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 slew of games also receiving discounts across Xbox consoles and PC. Here’s what the TA news team thinks are great deals.

The Xbox Store’s massive Black Friday 2022 sale is still going strong, offering discounts on nearly 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 the prices of several other titles in this week’s Xbox sale, and as we try to do every week, the TA News team has searched through it all to bring you their top picks.

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 powers to bring chaos to the world. If you succumb to the power of these impressive creatures, all you need is a large hole in the ground to practically collect them all – video game; they don’t have to make sense!

Offers 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 these 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 Jurassic World Evolution DLC in this sale is 50% off, except for the Deluxe Content, which is at a bigger discount of 65% and offers five dinosaurs compared to the three offered in most other DLC packs. It’s also a good selection: Styracosaurus, Crichtonsaurus, Majungasaurus, Suchomimus and, my favorite of the bunch, Archaeornithomimus, all of which do a great job of filling out your park with a wider variety of dinos. I’m never sure about getting DLC ​​at full price for around $11/£10, but with Deluxe Content for Jurassic World Evolution at the lowest price we’ve seen yet, this might 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 the Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion achievements in a matter of hours. But what is a few hours and how often do you get to play root vegetable trouble maker? Not often enough, I say, so we should definitely throw 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 is coming to Game Pass on day one – but I want more… more! This whimsical adventure is about a cheeky little vegetable who can’t stop tearing things up, and even though it’s short, it manages to squeeze a ton of fun (and silly) stuff into its short runtime. Combat is extremely simple, exploration leads to all sorts of weird new places where crazy characters live, and some light puzzle elements are thrown into the mix to spice things up as well. Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is thoroughly entertaining, constantly entertaining and often hilarious, so I’d encourage you to pick up this indie oddity (or to buzz through it on Game Pass if you haven’t) – consider it an investment in the basis for a new game icon. And hey, might as well just give Turnip Boy your money before the little rascal takes it from you anyway and rips it up in front of your face…

Turnip Boy commits tax evasion

Turnip Boy commits tax evasion

Play as an adorable yet troublesome roe. Avoid paying taxes, solve plantastic puzzles, and take on massive beasts on a journey to take down a corrupt vegetable government!


Sean – Donut County

Xbox sales after the massive Black Friday sale are always a little lackluster, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any decent games on offer. My pick this week is the delightful 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 maneuver the hole to make objects fall into it. With each object, the hole grows bigger and bigger until you swallow cars and buildings – think of it as an anti-Katamari Damacy game. Added to this simple gameplay premise is some humorous writing that had me laughing away throughout the game’s short playtime. A completion here will only take you a few hours, maybe a little longer if you want to enjoy the game at a more leisurely pace, and all the achievements are deadly to unlock with points 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 puzzle game.

Donut County

Donut County

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 it into a hole.

The PC version of this game does not support Xbox Live


Tom – Shadow Warrior 3

Right 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’re not familiar with 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 story 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 that’s better experienced than described – just watch that trailer! It’s currently 50% off the price, making it a great price for around ten hours of chaotic fun.

Shadow Warrior 3

Shadow Warrior 3

Shadow Warrior 3 takes 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-flowing movement system.

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