Microsoft has discounted tons of Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC games on the Xbox Store again this week, so the TA news team is back to bring you their recommended picks.
We’re back with another roundup of games we think are worth picking up from the latest Xbox sale, which has slashed the prices of titles on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. Check below to see what the TA News team likes to play in their free time, and don’t forget to give us your recommendations in the comments!
This week we’re heading out on some wild adventures, with each of the three games embracing a different genre. Heidi unfortunately bailed out this week — awful, we know! — but Luke, Sean and Tom have prepared three deals for you to take advantage of. If you’re in the mood to tackle halfpipes, explore the terror of nightmares, or escape the jaws of extinct animals, we’ve got you covered with our picks below.
Bargains from the latest Xbox sale
Luke — Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
We seem to live in the era of the remake, but the best ones are the ones that make their existence feel important. Resident Evil 2’s stunning reimagining of the 1998 original in a more modern format is a perfect example of this, as is Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 to fill the gaping void left by an arcade skater series that saved a long time ago, and do so with nostalgia laced style. It has the same tight controls you remember, the same classic levels you spent hours grinding out high scores for, and the same unmistakable sense of satisfaction when four reels finally hit the deck at the end of a run and you earn millions of points.
It’s not just a nostalgia vessel, though – if you’re new to the series, you’ll find a world-class game in a fairly niche genre and belatedly discover why some of us wasted days of our youth bombing around a map as simple as Hangar . The majority of the levels (not you, Downhill Jam) are masterfully designed to create combo lines for beginners and experts alike, and as you improve you’ll naturally start to get better at discovering ways to extend the combos even further. That risk/reward balance of pushing your luck never gets old, and you’ll grow from barely being able to land spin tricks to keeping combos alive throughout a two-minute Score Attack run. The skill ceiling is high, and the feats are pretty tough and (fittingly) polished, but THPS 1+2 is a blast, regardless of your ability.
Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 1 + 2
Playable via backwards compatibility on Xbox Series X|S.
Come back with the most iconic skateboarding games ever made. Play Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ and Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 2 in an epic collection, rebuilt from the ground up in incredible HD. All the pro skaters, levels and tricks are back and completely remastered, plus more.
Sean — Little Nightmares Complete Edition + Little Nightmares II
Halloween has come and gone, and as we turn our sights to Christmas, I want to keep the Halloween spirit alive by recommending two excellent and spooky finds from the latest Xbox sale. First up is Little Nightmares Complete Edition, which can be picked up this week for just $7.49/£5.99/€7.49 this week. Not only do you get the amazing and disturbing puzzle-platformer Little Nightmares, but the Complete Edition also includes several DLCs, three of which have achievements. In Little Nightmares, you play as Six, a young girl who finds herself in a strange place known as The Maw, which is inhabited by sinister, horrible creatures. It’s up to you to help her escape The Maw and avoid the horrible creatures that are out to get her. Little Nightmares mixes stealth, puzzle-platforming, and the game’s wonderfully grim atmosphere to great effect, and it easily became one of my favorite games when it launched in 2018.
If you want more Little Nightmares goodies, you’ll also want to buy Little Nightmares II, which is on offer for $9.89/£8.24/€9.89. Little Nightmares II has the same winning formula as the first game: delightfully creepy atmosphere and lots of stealthy puzzle platforming. This time you play as Mono, who along with Six must navigate the strange and terrifying world of The Pale City to confront an entity known as The Thin Man. Little Nightmares II offers a little more gameplay as Mono has to work with Six to complete puzzles, but overall it’s pretty much the same experience, which is exactly what I wanted when I played this last year. Little Nightmares and Little Nightmares II are relatively short, and aside from an annoying achievement in the first game, both are fairly straightforward endings.
Little Nightmares Complete Edition
INCLUDES – Little Nightmares™ – Little Nightmares™ Secrets of The Maw Immerse yourself in a dark whimsical story that will confront you with your childhood fears! Help Six and The Kid escape The Maw – a large, mysterious ship inhabited by corrupted souls looking for their next meal.
Little Nightmares II
Return to a world of charming horror in Little Nightmares II, a suspense adventure game where you play as Mono, a young boy trapped in a world distorted by the humming transmission of a distant tower.
Along with his new friend Six, Mono sets out to discover the disturbing secrets of the signal tower, if they can get past a gallery of new threats and enemies.
Tom – Lego Jurassic World
My six year old and I finished Lego Jurassic World over the summer holidays this year and absolutely loved it, especially him, thanks to the game that lets you play as the dinosaurs. If, like me, you’re a fan of the movies, I can’t imagine you’d be disappointed with Traveller’s Tales’ take on the wild tales. The game follows key moments from the original trilogy and the first Jurassic World movie and gives it the lovable Lego makeover we’ve come to expect from the developer. The game feels familiar to the other Lego games and the silly, comedic layer added to smooth out the more violent scenes is a welcome change of pace from many of the other games I’ve played recently. As always, it’s a masterfully reworked way of telling the franchise’s story, filled with tons of collectibles and unlockables, insane feats, and a relaxing way to while away a few hours at a time – you’ll probably get the nostalgia bug after completing the game, but prepare on watching the movies as a reward for your efforts. You can pick up Lego Jurassic World for as little as £7.99/$4.99/€9.99 this week, which is 80% off and definitely worth it!
LEGO® Jurassic World™
Following the epic stories of Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, as well as the long-awaited Jurassic World, LEGO Jurassic World™ is the first video game where players will be able to relive and experience all four Jurassic films.
Don’t feel like picking up anything from the sale this week but have an Xbox Game Pass subscription? We’ve got a list for you to check out, highlighting some of the best Game Pass games. Or why not check out some of the best free Xbox games and skip any kind of payment altogether?
What do you think of the games we have listed here? Do you have any suggestions of your own? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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