TA Team Picks (January 14th)

Microsoft has slashed prices from plenty of games on the Xbox Store again this week, across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. The TA news team has searched through the offers to give you their favourite picks.

As with every week, Microsoft has once again taken the discount hammer to a pile of games across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC in this week’s Xbox sales. This is alongside the massive discounts found in the Last Chance Sale, which comes to an end on Monday.

This week, we’re inviting you to join us on a journey that is not for the faint of heart, one that will test the strength of your will as well as your stomach. A journey that explores the world beyond, the vast expanse of space, and a time before that which we know now. There is a fair amount of variety to the games we found this week, so there could be something for everyone below…

Luke — Anima: Gate of Memories — Arcane Edition

I picked this up on a whim this week as six quid for two full action-RPGs that generally seem to have been pretty well received looked like a tidy deal, and I’m pretty happy so far. Anima looks and feels like a remastered version of a PS2 game that never existed, and I mean that in an affectionate way — it just feels like a game out of time with its scrappy visuals, wonky movement, diorama cutscenes, and hokey voice acting, but it’s fun in its own C-tier kind of way. The way you construct your own custom move sets from all of the abilities you have mastered is really interesting, and while combat is pretty simple, it’s fast and responsive enough to be enjoyable, especially since you’re using an arsenal of your own creation. It’s not up to the standards of the flashy fighting of things like Nier: Automata or Devil May Cry, sure, but it’s got a similar vibe and flow to it, and I’m down with that. The Anima achievements don’t look to be too bad either, with several playthroughs required but I’ve heard it’s fairly short and that completion estimate of 20-25 hours would seem to back that up, and the sequel included in this bundle has the same estimate. Two interesting budget action-RPGs for one low price… what’s not to like, aside from Ergo being an absolute creep?

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Anima: Gate of Memories – Arcane Edition

Anima Gate of Memories Arcane Edition is the complete edition of Gate of Memories,
Anima: Gate of Memories is a third person action RPG that tells the story of both sides of a unique conflict, a war in the shadows between a girl who has lost her past and an immortal cursed to walk the world until the end of time.
But… Which one of them will be our saviour… and which our doom?

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Sean — Citizen Sleeper

If you want to get lost in a sci-fi world that’s filled with rich and interesting characters, Citizen Sleeper is the game for you, my friends. Citizen Sleeper is a narrative RPG that’s set on a crumbling space station called Erlin’s Eye. You play as a digitised human consciousness that has been implanted in an android body, and after escaping from your corporate overlords who own your body, you try to make a life for yourself within the metropolis of the space station. However, your previous owners want you back, and it’s up to you, and the fate of a few dice rolls, how you spend each cycle on the Eye — do you take a dangerous risk and try and steal something from a freight yard for a big payoff? Or do you put in a shift at a bar for a safe but meagre wage? How you survive in this world is down to you, and there are a lot of factors you’ll need to weigh up before committing to a decision. Citizen Sleeper thrusts you into a cold, harsh world with its themes of refugeeism and capitalism running throughout, but that harshness is offset by the wonderfully warm and endearing characters you will meet. These characters and their stories are expertly written — they really bring this game to life, along with some gorgeous visuals and a stellar soundtrack. I enjoyed Citizen Sleeper so much that I named it as my indie Game of the Year of 2022. If you’re interested in picking this one up, Citizen Sleeper is currently $13.99/£11.71/€13.99, but you can play it with a Game Pass subscription.

Don’t sleep on Citizen Sleeper!

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Citizen Sleeper

Roleplaying in the ruins of interplanetary capitalism. Live the life of an escaped worker, washed-up on a lawless station at the edge of an interstellar society. Inspired by the flexibility and freedom of TTRPGs, explore the station, choose your friends, escape your past and change your future.

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Tom — Martha is Dead Digital Deluxe Edition

This week’s pick is LKA.it’s wonderful thriller game Martha is Dead, which I thoroughly enjoyed playing last year for my Martha is Dead review. Set within a German officer’s Italian home in 1944, we’re tasked with helping the officer’s daughter, Guilia, uncover the events that led to her twin sister’s death. It’s a slow burner set within a gorgeous countryside estate, leaning heavily into the realms of walking simulators to allow you to soak up the game’s vibe as much as possible. I found its most vibrant moments to come during some of the grittier sequences that play out over the course of the game’s 15 hours of playtime. From corpse mutilation and murder to child abuse and mental illness, Martha is Dead offers enough explicit depravity to give it a light horror feeling, but not enough to allow it to leave the psychological thriller genre. If you enjoy mystery-focused storylines, picturesque settings, and rummaging around in human remains, then Martha is Dead could be the game for you.

As for The Town of Light, I’m yet to play it, but seeing that you can grab both LKA.it titles for just under the full price of Martha is Dead alone, and the fact that the latter is definitely worth the $28 price tag on its own, it seems to be a great deal. If you’ve played The Town of Light, drop a comment below and let me know what you think of it.

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Martha Is Dead Digital Deluxe

The Martha Is Dead Deluxe Edition includes the first two critically acclaimed games from leading Italian development studio, LKA – Discover the connection between these two thought-provoking games.

Will you be grabbing any of these goodies, or do you have something to offer us? Let us know down in the comments!

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