If shopping for a gamer is a mildly confusing experience, doing it on Black Friday or Cyber Monday can be downright confounding.
We’ve been digging around the internet through the piles of leaked Black Friday ads and we narrowed down the best deals out there. They’re lumped into a few categories: the best prices on the biggest games, the best console bundles, and the best accessories.
If you already have a system and are simply looking for some new games to pad it out, many of this year’s biggest games, including Destiny: The Taken King, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and others are available for just $35 (normally $60) at a variety of shops.
Here are the best deals you’ll find on retail games this weekend:
- Grand Theft Auto V $25 @Walmart $35 @Best Buy (PS4, Xbox One)
- Need for Speed $35 @Best Buy (PS4, Xbox One)
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain $35 @Best Buy/Walmart/Toys'R'Us/Walmart
- Mad Max $25 @Walmart, Best Buy (PS4, Xbox One)
- Assassin’s Creed Syndicate $30 @Toys’R’Us/$35 @Walmart (PS4, Xbox One)
- Batman: Arkham Knight $25 @Target, Best Buy, Walmart (PS4) $25 @Target (Xbox One)
- Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition $35 @Walmart (PS4) $40 @Toys'R'Us (Xbox One)
- Guitar Hero Live with guitar accessory $70 @GameStop (PS4)
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt $25 @Target/Walmart/Best Buy (PS4, Xbox One)
- Splatoon $25 @Walmart (Wii U)
- Bloodborne $20 @GameStop (PS4)
- Until Dawn $30 @GameStop (PS4)
- Animal Crossing: A New Leaf $15 @Walmart (3DS)
- Battlefield: Hardline $15 @Walmart (PS4)
- Dying Light $15 @Walmart (PS4, Xbox One)
- Far Cry 4 $15 @Target/Walmart (PS4)
- Gears of War: Ultimate Edition $15 @Walmart (Xbox One)
- Mario Kart 7 $15 @Target (3DS)
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 $15 @Target (3DS)
- Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare $8 @Walmart (PS4)
- Rare Replay $10 @Toys'R'Us (Xbox One)
- Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition $15 @GameStop (PS4)
- Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition $15 @GameStop (Xbox One)
Listing the best deals on digital games is a bit more complicated:
The Xbox One marketplace has deals going on right now up through November 30 on a huge number of games. This isn’t so much good for Christmas gift-giving as it is for just getting cheap games right now. If you pay for Xbox Live Gold, the discounts available jump up by 8 or 10 percent.
The list of deals is extensive. A Gears of War and Forza Motorsport 6 bundle is up for $64.99, just $5 over the price of Forza 6 on its own.
One of the biggest discounts in the Xbox Store is on the Telltale Games Collection, which includes The Walking Deads first and second seasons, The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones for just $36.30 as opposed to its usual $110.
EA’s sports games—FIFA, NHL, and Madden NFL—are 40% off, $35.99 each.
PC Gamers can look forward to Steam’s fall sale starting on November 25 up through December 1. What will be on sale? That part is unknown, but the likely answer is “just about everything.” Reports say that the sale will drop daily and flash deals, opting for a single discount per game, so shopping should be easier. Steam also lets you buy games as gifts either to give now or store for later.
The weekend of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is probably the best time of year to buy a new gaming console. Here are the best deals on those.
BEST XBOX ONE BUNDLES
Like last year, Microsoft looks like a car salesman, suited up and asking, “what can I do to get you into an Xbox One today?” There are tons of console bundles for their system—too many to mention, in fact. There are bundles for Tomb Raider, Halo, and Fallout, not to mention Gears of War, FIFA, and others. All Xbox One bundles, including the Elite bundle, are $50 off their usual price at all authorized retailers, meaning it’s easy to find an Xbox One with a game for $299 or $349. The Elite bundle, normally $499, will be $449.
Here’s the complete list of bundles available:
- Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Bundle $449
- Xbox One Elite Bundle $449
- Xbox One 1TB Holiday Bundle $349
- Xbox One 1TB Fallout 4 Bundle $349
- Xbox One Rise of the Tomb Raider Bundle $349
- Xbox One FIFA 16 1TB Bundle $349
- Xbox One Special Edition Gears of War Bundle $299
- Xbox One with Kinect Bundle $349
- Xbox One Limited Edition Forza Motorsport 6 Console (Nearly sold out) $349
- Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle (Nearly sold out) $349
- Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle $299
- Xbox One The LEGO Movie Videogame Bundle $299
Here are the two best bundles, though, for the price, both through Best Buy:
The Tomb Raider Xbox One bundle is $349. It comes with Rise of the Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition—Roughly $100 in games if bought separately—and an extra controller, normally $60.
Best Buy also has a great bundle that includes a 40" Samsung television ($329) and Xbox One LEGO Movie Video Game bundle ($349) for $499, for a total savings of $180.
Picking a 500GB Xbox One up at Target for $299 will net you a copy of Gears of War Ultimate Edition ($40) and a gift card for $60, for a total of $100 in bonuses—and some nice room to let your gamer pick out their own game of choice.
BEST NINTENDO WII U AND 3DS BUNDLES
For Nintendo bundles, Walmart and Target are where it’s at this year.
Nintendo has an awesome bundle including a Wii U with copies of Splatoon and Super Smash Bros. for $279 this year, but if you pick it up at Target or Walmart on Black Friday, it’s only $249, saving you $30 on the bundle and at least $100 if you bought everything separately.
For the 3DS, the best deal around is a Nintendo 3DS XL for $129 that includes a copy of Super Mario 3D Land, again available through Walmart.
If you’re looking for a New Nintendo 3DS, the faster, sleeker system with better 3D, you can get it for $179—$20 off the usual retail price—at Best Buy, Target, Toys R Us, GameStop and Walmart.
BEST PS4 BUNDLES
Sony has lots of momentum and their consoles fly off shelves year-around. They’re not struggling for sales, and it’s pretty obvious when you look at the deals floating around. Really the only great PlayStation deal that lasts for very long is the PlayStation 4 Uncharted bundle for $299, and this can be found through Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and just about any other console-selling retailer, with a total savings of $50.
GameStop has a slightly better deal for a couple of days, though. On November 24 and 25, the Call of Duty: Black Ops III edition PlayStation 4 for its standard $429.99, which includes a 1TB hard drive, custom Call of Duty styling, and a copy of this year’s Call of Duty game, will be accompanied by a free copy of Destiny: The Taken King’s Legendary Edition, a $60 value.
There are a few good deals for controllers on sale:
- Xbox One Lunar White controller $44.99 @GameStop
- Xbox One standard wireless controller (black or camo) $40 @Walmart
- PS4 DualShock 4 standard controller $40 @GameStop
And of course no gaming set-up is complete without some gaming headsets:
- Astro A40 headset and mixamp $199 @GameStop (PS4 or Xbox One)
- PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset $60 @Best Buy
- Tritton Karma $25 @GameStop (PS4 or Xbox One)
- Turtle Beach XO One headset $40 @Best Buy
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