Microsoft is offering up discounts for a number of games across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows PC in this week’s Xbox sales. The TA news team has had a look through it all to find their top choices for you.
As the weather begins to embrace the Autumnal season, leaves take on an orange hue and fall from the trees, and we begin to wrap ourselves in warmer clothing, change can be seen all around. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is the weekly discounts offered in the Xbox sales, slashing prices from games on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows PC.
The TrueAchievements news team has dug through this week’s offerings, to find you lovely folks their top picks. In keeping with the spooktacular goodness of October — the best month by far, right? — we have some spine-tingling offerings to place upon your Xbox altar. Let’s get to it, shall we?
Heidi — Cult of the Lamb
Cult of the Lamb is excellent. I’d been looking forward to it for a while, and it was one of those games which is just as good as you hoped it’d be, if not better. It’s a dungeon-crawling, base-building, cult-forming game that has no right to look as adorable as it does. The game starts off with us about to be sacrificed. We’re saved at the last minute, with the requirement that we build a cult for our ominous saviour. Cue the beginning of our lamb’s violent regime as cult leader. We recruit members by going out into the world and defeating the followers of rival cults, and can then task our new members — all of them adorable; unicorns, rabbits, and the like, with wide, trusting eyes — with gathering resources, constructing buildings, and worshipping at the altar. They won’t just follow you blindly forever, though; if you don’t keep them happy and well-fed, they’ll turn against you and start trying to convince other members of your cult to do the same. There are a number of grisly ways you can keep your cult members in line, ranging from ritual sacrifices to murder, and you’ll need to balance this management of your cult with runs to defeat your enemies and gather more resources. Cult of the Lamb couldn’t look so lovely and not feature some sort of decorating element — as well as building necessary structures, you can beautify your settlement with all sorts of unsettling adornments. The choices you have to make, and such carefully thought-out details as being able to view your followers’ thoughts and witness their relationships and enmities, all make Cult of the Lamb feel like an even more in-depth experience — and there’s always something to do. Now it’s been out for a while, you can start it up without worrying about any launch bugs or other issues, and at 20% off, it’s a bargain.
Cult of the Lamb
Cult of the Lamb casts players in the role of a possessed lamb saved from annihilation by an ominous stranger and must repay their debt by building a loyal following in his name. Start your own cult in a land of false prophets, venturing out into diverse and mysterious regions to build a loyal community of woodland worshippers and spread your Word to become the one true cult.
BUILD YOUR FLOCK
Collect and use resources to build new structures, perform dark rituals to appease the gods, and give sermons to reinforce the faith of your flock.
DESTROY THE NON-BELIEVERS
Explore a sprawling, randomly generated world, fight off hordes of enemies and defeat rival cult leaders in order to absorb their power and assert your cult’s dominance.
SPREAD YOUR WORD
Train your flock and embark on a quest to explore and discover the secrets of four mysterious regions. Cleanse the non-believers, spread enlightenment, and perform mystical rituals on the journey to become the mighty lamb god.
Luke — Resident Evil: Raccoon City Edition
Give yourself the gift of zombies this spooky season with this triple pack that includes the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, plus multiplayer spin-off Resident Evil Resistance, all for less than 20 bucks. REmake 2 is hands down the pick of the bunch, and does a superb job of reinventing one of my favourite games from the PS1 era for a new generation, but I also really enjoyed REmake 3 — I know a lot of people were pretty down on it due to how liberally it changes things up from the 1999 game, but as someone who thinks RE3 is the worst mainline game in the series, I actually liked that about it. Both games have also had Xbox Series X|S enhancements and look better than ever, so if you’ve got the new consoles, even more reason to get involved! I even had a fair bit of fun with Resistance for what it is, and while 4v1 multiplayer games are everywhere these days, the more passive, strategic role of the Mastermind in setting traps, unleashing monsters, and splitting up the hero team is something of a breath of fresh air in the format. With more Resident Evil 4 remake news coming later today, what better time to get all caught up with the remakes ahead of putting Leon through his paces against Los Ganados all over again early next year? I’ll buy it at a high price!
RACCOON CITY EDITION
Two classic survival horror games reimagined and brought together in one unbelievable package. This bundle comes with Resident Evil 3, 2019’s award-winning Resident Evil 2, and the online multiplayer game Resident Evil Resistance.
Sean — Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition
Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition is just $7.99/£4.99/ €5.99 this week, making it an absolute bloody steal, and yes, while it has been a couple of bucks/quid/whatever the slang term is for Euros cheaper in past sales, this is still an excellent price. Now, I am a recent newcomer to the Dragon Age series, and I am still currently on my first Inquisition playthrough, but… what a game! Dragon Age: Inquisition picks up not long after the events of Dragon Age 2, and has you, the Inquisitor, working to close a mysterious breach in the sky that’s letting loose all sorts of nasty demons. With a civil war ongoing between the Templar Order and rebel mages as a backdrop, it’s up to you and your followers to seal the breach and take down the evil Darkspawn mage responsible for opening it in the first place. I must have put roughly 40 hours into Inquisition so far, and I am loving every second of it. From its intriguing world filled with lore, to its loveable companions (shout out to my boy, Varric) and excellent gameplay, Inquisition really is a superb RPG that absolutely everyone needs to check out. The Game of the Year Edition comes with a bunch of DLC, which I am yet to touch, but I have it on good authority they are pretty damn good too. I do realise that I might already be preaching to the converted here, but if you are yet to play Inquisition, or the Dragon Age series as a whole, I can’t recommend it enough. Obviously, you will want to start with the first game in the series, Dragon Age: Origins and work your way to Inquisition, but for such a cheap price, it’s absolutely worth picking up the GotY Edition now.
Dragon Age™: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition
Discover the ultimate version of Dragon Age: Inquisition which includes all DLC and add-ons.
Explore the epic adventure that has been awarded over 130 Game of the Year awards. Take your place as the Inquisitor and lead a team of heroes to save Thedas from the brink of chaos.
Tom — Outlast
This week I’ve decided to embody my favourite month of all, October, as it’s the one month people can visit my home and think all of the wacky decor is perfectly normal — until they return in November and realise it’s all still there. Anyway, this week I’ve gone with Outlast because what’s more frightening than being the type of person that would sooner record a terrifying encounter, rather than defend themselves? Hmm, that does sound familiar…
Outlast puts you in the shoes of a reporter investigating the Mount Massive Asylum, a nice and creepy abandoned home for the insane reopened by a shady corporation. The reporter, Miles Upshur, is a smart fellow, so decides to break in with nothing but a camcorder to find out what’s going on. All hell breaks loose once he is inside, and you’re soon hunted by a host of monstrosities as you attempt to scurry out of the facility with your tail between your legs. It’s a survival horror game that forces you to stealth past enemies, find hiding spots to escape threats, and run for your life almost all of the time. You use Upshur’s night-vision camcorder to find your way through most of this game, collecting spare batteries as you go and uncovering more of the story through numerous collectables. Writing this has reminded me that I need to get back in and finish this awesome game, so I might have to do that this month. Right now, it has 85% of its price cut, so I highly recommend you give it a go! Just bring some spare underpants — which is something else Upshur forgot to pack.
Outlast is a true survival horror experience which aims to show that the most terrifying monsters of all come from the human mind.
Any of these going on your list, or perhaps you’ve got some recommendations of your own to share with us? Let us know down in the comments!