TA Team Picks (November 24)

Microsoft’s Black Friday 2022 sale on the Xbox Store is still in full swing, but that hasn’t stopped another pile of games from getting discounts on Xbox consoles and PC as well. Here’s what the TA news team thinks is good business.

The massive Xbox Store Black Friday 2022 sale is still going strong, offering discounts on nearly 1,000 games on 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 the prices of several other titles in this week’s Xbox sales, and as we try to do every week, the TA news team has been looking everywhere to bring you their top picks.We invite you to join us on an adventure filled with magnificent creatures from bygone eras, vegetables with less-than-honest intentions, and mythical beasts who have raised demonic forces to wreak havoc upon the world. If you succumb to the power of these impressive beings, simply use a large hole in the ground to suck up virtually all of them: video games; they don’t have to make sense!

Bargains from the latest Xbox sales

Heidi — Jurassic World Evolution – Luxury content

Ok, so there wasn’t much in this sale for me, but then I saw all those Jurassic World Evolution nuggets in the DLC section: the deluxe content, the carnivorous dinosaur pack, the Cretaceous dinosaur pack, the herbivorous dinosaur pack, and the collection of Raptor Squad skins. If you enjoyed 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 bringing even more toothy terrors to the park. All Jurassic World Evolution DLC in this sale is 50% off with the exception of the Deluxe content, which is 65% off and offers five dinosaurs compared to the three offered in most other DLC packs. It’s also quite a variety: Styracosaurus, Crichtonsaurus, Majungasaurus, Suchomimus and, my favorite of the bunch, Archaeornithomimus, all of which do a good job of enriching your park with a wider range of dinosaurs. I’m never sure if you’ll get the full-price DLC for around $11 / £10, but with deluxe content for Jurassic World Evolution at the lowest price we’ve ever seen, this could be a good time to pounce.


Luke – Robbery boy commits tax evasion

Yes, I know it’s in Game Pass. And yes, I know you can jump through the game and unlock all Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion achievements in just a few hours. But what a few hours is that and how often can you 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 out of this little rascal. One is already on the way — Turnip Boy Robs a Bank was announced earlier this year and is coming to Game Pass Day 1 — but I want more…more! This wacky adventure centers around a naughty little vegetable who can’t help but tear things apart and while it’s short, manages to squeeze a lot of fun (and silly) stuff into its short length. The combat is dead simple, the exploration leads to all kinds of strange new places where mad characters dwell, and some light puzzle elements are added to the mix to spice things up. Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is utterly entertaining, consistently entertaining, and oftentimes hilarious, so I urge you to pick up this indie oddity (or buzz it on Game Pass, if you haven’t) – consider it an investment in the foundation of a new gaming icon. And hey, you might as well give Turnip Boy your money before the little rascal takes it anyway and rips it off in your face…

Turnip boy commits tax evasion

Turnip boy commits tax evasion

Play as an adorable turnip who causes trouble. She avoids paying taxes, solve plantastic puzzles and face huge beasts in a journey to bring down a corrupt plant government!


Sean — Donut County

Xbox sales after the massive Black Friday sale are always a bit slim, 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. Your job is to maneuver the hole to drop the items inside. With each item, the hole gets bigger and bigger until it swallows up cars and buildings – think of it as an anti-Katamari Damacy game. Accompanying this simple gameplay premise is humorous writing that kept me laughing 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 achievements are super easy to unlock with hints from a guide. Donut County is 70% off this week, and it’s worth picking up if you’re not a Game Pass subscriber or just want to own a decent little puzzle.

Donut County

Donut County

Donut County is a physics-based puzzle game where you play as an ever-growing hole in the ground. Meet cute characters, steal their trash and throw it in a hole.

The PC version of this game does not support Xbox Live


Tom — Shadow Warrior 3

Right after my Evil West review, I decided to thank Flying Wild Hog’s action-packed Shadow Warrior 3. If you’re new to the series, all you need to know is that it’s filled with over-the-top first-person action sequences, even more extreme chatter, a storyline that only makes sense to Lo Wang, the protagonist, and a killer beautiful soundtrack for conclude well. You can check out my impressions of Shadow Warrior 3 from earlier this year, but honestly, it’s a more experienced game than described – check out that trailer! It has currently been reduced by 50% of its price, making it a great price for around ten hours of chaotic fun.

Shadow Warrior 3

Shadow Warrior 3

Shadow Warrior 3 takes the unusual first-person shooter series to the next level with a perfect blend of frenetic shooting, razor-sharp melee combat and a spectacular free-running movement system.

Will you add any of these great games to your collection or do you have something to recommend? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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