Over the past few months, I’ve spent a lot of money on games. Today, I will share 5 free games I found on the Microsoft store and why they caught my attention.

Game on!
Game on!
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Free Game #1: Life is Strange

Life is Strange is a game based on choices. Be wise with them to see the outcomes of all your decisions.
Life is Strange, isn’t it?
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Life is Strange is a free game I have wanted to download for a while. It’s based on decisions you make, much like Until Dawn, The Walking Dead, and Man of Medan. Life is Strange is a thriller, and I’ve really enjoyed it so far!

Right now, the first episode is available for free, with the rest of the episodes being $5 each. I feel like that is a reasonable price considering you get the first free. I liked being able to test out the game and the decisions I got to make. I love how I could explore the world the creators built. Hopefully, I’ll get the rest of the episodes soon!

Free Game #2: Fortnite

Fornite is a PvP game played by a mass of players until 1 is left standing. This is an example of one of those structures as well as the weapons you can build too!
Find massive structures in Fornite!
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Fortnite is an open-world game that reminds me of Minecraft, but with a better opportunity for multiplayer gaming. You craft weapons (which reminds me of Far Cry New Dawn) and build your experience. This is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game played by 100 players at a time, announcing one winner at the end.

Fortnite is in PvP mode where you can build forts, collect materials, and destroy the world you’re on. Level up by doing all these things and become one of the best players. I’m excited to try this out!

Free Game #3: One Leaves

This is a screenshot from the horror game One Leaves. The point of this game is to bring awareness to teenage smoking and the impact it has!
One Leaves, released in 2019
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One Leaves is a horror game I stumbled upon amongst my search. I recently downloaded Resident Evil 7, so I have occupied my time with that, but I’m excited to play One Leaves. I’ve been trying to get into horror games more so hopefully I like this!

After trying the game, I am unimpressed. I liked the concept, but there were too many cons that outweighed the pros. The point of the game was to bring awareness to teenage smoking as it’s hard to end the habit once it begins. There are many clues in the game that lead to your character throughout the story.

I didn’t have much luck at first, but if you’re in the mood to explore a new game, download One Leaves. I would note there are technical issues that make it hard to focus while playing the game. I’m eager to see if future updates will make playability more enjoyable. Being a free option makes it something worth trying.

Free Game #4: Resident Evil Revelations 2

Resident Evil Revelations 2 is set between Resident Evil 5 & 6. I'm excited to try this game and see what it connects to!
Resident Evil Revelations 2
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Resident Evil Revelations 2‘s plot is set between Resident Evil 5 and 6. Right now, the first episode is free, so you pay for the rest of the game like Life is Strange. I think this is good to download if you want to connect your stories!

I plan on playing this soon, so I don’t have an opinion currently. I’m looking forward to getting started with it. Right now, since the game is old, the graphics are outdated, which I believe gives it a nostalgia factor. The overall aspect of the game, fighting through a mansion, is worth playing. Since I recently finished one of the resident evil games, I was excited to see a free option.

Free Game #5: SMITE

SMITE is a MOBA game used by many gamers for challenges and different game styles.
SMITE defend your Titan!
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I just heard about this reignited game that one of my roommates told me about! I looked up more about it before I played and it looks really cool! I’ll tell you about some aspects I liked.

SMITE can be played online in Arena, Assault, Siege, and many more styles. This game is MOBA like League of Legends and Dota 2. Gamers play as gods from Greek, Roman, Chinese, Egyptian, Norse, Hindu, Mayan, Japanese, and Celtic religions. I think this aspect is my favorite. Plus, this game is free to play for everyone! I’m excited to play it once it finishes downloading on my Xbox.


These games have been great to explore! If you have any suggestions or opinions, let us know in the comments!