With over 700 items discounted by up to 90% off the usual price, the Xbox Countdown 2020 sale is a monster list. While you can filter, sort, and search through listings here on TA, you could easily still find yourself spoiled for choice if you aren't looking for something in particular. To that end, we rummaged through the virtual bargain bin to dig out five awesome deals, all of which are for games with healthy TA community scores so you can be sure you're getting something decent.
Immortals Fenyx Rising (33% off)
First up may be the least generous discount on this rundown, but that's kinda understandable considering the game hasn't even been out for three weeks at the time of writing. Immortals is Ubisoft's latest open world adventure, clearly heavily inspired by both Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Greek mythology but with enough of its own character to avoid feeling like a cheap mashup of the two. We really enjoyed Immortals when we reviewed it, and if modern Assassin's Creed games feel too bloated for you, Immortals offers a more manageable and even denser world to explore. And what a beautiful world it is. With a flexible combat system and great variety in its gameplay, this is well worth a punt at this price. The community would seem to agree, too — a TA score of 4.54/5 is nothing to scoff at.
Immortals Fenyx Rising™
Immortals Fenyx Rising brings grand mythological adventure to life. Play as Fenyx, on a quest to save the Greek gods from a dark curse.
Wield the powers of the gods to battle powerful mythological beasts in the air or on the ground, and solve ancient puzzles.
The fate of the world is at stake – you are the gods’ last hope.
Dragon Ball FighterZ (85% off)
While Dragon Ball FighterZ is pushing two years old at this point, it's still one of the most impressive fighters of the last generation. ArcSys applied the same ingenious visual tech used in its modern Guilty Gear games to deliver the most authentic Dragon Ball experience on the market, to the point that the game doesn't just look as good as the anime — it often manages to look even better. Dragon Ball FighterZ still has a strong competitive scene, although it's not exactly what you might call a quick or easy completion. One particularly nasty achievement requires significant progress through the Ranked online mode, where you'll come across skilled opponents with a head start of months on you, plus it can apparently no longer be boosted as of the latest patch. Still, this awesome fighter with a respectable TA score of 4.07/5 enjoys one of the biggest discounts in the entire Countdown 2020 sale, with the Ultimate Edition (which includes eight additional characters and a bunch of other extras) coming down from an eye-watering three-figure price tag to around the cost of a takeaway.
DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ - Ultimate Edition
The Ultimate Edition includes:
• The game
• FighterZ Pass (8 new characters)
• Anime Music Pack (available by March 1st 2018)
• Commentator Voice Pack (available by April 15th 2018)
DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ
DRAGON BALL FighterZ is born from what makes the DRAGON BALL series so loved and famous: endless spectacular fights with its all-powerful fighters.
Partnering with Arc System Works, DRAGON BALL FighterZ maximizes high end Anime graphics and brings easy to learn but difficult to master fighting gameplay.
And on top of many different online features, experience a never-seen-before scenario in the Story Mode!
Little Nightmares Complete Edition (75% off)
It's always awesome to see interesting indie titles like Little Nightmares do well, and if you haven't checked it out yet, now is the perfect time. While the base game isn't included in the Countdown 2020 sale, the Complete Edition — which includes three DLC level packs and two cosmetic items — is slashed to a quarter of its regular asking price. Reviews noted that this dark puzzle-platformer suffered from some pretty obnoxious loading times at launch, although those on Series X|S likely won't have anything to worry about on that front any more. Sat at a healthy 4.10/5 TA score, Little Nightmares has a sequel on the way early next year that is set to build on the success of the original. And what better way to prepare for the next game (due in early February) than to pick up and enjoy the original and all of its DLC for a fantastic price? In case it helps sweeten the deal, Little Nightmares is also by far the quickest completion on this rundown, with all 2,200G obtainable in around 12-15 hours (with a little help from a walkthrough to save you from missing collectables).
EDIT: Little Nightmares has just been confirmed as a Games With Gold title for January. Still, it will only be the base game, and if you're interested in playing the additional content, this bundle is currently cheaper than the Expansion Pass on its own.
Little Nightmares Complete Edition
- Little Nightmares™
- Little Nightmares™ Secrets of The Maw
Immerse yourself in a dark whimsical tale that will confront you with your childhood fears! Help Six and The Kid escape The Maw – a vast, mysterious vessel inhabited by corrupted souls looking for their next meal.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (50% off)
After the excellent N. Sane Trilogy breathed new life into all three original Crash adventures through fantastic remakes and a generous price point, having Crash 4 arrive as a full-price release understandably raised more than a few eyebrows. That's not to say that the cartoon platformer wasn't worth the asking price, of course — an impressive TA score of 4.41/5 shows that those who have picked up the game so far have really enjoyed it, and we imagine we'll see that player count shoot up now that the game is on sale at half price. Ratio hunters will find a few particularly spicy achievements in here, the toughest of which has an unlock rate of below 1% here on TA. It is a Crash game, so you shouldn't go into it expecting an easy ride... as you'll know all too well if you've attempted completions of any of the three remakes included in the N. Sane Trilogy.
Crash Bandicoot™ 4: It’s About Time
This game leverages Smart Delivery allowing access to both the Xbox One title and the Xbox Series X|S title*.
Buy digitally and get the Totally Tubular Skins for Crash and Coco**.
It’s About Time - for a brand-wumping new Crash Bandicoot™ game!
Control Ultimate Edition (50% off)
This final suggestion is more an investment in the future, especially since the vanilla version of Control is available on Xbox Game Pass. Remedy's ambitious adventure bit off a fair amount more than it could chew on last-gen consoles, where performance issues often get in the way of what is otherwise a fantastic game. But if you've got an Xbox Series X|S, this offer should definitely be on your radar, since this particular version of the game (Ultimate Edition specifically) is the one which will entitle you to the free next-gen upgrade that arrives on February 2nd. With the promise of the brilliant DLC and a host of visual upgrades to an already beautiful game (well, when it decided not to devolve into a slideshow, at least), the new hardware should be able to finally do the game justice. Not that the issues with the game seem to have impacted the community's enjoyment of Control too much, mind, with a TA score of 4.38/5.
Control Ultimate Edition
A corruptive presence has invaded the Federal Bureau of Control…
Only you have the power to stop it. The world is now your weapon
in an epic fight to annihilate an ominous enemy through deep and
unpredictable environments. Containment has failed, humanity is
at stake. Will you regain control?
Anything there take your fancy? Or maybe you've got some other recommendations? Let us know below. And if it's quick completions from the Countdown 2020 sale you're after, we've got 12 fine suggestions for you here as well...