It’s that time again. The one day of the year when otherwise civilized human beings drive in to town at four in the morning and behave like rowdy, savage animals to sate their slavish need to consume, consume, CONSUME. But there’s really cheap stuff! Hurray!
As usual, there are some very sweet deals floating about for gamers if you know where to look, and you don’t have to leave your home for all of them. Here, I’ve rounded up 12 of the best gaming deals this Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend, offers you’d be a fool to pass up. Starting with …
1. TRIALS HD
Trials HD is, for my money, still the best game available on Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade service. This brilliant physics-heavy motorbike game usually goes for 1200 Microsoft Points, but for this weekend will be down to 400 MSP, or about five bucks. The ‘Big Pack’, the game’s first downloadable batch of extra tracks, is also down to 240 MSP. A true bargain.
2. WORLD OF WARCRAFT
The core World of Warcraft game and expansion The Burning Crusade are $5 each this weekend only. The Wrath of the Lich King and the World of Warcraft Battle Chest will set you back $10 each. That’s a big old saving, and you get to form a fun marriage-wrecking habit. Go HERE for more info.
3. FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS
The epic follow-up to Fallout 3 is easily a 70 hour+ game, and while it’s buggy as hell, it’s as jaw-droppingly absorbing as ever. It’s at Kmart tomorrow for $34.99 (on PS3 and Xbox 360). If those run out, Amazon has it for $39.95 – keep a rads-infected eye on THIS PAGE for more info.
4. NINTENDO WII WITH WII SPORTS AND WII SPORTS RESORT
Don’t have a Wii yet? You should, because 2010 has been kind to Nintendo’s console, with the arrival of some cracking titles. Luckily for you, Best Buy is offering the bundle above for $169.99. This deal is just for tomorrow; expect them to go fast!
5. SUPER MARIO GALAXY 2
If you do manage to pick up that cheap Wii at Best Buy, put your foot on the gas and head for Target. Mario’s marvellous second Wii adventure is there for an irresistible $35. As these words demonstrate, it is obscenely brilliant.
6. STEAM’S ‘GIVE AND GET’ SALE
Too many bargains to mention here, but over the weekend there’ll be new deals appearing each day on Steam. Go HERE to check them out. Batman: Arkham Asylum is just over $10 today!
7. LIMITED EDITION NINTENDO DSi WITH MARIO PARTY + $30 COUPON
You’ll have to queue for it, but Meijer has an ace deal on a Limited Edition DSi (in red or green) with Mario Party and a $30 coupon … all for $150. It’s worth remembering, however, that the Nintendo 3DS will be out in North America in March.
8. ASSASSIN’S CREED: BROTHERHOOD
I’m yet to open my copy, but the critics are LOVINGAssassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Kmart has the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions for a mere $39.99 – not bad for a game that’s only a week old!
9. GOLDENEYE 007
By some inexplicable miracle, the Wii revival of GoldenEye 007 actually turned out to be really bloody good. And now it’s really bloody reasonably cheap at $39.99, a price offered by both Amazon and Target.
10. KILLZONE 2
Yeah, it’s getting on a bit, but you wouldn’t know it. Guerilla’s eye-poppingly pretty PS3 shooter is only $9.99 at Amazon. One for the bargain hunters/graphic whores amongst you.
11. GAMERSGATE SALE
All weekend, there’s a range of 52 offers at Gamersgate, including the likes of Devil May Cry 4 for $9.95 and the Deus Ex Collection for $4.99. Go HERE for the full sale. Oh, and I owe Kotaku a nod for this one, so cheers fellas.
12. SONY PSP 3000 + LITTLEBIGPLANET + KARATE KID UMD + MEMORY STICK + $30 COUPON
It’s another attractive console bundle from those heroes at Meijer – get Sony’s sleek console and all the goodies listed above for a sparkling $129.99. Friday only, I believe.