One)

Call of Duty: Warzone (Xbox One)Call of Duty: Warzone (Xbox One)
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: 10th Mar 2020 (USA)

No list of best free Xbox games would be truly complete without Activision’s Battle Royale behemoth. Warzone is one of the slickest shooters out there right now, an immense amount of fun in either solo or squad-based combat, it blends the best elements of the BR genre with the tight gunplay of the Call of Duty franchise to incredible effect.

There’s a dizzying amount of trinkets, bits and bobs available to purchase with real world money when you boot this one up but, the most important thing here is that none of it is required to just jump in and have a great time.

With up to 150 players on its ever-evolving map at any given time and all manner of special events and content drops happening on a regular basis, Warzone remains one of our absolute favourite free Xbox experiences on Xbox One, Series X and Series S.

Crackdown/Crackdown 2

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Developer: Ruffian Games
Release Date: TBA

They may be getting a little long in the tooth at this stage but there’s absolutely no doubting that both Crackdown 2 and its predecessor are more than worth taking a gamble on, especially when the cost of buying in is nothing.

Xbox Game Studios' series gives players huge third-person sandboxes to tool around in within a GTA- inspired world where the chaos and destruction have been turned up to 11. Yes, the story might not be the greatest and the music isn’t a patch on its most obvious inspirations, but bounding around Pacific City as a super-powered law enforcer is still hugely enjoyable throwaway fun that’s perfect for a couple of hours of mindless, action-packed entertainment.

Dauntless (Xbox One)

Dauntless (Xbox One)Dauntless (Xbox One)
Publisher: Epic Games / Developer: Phoenix Labs
Release Date: 21st May 2019 (USA)

Fans of Capcom’s Monster Hunter series, or anyone who just loves to pummel great big beasts with massive weapons, should absolutely give Phoenix Labs’ free-to-play Xbox game a blast.

Dauntless takes the core gameplay elements of Monster Hunter and strips them right down to their basics, throwing players into huge scraps against screen-shaking behemoths whilst doing away with a lot of the fussiness of Capcom’s famous franchise.

Yes, it lacks the depth of its most obvious inspiration, it doesn’t have a story to fall back on or the same level of world-building, but what Dauntless does do it does well, offering plenty of progression, customisation and big beast battling.

With plenty of well-designed brutes to face off against, three different biomes to explore and cross-platform multiplayer, there’s hours of slick monster huntin’ to get stuck to with this one on Xbox One, Series X and Series S.

DC Universe Online (Xbox One)

DC Universe Online (Xbox One)DC Universe Online (Xbox One)
Publisher: Daybreak Game Company / Developer: Daybreak Game Company
Release Date: 29th Apr 2016 (USA) / 29th Apr 2016 (UK/EU)

Superheroes! Everybody loves them, right? Well, given the constant barrage of movies based on various Marvel and DC franchises it would certainly seem that way.

Originally released way back in 2011 when the superhero movie craze was perhaps at its absolute peak, DC Universe Online’s MMO action allows players to create their very own original character using all manner of powers and templates borrowed from DC’s expansive collection of heroes, who they can then bound into the game’s huge world with.

There’s an accumulated wealth of content here at this stage in the game’s life, an absolute ton of add-ons, DLC, improvements and refinements all coming together to provide an entire universe’s worth of superhero hijinks that’s all centred around some surprisingly dynamic combat action.

If you’re a DC fan, or a superhero fan in general, there’s a whole world waiting for you to immerse yourself in here!

Destiny 2 (Xbox One)

Destiny 2 (Xbox One)Destiny 2 (Xbox One)
Publisher: Bungie / Developer: Bungie
Release Date: 1st Oct 2019 (USA)

Bungie’s epic looter shooter sequel may not have got off to the greatest of starts but, in the years since, Destiny 2 has slowly been shaped into the game it perhaps should have been at launch, definitely serving as one of the very best free Xbox One, Series X and Series S games.

Nowadays, as far as looter shooters go, this one really is up there with the absolute best. With an astonishingly well-realised sci-fi setting, absolutely tons of lore and content to dig into, some of the best loot in the biz, intense multiplayer raids and Bungie’s signature top-notch gameplay mechanics underpinning it all, this is a shooter that you pretty much need to check out.

The free-to-play New Light variant of Destiny 2 gives you a ton of campaign story to get stuck into, awesome PvP in the form of the excellent Crucible mode, strikes, all in-game destinations, patrols, public events and more.

Yes, you’ll eventually reach a point where you need to dig into your pockets if you want to continue the narrative and see everything the world of Destiny 2 now has to offer, but there’s potentially hundreds of hours of slick shooter action to get stuck into here before you reach that crossroads. It’s time to suit up Guardian!

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Xbox One)

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Xbox One)Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Xbox One)
Publisher: Koei Tecmo / Developer: Koei Tecmo
Release Date: 17th Feb 2015 (USA) / 20th Feb 2015 (UK/EU)

Team Ninja’s flashy fighter is a massively expensive proposition if you’re thinking about going all-in and spending real world money on its endless array of characters, skimpy outfits and unlockable modes and features.

However, stick to the base game here, forget all the fluff and just get stuck into what’s on offer for free, and you’ve got yourself some super solid, slick and surprisingly strategic fighting action that employs a rock, scissors, paper style "triangle system" to great effect, giving its bouts a super interesting slant. Just try not to develop a skimpy costume pack addiction.

Fallout Shelter (Xbox One)

Fallout Shelter (Xbox One)Fallout Shelter (Xbox One)
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: 7th Feb 2017 (USA)

If you’ve ever wanted to micro-manage your very own post-apocalyptic underground vault, Fallout Shelter could well be right up your irradiated street.

In this Fallout spin-off you’ll need to make sure to balance myriad factors in order to guarantee the survival of your vault-dwellers, building power-plants, treatment facilities, cafes, living quarters and so on whilst defending your expanding home against raiders and invaders.

It may not have the most satisfying of endgames, and there are all manner of boosters and trinkets to end up spending actual real world money on, but if you’re looking for a fun little management sim based in a pretty rad (pun intended) universe, Fallout Shelter brings plenty of fun for zero pennies.

Fortnite (Xbox One)

Fortnite (Xbox One)Fortnite (Xbox One)
Publisher: Epic Games / Developer: Epic Games
Release Date: 25th Jul 2017 (USA) / 25th Jul 2017 (UK/EU)

Arguably the biggest free-to-play game on the planet right now, Epic’s free-to-play behemoth is a clever combo of your typical looter shooter action mixed with a highly inventive on-the-fly building mechanic.

There are three distinct game modes here, with co-op tower defence, creative mode and – our personal favourite – Battle Royale all in the mix. Plus, Battle Royale now features the ability to play without the building mechanic, which is a very welcome addition. Fortnite’s main strength lies in its fast-moving tactical gameplay, combined with an ever-changing world that’s constantly playing host to all-manner of star-studded spectacular events.

This is a super slick, super accessible shooter whose colourful world, larger than life characters and constant procession of big-ticket special events have kept us fully hooked into its world since 2017. Yes, there are a hundred different ways to spend a ton of money in Fortnite but, if you’re planning on keeping your purse-strings tightly drawn, you’ll find a game that guarantees you a good time without the need to spend a penny.