Best Xbox game deals for April 2020: Borderlands, Shenmue, and more

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Every week Microsoft and certain publishers discount numerous games for Xbox Live users. Some deals are available only to Xbox Live Gold members and others are available to anyone who utilizes the service through a Spotlight sale. A wide variety of titles, ranging from small experiences to massive blockbusters, are available for substantially less. This week, prominent games from the Borderlands and Shenmue franchises are on sale. Here's a look at some popular discounted titles.

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Ark: Survival Evolved - Explorer Edition

Combining the base game with three massive expansions, Ark: Survival Evolved - Explorer's Edition is a ultimate way to get even more dinosaur action! The Explorer's Edition gives you access to the mega hit Ark: Survival Evolved as well as the Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction Expansion Packs, adding nearly 900 hours of gameplay.

You can purchase Ark: Survival Evolved - Explorer Edition for $31.49 on the Microsoft Store. The game is Xbox One X Enhanced.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Shoot and loot as you explore the mayhem-filled world of Pandora in Borderlands 2 and the lunar madness of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. Experience the award-winning first-person shooter series, including its bazillions of guns, trademark cooperative gameplay, and all bonus add-on content, with high performance like never before on a new generation of consoles.

You can purchase Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for $14.99 on the Microsoft Store. The game is Xbox One X Enhanced.

Contra: Anniversary Collection

Grab power-ups and blast your way through waves of menacing enemies and bosses that will put your reaction skills to the test. Also included is a digital Bonus Book with tons of concept documents and sketches, the official chronology of the franchise, an exclusive interview with the veteran producer of the series, and more.

You can purchase Contra: Anniversary Collection for $7.99 on the Microsoft Store.

Darksiders: Genesis

Darksiders: Genesis is an action-adventure that tears its way through Hell and back with guns blazing and swords swinging. Genesis gives players their first look at the world of Darksiders before the events of the original game. Furthermore, it introduces the fourth and last horseman Strife, as well as co-op gameplay for the first time in the history of the franchise.

You can purchase Darksiders Genesis for $35.99 on the Microsoft Store. The game is Xbox One X Enhanced.

Grand Theft Auto V

When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other.

You can purchase Grand Theft Auto V for $14.99 on the Microsoft Store.

Gears 5

The world is crumbling. The Swarm has corrupted the Coalition's robot army and is descending upon human cities. With danger closing in, Kait Diaz breaks away to uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera – herself.

You can purchase Gears 5: Ultimate Edition for $43.99 on the Microsoft Store. The game is Xbox One X Enhanced and a part of Xbox Game Pass.

No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky is a popular space simulator where you can go anywhere and do anything. Whether you leave your mark as a trader or pirate is up to you.

You can purchase No Man's Sky for $19.93 on Amazon. The game is Xbox One X Enhanced.

Shenmue I & II

In 1986, teenage jujitsu artist Ryo Hazuki returns to the dojo of his father, Iwao Hazuki, only to witness his murder by a Chinese man, Lan Di. Lan Di steals a mysterious artifact known as the Dragon Mirror. Ryo vows to avenge his father's death and sets out tracing Lan Di's path.

You can purchase Shenmue I & II for $14.99 on the Microsoft Store.

Titan Quest

From Age of Empires co-creator Brian Sullivan and Braveheart writer Randall Wallace comes an innovative action role playing game set in ancient Greece, Egypt, and Asia. The Titans have escaped their eternal prison, wreaking havoc upon the earth. The gods seek a hero who can turn the tide in an epic struggle that will determine the fate of both men and gods.

You can purchase Titan Quest for $7.49 on the Microsoft Store. The game is Xbox One X Enhanced.

Keep in mind that you need to be an Xbox Live Gold member to access the majority of these discounts. For the complete list visit Major Nelson.

Which titles are you interested in? Let us know! Be sure to check out games from the Kingdom Hearts and Mutant Year Zero franchises because they're great experiences.

Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.