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The Big Fat List Of Black Friday Sales
We began compiling Black Friday deals on the site early this week when retailers started announcing their sales, but as the fabled day draws ever closer, the deals are starting to become too much to list individually. Instead, we decided to put together a little guide designed to shepherd players towards the best deals in town. Below is a full listing of every digital and retail sale we could come up with:
Steam's Autumn Sale
This sale drags well into next week, and cuts prices on the majority of the Steam library, just like the fabled Summer Sale. The deals are often just as big as they are during the summer, so if you've got a PC game you've yet to cross off your wishlist, now would be a good time.
Flash deals are changing every few hours, while daily deals cycle each day. Great deals at the time of this writing include The Amazing Spider-Man for half price (that's 25 bucks), XCOM Enemy Unknown for $33.49, and Darksiders II for only $16.99.
Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Not to be outdone, online mega-retailer Amazon.com has been running Black Friday deals all week. As usual, they're expected to participate in the Cyber Monday phenomenon as well, when some of their best deals should be available Resident Evil Revelations is currently half off at $18.99, while Steel Batallion: Heavy Armor is two-thirds off at 20 bucks.
Still, we'd recommend waiting until Friday or Monday to scoop up the best deals.
Best Buy is running a number of large deals on software, meaning that intrepid gamers willing to get into stores early can grab the following for $29.99:
- Disney Epic Mickey 2
- Need For Speed Most Wanted
- Medal of Honor Warfighter
- Darksiders II
- The Amazing Spider-Man
- Battlefield 3 Complete Edition
Assassin's Creed III, Forza Horizon, Diablo III, Borderlands 2 and a few others will be on sale for $34.99.
The rental service is running a sale on a large number of digital downloads for PC, including the likes of Darksiders II, Sleeping Dogs, and XCOM Enemy Unknown for two-thirds to half off. If you miss out on a sweet price during Steam's sale, check on GameFly before purchasing at a higher price. Most of the prices on GameFly seem comparable to those being offered in the Flash Deals on Steam.
We already talked GameStop's Black Friday deals in greater detail, so we'll leave this one short and sweet. The retailer is offering discounted console bundles on the 360, Playstation 3 and Vita, so if you're in the market to get a console, strike whlie the iron's hot. The Playstation 3 deal is an especially good value.
If you're looking for straight up software, GameStop shouldn't be your first choice, unless that is you are looking to stock up on Wii U games. Game Party, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition and FIFA 13 will be on sale for $10-20 off.
Most of KMART's deals are comparable to Best Buy's, but unlike that retailer, these deals are split up by day.
On Thanksgiving itself, you can nab Forza Horizon, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Medal of Honor Warfighter, FIFA 13 and more on the cheap, just like at Best Buy. You can also get Max Payne 3 for only 9 bucks.
On Friday, Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario 3D Land are all 30 bucks.
Over Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Modern Warfare 3, Skylanders Giants and Dishonored are cheap, among a few others.
Overall, KMART's selection and prices are far from the best on the list.
We've detailed the Microsoft Store deals on a seperate page.
They include sales on the Kinect and the Xbox 360 console itself.
Blizzard Online Store
Again, we already catalouged all of Blizzard's Black Friday deals.
Notable deals at Target include a $20 gift card back when you purchase Halo 4, Assassin's Creed 3, and Forza Horizon, all on the Xbox 360. Or, you could just pick up all three great games and earn yourself a free game right there.
Console bundles are also on sale here. You can get the Xbox 360 with a 4GB hard drive, a Kinect, and Kinect Disneyland Adventures for only 200 bucks, making it the perfect gift for the family. The PS3 is also on sale, with a 250GB system coming with the Uncharted and Infamous collections along with a controller retailing for 200 bucks, just like at GameStop. Again, this is a great deal for those who don't own the console already. The Wii is also on sale along with Sports Resort Bundle and Just Dance Kids 2 for $120, but honestly even that sale price is clearly a ripoff now that the Wii Uis out. Instead, put that money towards the Nintendo 3DS red bundle, which comes pre-packed with Super Mario 3D Land for $150. This deal is available elsewhere too, but it remains an attrractive offer no matter where you find it. Finally, the Vita WiFi model is getting bundled with LEGO Batman 2 for 200 dollars.
