Despite the impending release of the powerful Series X and S, the Xbox One isn’t giving up anytime soon. Developers are still supporting this in the years to come, especially with their collection of FREE TO PLAY titles. Whatoplay presents 10 of the best FREE Xbox One games of all time. All arranged by playscore. For the complete list of the top titles, visit our page of the best Xbox One games.
Hi-Rez is known to capitalize on popular video game trends while injecting their own unique style. Paladins was their answer for Blizzard’s success with Overwatch. It’s worth noting that Paladins isn’t a copy of Overwatch, it’s its own kind of game with a complex deck-building system. This hero-based first person shooter wasn’t free-to-play at launch. It took them almost a year to change their business model. Today, Paladins continue to add new features to the game including a new champion every now and then and some sweet lore. It receives a playscore of 7.16.
Hawken was the kind of game that didn’t really leave much of an impression compared to most FREE TO PLAY titles. The player base is dwindling and the unfortunate shutdown of its PC version was a setback for this mech on mech shooter. Hawken gives you the feel of piloting your very own mech in their variations of Deathmatch game modes. Play with teams, work together with friends, or show off your own skills in solo. Collect a variety of mechs and take a pick from their many classes. We even tried the game out when it launched on consoles a few years ago. It has a playscore of 7.20.
Another one from Hi-Rez Studios. This free-to-play MOBA of epic proportions pits together all deities and creatures from mythologies far and wide. Take your pick from over 90 different gods, from Zeus, to Loki, to the Chinese' Sun Wukong and witness the arena blow up with colorful explosions. It's a literal pantheon, covering everything from the East and West, along with a few… odd additions. Offering the standard MOBA package, Smite also has a few game modes to choose from. Climb up the global ladder in Ranked and fight your way into the Masters. A playscore of 7.20.
Looter shooters are a commonplace in the FREE TO PLAY realm of gaming. Bohemia Interactive’s ‘Vigor’ establishes its own charm to the genre, taking place in a desolate post-war Norway. Fans of The Division, Destiny and Escape from Tarkov will find the grind satisfying and rewarding. It is grounded on realism and the main objective is simply to survive in a hostile environment. Most of the time, you’ll be cooped up in your shelter and collecting resources around the world to improve your next exploration attempt. The game is also coming to the Series X. It has a playscore of 7.57.
It’s hard not to compare Phoenix Labs’ monster hunting game to CAPCOM’s very own Monster Hunter game. Fortunately, over the years, Dauntless has established their own style with the addition of new mechanics. Team up with up to four of your friends as you bring Behemoths to the ground. Select from its multitude of unique weapon types and make that perfect loadout to maximize damage and armor. It’s no boneless Monster Hunter, and if you want some FREE monster-slaying adventures, solo or with friends, this game is for you. A playscore of 7.64.
5. Destiny 2
Bungie’s award-winning looter shooter keeps getting better and better each year. With three massive expansions coming soon, the future of this first-person shooter is looking great. Harness the power of the light and create your own character from three unique classes. As an MMOFPS, you can meet other people in each of the games’ social hubs and help each other out in challenging dungeon runs that test your strength and abilities. It’s a game best played with friends. Gather your team of four and slay countless alien hordes and do successful raids. The game has a playscore of 7.73.
Speaking of titles getting better and better, Digital Extremes’ space ninjas get stronger in each update. Warframe in 2020 is considerably different from its 2013 release. Everything is better, faster and bigger. With each expansion, it features new planets to explore and Warframes to craft. In addition to that, it also introduces story content for players itching for some lore dump. The development team at Digital Extremes knows how to keep their massive community happy. Warframe is a great example on how games as a service should operate. It has a playscore of 7.75.
A totally absurd concept that somehow… works. Cuisine Royale is a Battle Royale game--but with kitchen materials. If you think that's crazy, you're probably right. It’s pretty similar in terms of visuals to the other popular Battle Royale game, PUBG, except this one has humor sprinkled all over it. There's a lot of fun to be had in running around fields and trenches, half-naked, and equipped with all sorts of wacky kitchen utensils. Remaining pretty much the same as the usual BR title, square up against 29 other competitors, and may the last man win the pizza. It’s not the perfect BR game out there, but it’s certainly an acquired taste for some. A playscore of 7.83.
2. Apex Legends
EA almost perfected the Battle Royale genre with this project. A Titanfall spin-off, this takes you to a sadistic arena full of characters with varying personalities. Engage in blazing firefights with your squad of three. It shares the same hero-based strategy from Blizzard’s Overwatch, but putting more focus in its gunplay and last man standing mechanic. EA’s continuous support for the game adds more content every month. Including Battle Passes and new Arena Champions that could potentially shift the competitive field. A playscore of 7.91.
1. And the best FREE XBOX ONE game is War Thunder
To dominate the list full of Triple A titles is a big win for Gaijin Entertainment. War Thunder offers an encompassing battle experience from land, sea, and air. This game puts you in the driver seats of German warplanes, Soviet tanks, and the fleet of the Japanese Empire. Not only that, War Thunder offers lifelike experiences of war. You’re not a superpowered warrior with lightning attacks with a pet fairy at your side, you’re a regular soldier having to deal with physics, accurate damage models, and base reloads. Their newest update, Raining Fire, comes with even more reckless devastation, with new locations, machines and more. Use your innate tactical wits, or just shoot and blow things up with a playscore of 8.20.