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Gamer’s Guide To Black Friday(2022)

So you took it easy this Thanksgiving with turkey and thankfulness. That’s great! Most major retail stores are closed for the holiday as well (for once). But now that bird is digested, your legs are getting restless, and you need some videogames. Black Friday is like a second Christmas for gamers (or pre-Christmas too). Many of us hold off on buying games throughout the year, hoping to be rewarded at the end of the year with big game discounts for our patience.

This year the savings are not as big as most years due to inflation and other economic factors. However there are some deals worth waking  up on Friday for! Not sure how to navigate what retailer to go to for what games? Well, reader, I got you covered! Most of the big retailers open up Friday morning at 5:00 am (Walmart, Best Buy, etc.) so plan accordingly. Also you could just do online shopping from home, that’s always a warmer option. Let’s check the deals out!

First off there are some big deals that are worth knowing about before you make any major plans. This year the Xbox Series S is discounted for Black Friday exclusively down to $249.99. That’s $50 less than it’s usual price of $299.99. But it gets sweeter from there! Target is the only retail store that will throw in a $50 store gift card on top of the deal! Secondly, GameStop is doing a “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” on all pre-owned Xbox One and PS4 games. It’s not the best deal they have ever done but it is a nice way to round out your collection or a good way to stealthily add PS5/Xbox Series games if they come with a free current gen upgrade (Horizon Forbidden West, Borderlands 3, Death Stranding, etc.).

Best Buy

Best Buy has some awesome game deals but not as great as Walmart or Gamestop. Here is the full list of discounted games. Your best deals here game-to-price-wise are:

  • Atari 50: The Anniversary Edition (Switch/PS4-5/Xbox) $29.99
  • Back 4 Blood (PS4-5/ Xbox) $14.99
  • Battlefield 2042 (PS4/Xbox One) $9.99
  • Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpai (Switch) $9.99
  • Death Stranding (PS4) $9.99
  • Deathloop (PS5, Xbox Series) $19.99
  • Doom Eternal (PS4, Xbox One) $9.99
  • DragonBall The Breakers Special Edition (Switch, PS4, Xbox One) $19.99
  • Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance (PS4/5) $9.99
  • Ever Forward (PS4) $14.99
  • Far Cry 6 (PS4-5/Xbox One/Series) $9.99
  • Farming Simulator 22 (PS4-5/Xbox One/Series) $19.99
  • Ghostwire Tokyo (PC/PS5) $24.99
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy (PS4-5/Xbox One/Series) $14.99

One of the best games from last year. Play it!

  • Hotwheels: Unleashed (Switch/PS4,5/Xbox One,Series) $19.99
  • Jurassic World Evolution 2 (PS4,5/Xbox One, Series) $29.99
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Switch/PS4,5/Xbox One/Series) $29.99
  • Lost Judgement (PS4-5/Xbox One/Series) $14.99
  • Madden 23 (PS4/Xbox One) $27.99
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Switch/PS4)$29.99
  • New Tales From The Borderlands (Switch/PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $29.99
  • Persona 5 Royal (Switch, PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $29.99
  • Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart (PS5) $29.99
  • Saint’s Row (PS4-5, Xbox One, Series) $34.99
  • Soul Hackers 2 (PC, PS4-5, Xbox One, Series) $29.99
  • Stranger Of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin (PS4-5, Xbox One, Series) $29.99
  • The Last Of Us Part 1 (PS5) $49.99
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands (PS54, Xbox One) $29.99
  • Valkyrie Elysium (PS4/5) $39.99

For the full Best Buy deals not mentioned click here.

Target

Again, if you’re getting an Xbox Series S make sure you’re getting it from target for that $50 store gift card. As for the actual software/game deals here are the ones to be cognizant of. Also here is the entire list of games at Target that are discounted.

  • Assassin’s Creed (PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $14.99
  • Bloodborne (PS4) $9.99
  • Capcom Fighting Collection (PS4, Xbox One) $19.99
  • Cobra Kai 2: Dojos Rising (Switch, PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $29.99
  • DC League of Super Pets (Switch, PS4, Xbox One/Series) $19.99
  • Evil Dead (PS4-5, Xbox One, Series) $19.99
  • FIFA 23 (PS5, Xbox Series) $34.99
  • Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed (PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $29.99
  • Grand Theft Auto: The Definitive Trilogy (PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $19.99
  • Horizon Forbidden West (PS4) $29.99
  • Jedi Fallen Order (Ps4-5, Xbox One/Series) $9.99
  • Lego Worlds (Switch) $14.99
  • Life Is Strange: Arcadia Bay Collection (Switch) $29.99
  • Madden NFL 23 (PS5/ Xbox Series) $29.99
  • Maneater (Ps4-5, Xbox One/Series) $9.99
  • Mario Party Superstars (Switch) $29.99

A great party game for the holidays. Be prepared to damage your relationships.