There are some pretty great deals going on at Wal-Mart, if you're willing and able to suss them out. You can grab The Amazing Spider-Man, Borderlands 2, Dishonored, Just Dance 4, Skyrim, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Medal of Honor Warfighter, LittleBigPlanet Karting, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, XCOM Enemy Unknown, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and many more for a mere $25, while the Angry Birds Trilogy, Dance Central 3, Forza Horizon, Fable: The Journey, God of War Saga, Spec Ops: The Line, Uncharted 3 and many more are only $15.
Finally, Cabela's Survival, CoD: World at War/Modern Warfare/Modern Warfare 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, Sly Cooper Collection and many more are only $10. Pokemon Black & White Versions 2 are on sale for $30, along with a few other Nintendo DS games.
The Xbox 360 4GB model is being bundled with Skylanders for $149, while the PS3 is getting bundled with Infamous and Uncharted collections, as elsewhere. The Wii by itself is $89, which is technically a good deal, but again we wouldn't recommend purchasing one of these with the Wii U on the market now.
Other games on sale include Assassin's Creed 3 for $38.96 and Epic Mickey The Power of Two for $24.96 on the Wii.
In other words, if you're looking to purchase software at a brick and mortar retailer, Wal-Mart should absolutely be your first stop. Some of the deals here are so cheap they're kind of crazy, and rival even the Flash Deals happening during Steam's sale.
If you're looking for consoles or Kinects, on the other hand, you can likely find better deals elsewhere.
Note that many of the deals listed above are only for one platform or another, so be sure to check Wal-Mart's listings before you head out to ensure that they have what you're looking for on the correct platform.
Toys 'R Us
The humungous toy retailer is doing a buy0one-get-one sale on select family games, which are details in their Black Friday ad. Since they're all pretty standard family gaming fare (with the exception of the LEGO Harry Potter games and Super Scribblenauts), we won't bother to list them all here. Seek it out if you're looking for family fun this holiday, though.
Otherwise, the retailer is selling controllers on the cheap, but not much else here caught our eye.
The computer retailer is getting in on the action with a few mail-in rebate deals. You can get Halo 4 and Black Ops 2 for $40 after a $20 rebate, and the Vita, PS3, and Xbox 360 are all getting attractive bundles for a good price.
For some reason, the clothing retailer is giving away free copies of New Super Mario Bros. U with select purchases. This deal is a doorbuster and only given out in very limited quantities, but hey, if you're being roped into clothing shopping early in the morning, might as well try to get something out of it right?
What exactly the "select purchases" consist of was not specified.
On Black Friday, "Top" games are going on sale for up to 70% off.
On Cyber Monday, "More than 100 games" will be on sale for up to 50% off.
That's all pretty vague, so you could wait and see what the deals are in hopes of saving a good amount of money this weekend. Or, you could sign on to Steam, know what it is that you're buying, and probably get it at a better price anyway.
The store is doing a series of deals on Xbox 360 bundles and 3DS bundles, but ultimately none of these are as attractive as those found in other stores. The Super Mario 3D Land 3DS bundle is for some reason ten bucks more expensive here than at other retailers.
Square-Enix Online Store
Square-Enix is promising discounts on their full lineup, including Army Corps of Hell, Dead Island, Deux Ex: Human Revolution, Dissidia 012, Heroes of Ruin, Sleeping Dogs, Theatrhythm and more.
Capcom Online Store
Capcom's online store is the best place to grab their games, with discounts ranging up to 75% off. No matter what you nab, you'll get 20% off your entire order, plus free shipping, as long as you spend over $75.
SEGA is putting some of their games on sale across multiple platforms and download services. You can get their series of Dreamcast remakes at a discount now, as well as Virtua Fighter 5Final Showdown and a gaggle of iOS titles.
Guild Wars 2 In-Game Stores
Guild Wars 2 is taking Black Friday to the next level by actually making the in-game stores hold sales. The Black Lion Trading Company will be selling items for cheap through Sunday, with three different 24-hour specials offering up to 70% off of in-game items.
Yeah. The international coffee chain is offering Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 for free as their Pick of the Week, so we figured we'd toss it on the list.