These are the best free Xbox games available

If you’re playing on an Xbox One, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, this page is your one-stop shop for the best free Xbox games.

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Nathan Lawrence
May 27, 2021
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The Xbox ecosystem has come a long way since this page first went live in October 2020. Sure, Xbox Game Pass is still going strong, but it’s been made even better by the addition of EA Play and a whole range of Bethesda games. So if you want to find fully free games, or the best ones included with a subscription, this page has you covered with our pick of the best ones to play on Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

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We haven’t just created a list of the best free Xbox games. Click on the corresponding link below to check out our lists of the best free games for PlayStation, Switch and PC:

How to get free Xbox games

There are five key ways to get your hands on free Xbox games that either don’t cost a cent or come as part of a subscription:

  • Xbox Store free-to-play games
  • Xbox Store demos
  • Xbox Live Games with Gold subscription
  • Xbox Game Pass subscription
  • Xbox One trial weekends

Best Xbox Store free games

If you want a free new-gen game to play on your Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X, take free-to-play World War II shooter Enlisted for a spin. Otherwise, there are scores of free-to-play games on the Xbox Store that work on last-gen and new-gen Xbox consoles. Our pick of the top 10 free Xbox Store games are:

  • Rocket League
  • Brawlhalla
  • Vigor
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Apex Legends
  • War Thunder
  • Too Human
  • Warframe
  • Killer Instinct
  • Crackdown

Best Xbox Store free demos

There are more than 100 free demos on the Xbox Store that you can download and play today. Here’s our pick of the top 10 free Xbox demos:

  • Outriders
  • Ghostrunner
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising
  • Destroy All Humans
  • Desperados III
  • Elite Dangerous
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Trials Rising
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Halo Wars 2

Best Xbox Live Games with Gold free games

Part of having an Xbox Live Gold subscription means access to a rotating roster of monthly games that are part of Games with Gold. You have to add them to your library each month to have access to them (as long as you stay subscribed). The majority of these titles are offered at a discounted price to buy outright (called “Deals with Gold”), but a handful of games are free with Games with Gold each month.

At the time of updating this page, Dungeons 3, Armello and Tropico 4 (Xbox 360 game) were the free monthly games. In 2020, 24 games were part of the Games with Gold monthly program. The list below is the top 10 free Xbox Live Games with Gold titles of recent times:

  • Dark Void
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Lego Indiana Jones
  • de Blob 2
  • Saints Row 2
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Tekken 6
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Best Xbox Game Pass free games

Xbox Game Pass is separate from Xbox Live, but can also be bundled as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate package. The core Xbox Game Pass subscription comes with a library of games for Xbox One consoles (and works on the Xbox Series X and Series S, too), while Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also includes a rotating roster of games for Windows 10 PCs. It costs $10.95 for Xbox Game Pass or $15.95 for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Now that Bethesda has joined the Microsoft family, and EA Play was recently added to Xbox Game Pass, there are even more amazing games to choose from. To make life easier, we’ve separated this into three lists to cover the best Game Pass games, and then separate lists for EA Play and Bethesda titles.

Below is our pick of the top 10 Xbox Game Pass games:

  • Alien: Isolation
  • Carrion
  • Dead Cells
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Gears 5
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • Sea of Thieves

And here’s our pick of the top 10 Bethesda games on Xbox Game Pass (from a list of 20):

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Fallout 4
  • Dishonored 2
  • Prey
  • Doom Eternal
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Dishonored Definitive Edition
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • Rage 2
  • The Evil Within

There are dozens of games included in EA Play, so here’s our pick of the top 10 EA games on Xbox Game Pass:

  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Battlefield V
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Squadrons
  • Titanfall 2
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Dead Space 2
  • Fight Night Champion
  • Dante’s Inferno
  • Knockout City

Best Xbox free trial games

Sometimes Microsoft and other game publishers offer trial weekends (or even longer trial periods) for games, which let you download and play the full version of a game during the trial period. While free trial periods tend to come and go, here’s our list of the best free recent trials on Xbox (keep an eye to see if they come up again):

  • Resident Evil Village
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Gears 5
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Subnautica
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Nathan Lawrence
Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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