Xbox sales: TA Team Picks (August 11th)

Tom West - August 11th 2022

Xbox Sales return this week with a host of titles across Xbox Series X|s, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows PC. The TA news team has done their due diligence and scoured the lists for their recommended titles.

Like most weeks, the Xbox sales this week span Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows PC, offering some pretty nice discounts on a swathe of games. While Sean is currently lounging around in the sun somewhere, three of us have remained indoors to make sure you know the games we like to play via our sales picks — we're totally not jealous of Sean's summertime adventure.

You're cordially invited to Heidi, Luke, and Tom's radioactive party below, which will include a stroll through a hand-drawn world filled with creative possibilities, followed by some fun party games, and even some meddling with the supernatural. We here at TrueAchievements not only know how to talk gibberish about video games but also how to throw a party of epic proportions!

Bargains from the latest Xbox sales

Heidi — Carto

The first thing that caught my eye with Carto was its lovely hand-drawn, storybook art style, but Carto then holds your attention with its key mechanic: you solve puzzles and explore the world by rearranging the pieces of your map to make new areas. It’s an arresting gameplay mechanic, and Carto doesn’t let it stick around for long enough to become a bore — the game should take you between six to eight hours to complete. If I like a game, I usually wish it wouldn’t have to end, but six to eight hours seems the right length for Carto’s story, and it was quite nice to have a game that was so easy to pick up and play without shaming you for not remembering endless world-building details or bits of half-forgotten lore. That shorter game time might make me feel uncertain about recommending it at full price, but at 50% off, Carto could be a great option if you’re looking for an enjoyable, laid-back adventure and puzzle game.

Carto is a charming adventure game wrapped around a unique, world-altering puzzle mechanic. Use this power to explore mysterious lands, help a quirky cast of characters, and guide Carto on her journey back to her family.

Luke — The Jackbox Party Pack 6

My friends and I really got into the Jackbox games during lockdown, as they proved a great way to virtually hang out while playing a selection of easy-to-pick-up party games that anyone can understand, and play or follow along remotely on any device. Since previous packs proved to be a hit, I picked up The Jackbox Party Pack 6 to liven things up, and it contains some of our favourite games in the series. Trivia Murder Party 2 is, as that two suggests, a sequel to one of my crew’s Jackbox favourites, so an improved version of the horror–tinged quiz game was always going to be welcome. Unlike TMP2, which anyone can jump into, Role Models requires a group of fairly close friends to work well, since it’s all about pigeonholing your mates into a bunch of different strange categories. Still, with the right crowd, it’s a fun time. Joke Boat, meanwhile, is amazing with an outgoing group willing to throw themselves into its quick-fire stand-up comedy nonsense, but might fall flat with a more reserved group, or one that constantly falls back on the exact same low-brow stuff, which can get old fast… can’t it, Cards Against Humanity?

Dictionarium is another series favourite of ours, and the way its process of assigning meanings to made-up words, concocting synonyms, and using them in sentences flows can make for some brilliant organic gags that can either snowball or veer in totally unexpected directions. Best of all, it even keeps an evolving dictionary for you of all previous winning definitions, which is fun to revisit from time to time for some free laughs and great memories. Finally, Push the Button is one that didn’t see much play at the time as the Among Us-style impostor game just works way better in person, and that was sort of frowned upon back then. We’ve played since and it’s daft fun, so if you’re looking to call out your buddies as sus in something new, it’s definitely worth a shot. All in all, I think this is certainly one of the stronger Jackbox packs overall, although the Jackbox Party Pack 6 achievements are typically convoluted — many will take concerted efforts to unlock and are extremely unlikely to pop during natural play. Still, at least there isn’t an achievement that requires you to either be a top streamer or have 1,000 browser tabs open at once in this one…

The Jackbox Party Pack 6

It’s the wildest Party Pack yet, with the absurd deathmatch Trivia Murder Party 2, the weird word circus Dictionarium, the hidden identity game Push The Button, the comedy contest Joke Boat and the offbeat personality test Role Models. Use your phones or tablets as controllers and play with up to 10 players, plus an audience of up to 10,000!

Tom — Chernobylite

I don't need a sale to recommend this FPS horror RPG from The Farm 51 but purchasing Chernobylite with even the slightest discount means you're getting an incredible deal, and if you're playing on Xbox Series X or S, you'll even get the current-gen upgrades with it. The game follows the story of a physicist in search of their missing fiancé in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which is now experiencing supernatural activity due to the Chernobyl disaster 30 years prior. As you carry out your search, you have a chance to make friends to help you and enemies that'll try to thwart you, construct and customise your own base of operations, and explore a 3D recreated vision of the real-world Exclusion Zone and Pripyat. You're also hunted by an entity known as the Black Stalker, who plays a large part in the game's storyline, which is filled with twists and turns. We're yet to have any new Chernobylite achievements, so the game remains a fairly simple, but highly thrilling completion that I'm certain you won't regret starting, especially since it currently has a 25% discount.

Chernobylite is a sci-fi survival horror RPG with challenging combat and a unique crafting mechanic. Set in the hyper-realistic, 3D-scanned wasteland of Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone, explore a non-linear storyline in your search to uncover the truth.

Will you be picking up any of these games? Or do you have something to recommend to us? Drop a comment below and let us know!