The XBOX One

I noticed there’s a few games that I’ve been semi-interested in on sale this week, Yooka-Laylee and A Hat in Time are both marked down a lot. Which one is better, any opinions?

Y-L is a tribute to Banjo-Kazooie & Tooie, AHIT is a tribute to Super Mario 64. The gameplay reflects the difference between the two, the slow acquisition of powers and fiddly collecting stuff, and targeted platforming goals.

IMO, Y-L isn’t as lame as people claim (but the casino level was indeed weak), and AHIT isn’t as great (but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to play, it certainly is). Kind of surprised they aren’t in XGP already, they’d fit right in the family friendly section.

Yeah, I wish one or both were on Game Pass, I’d definitely try both, I’m just not sure I want to buy either. I played Super Lucky’s Tale and that was pretty decent, but I can’t say I regret not buying it either.

Yooka Laylee is a Twitch Prime game I think. I’ve certainly got it free with something recently.

I would have missed that sale. Even after reading your post, I figured it had to be advertised in the store somewhere. I had to go into Games, and then another category, and then I saw an ad in the upper right corner for a platform games sale.

A Hat in Time is very tempting. It looked pretty delightful last year when Tom streamed it. I’m definitely of the Super Mario 64 camp, not the Banjo-Kazooie camp, so that’s definitely my preference.

I was going to say A Hat in Time looks interesting, until I realized I already have it through a humble monthly. This is a game I’m more interested to play on a couch though.

Wow, you must have missed a bunch of weekly sales, there’s a section under ‘Deals’ in the store, I guess that’s the spot you found? New sales start every Tuesday. They aren’t always very good sales, mind you, but sometimes you get some decent stuff.

And to Ginger_Yellow and Brakara’s point - I do seem to own Yooka-Laylee and A Hat in Time through various stores on the PC. Man, it’s getting hard to track what I have copies of and where. Most AAA games I’d rather play on my Xbox with the big TV screen and better sound, but I can at least test drive them and see how they play.

So that deals page is different from the deals page you go to from the dashboard, the one that has the Xbox Live Gold free games and weekly sale?

Then yes, I’m usually missing any other sales.

I don’t know, I guess so? There’s different weekly sales, too - folks who are Gold members have additional weekly items they can buy for slightly less. I forget where the dashboard button points to.

I do sometimes go around looking for other sales when I know there has to be one, thanks to sites like CAG. But usually I expect the dashboard or the deals page that the dashboard links to let me know about stuff like that. I usually don’t tab over to the Microsoft store on the extreme right of the interface.

Luckily, I don’t have quite the same problem owning stuff on PC, since I don’t usually get the humble bundles. I purposely didn’t get the Hat in Time one, for example, precisely because I thought it would be more fun to play it in the living room on Xbox, going after achievements along the way.

Yeah, there’s two different Sales pages- one for Golds and one weekly ‘Deals’ section, in the main Store page. That’s what I was referencing a few weeks back- I could get to the normal ‘Deals’ page, but not the Golds, because of the new ad. Stupid design.

Speaking of deals, an item in my Google feed this morning said Amazon deal on the One X- $364. I’m tempted.

It’s been right around that price for a while on Amazon. I’m not sure why it popped up on Google the other day. I saw it too.

If you go to the Deals page and click Show All on “Xbox Games Specials” (the first horizontal list below the spotlight section at the top), it will show all of the games that are current discounted, no matter what sale they are part of.

That is not true. None of the Deals With Gold show up on that list. A few of them are in the big tile ads on top of the Deals page in the store, but aren’t in the list behind the Show All 99+ button. In your screenshot (currently mirrored on my dash, too) A Plague Tale, Grip, etc. are listed, but none are on the ‘Show All’ list. And things like The Talos Principle are Deals With Gold that aren’t on the ‘Show All’ list, and aren’t on the tile ads, either.

That said, I’ve found when I click the “Buy Ultimate” ad that’s replaced the Gold ad on the homescreen, there’s a button there that says “Gold Benefits” or something that takes you to the Free with and Deals With Gold page. Also, you can check tHose deals with the Android and Windows Xbox Live aps.

The Deals with Gold list is right below the Xbox games specials list, just scroll down from the screenshot above.

Hey, you’re right! They’re down underneath the Movies and TV specials- I never go down there because I don’t buy video on proprietary services like this.

I wonder how long that’s been down there? You just made things so much easier! Thanks!

Ah, I don’t have the Movies and TV specials, which makes it much easier to spot.

Really? That’s weird. I wonder if there some way I can subtract that from the view. Like I said, I never use it.

I think it’s because Brakara is in Europe.

Correct. For some reason we don’t get any discounts on that stuff here.