The TA news team has had a look through the recent Xbox sales to find some bargains they think are worth your time. If you're looking for platforming, roguelike action, or adventure games, here are some deals that are, in some cases, out of this world!
Kes — Marvel’s Guardians of the GalaxyMarvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
is a banger, and it is the price of a AAA game from like, 2012. It's made by Eidos Montreal, the team behind the Deus Ex games, so you should have an inkling that the writing is great. No doubt, that is the standout in Guardians. The game will make you laugh, smile, and get all emotional, while feeling like you are putting together a squad of broke-ass, emotionally-broken-ass, assholes who need to be reworked into a team. Peter Quill fills the void of team leader with surprising charm and humour, while building the connections that create a very homely environment on your ship, the Milano. The story that unravels more generally is a fun little adventure with plenty of serious topics that it delves into. Gameplay-wise, this is just a classic third-person adventure — platform, shoot, and puzzle your way through luscious environments while you chatter away as a team. Really, the actual game portion is probably a bit weaker than everything else, but it is no less than solid. Plus, an easy achievement list (if you follow a guide) always helps. This is one of the best games from last year, so picking it up now before it gets lost in the March melee sounds like a great idea to me!
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
Digital download bonus:
- Social-Lord Outfit for Star-Lord (Early Unlock)
Fire up Star-Lord’s jet boots for a wild ride across the cosmos in this third-person action-adventure game, a fresh take on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. With the unpredictable Guardians at your side, blast your way from one explosive situation to another, with original and iconic Marvel characters caught in a struggle for the fate of the universe. You got this. Probably.
Luke — Rogue Legacy
Seeing the superb Rogue Legacy
on sale this week for just a couple of quid reminded me that I'm only one trophy off the platinum in the PS4 version, so I should probably jump back in and polish that off at some point. It's a doozy, though — Thanatophobia
requires you to beat the game in 16 generations or less, which basically equates no more than 15 deaths in a game where you are supposed to advance by powering up your heirs after your active hero kicks the bucket. That core concept is such a strong backbone for a game like this, too, with every death resulting in a fresh selection of successors from which to choose your next character. They each have their own quirks, some beneficial and others negative or just plain strange, so you often have to cope with the less-than-ideal conditions if you want the strong abilities with which they can also come. Then, you set forth to explore another procedurally generated castle in search of riches galore to invest in the future when this
hero dies and you're booted back out of the castle once more.
Action-heavy gameplay reminds of the 16-bit classics, but it gets manic enough that it never feels too old-fashioned, and once you get into the swing of things, you'll know exactly which abilities to look out for (as well as to avoid) when selecting your heir. Cash you find on your adventure is used to grow your estate, making life slightly easier for the generations that follow with permanent upgrades. It's a pretty normal trope by genre standards but one that feels particularly relevant and even poignant here, especially with the ability to look back on your family tree to reflect on the heroes of yore that carried you through your best runs... and that one guy who didn't even make it out of the first room before he got wrecked. Good times.
Rogue Legacy, the critically acclaimed genealogical rogue-“LITE”, has arrived. Every time you die, your children succeed you. Each child is unique; one could be colorblind, while another could be dyslexic. But that’s okay, because nobody’s perfect. So if you’ve ever wanted to play as a bald ninja dwarf now’s your chance!
Sean — Unto the End
If you missed Unto the End
while it was in Xbox Game Pass, now is a great time to pick up the 2D platformer. You play as a warrior who sets out to find food for his family, but shortly after beginning his journey, he falls into a cave that’s filled with monsters and now has to fight his way back to his family. At the start of the game, you’re hit with a disclaimer that tells you to “set aside any expectations or assumptions” and that “combat is deliberate.” The combat is challenging and requires you to read your enemies' attacking movements, so you can either counter, block, or roll away from the attack. These movements are subtle, and it can take a while to pick them up. You are limited to a torch in one hand, which you will absolutely need in the darker parts of the cave, and your sword in the other. However, enemies can disarm both of these items from you, meaning you’ll either be left to fight in the dark, or you’ll have to figure out a way of getting back to your sword. Mistakes in Unto the World are costly — if you’ve sustained an injury and don’t have the required resources to craft a healing tonic, you’re going to bleed out and lose your progress if you don’t make it to the next campfire in time, which only adds to the game’s overall challenge. It’s a tough little game with a lot of charm, and for $14.99/£12.59/€14.99, it’s worth picking up, especially if you’re after a game with a somewhat difficult achievement list.
Unto The End
Unto The End is a challenging combat adventure game in the style of a cinematic platformer. The story is simple: get home to your family. Master read-react combat in intense sword fights. Spot opportunities to trade and use items. An adventure told through your actions, how will you make it home?
Have any of these choices piqued your interest, or are you looking at grabbing something else? Let us know down below!