Xbox Sales: TA Team Picks (December 10)

This week’s Xbox sales are in full swing again, adding discounts to many games across Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. Take a look at what the TA News team thinks are great games for your library.

This week the Xbox Store host sees not only the usual weekly Xbox sales but also the Game Awards sale to coincide with Geoff Keighley’s show – check out our full rundown of everything announced for Xbox during The Game Awards. Both offer discounts on games across Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, so the TA news team took a look to see which games they personally think are great.

This week we invite you on a mission to spit in the face of tyranny, take on the form of a sun goddess, hunt down the eternal lord of darkness, and fix what you’ve broken by making tough decisions. The adventures inside are full of excitement, wonder and beauty… Check it out!

Heidi – Okami HD

It’s really not fair that the game is as beautiful as Okami HD – that amazing sumi art style could easily grab your attention on its own (and I tend to spend a lot of time running and drinking through scenes.) But Okami has an epic story, too; We play as the Sun God Amaterasu and, using the power of the Heavenly Brush, set out to redeem the world of Orochi and the curse that has been placed on the world. It’s a great game, and even though it’s been five years since Okami HD hit Xbox One, I can’t really think of any other game like it that’s come out since then. If you’re not sure about the full price at $20 / £16, you might be tempted by 50% off now – especially since the game is currently at the lowest price we’ve seen.

Ōkami HD

Ōkami HD

Experience the critically acclaimed masterpiece with its iconic Sumi-e ink art style in breathtaking high definition.


Luke – Castlevania: Unison of Despair

Seeing Dead Cells’ Castlevania expansion as the first of many Xbox announcements from The Game Awards gave me an eagerness to dust off old classics, and luckily there’s a bunch of them on sale this week. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night obviously works all the time and helped spawn a whole genre of exploration-based action game to its name so it’s a no-brainer if you haven’t played it and I really rate Lords of Shadow as well despite being A slight deviation from the traditional formula. The same can be said of my top pick this week, Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, in fact — the series isn’t exactly known for having six-player co-op, nor for its level-based loot as you try to build one of several characters from previous games, each with their own systems and abilities that make them They play very differently from each other. It’s an odd development for sure, but I love it.

The quality potato thumbnail for the trailer above is actually pretty decent, because Harmony of Despair isn’t much of an onlooker. It combines sprites and art from a handful of previous Castlevania titles, which means it can look and feel a little all over the place – look beyond that, though, and there’s a compelling episode that will see you venturing back into the different massive maps in search of loot and abilities to make Your favorite hero is stronger than ever. It’s grinding by design, which might turn some people off, but it’s something I often find myself coming back to, and the variety in character play styles means it’s easy to mix things up if they start to get a little repetitive. Oh, and the music is amazing, as you’d expect from a Castlevania game. If you want something more traditional, go to Symphony or wait for the Advance Collection discount again. But if you want something out there that feels more like a cool fan game than an official release, this oddity is definitely worth a try.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Step into the shadows of the House of Hell: Castlevania is back in all its pixel-powered 2D glory, this time in 1080p! Summon the series’ most sacred heroes and take on your opponent, Dracula! Brand new multiplayer modes like 6-player Co-op and Survival are ready for you too…but enough talking. Do you have it!


Sean – Oxenfree

Oxenfree is on sale this week for the super low price of $1.99 / £1.67 / €1.99 and if you don’t already own it, firstly, shame on you, and secondly, buy it now! Oxenfree is a fantastic supernatural narrative adventure game about a group of friends who accidentally unlock and unleash a supernatural force on a secluded island. Playing as Alex, you and your four friends must discover what this strange supernatural thing is and put a stop to it. The gameplay revolves around dialogue choices and solving a few puzzles, but what I really love about Oxenfree is how it lets you explore an environment while still talking to other characters, letting you interact with objects and move the story along. When talking to your friends, you’ll need to be careful about the dialogue options you choose, as choices affect the narrative and the end of the game. I love this because I’m back at Oxenfree for a second time, and I’m finding out more about the characters and the world they live in. The only downside, I would say, is that some of the voice acting isn’t great, and there are some periods where you’re walking around in a somewhat empty environment, which can get tedious on a second playthrough. Overall, though, the story and mystery you uncover are excellent and not to be missed. For the Oxenfree achievements, you’ll need to play through the game a few times to unlock them all, but if you use our Oxenfree walkthrough, completing here is a breeze…if maybe a little cumbersome.



“OXENFREE: THE EMOTIONAL ADVENTURE GAME THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW” – IGN OXENFREE is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unintentionally open a ghostly rift. Play as Alex, a smart teen who takes her new brother Jonas to a night party on an old military island. The night takes a spooky turn when you unleash ghostly creatures from the island’s hidden past. How you deal with your friends, the events of the night, and the creatures you unleash is up to you.


Tom – Far Cry 6: Game of the Year Edition

I’ve praised Far Cry 6 as a great feature before, I know, but this week seems like a great time to pick up the Game of the Year edition for 60% off the asking price. why? Because Ubisoft decided to surprise us all with another expansion, which is included in this bundle. Picking this up will get you the base game, all three roguelite experiences through the minds of previous “villains” in the series, a copy of Far Cry 3 Classic via the Season Pass, a host of in-game items, and access to Lost Between Worlds, the latest expansion for Dani’s adventure Rojas. In Lost Between Worlds, Rojas has been locked inside a supernatural prison, and the only means of escape is to complete several trials to find shards of the broken crystal – your only chance to return to Yara. I thought the base game was great on a personal level, and being able to pick up everything in one package for well under the usual £100 price tag seemed like a great way to experience the game all for yourself.

Far Cry® 6 Game of the Year Edition

Far Cry® 6 Game of the Year Edition

Includes Game + New Expansion + Season Pass + Ultimate Pack.

Enter the adrenaline-filled world of modern guerrilla revolution. With stunning vistas, deep gunplay, and a huge variety of gameplay experiences, there’s never been a better time to join the fight.

Play Far Cry® 6’s free trial and find out why GAME INFORMER calls it “a non-stop thrill ride from start to finish.”

Would you pick up any of these adventure titles, or do you have any suggestions of your own? Take to the comments and tell us!

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