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To access the Xbox online store you need an Xbox Live Silver account. To be able to play games online with other people you need an Xbox Live Gold account. Xbox Live Gold usually costs £6.99/month. Once you have purchased a game that offers online play, this monthly subscription enables you to play with friends. The subscription also offers a few free games each month and good discounts.You can access a larger catalogue of free games on your Xbox via Xbox Game Pass that provides over 100 top tier games and additional discounts.
Release Date: 13/05/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon
Deep Rock Galactic is shooting game where you play a team of dwarves in a totally destructible world. You explore caves and battle enemy hordes that are different each time you play (like Left 4 Dead).
Release Date: 10/11/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Weather
The Falconeer is an action game where you play a pilot who flies a weaponised falcon through dramatic locations. You battle the rivalling factions to uncover the secrets of long-forgotten gods and ancestors. Although the gameplay is all flying and...
Release Date: 22/10/2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Gonner 2 is a running and jumping game where you defend yourself by shooting enemies in a chaotic procedural environment as a small character called Ikk. You'll need a large amount of patience as you die a lot. To progress you need to hone your shooting...
Release Date: 24/05/2016, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D First-Person
Overwatch 2 is a shooting game where the focus is on teamwork and skill rather than violence. In teams of five, you communicate and work together to take out the other team and complete your objective. Along with games like Rocket League, it has...
Release Date: 17/11/2009, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Web, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On
Just Dance 2022 is part of a physically active rhythm game series. Dancing in front of each other isn’t something we often do in families. Just Dance is released with new songs and features each year. It gets parents, carers, children and even...
Release Date: 04/02/2000
Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, PS3, PS4, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Grid, Open World and Persistant World
The Sims puts you in charge of a world of characters living normal lives. By providing a home, a job, leisure, friendships and even a love interest, you work to make them happy. It’s an open-ended game as well, although the altruism is focused on...
Release Date: 29/10/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Watch Dogs Legion is an adventure game, the third instalment in the Watch Dogs series. It's set in a fictionalised future dystopian London. You play hackers in the group DedSec seeking to clear their name for bombings in the city.
Release Date: 21/05/2021
Components: 3D Third-Person
Knockout City is a futuristic sports game where rival crews take on dodgeball style battles. It combines arena battles with projectile combat. With the focus on the ball as much as the other players, this brings more strategy and a great emphasis on...
Release Date: 19/10/2018
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Battlefield V is the latest in a series of first-person shooting games set in various locations, such as Norway, France and Germany, during World War II. Like Call of Duty this aims to recreate the adrenaline, excitement and...
Release Date: 09/10/2012, updated in 2017
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Dishonored is an adventure game series set in the fictional, plague-ridden industrial city of Dunwall. You play Corvo Attano, bodyguard to the Empress of the Isles. But you are framed for her murder and forced to become an assassin.
Release Date: 11/04/2017
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Yooka-Laylee is a running, jumping, collecting and exploration game where you play a pair of animal friends: a chameleon called Yooka and a bat called Laylee. They act as one, each contributing different abilities, on a quest to retrieve a magical book...
Release Date: 29/08/2019
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Brunch Club is a cooking game where you possess and move food around the kitchen to complete different recipes. This unusual way to cook creates a unique and silly challenge you take on with up to four people.
Release Date: 12/08/2010, updated in 2021
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person and Weather
World of Tanks is a multiplayer tank simulation shooting game. You control a tank in a war zone and try and destroy enemy tanks in online matches in a race for supremacy and points. The scale and strategy of the battles recreates a realistic theatre of...
Release Date: 16/06/2020
Out Now: PC, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
Colt Canyon is a pixel-styled shooting game where you play a cowboy, whose mission is to save his kidnapped partner from the bandits and get back home. Players shoot their way through a hostile canyon using their guns and TNT. Hidden treasures and...
Release Date: 11/04/2017, updated in 2018
Aaero is a rhythm game where you control a spacecraft with one stick and target with the other. At times it's like flying an X-Wing on a trench run while at others it's like soaring high and free targeting enemies in a Starfox game. It's an on-rails...
Release Date: 17/02/2021, updated in 2021
Capcom Arcade Stadium is a compilation of classic Capcom arcade video games. It comes with 1943: The Battle of Midway and a growing library of games as purchasable content in different packs. This not only offers a nice way to play a range of these...