If you have an Xbox One console, you have probably noticed how pricey the games can be when they are brand new. Of course, the price will soon drop as new titles are released, and you can also grab a bargain if you buy second hand – but what about free games? The Xbox 360 always offered a selection of free games for Gold members, as well as opening the Xbox Arcade for cheap and free independent titles.
Does the Xbox One have the same level of great free content?
In some ways, Xbox One has less freebies than the 360 used to offer. However, that doesn’t mean you miss out on bargains! There are plenty of ways to download free Xbox One games and enjoy playing a wide range of titles, as long as you have some level of Xbox Live membership. Even if you are not a Gold member, you can often access the free trials and demo modes for games. Make the most of your annual fee by trying out all of the free content.
Free content with Gold
Every month, subscribers can download two titles completely free of charge. These may be 360 games which are backward compatible, or dedicated Xbox One games. The choices range from AAA content to quirky cult classics. Right now, games available for free download include Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition and Outlast, while Burnout Paradise is the 360 title of the month. These free games are often top titles and as a result, your hard drive can fill up fast! However, the game is yours once you have downloaded it once, so grab all the titles while they are free – you could delete them for now and go back to them at another time.
Free to play games
In addition to those subscriber freebies each month, there are plenty of games which are open for free play at any time you like. These 20 titles are almost always available, although titles do change from time to time. We took a look at some of the best titles in the collection, so you know which to download. Many of the games support multiplayer across 360 and Xbox One platforms, so you can play with your friends for free as long as you have an online connection. Check out our guide to the top free to play titles currently available for the Xbox One console.
DC Universe Online
Bring your favourite comic books to life with this great title inspired by the DC comic book range. Create your own superhero with your own style and power, and then take to the streets to fight. You can choose to side with the good or evil forces and some of your favourite characters are available to play against, including The Joker, Superman and Wonder Woman.
World of Tanks
Probably the best game in the free play options, World of Tanks offers some real retro gaming fun. It includes a multiplayer mode so you can play online with 360 and Xbox One pals, with battles of up to 30 people. There is plenty of fun to be had in the free mode, though you could also pay a little to get the premium tanks and exclusive content. Customise your tank and take it into battle: can you defeat the enemy’s forces?
This is a fairly simple game and certainly not one with a high budget, but it can provide you and your friends with hours of fun. A classic third-person shooter with a real arcade feel, Warframe mixes martial arts with futuristic weapons and armour. Fast-paced and bright with plenty of explosions, this is an action-packed title and is well worth a look.
Star Trek Online
If you prefer the MMO style of play – and if you are a fan of the Star Trek series – then you are likely to enjoy this free title. Levels 1 through to 60 are available as free play options, and there are 125 ‘episodes’ in total. Play as the captain of the Enterprise and fight against rogue factions in this extensive and high-action game series, available to download free now.
Frozen Free Fall: Snowball Fight
This classic puzzler takes on the style of hit games such as Bejewelled and Candy Crush, but it also adds the popular Disney movie Frozen into the mix so kids will love it. Take on friends in a wide range of matching puzzles, switching gems to create combos and build up your snowball meter. The game is simple and a little repetitive – but it can also be highly addictive!
If you still need more choice in your gaming options, but have a tight budget to consider, head to an online discount codes site – VoucherBin.co.uk – and find some great deals on Xbox One games through stores like Argos, GAME, etc.