Microsoft's Xbox sale this week is themed around Gamescom 2021. What an enjoyable time the event was! Game reveals, general good vibes, and sales? What a life we live. Unfortunately, that same event totally decimated our tired news team this week. That leaves our prime picks from the sale fairly limited, but no less awesome! Heidi was up late freaking out about the dinosaurs of Jurassic World Evolution 2, then revved up her Brachiosaurus-Rex-Megalodon and rode it into a more mythological history with the myths of Greece. Kes... well, we worry about Kes. He got far too excited seeing one game on sale and he is still looking a bit worse for wear. Sean, on the other hand, has had the week of his life with all of the sci-fi stuff. We are still trying to stop him from DM'ing Jeff Bezos every hour for a flight to the outer atmosphere. We need him in the newsroom, thank you very much, Jeff. Tom was off feeding pigs with his kids. It was so adorable we can't think of a low-key fun jibe, so big up cute pigs. Editor Luke is recovering from ruling over the team. It is a tricky business with all of us shouting about dinosaurs, choking on carrots, or trying to strap ourselves to rockets, so he needs some rest now. We hope he doesn't read this introduction or there will be trouble when he gets back. Anyway, onto the picks!
Heidi — Immortals Fenyx Rising Gold Edition
Even better, the Gold Edition includes the Season Pass, which gives you access to three extra expansions: A New God, Myths of the Eastern Realm, and The Lost Gods. Immortals Fenyx Rising’s Gold Edition is on sale for 40% off and, even better than that, that’s the lowest the Gold Edition has been priced at yet.
Receive the game, Season Pass and bonus in-game content with the Gold Edition.
Immortals Fenyx Rising brings grand mythological adventure to life. Play as Fenyx on a quest to save the Greek gods.
Wield the powers of the gods to battle powerful mythological beasts in the air or on the ground and solve ancient puzzles.
Kes — Thronebreaker
After being ousted from her lands, Meve must reform her army over the course of the game. This is a good narrative context for the core deck-building mechanics. Every battle you fight is done through your ever-growing deck of cards. There are two plains of action, attack and long-range. Cards can be arranged in the playing area so you can play different combos, draw on different unique abilities, and eventually outscore your opponent with the total attributed value of the cards in play. It is easy to understand, hard to master. Along the way, you will engage in battles, monster fights, and challenges using either your deck or — in the latter— one provided for you. Allies you meet as part of the story become a part of your collection and the enemies you face off against have always got a thoughtfully constructed deck that plays into a theme. Every fight is fun and some are fiendishly tricky, especially the challenges. Every gameplay moment plays into the narrative woven by CD Projekt: it really is an outstanding feat. Your emotional connection to your party, and thus your cards, makes you suffer some agonisingly tough choices if you want to put Queen Meve back on the throne. The achievement list is lovely and the price is way less than I would be happy to pay for it. Bargain. If you enjoyed The Witcher, then this is the pick you want. I beg you, for the sake of my gullet in future, don’t sleep on this one.
Thronebreaker is a single player role-playing game set in the world of The Witcher that combines narrative-driven exploration with unique puzzles and card battle mechanics.
Sean — Star Wars: Squadrons
In the game’s campaign, you play as pilots from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets in a storyline that alternates between the two. You’ll pilot numerous ships from both sides, from the iconic T-65 X-Wing and TIE Fighter to the Y-Wing Bomber and TIE Bomber, with each ship providing enough variety to stop things from getting stale. Although the campaign is only 14 missions long and lasts for roughly eight hours, there’s just enough there to scratch that Star Wars itch with its exhilarating, action-packed space battles. The multiplayer is also pretty good, even if it lacks in modes and content. Fleet battles are the real highlight here — two teams dogfight it out with the goal of destroying the other’s Capital Ship. It can get pretty intense when you’re flinging your X-Wing around, draining power from your weapons to the engines for that speed boost, and trying to dodge enemy fire coming in from two Interceptors — you really have to be on the ball.
I’d say Squadrons is a must-purchase at this price point in the Gamescom sale. It’s not long, and it certainly doesn’t have a lot of depth, but there is a good amount of fun to be had here — just be wary of the Ulimate Weapon achievement, which is a bit of a grind.
Master the art of starfighter combat in the authentic piloting experience STAR WARS™: Squadrons. Buckle up, feel the adrenaline of first-person multiplayer space dogfights alongside your squadron, and learn what it means to be a pilot in a thrilling STAR WARS™ single-player story.
For everything that's on offer in the sale, check out our Xbox Gamescom 2021 sale round-up.
How do these picks suit you? What would you be choosing? Let us know in the comments and I'm sure we will see you in there!