Xbox has come a long way since the first BIG BRICK Xbox was released back in 2001. I was just 20 years old back then and when I got my Xbox I thought it was the most amazing thing I ever laid my hands on. Of course, Xbox was MUCH different back then. We had chat, but you could only chat in-game, or at least for the games I played. This whole Party chat was something I never even heard of. The graphics were amazing (haha ironic), the games kept me busy for hours on end, and I always knew that I could hop online at night and my friends would be there ready to play Tom Clancy Black Arrow and the likes.
Then when the Xbox 360 came out, I was overjoyed and I thought that THAT Xbox could never be beaten. Oh my, was I wrong. Then Xbox One came out and I was officially blown away. Now Xbox has so many capabilities, features, the graphics are incredible, the number of games is staggering.
The 360 had a few free games here and there but the Xbox One has one of the leading databases of free games. Some are free to try, some are free to play, others have free to play with in-game purchases, etc. I will be covering the free to play and free to play with in-game purchases for this specific blog. These are some of the best games you can download right now and play to your heart’s content – they are also some of my favorite games!
This one actually started as an app on iOs back in 2015 but has since then made its way onto the Xbox One. The premise is simple; you are a vault keep aka Overseer you are tasked with building your bunker out, managing the people in the bunker and dealing with outside forces and enemies. Its a 2D game and its a strategy based game, but make no mistake, this one actually reminds me of The Tamagotchi pets that people were freaking out over a few years ago. Is Fallout Shelter fun? Yea of course! But, it also needs a lot of time, consideration and patients. Its 100% free through the marketplace so if you love Fallout or you love these types of games, give it a go!
Alright, I played this the second it came out because it reminded me a lot of Titanfall and I love Titanfall! This was originally released on the PC about 5 years ago. Its considered a first-person shooter, but its very much like Mechs or Titanfall as well. The nice thing about Hawken is that the game is free, yes, but most of the items in the game are free as well. It works just like Titanfall or any other game; as you level up you get new stuff. Its very fun, very addicting. Just watch out for the Vets that play this game because they will keep your butt as soon as you get into the game! As far as I can tell it doesn’t matter if you are a level 1 or a level 30, you play against everyone in the game. If you do decide to upgrade, they are available at a pretty fair price and its what keeps the game up and running so its definitely something to at least consider.
World Of Tanks
I actually also have this game. It was once just a little game that a few hundred people played. Then as soon as it started to get more and more popular, literally hoards of people came to play. The structure works the same as any other free to play game – in-game purchases can be used to upgrade your tank, how it looks or even to unlock certain tanks. You do earn in-game currency but to get the best tanks and bundles you do have to pay. The graphics are pretty nice, I love the whole tanks against tanks scenario – this is NOT battlefield! And if you love historical tanks, that just might be the icing on the cake for you. You can also play this on the 360 as well.
Another very popular game – and why wouldn’t it be, its freaking pinball guys! I spent many years over my childhood wondering to the closest arcade or waiting in the laundromat with my mom playing these pinball games and I love every second of it. Pinball FX2 allows you to play dozens of different tables for free. you can play everything from The Walking Dead to Star Wars to Marvel Comics and more The more desirable tables are paid tables but the prices really aren’t that bad. A few years ago they were having a sale on tables, I think I bought 6 different tables for under $10 altogether. Even without the sale, they are usually between $2 to $4 a table, again, depending on the theme. If you don’t care about themes and you just want to play pinball you can do that as well. Every person that downloads the core game gets a free table called Sorcerers Lair.
Gems Of War
Ill warn you ahead of time, this game is super addicting. Not only is it fun, but you want to keep coming back everyday to unlock new things, keep your army and your land safe, etc. They also offer a lot of events on this game to entice people to keep coming back because you can win some pretty cool stuff – I know I did. The summary: “In Gems of War, you battle your foes not just with swords and sorcery, but with a puzzle board! Match gems to power your spells, and match skulls to smite your enemies! Then take the spoils of war, and forge a mighty empire. It’s highly addictive, easy to learn, and filled with crazy combos and tons of depth.” It kind of reminds me of Gwent vs Age Of Empires.