Xbox Ultimate Game Sale: TA Team Picks

Tom West - July 22nd 2022

Xbox's Ultimate Game Sale is live and will be for the remainder of July, offering discounts on more than 500 Xbox and PC games and DLC. The TA news team has ventured into the vast sea of deals to offer you their top choices.

Over 900 items have had their prices slashed thanks to the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale, including more than 500 games across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows PC. Being the awesome folks we are here on the TA news team, we've embarked on a quest to find you some treasure from this mighty hoard of glorious discounts. No Heidi this week, though — she currently only has eyes for Bear and Breakfast and growls menacingly when we ask her to write about other games, so we thought it best not to push our luck.

Our quest this week has taken us to arid lands, home to a violent war-loving race of beasts. We tried to keep to the shadows, but hell still broke loose, and we ended up battling it out with the hundreds of titles clambering for our attention; clawing and snapping at our retinas in the hope that we mighty heroes would offer them to you. Alas, angels might sing, the devil may cry, but ultimately, we had made our decision and chose to praise the following titles...

Bargains from the latest Xbox sales

Luke — Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition

Sure, it goes on sale pretty often, but that doesn’t stop Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition from being an amazing action game that delivers enough stylish combat to easily justify a punt at 50% off. If you missed out on DMC5 the first time around, this new-gen upgrade adds a fourth playable character, with Vergil joining Dante, Nero, and V on their quest to see who can kick demon ass in the most over-the-top and ridiculous way possible (spoilers: it's always Dante). Each brings their own awesome suite of toys to the party, too — Dante is all about his classic weapon-switching, style-hopping action with one of the most flexible combat systems out there, Nero uses a variety of prosthetic arms to change up his play style based on which he's rocking while retaining his badass motor-powered sword from DMC4, while newcomer V recites poetry as his own demonic allies do all the heavy lifting. As you may expect, Vergil adds lightning-fast katana flurries to that list, cutting through vast swathes of evil things almost effortlessly.

As a current-gen exclusive, DMC5 Special Edition brings some slick new features over the original, with support for ray tracing if you want to make it look flashier and 120fps if you'd rather it was even smoother than ever. We also get Turbo mode to make the chaotic action rattle along even faster for maximum thrills, and Legendary Dark Knight mode which drastically increases the number of enemies on-screen at any given time to give you even more opportunities to show off your Smokin' Sick Style. It even has its own achievement list, but true to form, it puts up a good fight — only 1% of tracked TA players have managed the completion so far. Go ahead and pull that Devil Trigger while this modern classic is half price... you won't regret it.

Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition

The legendary stylish action game is better than ever in the ultimate version of this multi-award winning hit. New features include the addition of Dante's brother and arch-rival, Vergil, as a playable character, Legendary Dark Knight mode, next-gen graphics upgrades and more.

Sean — Hell Let Loose

The first time I jumped into Hell Let Loose, I was absolutely clueless as to what was going on. There were bullets zipping past my face, artillery shells pounding the ground close by, and planes screaming overhead. The noise was immense, and honestly, it was pretty terrifying — hats off to the sound designers who managed to create a soundscape so loud and so authentic that I was genuinely confused and scared to move. Hell Let Loose is a first-person shooter set during World War 2. It strives for realism, authenticity, and is highly tactical, requiring that you communicate with your squad and work together to win — it’s about as far-flung from Call of Duty as you can get.

Large 50 vs 50 battles are played out on huge maps that are modelled on real reconnaissance images from the time, and it’s up to you and your squad to carry out your commander’s (the commander is a real player) orders and achieve victory. The matches can be a bit long, but the intensity never drops. Considering it takes just one or two bullets to kill you, you are constantly on the lookout when you’re on the move from one part of the map to the next — the threat that the enemy has organised an ambush is always on your mind. Once you do get into a firefight, all hell really is let loose, and the intensity ramps up to 11. You will need to communicate with your squadmates to fend off the enemy threat; otherwise, you will be mowed down in an instant. Hell Let Loose is probably the most fun I’ve had with a first-person shooter in a long time, mainly because it’s so different. Most games that rely on communication with other online players don’t really work, but there’s something about Hell Let Loose where it all just clicks together nicely. Sure, there will be times when you get an uncooperative squad leader or an absolute duffer of a commander, but generally, everyone who is playing is there to have fun. It’s also got a challenging set of achievements for those that really want a challenge — prepare yourself for a long but enjoyable grind!

If you have Xbox Live Gold, you can check out Hell Let Loos this weekend for free with Free Play Days.

Hell Let Loose

Join the ever-expanding experience of Hell Let Loose - a hardcore World War Two first person shooter with epic battles of 100 players with infantry, tanks, artillery, a dynamically shifting front line and a unique resource based RTS-inspired meta-game.

Fight in the most iconic battles of the Western Front, including Carentan, Omaha Beach and Foy and more. This is combat at a whole new scale.... with lumbering tanks dominating the battlefield, crucial supply chains fuelling the frontlines, you are a cog in the machine of colossal, combined arms warfare. Hell Let Loose puts you in the chaos of war, complete with deep player-controlled vehicles, a dynamically evolving front line, and crucial unit-focused gameplay that commands the tide of battle.

Tom — Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Game of the Year Edition

While I've not played the latest title from this series (something I probably should sort sometime soon), I do know that I loved every minute I spent assassinating Orcs in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. It's a third-person action-RPG that puts you in the shoes of a Ranger called Talion, who returns from the dead to seek vengeance against the Orcs that slaughtered him and his family, as well as aid the Wraith that has granted him the ability to return. It's an action-focused game, which requires you to take out large camps of enemies using stealth or a wealth of combat abilities to slaughter them all. The choice is yours.

It's an awesome game that really mixes great gameplay with an entertaining story. I unlocked all 74 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor achievements in just over 60 hours, so it's not an overly long completion and is more grind-focused than skill-based. 60% of its price has just been knocked off, and while it isn't the lowest price the game's ever been in a sale, it's still a much better deal than Talion got, so you win either way!

Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ - Game of the Year Edition

Winner of over 50 “Best of 2014” Awards including Game of the Year, Best Action Game and Most Innovative Game.

Will you be embarking on your own adventures with any of these games, or do you have something else to recommend? Let us know down in the comments!