TA Team Picks (November 12th)

Microsoft has taken the discount hammer to plenty of Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC games on the Xbox Store again this week, so the TA news team has returned to give you their recommended pickups.

We’re back with another collection of games we think are worth picking up from the latest Xbox Sales, which have slashed prices on titles across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. Check down below to see what the TA news team likes to play in their spare time, and don’t forget to give us your recommendations in the comments section!

This week we’re heading on some wild adventures, with each of the three games encompassing a different genre. Heidi has unfortunately bailed out this week — terrible, we know! — but Luke, Sean, and Tom have prepared three offerings for you to peruse. If you’re in the mood to tackle halfpipes, explore the terror within nightmares, or escape the jaws of extinct animals, we’ve got you covered with our picks below.

Bargains from the latest Xbox sales

Luke

Luke — Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

We seem to live in the era of the remake, but the best ones are those who make their existence feel important. Resident Evil 2’s stellar reimagining of the 1998 original in a more modern format is a perfect example of this, as is Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 for filling the gaping void left by an arcade skating series that bailed long ago, and doing it with nostalgia-laced style. It’s got those same tight controls you remember, those same classic levels on which you spent hours grinding out high scores, and that same unmistakable sense of satisfaction when four wheels finally hit the deck at the end of a run and you bank millions of points.

It’s not just a nostalgia vessel, though — if you’re new to the series, you’ll find world-class gameplay in a pretty niche genre, and get to belatedly discover why some of us wasted literally days of our youths bombing around a map as simple as Hangar. The majority of the levels (not you, Downhill Jam) are masterfully crafted to set up combo lines for beginners and experts alike, and as you improve, you naturally start to get better at spotting ways of extending combos even further. That risk/reward balance of pushing your luck never gets old, and you’ll grow from barely being able to land spin tricks to keeping combos alive for the full duration of a two-minute Score Attack run. The skill ceiling is high, and the achievements are pretty tough and (fittingly) grindy, but THPS 1+2 is a blast, whatever your ability level.

Tony Hawk's™ Pro Skater™ 1 + 2

Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 1 + 2

Plays via backward compatibility on Xbox Series X|S.

Drop back in with the most iconic skateboarding games ever made. Play Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ & Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 2 in one epic collection, rebuilt from the ground up in incredible HD. All the pro skaters, levels and tricks are back and fully remastered, plus more.

Sean

Sean — Little Nightmares Complete Edition + Little Nightmares II

Halloween has come and gone, and while we turn our sights towards Christmas, I want to keep the Halloween spirit alive by recommending two excellent and creepy bargains from the latest Xbox sale. First up is Little Nightmares Complete Edition, which can be picked up this week for just $7.49/£5.99/€7.49 this week. Not only are you getting the superb and unsettling puzzle platformer Little Nightmares, but the Complete Edition also includes several DLC add-ons, three of which have achievements. In Little Nightmares, you play as Six, a young girl who finds herself in a strange place known as The Maw, which is inhabited by sinister, awful beings. It’s up to you to help her escape The Maw and avoid the horrible creatures that are out to get her. Little Nightmares mixes stealth, puzzle platforming, and the game’s wonderfully grim atmosphere to great effect, and it easily became one of my favorite games when it was launched in 2018.

For more Little Nightmares shenanigans, you’ll also want to pick up Little Nightmares II, which is on offer for $9.89/£8.24/€9.89. Little Nightmares II has the same winning formula as the first game: delightfully creepy atmosphere and plenty of stealthy puzzle platforming. This time, you play as Mono, who, accompanied by Six, has to navigate the strange and terrifying world of The Pale City to confront an entity known as The Thin Man. Little Nightmares II offers slightly more in terms of gameplay in that Mono has to work with Six to complete puzzles, but overall, it’s largely the same experience, which is exactly what I wanted when I played this one last year. Little Nightmares and Little Nightmares II are relatively short, and aside from a pesky speed-run achievement in the first game, both are pretty easy completions.

Little Nightmares Complete Edition

Little Nightmares Complete Edition

INCLUDES – Little Nightmares™ – Little Nightmares™ Secrets of The Maw Immerse yourself in a dark whimsical tale that will confront you with your childhood fears! Help Six and The Kid escape The Maw – a vast, mysterious vessel inhabited by corrupted souls looking for their next meal.

Little Nightmares II

Little Nightmares II

Return to a world of charming horror in Little Nightmares II, a suspense adventure game in which you play as Mono, a young boy trapped in a world that has been distorted by the humming transmission of a distant tower.

Together with his new friend Six, Mono sets out to discover the disturbing secrets of The Signal Tower, if they can make it past a gallery of new threats and enemies.

Tom

Tom —Lego Jurassic World

My six-year-old and I finished Lego Jurassic World during the summer holidays this year and absolutely loved it, especially him, thanks to the game allowing you to play as the dinosaurs. If like me, you’re a fan of the movies, I can’t imagine you’d be disappointed with Traveller’s Tales’ take on the wild stories. The game follows the key moments from the original trilogy and the first Jurassic World movie and gives it the lovable Lego makeover we’ve come to expect from the developer. The gameplay feels familiar to the other Lego games and the silly, comedic layer that’s been added to smooth over the more violent scenes is a welcome change of pace from many of the other games I’ve been playing recently. As always, it’s a masterfully reimagined way to tell the franchise’s story, filled with a ton of collectables and items to unlock, crazy exploits, and a relaxing way to spend a few hours at a time — you’ll probably get the nostalgia bug after completing the game, though, so prepare to binge watch the movies as a reward for your efforts. You can pick up Lego Jurassic World for as little as £7.99/$4.99/€9.99 this week, which is an 80% discount and, without a doubt, worth it!

LEGO® Jurassic World™

LEGO® Jurassic World™

Following the epic storylines of Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, as well as the highly anticipated Jurassic World, LEGO Jurassic World™ is the first videogame where players will be able to relive and experience all four Jurassic films.

Don’t fancy picking up anything from the sales this week but have an Xbox Game Pass subscription? We’ve got a list for you to check out, which highlights some of the best Game Pass games. Or, why not look at some of the best free Xbox games and skip any form of payment altogether?

What do you think about the games we’ve listed here? Have you got any suggestions of your own? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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