Xbox Deals Unlocked Sale: TA Team Picks (June 14th)

By Luke Albigés,
There's a hell of a lot of stuff in Microsoft's big Xbox Deals Unlocked sale for E3 2021, so you might be struggling more than usual to find something to pick up and play on the cheap. Perhaps we can help?

Heidi — Red Dead Redemption 2


Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

Winner of over 175 Game of the Year Awards and recipient of over 250 perfect scores, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of honor and loyalty at the dawn of the modern age. Includes Red Dead Redemption 2: Story Mode and Red Dead Online.


Red Dead Redemption 2? At 55% off?! I don’t know who dared discount the great Arthur Morgan, but I would recommend making the most of this opportunity — especially as skipping the chance to pick it up for £25 would be worse than falling in with those dang O’Driscolls. Sure, it’s come to Xbox Game Pass before and might do so again, but it’d be more than worth your while to hoard it in your game library forever, with no time limits on playing it through. Since players are still finding new surprises and secrets in Red Dead 2 over two years later, it’s safe to say Red Dead 2 will keep you occupied for a fair amount of time. Sorry, did I say keep you occupied? I meant engross you entirely until you can only converse in “evening ma’am”s and “howdy mister”s, and accost random passersby to ask in a panic whether they’ve got a plan to get to Tahiti? If you haven’t yet played this glorious game and are wondering what on earth I’m talking about, I’d recommend getting Red Dead 2 and preparing to lose a good few months to it. It really is that good.

Kes — Wolfenstein: The Two-Pack


Wolfenstein®: The Two-Pack

Wolfenstein®: The Two-Pack

Wolfenstein®: The Two Pack, cinematic and rendered in stunning detail with id Software’s id Tech® 5 engine, gives players two thrilling campaigns. Now you can get both critically acclaimed first-person shooters, Wolfenstein®: The New Order™ and Wolfenstein®: The Old Blood™, with their signature deep narrative and immersive FPS combat, in one action-packed bundle!


Wolfenstein: The New Order is a game that makes me excited whenever I think about it. It’s a linear first-person shooter made by MachineGames (now under Microsoft, thanks to the Bethesda deal). Your boy B.J. Blazkowicz wakes up after a shoddy attempt at raiding a Nazi castle and now the world isn’t that great. You see, them gosh-darn Nazi troops gone won the war while B.J. was lazing around in some kinda ‘coma.’ The weird steampunk post-WWII setting where the enemy won is surprisingly fresh. The levels bristle with a perfect mix of fresh ideas and cosy traditional designs. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll leave it at that. The characters are actually kind of interesting — especially the nurse-turned-badass Anya Oliwa — and are driven by the trauma and pain of the Nazi regime in all the right ways. The baddies are jovially bad slapstick figures: there is a messed-up Nazi doctor, a messed-up Nazi scientist, a messed-up Nazi grandma, and messed-up Nazi goons populating the levels. The horrors that they have performed over 25 years are disgusting — obviously — but MachineGames handles the material well and uses it as prime motivation for ultra-violence. I guess the ultimate moral is that Nazis aren’t all that great. However, I think we can all agree that that is a sentiment worth enforcing by blasting them into a million chunkoids of squelchy body matter using an awesome pair of dual-wielded shotguns.

You see, it is the combination of gunplay and sound that make this game one of my all-time favourites. Metal music pounds in your ears — Doom composer Mick Gordon is on point — while you shred the dictating forces to pieces with an arsenal of obscenely satisfying artillery. Again, I actually don’t want to talk about the guns as part of the joy is discovering them for yourself, but they all melt and destroy with equal obliteratory capacity. You can dual-wield pretty much anything you can shoot, as well. The New Order is absurdly good for whatever you are paying in this sale and has a relatively easy completion, too.

I’m sorry, what was that about The Old Blood? What? Say it again? You know what? Stop talking. I just don’t have time to think about inferior creations.

Luke — Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice


Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice - GOTY Edition

Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice - GOTY Edition

Game of the Year - The Game Awards 2019 Metacritic Must Play Carve your own clever path to vengeance in the award winning adventure from developer FromSoftware, creators of the Dark Souls series. Take Revenge. Restore Your Honor. Kill Ingeniously.


Sekiro is a rare sight in the sales, so anyone who has been waiting for a deep discount on From's superb Souls-alike should probably bite now while the game is cheaper than ever at 50% off. The pace of the game and the ways in which it encourages aggressive play mean it's more like Bloodborne than Dark Souls, only with loads more gadgets and mobility options that call to mind the Tenchu games of old. Just like its hardcore stablemates, Sekiro is absolutely savage — reckless play will get you killed in a flash, as will failing to properly respond to incoming attacks with blocks, parries, deflections, or evasive manoeuvres. Especially as the game progresses, you'll come to rely more and more heavily on the various prosthetic arms and the powerful abilities each affords. Beasts can be startled with flames or riled up to turn on other enemies with the whistle, the fan can create openings against opponents who seldom let their guard down, firecrackers can interrupt powerful blows to save you having to deal with them... there's a tool for all occasions, and it won't take long to find a loadout that works for you.

