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Black Friday Video Game Deals: What to Get and Where to Get Them
Gaming consoles have become ubiquitous for most households, with around 50 million units sold globally in 2013 alone. To satisfy this audience, video game makers have been working hard, cranking out title after title. But with regular retail pricing for games set at $59.99 and up, it's difficult to build a large library. Thankfully, this year's Black Friday will see lots of retailers offering great deals to satisfy all of our electronic entertainment needs.
The popular video game retailer is offering plenty of savings for Black Friday, though unsurprisingly, none of them are for new releases. Hot titles like "Star Wars Battlefront," "Fallout 4" and "Halo 5" are listed at full price, while other games released earlier this year will see discounts based on how long they’ve been out; "The Witcher: Wild Hunt" is $29.99, "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" is $39.99 and "Forza Motorsport 6" is $49.99.
The best deals are going to be on pre-owned games though. A small selection of gently used PlayStation 4 and Xbox One titles are on sale for just $9.99. Select new games are discounted $20.
Because GameStop doesn't really sell other products to offset the profit losses from Black Friday deals, the discounts offered on new games are much less when compared to other electronics retailers. Shop competitors or increase your savings by trading in games that you don't play anymore for store credit.
Just like GameStop, Best Buy’s Black Friday video game deals omit brand new releases, but they’re making it easy to build your gaming library with $24.99 pricing on popular titles like "Batman: Arkham Knight," "The Witcher: Wild Hunt" and "Mad Max." A handful of action games — "Assassin’s Creed Syndicate," "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain," "Forza Motorsport 6" and more — are on sale for $34.99 each.
An exception to the "no discounted new releases" rule is "Call of Duty: Black Ops III," which is on sale for $39.99. The caveat? It's only available for previous generation consoles — PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
To facilitate an easier transition to next-gen gaming, Best Buy is offering an Xbox One bundle with 1 TB storage, both of the newest Tomb Raider games and a bonus Xbox One wireless controller, all for $349.99. This is by far the best hardware deal out of the retailers listed here.
With Target being a less “gamer-oriented” retailer, its doorbuster deals focus on a younger audience, offering both the Disney Infinity 3.0 and Skylanders SuperChargers starter packs for $34.99 — a big discount from their regular prices of $64.99 and $74.99 respectively.
Console gamers will find popular titles like "Assassin's Creed Syndicate," "Destiny: The Taken King" and "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" priced at $35 each. Seven titles, which include "Call of Duty: Black Ops III," "Super Mario Maker "and "Halo 5," don’t get a discount, but they do come with a $15 Target gift card.
Staying on par with its competition, Walmart is offering the same set of recent releases — "MGS V: TPP," "Destiny: The Taken King," "Assassin’s Creed Syndicate" — with a list price of $35. "Batman: Arkham Knight," "The Witcher: Wild Hunt" and "Splatoon" can be had for $25 each. Older, as well as previous generation, games start in the range of $8 to $15.
The Disney Infinity 3.0 and Skylanders SuperChargers starter packs are slightly more expensive at Walmart — $37 versus Target’s $35 — but figures for both series are only $9 each. Buy multiple figures along with the starter pack to offset the slight price difference and stack up on your savings.
Gamers on previous-gen consoles can get "Call of Duty: Black Ops III" for $29, which is $10 cheaper than Best Buy's deal for the same game.
Amazon’s Countdown to Black Friday event isn’t offering anything noteworthy in the way of video games, but its exclusive Disney Infinity 3.0 character packs are being offered at a 15 percent discount. Themed packs include figures from Inside Out, Frozen and Star Wars.
Looking at last year's Black Friday deals for a hint of things to come, newly released video games received a $10 discount while older titles were offered with prices between $19.99 and $39.99, depending on popularity (or lack thereof). We’ll have to wait for Amazon’s official Black Friday deals to be announced to find out which video games get a steep discount.
And don't forget about the limited-quantity Gold Box Lightning Deals that pop up throughout the day — I was able to purchase the critically acclaimed Alien: Isolation for $25 when it had only been out for just over a month.
Toys R Us
The last major brick-and-mortar toy store caters mostly to young children, and its video game deals reflect the same focus, with kid-friendly games offered at two for $25.
For the rest of us, Toys R Us is offering $10, $20 or $25 off the same set of popular games that everyone else is featuring. Check out Toys R Us's Black Friday ad scan for more details.
Console games typically only get discounted when their sales numbers start dropping, so Black Friday is a great time to stock up on some recently released titles, as well as any slightly older games you may have missed. You can build up your gaming backlog or get experimental via lesser known titles while staying within a reasonable budget. It's also a good time to make the jump to next generation hardware, as almost all of the retailers are offering the same $50 discount on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bundles.
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