This week's Xbox sales are offering up plenty of goodies for eagle-eyed bargain hunters, so the TA news team has once again embarked on a quest to uncover the secrets of the discounted games — and share their riches with you, of course. Well, all but Sean... it's always the Seans of the world that break the Fellowships, isn't it?
Heidi — Alba: A Wildlife Adventure
One major strength of the game is its atmosphere. The sounds, sights, and songs of Alba come together to create a beautiful world where you can almost feel the sun shining down on the tiny island — which, if you too have had nothing but rain and storms recently, offers a welcome change. Overall, it’s just a lovely experience, and one that’s currently 35% off.
Small actions can make a big difference. Join Alba, a young activist, as she sets out to save her beautiful island and its wildlife.
Kes — A Plague Tale: Innocence
It’s hard to know what to start with, here. I think there is an hour or so that could be trimmed out of the game, with the last few sections not really adding enough “new” to warrant being there. Some of the combat scenarios that play like puzzles are a really smart and efficient bit of game design. Approach with a rock for guard distractions, use your sling here to knock the torch, sneak around this wall at this part of the guard's pathing. It is simple, yes, but an exceptional way to satisfy the player when it works. I just think maybe one or two of these scenarios could have been culled because they aren’t exactly deep. And there we go, everything else is a resounding positive. The world design is gorgeous and immersive — so many levels are memorable. One has you sneaking through a local city, which really places you at the heart of historical fiction narrative using the interactivity of a video game to heighten your enjoyment. The characters feel real, likeable and unlikeable as required, all while dipping in and out of the broader tapestry of story. I love some of the lore, particularly with all the alchemy stuff. The rats add a unique haunting presence to your playthrough and I love how Asobo has put the effort into making them an integral part of most levels. This is, no doubt, a great game. So, pick it up ahead of Requiem in 2022!
Follow the critically acclaimed tale of young Amicia and her little brother Hugo, in a heartrending journey through the darkest hours of history.
Luke — Afterparty
The superb Afterparty did a stint on Game Pass but left the service a little over a year ago, so if you need to finish it up — or if you never played it at all — then grabbing it now for 70% off (as low as it's been) is a move I wholeheartedly endorse. I'll be grabbing it myself to mop up the Afterparty achievements I missed while it was on Game Pass. A good few are missable but it's not exactly the longest game, so if you want to see how great this adventure actually is, save the guides for your second playthrough and just drink it all in on your first.
In Afterparty, you are Milo and Lola, recently deceased best buds who suddenly find themselves staring down an eternity in Hell. But there’s a loophole: outdrink Satan and he’ll grant you re-entry to Earth. Time to go on the best bender ever.
Tom — Monster Jam Steel Titans
With 50% chopped off of the price right now, Monster Jam Steel Titans is a title worthy of your games library, I think. Its sequel, Monster Jam Steel Titans 2, is also on sale and adds even more trucks to the game, alongside what looks to be awesome new tracks, performance improvements, and more. I’ve not had a chance to play the sequel yet, so I can’’ comment
Real Trucks. Real Action. Monster Jam! Monster Jam Steel Titans delivers the complete Monster Jam experience for everybody to enjoy!
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