The festive period is officially over, meaning everyone is in need of a good deal of cheering up as they enter what are generally considered to be some of the dreariest months of the year. Thankfully, Xbox has opted to soften the blow of the winter months with its Last Chance Sale, offering sizable discounts on some of the best and brightest games on the market today. With some titles slashed by as much as 80%, there aren’t many better ways to banish those pesky winter blues.
Xbox is promising massive discounts on dozens of titles ranging from AAA heavyweights to indie classics. As such, it can be tough to nail down exactly which are the best deals the Last Chance Sale has to offer. For the gaming connoisseur, here are the five best choices of games in terms of quality and discount. With any of these, gamers are guaranteed a great time at a pleasingly modest price.
The Arkane Collection Showcases a Phenomenal Developer
On sale for $23.99 (regular price $79.99; 70% off)
Arkane Studios is one of the most inventive and underappreciated developers in operation today. The recent success of hits such as Deathloop has cemented the French developer’s reputation for innovation combined with technical polish — a reputation that was already skyrocketing thanks to the earlier release of the studio’s most acclaimed properties: Prey and the Dishonored series.
The Dishonored franchise may be on hiatus right now, but that’s no reason to skip over the engrossing tale of Corvo Attano and his quest for vengeance across the games’ steampunk universe. The utterly gripping space survival epic, Prey, meanwhile, remains an inexplicably underrated title that will thrill fans of what is becoming one of gaming’s most popular genres. Featuring every Dishonored game, including the brilliant DLC Death of the Outside bundled together with Prey, now is the time for players to introduce themselves to one of the finest developers working today.
Hack London & Fight Corruption in Watch Dogs: Legion
On sale for $11.99 (regular price $59.99; 80% off)
The UK’s bustling, smoky capital consistently ranks as one of the world’s most vibrant and attractive cities — a metropolis rich in history and culture and populated by vibrant, diverse, and ever-changing communities. That said, there will be times when walking the streets of the Big Smoke that the ability to hack traffic lights, sneak through secret avenues, and direct traffic elsewhere would make the usual commute a little more bearable on a cold and crowded Monday morning.
Watch Dogs: Legion offers such power, turning London into gamers’ own personal playground as they fight corruption and mass surveillance in a future dystopia that doesn’t look too far off from the reality of the world right now. Once again following the underground hacker group DedSec as they now attempt to free the capital’s residents from Albion, a corrupt private military organization, Legion builds on the success of its predecessor by giving players an ever-expanding toolbox of toys and tricks from which to draw.
The Assassin’s Creed Bundle Offers Up a Franchise Reborn
On sale for $11.99 (regular price $59.99; 80% off)
The new direction heralded by 2017’s wildly successful Assassin’s Creed: Origins was not met with universal acclaim. Pulling the long-running franchise away from its more limited stealth roots to create what is a more expansive RPG-style adventure set in Ptolemaic Egypt, Origins signified a new era for the most successful series in Ubisoft’s history.
It may have ruffled a few feathers upon release, but time continues to favor Origins and its legacy, with many seeing it as a bold and necessary step into a new era of Assassin’s Creed. This new age, defined by Origins, Odyssey, and most recently Valhalla, is available at a huge discount courtesy of the Xbox Last Chance sale.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns Enhanced Edition Is a Marvelous RPG
On sale for $46.89 (regular price $69.99; 33% off)
We’re deep into winter now, and with those plummeting temperatures (in some areas) comes snowy vistas, frozen fingers, and a desperation to avoid the outside world at all costs. Thank goodness, then, for Marvel’s Midnight Suns, a massive hit since its debut at the end of 2022 and a much-needed win for Marvel following the disappointing reception of Marvel’s Avengers and the middling sales of Square Enix’s Guardians of the Galaxy adaptation. Acclaimed for its balance, depth, and narrative, Midnight Suns is a return to form just when it was needed most.
Reach for the Stars With Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
On sale for $29.99 (regular price $59.99; 50% off)
LEGO and Star Wars are two mega-brands that have been flying high recently, the former enhancing almost everything it chooses to adapt as the latter establishes itself as arguably the most influential cultural franchise operating today. It’s certainly no surprise, then, that the team-up that brought us classics like LEGO Racers and LEGO Jurassic World, has landed yet another winner in the shape of Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, a hugely enjoyable romp through what arguably remains the definitive Star Wars story.