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TA Team Picks (November 3rd)

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Microsoft is cutting prices on a number of games in the Xbox Store again this week, applying discounts across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. Here is what the TA news team think is worth your time.

If you’ve had a look through this week’s Xbox sales and can’t decide on what to choose, maybe we here at TA can help you out. Check out down below to see the kind of games we like playing and think are worthy of your attention…

Take the time to stretch and warm up your muscles because this week is going to be an adventure filled with deep dungeon runs, boss-battling dance-offs, rhyming storybook characters, adrenaline-fueled racing, and the important task of aiding a city to survive a frozen wasteland.

Bargains from the latest Xbox sales

Heidi

Heidi — Children of Morta

Children of Morta is a real gem of an indie game. It’s an action-RPG with rogue-lite elements in which the Corruption is slowly spreading across the world, with the Bergson family, the Guardians of Mount Morta, being the only thing standing in its way. Children of Morta focuses on the ties between the members of this family; their love for each other, their frustrations, and their hopes and fears for the future. Each family member has their own skills, strengths, and weaknesses, and the time between dungeon runs is peppered with snapshots of Bergson family life. One great thing about Children of Morta is that it’s great to turn to whether you’ve got hours to spare or only ten minutes. There’s a rich story there, but it’s told simply, which means you could probably return to it after some time and not feel like you’ve forgotten everything important. What’s more, you’ll pick up souvenirs or new bits of lore on your runs — having these souvenirs gradually decorating the Bergson house is a great way to quickly catch up on what you’ve managed to do so far. If you missed this one while it was on Xbox Game Pass or were waiting for a sale, 65% off is a pretty great bargain for such a lovely game. It has an estimated completion time of around 20 to 25 hours, so you’ve got a fair bit of game there for under £7.

Children of Morta

Children of Morta

Children of Morta is a story-driven action RPG game about an extraordinary family of heroes. Lead the Bergons, with all their flaws and virtues, against the forthcoming Corruption. Will you be able to sacrifice everything to save the ones you care for?

Luke

Luke — The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor

The Metronomicon is basically Rock Band Blitz or Amplitude with some RPG elements layered on top, and I’m all kinds of okay with that. As a fusion of rhythm-action and RPG mechanics, it also shares similarities with Square’s Theatrhythm games, which, given that those are amazing and Theatrhythm Final Bar Line is rudely skipping Xbox, I am also all kinds of okay with. Each character in your party has their own note chart, like the separate lanes for each instrument in Blitz and Amplitude but not as clearly defined. As in those games, finishing a passage on one lane will temporarily remove it, so you need to jump between characters using the bumpers to keep everyone active. And here’s where the RPG elements come into play — you unlock more powerful abilities for your heroes a little way into the game, and can activate these by hitting all notes on a track then continuing through a second section. This introduces a strategic element to combat… do you risk going for a second or third tier ability, or do you need to settle for a weaker one-phrase ability in order to switch to your healer and top off the party? Once you settle on a party dynamic you like, you’ll eventually fall into a set of rotations that work for you, but it’s a little challenging at first with so many buffs, debuffs, effects, and gauges to follow while you’re trying to keep an eye on up to four note charts as well.

Many of The Metronomicon achievements are simply tied to progressing with what it calls a story, but it’s really just a song list per area with a boss track, bookended by short cutscenes. Others, however, look more challenging, and you’ll need powered-up heroes, great gear, and solid team synergy and rotations to get through the tougher ones, as well as some dogged endurance to get through the playlist and endless ones. I’ve had my eye on this for a while, so an 80% discount — which also applies to the Deluxe Edition, which comes with a bunch of additional tracks — meant it was time to jump in, and I’ve been really enjoying it so far.

The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor

The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor

A Rhythm Role-Playing Game!

Fight party crashing monsters with the power of music! Level your party and upgrade your gear while dancing to the beat of some groovin’ tunes. Grab a friend and combine forces in all game modes in The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor!

The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor Deluxe Edition

The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor Deluxe Edition

A Rhythm Role-Playing Game!

Fight party crashing monsters with the power of music! Level your party and upgrade your gear while dancing to the beat of some groovin’ tunes. Grab a friend and combine forces in all game modes in The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor!

Sean

Sean — Frostpunk: Complete Collection

My choice this week is Frostpunk: Complete Collection. Why? Because I love playing the role of a horrible despot in video games. Generally, I consider myself to be a pretty nice chap, but there’s something about Frostpunk that turns me into a horrible dick. Frostpunk is a social survival game, where the planet has mysteriously frozen over, and you, the leader, are tasked with keeping possibly the last civilised society from dying out. You need to build up your city, research new tech, and explore the wider world while keeping your denizens from freezing and solving social issues that arise. It’s a delicate balancing act that requires a lot of attention and fraught decision-making to progress. For me, I don’t know why, but I have no qualms about enacting laws that force children to work, running constant 24-hour emergency shifts, and using the bodies of loved ones as either fertiliser or food to keep my society running. I promise I am a nice guy in reality, but in a video game, it’s sometimes just a lot of fun to be a dick. Thinking about it, maybe I shouldn’t make a bid for prime minister anytime soon, though it does seem they’ll just give that job to anyone these days…

Frostpunk: Complete Collection for just $13.49/£11.17/€13.49 is a belter of a deal this week. The Complete Collection includes the base game, and three DLC expansions (On the Edge, The Last Autumn, and The Rifts) — that’s a lot of game you’re getting there. As for the Frostpunk achievements? Good luck. In total, with all the DLC expansions, you’re looking at well over 200 hours and multiple playthroughs on crushing difficulty settings. Don’t let that put you off, though, Frostpunk is an excellent management game that’s definitely worth a look.

Frostpunk: Complete Collection

Frostpunk: Complete Collection

A highly acclaimed society survival game, now in Complete Collection that grants you access to the full game and all DLCs.

Tom

Tom — Child of Light/Wreckfest

Surprisingly, there isn’t a huge amount in the sale this week that I’ve played, and while I really like both of these games, Wreckfest is available in Xbox Game Pass and Child of Light has been a regular pick of mine. I decided to mix it up and drop a short shout-out to both games here this week. While it is in Game Pass, Wreckfest is well worth picking up as a permanent fixture in your library with its current 60% discount. It’s my favourite racing game by far and does a great job of simulating the banger racing atmosphere — I’ve partaken in a handful of real-life banger races, so that’s probably why I have such a connection to the game.

Child of Light, on the other hand, is a game I’ve championed numerous times before, and for good reason. It comes from a version of Ubisoft that used to explore new game concepts and take risks, but as the company has grown, it looks like this gem has been left in the past. It tells the story of Aurora, a girl trapped in a storybook world and attempting to escape. Its characters all speak in rhyme when not competing in turn-based combat, and the overall feel of the game is light and highly entertaining. There is one unobtainable on the Child of Light achievement list, though, so bear that in mind if you decide to pick it up in the sale.

Wreckfest

Wreckfest

Break the rules and take full-contact racing to the limit with Wreckfest!

Expect epic crashes, neck-to-neck fights over the finish line and brand-new ways for metal to bend – These are the once-in-a-lifetime moments that can only be achieved in Wreckfest, with its true-to-life physics simulation crafted by legendary developer Bugbear, who also brought you FlatOut 1 & 2!

Burn rubber and shred metal in the ultimate driving playground!

Child of Light

Child of Light

Child of Light is an adventure inspired by fairy tales. The story is the journey of Aurora, the daughter of a duke, who is transported to the world of Lemuria.

Will you be picking up any of these quality games, or do you have some recommendations of your own? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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