Top FREE Xbox Games To Play In 2021

Glenn Alexander 2021-07-24

There is always something about the word free and gamers. They really do go well together. It is almost like something gets triggered for a gamer where they see the word ‘free'.

It could be in the shape of a free in game skin, free DLC, or a free map. No matter what it is, the gamer gets excited. For this article I am looking at what I think are the best Free 2 Play (F2P) games currently available for Xbox gamers.

In case you've missed my entire series, I've tried to cover a list for F2P games right here on Fibre Tiger. If you don't own an Xbox console, check this out, I've already looked at what I think are the best F2P games for PC, Playstation, Nintendo Switch and mobile games on Android.

  1. PC
  2. Playstation
  3. Nintendo Switch
  4. Mobile (Android)

With these Top 10 lists of mine there is bound to be quite a bit of overlapping, especially when it comes to the more popular and wider known free games out there that are available.
So without delaying this too much, let me jump into what I think are currently the best F2P games on Xbox.

My Top 10 FREE To Play Xbox Games (Alphabetical Order)

  • Apex Legends
  • Call of Duty Warzone
  • Destiny 2: New Light
  • Fortnite
  • Killer Instinct
  • Neverwinter
  • Paladins
  • Roblox
  • Rocket League
  • Warframe

Below I've highlighted my five favourites from the TOP 10 list and give a short synopsis about each game. Feel free to share your free 2 play games with me over on Twitter: @GlennZA or disagree with me with my Top 10 list. Or better yet, let me know which gem is missing from my Top 10.

Apex Legends

EA's free-to-play shooter came from nowhere to challenge Fortnite's dominance of the free-to-play battle royale genre in early February 2019, reaching over 50 million players by the end of its first month. Now in 2021 Apex Legends is home to a vibrant community, thanks to a responsive, squad-based shooter with amiable characters, and clearly-defined skill classes. It's developed by Respawn Entertainment, of the highly popular mech-shooter Titanfall.

Call of Duty Warzone

My friends list is always full of gamers playing Warzone, so it must be doing something right? Take part in epic battles of up to 150 players, collect loot, and complete contracts, all delivered with the sweet shooter satisfaction the Call of Duty series is known for.
Activision keeps the game fresh with regular content drops, and the maps are dense and perfect for playing around with strategy.
One of the most attractive things about the game is that it keeps loadouts, inventory, and finding the right loot simple, so you can focus on the important things like taking out the enemy and showing off your sniper skills to your friends. Side note, be sure you've got sufficient hard drive space for this title as the updates don't come small either.

Destiny 2: New Light

Bungie's shooter now has a free-to-play flavor thanks to Destiny 2: New Light, a special version of the full game that focuses on content released before Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. Jump in and you'll find a specially made intro mission set in the Cosmodrome from the original Destiny, as well as every planet and hub in Destiny 2, including DLC areas.
There's also campaigns, the PvP Crucible, Strikes, Gambit and in-game events. There's plenty to enjoy without spending a cent.


If I had to have a favourite favourite, Paladins would be it. It's a team-based objective focused shooter full of strange and colourful characters. The classes are built around clear roles. with the Front Line class made to control objectives and provide support.
The Damage class is obviously all about hurting enemies, while Support is about offensive and defensive back up, and Flank fight from a distance. Just working through the 30 plus characters currently included will give you plenty to do. Especially with the card-based system used to tweak and adjust their load outs.
But, chances are, once you've done that you'll have a good grasp of the gameplay and want more. Match involves objectives, like taking zones and escorting payloads so this is very much about characters working together.


You might not be familiar with Roblox, but ask any young gamer and they'll give you all the latest on the game and game creation platform that sees around 20 million games a year added to its world.
Some of the biggest games on the platform are Adopt Me! - an MMO-style game where the main draw is adopting and caring for pets - the fantasy RPG school-themed Royale High, episodic horror game Piggy, and The Sims style Welcome to Bloxburg.
Those who are done with playing can spend their time building their own games or items, and there are special events like an annual Easter egg hunt.


Well there you have it. My list of what I think are currently the best F2P games available on Xbox. Making it even better, Microsoft recently dropped the requirement for gamers to be Xbox Live Gold members or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in order to play these free to play games. Now, even gamers without any sort of subscription can play any of these F2P games making them truly F2P.

GlennZA is an Xbox MVP & Xbox community leader who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to helping others get the most out of their gaming experience. Having grown up as a gamer after receiving his first console way back in the late 80's (Atari 2600), He acquired his first Xbox console, the Xbox 360 Arcade Core in 2006. He has since been a part of the Xbox Family for 14 years and still going strong.