This week's Xbox One game sale on Xbox Live was suspiciously weak. A sale such as just before Christmas may have made you aware that Microsoft was working on a larger sale that was to be revealed later. If so, you were right. Xbox Countdown Sale, which drops prizes on a bunch of blockbuster games, is now live. And if you are an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you get a bonus discount on many of the items. The sale runs through January 3, so read on to see if any of the deals give you the pleasure.
If you want to bring out some recent releases you missed, download Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for $ 39 / £ 36, or Assassin's Creed Odyssey and WWII-set shooter Battlefield V for $ 30 / £ 30 each. Fallout 76 is down to $ 40 / £ 40 while Hitman 2 is on sale for $ 30 / £ 39. The Sea of Thieves and Valkyria Chronicles 4 are also discounted at $ 30 / £ 30 piece. And if you've been expecting to get this year's best racing game, you can get Forza Horizon 4 to $ 39 / £ 33.
They up for one challenge can pick up Dark Souls Remastered on sale for $ 30 / £ 26; The rest of the series has also received deep discounts. Martial arts fans can nab SoulCalibur VI for $ 42 / £ 35 or prepare for the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11 by picking up Mortal Kombat XL for $ 5 / £ 16.
Some of the very best indie games have also received the discount treatment as Dead cells for $ 20 / £ 13 and overcooked 2 for $ 19 / £ 15. The storytelling game What's left of Edith Finch and the puzzle platform Inside are both down to $ 10 / £ 8 each.
It just scrapes the surface of the games on sale between now and January 3. You can check here for the full list of games. There is a good chance that you will find something worth trying.