Microsoft’s Black Friday 2022 sale on the Xbox Store is still in full swing, but that hasn’t stopped another pile of games also receiving discounts across Xbox consoles and PC. Here’s what the TA news team think are good deals.
The Xbox Store’s massive Black Friday 2022 sale is still going strong, offering discounts on almost 1,000 games across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC — many of which are the cheapest they’ve ever been. That hasn’t stopped the company from slashing prices from numerous other titles in this week’s Xbox sales, and as we try to do every week, the TA news team has searched through it all to offer you their top choices.
We invite you to join us on an adventure filled with magnificent creatures from past eras, vegetables with less-than-honest intentions, and mythical beasts that have raised demonic forces to bring chaos to the world. If you succumb to the power of these impressive beings, just use a big hole in the ground to practically hoover them all up — video games; they don’t have to make sense!
Bargains from the latest Xbox sales
Heidi — Jurassic World Evolution – Deluxe Content
Ok, so there wasn’t too much on this sale for me, but then I saw all those Jurassic World Evolution nuggets in the DLC section: the Deluxe Content, the Carnivore Dinosaur Pack, the Cretaceous Dinosaur Pack, the Herbivore Dinosaur Pack, and the Raptor Squad Skin Collection. If you loved the game and, like me, were looking to get your claws on as many dinosaurs as possible, the Deluxe Content pack would be your best bet for packing even more toothy terrors into the park. All the Jurassic World Evolution DLC in this sale is 50% off except for the Deluxe Content, which is at a bigger discount of 65% off, and which offers five dinosaurs as compared to the three offered in most other DLC packs. It’s a nice variety too: the Styracosaurus, Crichtonsaurus, Majungasaurus, Suchomimus, and, my favourite of the bunch, Archaeornithomimus, all of which do a good job of fleshing out your park with a wider range of dinos. I’m never sure about getting the DLC at full price for around $11/£10, but with the Deluxe Content for Jurassic World Evolution at its lowest price we’ve seen yet, this could be a good time to pounce.
Luke — Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion
Yes, I know it’s in Game Pass. And yes, I know you can blast through the game and unlock all of the Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion achievements in a few hours. But what a few hours they are, and how often do you get to play as a root vegetable troublemaker? Not often enough, I say, so we should clearly be throwing money at developer Snoozy Kazoo so we can get more adventures from this little scamp. One is already on the way — Turnip Boy Robs a Bank was announced earlier this year and will be coming to Game Pass on day one — but I want more… more! This whimsical adventure is all about a naughty little vegetable who can’t help but rip things up and while it’s short, it manages to squeeze a ton of fun (and daft) stuff into its brief runtime. Combat is extremely simple, exploration leads to all kinds of strange new places where crazy characters dwell, and some light puzzle elements are thrown into the mix to spice things up, too. Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is thoroughly entertaining, constantly amusing, and frequently hilarious, so I would urge you to pick this indie oddity up (or to buzz through it on Game Pass, if you haven’t) — consider it an investment in the foundation of a new gaming icon. And hey, might as well just give Turnip Boy your money before the little rascal takes it from you anyway and tears it up in front of your face…
Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion
Play as an adorable, yet trouble-making turnip. Avoid paying taxes, solve plantastic puzzles, and take on massive beasts in a journey to tear down a corrupt vegetable government!
Sean — Donut County
The Xbox sales following the massive Black Friday sale are always a little lacklustre, but that doesn’t mean there are some decent games on offer. My pick this week is the lovely Donut County, which some of you may have already played, thanks to its inclusion in Xbox Game Pass. Donut County is a simple puzzle game — you play as a raccoon who controls a mysterious hole in the ground. It’s your job to manoeuvre the hole to get objects to fall into it. With each object, the hole grows bigger and bigger until you’re swallowing up cars and buildings — think of it like an anti-Katamari Damacy game. Accompanying this simple gameplay premise is some humorous writing that had me chuckling away throughout the game’s short runtime. A completion here will only take you a couple of hours, maybe a little longer if you want to enjoy the game at a more casual pace, and all of the achievements are dead easy to unlock with pointers from a guide. Donut County is 70% off this week and worth picking up if you’re not a Game Pass subscriber or just want to own a decent little puzzler.
Donut County is a story-based physics puzzle game where you play as an ever-growing hole in the ground. Meet cute characters, steal their trash, and throw them in a hole.
The PC version of this game does not support Xbox Live
Tom — Shadow Warrior 3
Straight off the back of my Evil West review, I’ve decided to give Flying Wild Hog’s action-packed Shadow Warrior 3 a shout-out. If you don’t know about the series, all you need to know is that it’s filled with over-the-top first-person action sequences, even more extreme potty talk, a storyline that only makes sense to Lo Wang, the protagonist, and a pretty killer soundtrack to wrap it up nicely. You can check out my Shadow Warrior 3 impressions from earlier this year, but honestly, it’s a game better experienced than described — just look at that trailer! It’s currently had 50% of its price cut off, which makes it a great price for around ten hours of chaotic fun.
Shadow Warrior 3
Shadow Warrior 3 launches the offbeat first-person shooter series to the next level with a seamless blend of fast-paced gunplay, razor-sharp melee combat, and a spectacular free-running movement system.
Will you be adding any of these awesome games to your collection, or do you have something to recommend to us? Drop a comment below and let us know!