TA Team Picks (November 19)

Microsoft has slashed prices on nearly 1,000 games during its annual Black Friday Xbox Sale, discounting Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC games. Here’s what the TA news team considers great deals.

The Black Friday Sale on the Xbox Store has returned for 2022, offering nearly 1,000 discounts on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC games. 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 what kind of things we like to play in our spare time, and we would be happy to recommend it to you dear ones.

We invite you this week on a mission of great importance. A mission that will have us sailing to distant shores – or planets, in one case – with the blessings of the thunder god, tearing enemies apart with swords to the sound of energetic beats, and risking everything in a battle, which if it fails, will see us returning to the point where we started, destined to try again. This adventure depends on the balance of a single deck of cards.

Bargains from the latest Xbox sales

Heidi

Heidi – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Okay, so now seems like a good time to pick up Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. It’s on sale for 67% off, and despite Kassandra and Bayek happily setting up camp on Xbox Game Pass, Ubisoft isn’t ready to share Eivor yet and has confirmed that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla isn’t coming to Xbox Game Pass. Additionally, Valhalla will end Eivor’s story later this year with the free Last Chapter DLC, so it’s not clear when the game will be on sale after that, or at that much discount. It’s been over two years since Valhalla launched, so if you’ve been waiting for a sale, you’ve dodged many of the game’s worst bugs and can start your Viking adventure with confidence. While Valhalla follows in the footsteps of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey with a massive open world, the settlement feature in Valhalla does a good job of giving you a hub to return to, with Eivor taking center stage rather than letting him wander aimlessly across an almost endless map. Valhalla delves deep into the details of Viking life and culture, and Eivor has a lot going for the burgeoning settlement of Ravensthorpe. This is another Assassin’s Creed game where stealth isn’t really necessary, so if you missed that in Odyssey, you’re better off waiting for Assassin’s Creed Mirage, which goes back to basics. However, if you loved Odyssey or are interested in Viking lore – or are looking forward to another open-world RPG featuring Assassin’s Creed’s foray into feudal Japan – you might want to buy Valhalla while it’s on sale; the sheer amount of content you get with Valhalla might even persuade you until it’s time to head to feudal Japan.

Assassin's Creed® Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla

This game uses Smart Delivery and gives access to both the Xbox One title and the Xbox Series X|S title

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

Take on the role of Eivor, a legendary Viking warrior raised on tales of battle and glory. Explore a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s dark ages. Raid your enemies, grow your clan’s settlement and build your political power in the quest for a place among the gods in Valhalla.

Luke

Luke – Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

In such a big sale, there are piles of other things I could have picked, but in the end it has to be. Everybody must experience Platinum’s top-tier hack-and-slash game – Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is comfortably one of the studio’s best games, and it’s so far from Metal Gear in pretty much every way that you’re zero-series- need knowledge to appreciate the comprehensive action. A simple yet satisfying defense system lets you shrug off blows with ease once you get the hang of it, responding with an arsenal of outrageous weapons and moves that tear your enemies to shreds. Activate Blade mode and you can really turn those chunks into chunks with fine precision in slow motion.

At the heart of this wild ride is a series of sensational boss fights, extensive multi-stage showdowns with an amazing rogues gallery and where no two battles are the same. Turn up the volume for this and let the amazing soundtrack feed your soul, as each song becomes more and more layered in an intense crescendo that perfectly mirrors and accentuates the escalation of battle, driving hype levels up the charts. Also, the two-story DLC packs, Blade Wolf and Jetstream, have now been made free, so you get even more play from this great deal than meets the eye. Both have achievements too, though you’ll still need to pick up the VR Missions DLC for full 1,310G completion…good thing it’s dirt cheap. Revengeance is an all-timer, and it’s worth far more than the current asking price of a few bucks for the memes and music alone. Do it.

METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGE

METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGE

METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE takes the renowned METAL GEAR franchise into exciting new territory by focusing on delivering an all-new action experience unlike anything seen before.

Sean

Sean — Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

If you want something that will keep you busy for hours, then Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the game for you. The Skywalker Saga lets you play through all nine Star Wars movies and features over 300 playable characters from the franchise in blocky Lego form. I spent about 40 hours playing through the first six movies (and parts of Disney’s trilogy) and loved every second of it. From dueling Darth Maul as Qui-Gon Jinn to blowing up TIE fighters in an X-Wing in space as Luke Skywalker, there’s so much awesome Lego Star Wars stuff to do here. Sure, the gameplay is straight forward, but it’s a real pleasure to be able to explore some of the most iconic Star Wars locations that developer TT Games has beautifully recreated with such incredible attention to detail. 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 more than 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 at just $29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99, the game’s lowest price ever. has been, it is a bargain. In terms of achievements, it will take you between 80 and 100 hours to complete the Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga achievement list, mainly due to the sheer number of Kyber Bricks you have to collect.

LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga

LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga

Play all nine movies from the Skywalker saga in a unique game. With over 300 playable characters, over 100 vehicles and 23 planets to explore, a galaxy far, far away has never been more fun!

* Includes classic Obi-Wan Kenobi playable character

Tom

Tom – Villain Book

Before 2022, you would never have seen me play any kind of roguelike or roguelite game let alone recommend it like you would a good cheese, but I’m a changed man. My new mindset is all because of this card-collecting treat, Roguebook. The premise is simple: choose two heroes to adventure with, build out your deck with randomly generated cards specific to each hero, and complete all three acts by destroying the three bosses blocking your way. Bosh, in and out, job is good. Of course it’s not quite That simple, because between you and each boss is an area filled with random enemy encounters, mini-bosses, unlucky card draws, unlucky card draws, and death. Fail your run, and it’s back to the menu for you, good chap!

To me, the maps are the most enticing part of the gameplay, which I know is practical all of the gameplay, but it is attractive nonetheless. The reason being: Roguebook was designed by the creator of Magic the Gathering, Richard Garfield. The card system is very easy to learn and some card combinations can lead to an extremely satisfying experience, making this game a perfect starting point for anyone considering dipping their toes into the waters of roguelike games. Currently 40% off the price, which is a fantastic deal for this highly immersive, yet challenging game. Check out my Roguebook impressions from earlier this year for a more detailed explanation of how the game works, if you’re interested…

Roguebook Xbox One

Roguebook Xbox One

Take on the challenge of a roguelike deck builder with unique mechanics from the developers of Faeria and Richard Garfield, creator of Magic: The Gathering™. Build a team of two heroes, unleash powerful combos and defeat the legends of the Roguebook!

Will you add one of these titles to your collection? Or do you have something to recommend? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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