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5 Best Free-to-Play Games on Xbox Series X|S

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A high-quality game that is free-to-play is something you don't come across very frequently. That's because it sounds too good to be true. Fortunately, the Xbox Series X|S answers that plea by providing some of the best free-to-play games available right now in a variety of genres. And, thankfully, these titles aren't all that deceptive, forcing you to purchase DLC in order to have a satisfying experience. Having said that, they do offer in-game purchases. Regardless, you can get the entire experience without spending anything. So, read on to find out the best free-to-play games on Xbox Series X|S in March 2023.

5. The Sims 4

The Sims 4: Official Trailer

The Sims 4 by Maxis and Electronic Arts is a life-sim that offers complete control over practically every element of your character's existence. This life simulation sandbox game is your personal “The Truman Show” and you are the director. Create a family, choose a career, and decide where to live. The world is your oyster in this game, and the greatest part is that it's free to play. With that, the main game contains enough content to keep you busy for a long time, however, you can purchase more content if you so desire.

Nonetheless, the freedom and customization offered in The Sims 4 are unrivaled. Create a community of Sims with rich backstories and interesting careers. Or control one sim and sculpt how their life plays out. Given the number of elements in the game, the interface is pretty outstanding and simple to use. Making your experience immersive and enjoyable all the way through. So, if you haven't tried The Sims 4, we highly recommend you do as it is undoubtedly one of the best free-to-play games for Xbox Series X|S.

4. Roblox

Roblox | Official Trailer (2020)

Roblox grew its reputation by giving users a lot of creative flexibility. Essentially, Roblox is a sandbox game where you can build and create extremely detailed levels and game worlds. This has sprung a vibrant gaming community within Roblox. There are hundreds of game types to choose from, including FPS, cops and robbers, horror, and RPG stories, and that's just scratching the surface. Overall, it's resulted in Roblox becoming one of the most popular free-to-play online multiplayer games of all time. 

But it doesn't stop there. Character customization is extensive. There is an outstanding community market where you can download infinite mods and DLC. Altogether it feels as if you have the ability to discover anything you can think of; if not, you can simply create it. Because of its limitless creative possibilities, Roblox easily earns its position as one of the best free-to-play games on Xbox Series X|S.

3. Fortnite

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 MEGA Cinematic Trailer

Since its release in 2017, Fortnite has taken the world by storm in terms of popularity. That's why we highly doubt it needs an introduction as it follows the same premise as other battle royale games. However, where it stands out and the feature that's catapulted into the spotlight, is building. You can build and demolish structures at will, adding a completely new dimension of gameplay to the FPS battle-royale genre.

However, it's remained relevant as every chapter, the map is drastically changed. Furthermore, every chapter is accompanied by a number of seasons that keep the combat exciting with new utility, weapons, vehicles, and other items. This is largely one of the reasons Fortnite has been so successful and remains one of the best free-to-play games on the market.

2. Rocket League

Rocket League® Free To Play Cinematic Trailer

Rocket League is a high-octane soccer game played with cars. There's no other way to put it. The cars, however, have been modified so that you can jump, ride on the stadium walls, and propel yourself into the air. This makes the game's learning curve extremely difficult as you learn faster and more creative acrobatic ways to get the ball into the opponent's goal. It's what resulted in Rocket League establishing an ESL Pro league in which players and teams compete for thousands of dollars every year.

The game is certainly a one-of-a-kind experience that will give you a new appreciation for the Esports pros who make it look so effortless. Each game's a go-go-go chaotic roller coaster of blocking shots and scoring goals. Due to its ability to keep you on the edge of your seat at all times, Rocket League is rightfully deserving as one of the best free-to-play games on Xbox Series X|S.

1. Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 Launch Trailer

Though we didn't ask for it, or particularly needed it, Overwatch 2 has delivered a well-rounded sequel that, thankfully is free, or Blizzard would undoubtedly have a riot on their hands. The biggest change in the hero-shooters sequel is the switch from 6v6 to 5v5 teams. While many were skeptical, it actually brought the game to a more well-rounded state. As a result, Overwatch 2 remains the best free-to-play game you can get your hands on for the Xbox Series X|S.

Overwatch 2 features a roster of 36 heroes organized into three distinct classes: Tank, Damage, and Support. Each hero within these classes has unique abilities that define their playstyle. Furthermore, each hero has an ultimate that may be game-changing when utilized correctly. This combined with the many game modes, such as Control, Hybrid, Escort, Push, and custom games adds up to some pretty unique and tirelessly fun gameplay. All of which is at your disposal free of charge.

So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there other free-to-play games on Xbox Series X|S that we should know about? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!

Riley Fonger is a freelance writer, music lover, and gamer since adolescence. He loves anything video game-related and grew up with a passion for story games such as Bioshock and The Last of Us.