The best free games for Xbox One

by Rob Duke | Jul 22, 2020
Drawn Graphic of an Xbox One and a controller

Looking for something new to play? Check out our list of the top free games available on Xbox One this July. 

Destiny 2

Sure, it’s been out for a while, but it’s still one of the most gripping first-person shooters available. It’s receiving regular updates that alter the meta too, so there’s always new things to experience in Bungie’s incredibly detailed game-world. Since the base game went free-to-play last year, it’s been flooded with new players all looking to demonstrate their skills, so now is as good a time as any to get stuck in!

World of Tanks

It does what it says on the tin. This tactical wargame can take a while to get into, but once you’ve got to grips with the subtleties of the game mechanics, it’s a pleasure to play. While it might not appeal to all hair-trigger First-Person-Shooter fans, it rewards long-term strategists – so if you’re looking for something a bit different to the usual run-and-gun fare, check it out. 


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Modern Warfare: Warzone

Since it became one of the most downloaded free-to-play game of all time in just a few short months, Warzone has continued to cement its status at the top of the Battle Royale tree. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s worth a look – particularly if you enjoyed previous Call of Duty games. A bit of a warning; there’s a steep learning curve, so you might struggle to reach the latter stages of games while you’re getting the hang of it. It’s worth persisting though. Also, just a quick hint; you can check out tutorials by pro streamers like IcemanIsaac and [KSA]azzyadam to find out how to improve your skills.

Apex Legends

One of the current forerunners of the Battle Royale genre – Apex Legends continues to grow in scope and the fanbase can’t get enough. There is an endless range of possibilities in-game, thanks to the diverse characters and the variety of tactics that can lead to success. It’s fast-paced and fun, and arguably a touch more forgiving than some of the alternatives. The recent announcement of a new update which will add respawn beacons to the game should keep things fresh too. All good news!  


We’d be remiss not to mention the grand-daddy of all free-to-play online shooters. Sure, it’s primarily aimed at youngsters, but Fortnite continues to gain fans of all ages thanks to its ever-evolving gameplay. With a gigantic online community, you can easily find new people to play with and get advice on how to improve your skills through social media. Note: if you’ve got little ones, you might find yourself competing for the controller. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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