Black Friday no longer means sales the day after Thanksgiving in the US. Instead, it's expanded into a week-long series of sales and discounts. But the best holiday deals tend to be focused on the upcoming weekend. Online retailers especially have made the in-store only deals almost obsolete, but we've lined up what we feel are some of the best deals to meet your gaming needs.
If you're looking to bulk up your last-gen library you'll be able to find much better deals than if you want the latest games, but there's a discount on pretty much everything this holiday. (Note that GameSpot does receive some commission on Amazon affiliate links, however those links are not included in this story. GameSpot does not receive a commission for any other retailer.)
Wii U: While the $300 32GB bundled with Super Mario 3D World isn't bad, report indicate that you'll be able to buy the unit tax free on Friday for just under $270.
However, if you're willing to spend a little more in exchange for a free game, this Best Buy bundle includes the regular pack-ins (Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land) as well as Super Smash Bros. and Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze for $360 -- about $50 in savings.
Xbox One: Microsoft already discounted their system to $350 for the holidays, but you can knock off a few more dollars with the following deals:
The Microsoft Store is selling the Xbox One for $330, plus a free game (note that these deals go in and out of stock quickly on their online store, so you may have to check back later if it's not currently available).
Target is selling the Assassin's Creed Unity bundle for $330 plus you get a $50 gift card.
And don't forget that the Microsoft store is also giving $100 credit for your used PS3/Xbox 360. This may or may not work with the specific holiday bundles, but you should still be able to get a $250 Xbox One bundle, at the least.
PlayStation 4: We haven't found any crazy deep discounts, but most retailers have a $400 bundle available that includes the essential titles Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us Remastered.
Now through Monday December 1, Sony is throwing an online sale of co-op games on the PlayStation store. As always, the discounts are bigger if you're a PS Plus subscriber, and if you spend over $100, you'll earn $15 back.
The Microsoft store has a lot of games on sale you can check out here with most deals kicking off today, on Thursday 11/27.
Blizzard is having a sale on all of their games on the Battle.net store. These deals are available now through December 2 at midnight PST.
Origin is offering over 200 PC games for sale through their own portal, but the best deals are on EA developed/published games like Titanfall, Mass Effect, and Dead Space. Now through December 1 at midnight PST
The regular brick-and-mortar retailers run the gamut on hardware, peripheral, and game discounts as well, and some of the discounts are available through their online stores as well
As always, Amazon has an ongoing series of Lightning Deals on gaming and technology. You'll have to keep an eye on the site itself to see what's upcoming and whether it's a big enough discount to make it worth buying.
Looking for retail deals that go beyond just the US? We've rounded up the best UK Black Friday deals right here.
It's not specifically gaming related, but it's worth pointing out that Amazon is offering a 30% discount on their printed books when you use the code HOLIDAY30 -- only good with one book per account. But you could get the Super Smash Bros. collector's guide on the cheap.
One of my favorite stores for videogame related t-shirts, apparel, and collectibles, Fangamer.com, is currently offering free shipping for the US and 50% for international shipping. They're running a Bundle Up sale this weekend, and they've just started offering a new Legend of Zelda fan-made art book that I'm 100% buying for myself.
Any particularly great deals you've found? Let us know in the comments, or email email@example.com
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This is the page where you'll find all the best Black Friday UK game deals and discounts for all manner of platforms from PC to Wii U, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This page will continually update and incorporate all the best deals found between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Happy bargain hunting.
Live in the US? You should direct your eyes to GameSpot's Black Friday Game Deals page for North America. You're welcome!
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First up: UK retailer GAME will be selling a limited number of Xbox One consoles with four games for £299.99 at selected stores on Black Friday.
JUST IN - GAME is selling a PS4, with DriveClub and The Last of Us Remastered, for just £299!
Interest in the deal has crashed the site, so we can't offer all links right now to the following deals:
Elsewhere on the site Amazon has:
240GB Solid-state Hard Drive, £65
Steam has thousands of games discounted for PC owners, so er, you should probably check it out. A lot of them are timed so you need to act fast. Here are the deals that Valve is promoting hardest:
You can find lots more Green Man Gaming deals here
If you've already discovered Far Cry 4's wonderful secret ending, you'll probably be invested enough in the game to already know that, somewhere, out there, a second secret ending exists.
The game's creative director, Alex Hutchinson, confirmed two weeks ago that GameSpot had discovered the game's first secret ending, found just moments into the game, which allows players to reach the credits within about fifteen minutes.
But he also disclosed on his Twitter feed that the game contains what he describes is a "super secret" alternate ending that "creates a whole new mini-location".
Don't look if you want to enjoy it for yourself but Gamespot just outed the secret alternate ending if you listen to Pagan at the start... — Alex Hutchinson (@BangBangClick) November 14, 2014
Don't look if you want to enjoy it for yourself but Gamespot just outed the secret alternate ending if you listen to Pagan at the start...
But they didn't find the super secret alternate ending that requires you to make a snap decision and creates a whole new mini-location... — Alex Hutchinson (@BangBangClick) November 14, 2014
But they didn't find the super secret alternate ending that requires you to make a snap decision and creates a whole new mini-location...
First of all; more games should do this.
Secondly, it looks like that second alternative ending has now been discovered, and it exists at the very end of the game. Major spoiler: After confronting Pagan, following the assault on his fortress, you're given the option to shoot him or not. Should you decline, Pagan will sit with you and reveal more interesting details about his back-story and character. He'll then fly off in a chopper.
Major spoiler: However, you can at this point launch a rocket at the helicopter, which, if struck, will crash nearby. That crash site, it is suspected, is the new mini-location that Hutchinson was referring to. Here, you can loot Pagan's body to find, among other things, his prized gold pen.
However, it's not absolutely certain that this is the secret alternative ending that Hutchinson was referring to. The developer has not explicitly stated on his Twitter feed that this is what he previously was referring to, and some gamers are continuing their search.
Check out the second secret ending in the video below, as discovered by the YouTuber xGarbett.