The combat's emphasis on wearing down opponents' poise to create openings makes Sekiro feel distinctly different to From's otherwise similar titles, although some of the bosses will no doubt give you just as much grief as any other in the developer's back catalogue. I actually think Sekiro has some of the strongest and most creative encounters From has put out, and from hulking beasts that could crush you with their pinkies to skilled samurai showdowns where you need to parry like your life depends on it (because it does), you'll never know what awaits you at the end of an area until it's already picked up the scent of your blood. Sekiro is far from easy, famously, but it is at least an easy recommendation, especially at half price.

Sean — Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Edition


Kingdom Come: Deliverance - Royal Edition

Kingdom Come: Deliverance - Royal Edition

The Royal Edition contains award-winning open world RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance and all released DLCs: Treasures of the Past, From the Ashes, The Amorous Adventures of Bold Sir Hans Capon, Band of Bastards and A Woman's Lot.


If you’re looking to get royally immersed into a game that’s filled with interesting quests, excellent combat, and some ridiculously challenging achievements, you can’t go wrong with Kingdom Come: Deliverance's Royal Edition. This version is on sale at its lowest ever price — $11.99/£10.49/€11.99 — and includes all released DLC expansions (From the Ashes, The Amorous Adventures of Bold Sir Hans Capon, Band of Bastards, and A Woman’s Lot), so you’re getting a bargain here.

Set in the Kingdom of Bohemia during the 15th century, you play as Henry, the son of a blacksmith from a poor village who enters the service of a local lord to lead a resistance movement against the Hungarian King’s invasion. The problem here is that Henry is a bit of an idiot... a lovable idiot, but still an idiot. He doesn’t know how to fight, and he can’t read (words are even illegible to you if you pick up a book). You have to build up his skills in order to help fight back against the Hungarian invaders and local bandits. There is no fantasy in Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and it’s steeped in realism, which makes for a rather refreshing break if you’re used to all your medieval RPGs including dragons and spellcasting — no throwing fireballs from your fingertips here, just handheld weapons and bows. Aside from the satisfying and well-rounded combat, novel RPG elements, and engrossing quests, the game looks bloody fantastic. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a must-play.

Tom — Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy


Assassin's Creed Chronicles – Trilogy

Assassin's Creed Chronicles – Trilogy

Expand your Assassin’s Creed experience and discover the forgotten stories of three remarkable Assassins in brand-new settings with fresh 2.5D stealth gameplay: • Experience the thrill of being an Assassin in three exciting & original chronicles • Live the adventures of three cult Assassins: Shao Jun, Arbaaz and Orelov • Dive into stunning and stylized living environments


With 70% off this trilogy, I think it’s too good an opportunity to pass up. Sure, the Chronicles collection is a completely different approach to what we see in the main Assassin’s Creed games, but that’s what makes them stand out, reinforced by the stunningly painterly art style. These games are beautiful, and feature 2.5D stealth gameplay with the ability to move between environmental layers to open up various pathways. To be honest, I usually wouldn’t play these games as anything that’s not 3D doesn’t generally appeal to me. But it was the art that truly grabbed my attention, and just like a tourist at the Louvre, I took a stroll through Chinese watercolours, Indian pastels, and Russian shadings, marvelling at the level of detail and soaking it in like a paint sponge. If you can take your eyes off of the visuals and focus on the gameplay, you’ll find three deep stories that take you on a journey of treachery, loss, and vengeance that connects together towards the end of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia. Each of the three protagonists come armed with their own gadgets and styles, which gives each title its own novelty, and ultimately gives you a short reprieve from the main series of games. They’re awesome fun and a great addition to anyone's game collection. We have some brilliant user walkthroughs that will help you grab all of the achievements without putting in huge amounts of time, so if you do decide to pick up this bargain, be sure to check them out.

Any of these on your wishlist, or maybe you've found a bargain of your own to shout about? Let us know below!
Luke Albigés
Written by Luke Albigés
Luke runs the TA news team, contributing where he can primarily with reviews and other long-form features — crafts he has honed across two decades of print and online gaming media experience, having worked with the likes of gamesTM, Eurogamer, Play, Retro Gamer, Edge, and many more. He loves all things Monster Hunter, enjoys a good D&D session, and has played way too much Destiny.