TA Team Pick (November 19)

TA Team Pick (November 19)

Microsoft slashed prices of nearly 1,000 games during its annual Black Friday Xbox sale, featuring Xbox Series X games | S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC at a discount. Here’s what the TA press team thinks are good results.

The black friday sale on the Xbox Store is back for 2022 and offers almost 1,000 discounts on games on Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. As we try to do every week, we’ve braved the depths of the sale to uncover a selection of games we think are worthy of your collection. Take a look below to find out the kinds of things we like to play in our spare time and would happily recommend.

We invite you to a mission of great importance this week. A mission that will see us sail to distant shores – or planets, in one case – with the blessings of the God of Thunder, rip enemies with blades to the sound of energizing beats, and risk it all in a fight that, in the event of… Failure will see us return to the starting point, destined to try again. This adventure relies on the balance of a single deck of cards.

Bargains from the latest Xbox sales

Heidi—Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Ok, so this seems like a good time to pick up Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. It’s on sale for 67% off, and while Kassandra and Bayek have happily set up camp on Xbox Game Pass, Ubisoft isn’t ready to share Eivor just yet and has confirmed that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla not coming to Xbox Game Pass. Additionally, Valhalla is ready to complete Eivor’s story with the free Last Chapter DLC later this year, so it’s unclear when the game might go on sale soon, or at that much discount. It’s been over two years since Valhalla launched, so if you’ve been waiting for a sale, you’ll have avoided many of the game’s worst bugs and can embark on your Viking adventure with confidence. While Valhalla follows in the footsteps of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey with a giant open world, Valhalla’s settlement feature does a good job of giving you a hub to return to, centering Eivor instead of letting him wander aimlessly across a map. almost endless. Valhalla dives deep into the details of Viking life and culture, and Eivor has a lot to do on behalf of the rapidly growing settlement of Ravensthorpe. This is another Assassin’s Creed game where stealth isn’t really necessary, so if you missed that in Odyssey, you might be better off waiting. Assassin’s Creed Mirage, which goes back to basics. However, if you liked Odyssey or are interested in Viking lore – or are looking forward to another Open-world RPG with Assassin’s Creed’s foray into feudal Japan – you might want to buy Valhalla while it’s on sale; the amount of content you get with Valhalla might even sideline you until it’s time to head into feudal Japan.

Assassin's Creed® Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla

This game takes advantage of Smart Delivery allowing access to both the Xbox One title and the Xbox Series X|S title

Build your own Viking legend at 60 FPS and 4K resolution on Xbox Series X.

Become Eivor, a legendary Viking warrior raised in tales of battle and glory. Explore a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages. Attack your enemies, expand your clan’s settlement, and strengthen your political power in the quest to earn a place among the gods of Valhalla.

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Luke—Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

In such a big sale, there are loads of other things I could have chosen, but in the end, it has to be like this. Everybody needs to experience Platinum’s next-level hack-and-slash gameplay — Metal Gear Rising: Revenge is comfortably one of the studio’s best games, and it’s so far removed from Metal Gear in almost every way that you don’t need any knowledge of the series to appreciate its all-out action. A simple yet satisfying parry system lets you easily ignore blows once you’ve mastered it, responding with an arsenal of weapons and insane moves that tear your enemies to shreds – activate blade mode and you can slice and dice with fine slow-motion precision to really turn those idiots into pieces.

At the heart of this mad rush is a series of sensational boss fights, elaborate multi-phase encounters with an incredible gallery of rogues and where no two fights are alike. Crank up the volume for these and let the superb soundtrack fuel your very soul, each track building up more and more in an intense crescendo that perfectly mirrors and accentuates the escalating battle, and sends levels of hype. off the charts. Additionally, two-stage DLC packs, Wolf Blade and Jetstream, are now free, so you get even more games with this splendid offer than it seems at first glance. Both also have achievements, although you still need to pick up the VR Missions DLC as well as for the complete completion of 1,310 G… fortunately, it is very cheap. Revengeance is an absolute must, and it’s worth way more than the current asking price of a few bucks for the memes and music alone. Do it.

METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE

METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE

METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE takes the acclaimed METAL GEAR franchise into exciting new territory by focusing on an all-new, unparalleled action experience.

Sean

Sean—Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

If you want something that will keep you busy for hours, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the game for you. The Skywalker saga lets you play through all nine Star Wars films and features over 300 playable characters from the franchise as Lego blocks. I spent about 40 hours playing the first six movies (and parts of the Disney trilogy) and enjoyed every second. From dueling Darth Maul as Qui-Gon Jinn to blasting TIE fighters in an X-Wing through space as Luke Skywalker, there’s so much Lego Star Wars stuff to do here. Sure, the gameplay is simple, but just being able to explore some of the most iconic Star Wars locations that developer TT Games has wonderfully recreated with incredible attention to detail is a real joy. The real fun comes after completing a level with the characters used in the movie. Once a level is completed, you can replay it with some of the 300+ Star Wars characters you’ve unlocked, giving you access to hidden areas to find collectibles and other secrets. Along with Jedi: Fallen Order, The Skywalker Saga is easily one of the best recent Star Wars games to grace our screens, and for just $29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99 the lowest price the game has ever been, it’s a bargain. As for the achievements, well, it will take you between 80 and 100 hours to complete the Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Achievements Listmainly due to the number of Kyber Bricks you will need to collect.

LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga

LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga

Play through all nine films of the Skywalker saga in a game like no other. With over 300 playable characters, over 100 vehicles and 23 planets to explore, a galaxy far, far away has never been so much fun!

* Includes classic Obi-Wan Kenobi playable character

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Tom — Roguebook

Before 2022 you would never have seen me play any form of roguelike or roguelite game, let alone recommend it like you would a good cheese, but I am a changed man. My new way of thinking is entirely due to this tidbit of card collecting, Roguebook. Its basic principle is simple: choose two heroes to go on an adventure with, build your deck with randomly generated cards specific to each hero, and clear the three acts by destroying the three bosses that block your path. Bosh, inside and out, work is a good one. Of course, it’s not entirely this simple, because between you and each boss is an area filled with random enemy encounters, mini-bosses, unfortunate cards, unfortunate card draws, and death. Fail your run, and it’s back on the menu for you, good guy!

For me, the most enticing part of the gameplay is the maps, which I know are practically everything gameplay, but it’s still attractive. The reason is that Roguebook was designed by Magic the Gathering creator Richard Garfield. The card system is really easy to learn, and certain deck combinations can lead to a hugely satisfying experience, making this game a perfect entry point for anyone thinking of dipping their toes in the waters of roguelike gaming. Right now it’s 40% off its price, which is a fantastic offer for this very compelling yet challenging game. Check out my Roguebook prints earlier this year for a more detailed explanation of how the game works, if you’re interested…

Roguebook Xbox One

Roguebook Xbox One

Challenge yourself as a roguelike deckbuilder with unique mechanics from Faeria developers and Magic: The Gathering™ creator Richard Garfield. Build a team of two heroes, unleash powerful combos and defeat the legends of the Roguebook!

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