  • NBA 2K23 (PS5/Series) $29.99
  • NHL 23 (PS5/Series) $34.99
  • Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Switch/PS4/Xbox One) $19.99
  • Nioh 2 (PS4/5) $9.99
  • Outriders (Xbox One/Series) $14.99
  • Resident Evil Village (PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $19.99
  • Sonic Colors Ultimate (Xbox One) $14.99
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4/5) $19.99
  • Star Ocean The Divine Force (PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $49.99
  • Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania (Switch/PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $14.99
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Collection (Switch, PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $19.99
  • The Diofield Chronicle (PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $39.99
  • The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of Wild (Switch) $29.99
  • UFC 4 (PS4/Xbox One) $9.99

Walmart

Walmart is where you will find specific games that are discounted deeply and nowhere else (Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered, etc.). For the full list of games on sale at Walmart click here. Here are the biggest game deals from there!

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizon (Switch) $29.99
  • Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered (Switch, PS4, Xbox One) $15.00
  • Bravely Default 2 (Switch) $35.00
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered (Switch) $15.00
  • Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $55.00

No other retail store offers a discount on this cultural juggernaut.

  • Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles (PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $35.00
  • Dragons: Dawn of New Riders (Switch/PS4) $15.00
  • Dying Light 2: Stay Human Edition (PS4/5, Xbox One/Series) $20.00
  • Elden Ring (PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $35.00
  • F1 22 (PS5/Xbox Series) $35.00
  • Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Switch) $35.00
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox One/Series) $29.00
  • Ghost of Tsushima (PS4) $15.00
  • Gotham Knights (PS5/Series) $35.00
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $10.00
  • Hello Neighbor (Switch) $10.00
  • Iron Man VR (PS4) $10.00
  • Jumanji (Switch) $15.00
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition (PS4/ Xbox One) $20.00
  • Mortal Kombat 11 (Switch/PS4-5/Xbox One, Series) $15.00
  • Need For Speed Heat (PS4/Xbox One) $15.00
  • Nioh (PS4) $10.00
  • Paw Patrol Grand Prix (Switch, PS4-5, Xbox One/Series) $20.00
  • Riders Republic (Xbox One/Series) $29.00
  • Sonic Forces (Switch) $10.00
  • Sonic Frontiers (Switch/ Xbox One/Series) $29.00 (PS4/5) $35.00
  • Sonic Mania (Switch/PS4) $10.00
  • The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Switch) $29.00
  • The Quarry (PS5/Xbox Series) $19.99
  • Tribes Of Midgard Deluxe Edition (PS4) $15.00

GameStop

If you’re going to any retail stores for your game purchases it is likely going to be any one store plus GameStop. GameStop has the widest selection and by far the best deals on this list so don’t pass them up. For the full list of games on sale click here. Here are the best deals we found there:

  • Aliens Fireteam Elite (PS5/Xbox Series) $10
  • Biomutant (PS4/Xbox One) $15.00
  • Blasphemous (Xbox One) $7.50
  • Call Of Duty Black Ops: Cold War (PS4/ Xbox One) $29.00
  • Call Of Duty: Vanguard (PS5/ Xbox One/Series) $20.00
  • Catherine Full Body (Switch) $12.50
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4/ Xbox One) $17.00
  • Digimon Survive (Switch/PS4/Xbox One) $17.00
  • Disco Elysium Final Cut (PS4/Xbox One) $20.00
  • Dolmen (PS5/Xbox Series) $10.00
  • Evil genius 2: World Domination (PS4-5/Xbox One/Series) $14.50
  • Fallout 76 (PS4/Xbox One) $10
  • Fobia: St. Dinfa Hotel (PS4-5/ Xbox one/Series) $10.00
  • Gang Beasts (Switch/PS4/Xbox One) $15.00
  • Grid Legends (PS4-5/ Xbox one/Series) $17.00
  • It Takes Two (PS4-5/ Xbox One/Series) $17.00
  • Lake (PS5) $10
  • Life Is Strange: True Colors (Switch/PS4-5/Xbox One/Series) $25.00
  • Metro Exodus Complete (Xbox Series) $13.99
  • Minecraft Dungeons Ultimate (PS4/Xbox one/Series) $25.00
  • Nier Replicant (PS4) $12.50
  • NEO: The World Ends With You (PS4) $25.00
  • No More Heroes 3 (Switch) $29.00
  • Ori Collection (Switch) $29.00
  • Pac-Man Museum+ (PS4/Xbox One) $15.00
  • Pokémon Shining Pearl/ Brilliant Diamond (Switch) $39.00
  • Pokémon Snap (Switch) $39.00
  • Pokémon Sword/Shield $39.00
  • Psychonauts 2 (PS4/Xbox One) $39.00
  • Rainbow Six: Extraction Edition (PS4-5/ Xbox One/Series) $29.00
  • Scarlet Nexus (PS4-5/ Xbox One/Series) $15.00

Scarlet Nexus is a must play! Stylish, fluid, beautiful, and well-paced!

  • Shin Megami Tensei 5 (Switch) $29.99
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy (PS4/Xbox One) $17.00
  • Subnautica: Below Zero (PS4-5/ Xbox One/Series) $10.00
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris (PS4/Xbox One) $15.00
  • Tales Of Arise (PS4-5/ Xbox One/Series) $20.00
  • The Medium (PS5/Xbox Series) $15.00
  • Untitled Goose Game (Switch) $25.00

Granted, some of these games are discounted at other stores. I just listed them where they are at their absolute cheapest. Be sure to check the links for each store for the full list of games on sale. My point was to simply list the most popular and cheapest games. Happy hunting!

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